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Columbia University Armenian Center presents: Sorry, not Sorry: Revisiting Turkish Intellectuals’ ‘Apology’ to Armenians A Lecture by Ayda Erbal

Sorry, not Sorry: Revisiting Turkish Intellectuals’ ‘Apology’ to Armenians
A Lecture by Ayda Erbal, Department of Politics, NYU

Good apologies don’t have names, but bad ones do: Take bropologies, a vexatious kind that proliferated along with #metoo, for example. Or take Showpologies, Poisoned Apologies, or Apologias, some delivered as individual Twitpologies, others occupying precious newspaper & TV spots. There are very few good apologies, individual or institutional and when it comes to many-to-many apologies, not many have been able to replicate both the creative and executive success of the Australian Sorry Books.

“We apologize” campaign initiated by four Turkish intellectuals and signed by many others was a first, remarkable yet controversial development in the Turkish – Armenian and Turkish republican history.

But what do apologies accomplish? Are they self-serving ways of “imagining” -hence transforming- the “nation”? What differentiates a successful many-to-many apology from a pseudo or a non-apology? What is an apologia?

These are some of the opening questions this lecture deals with while analyzing both the text and the political context in which the Turkish apology campaign –and counter campaigns- took off early December of 2008.

Hosted by Columbia University Armenian Center

Monday, October 15, 2018 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM

Columbia University in the City of New York

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