Blurring the Lines between History Education and Activism: How 100 Voices Remembers the Armenian Genocide

Duygu Gül-Kaya

Abstract


This article explores how a group of Armenian young adults in Toronto remember the Armenian genocide from afar, 100 years after it happened. The data comes from 100 Voices: Survival, Memory, Justice, a multimedia project that commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Armenian genocide. Through a detailed analysis of in-depth interviews with the project team, and a thematic and visual analysis of a sample of video clips posted on YouTube, this article claims that 100 Voices blurs the lines between history education and activism. The production team’s use of audio-visual testimony and ensuing visual and discursive strategies open up a space for project participants to address their non-Armenian Canadian peers, teaching them the history of the Armenian genocide. These choices by the production team, on the other hand, enable project participants to articulate the impact of the genocide and its ongoing denial by Turkey through the discourse of human rights. 


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