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Posted on: July 29, 2018

The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs Centre in Modern Turkish Studies at Carleton University is pleased to welcome the second annual Özerdinç Grimes Visiting Scholar:

Professor Vedat Yorucu
Faculty of Business and Economics
Eastern Mediterranean University
who will deliver a public lecture on

Date: Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Time: 4:00-6:30 pm (reception to follow)
Conference Room 2224
Richcraft Hall, Carleton University

CTC Remembers All Victims of the Ottoman-Armenian Conflict

Posted on: April 23, 2018

This year once again we remember with sadness and respect the memory of the victims of the Ottoman-Armenian conflict during the First World War. As Canadians we stand for truth and reconciliation.

The conflict began when Armenian nationalist groups (Dashnaks and Hunchaks) revolted against the Ottoman Empire, while collaborating with and joining invading Russian armies in Eastern Anatolia. Committing this act of high treason resulted in the relocation of Armenians from the war zone. This relocation was a military measure in self-defence. Most of the deaths during the relocation resulted from famine, the spread of diseases, sporadic fighting, and a breakdown of authority in poor war conditions. Under these terrible conditions, with the ongoing world war, bandits and private groups had plenty of opportunities to commit massacres. It was the same time and geography where more Turks lost their lives than that of Armenians.

The suffering on both sides were enormous hence labelling it as a one-sided genocide means ignoring the lost lives of all other human beings. After all, the word genocide must be used as a clearly defined crime under the UN Genocide Convention of 1948 and a binding international law. Adopting this term without the due legal process lacks any legitimacy and can only be defined as a defamation of a nation that suffered the most losses at the time and doing it without credible facts.

We need to go beyond the politics of the tragic past and establish a factual account of history. This can only be accomplished through an honest and open dialogue between Turks and Armenians. Canada can play an important role on this reconciliation process by being objective and fair in their approach to the issue, while encouraging Turkey and Armenia to move forward the mutually adopted but subsequently suspended Zurich Protocols which include the study of these events by independent commission of historians and experts. In the meantime, our Government instead of passing private members bills based on one sided information (M-380, M-587) can also adopt a constructive role by encouraging the Armenian Canadian Communities to discuss the issue together with the Turkish Canadian communities in Canada.

We invite the Armenian Canadians to reconciliation, joint healing, justice and acknowledging loss of lives from both sides together. We believe this is the best way to remember the victims of the Ottoman-Armenian conflict.

Sertab Erener Concert: Commemoration of Atatürk Youth and Sport Day, Turkey

Posted on: March 27, 2018

SERTAB ERENER, a well-known Turkish Pop music singer, winner of the Eurovision Song Contest of 2003 with her hit “Every Way That I Can” will be performing LIVE in Ottawa in Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sport Day on May 19, 2018. This live concert is sponsored by Site Preparation Limited. All proceeds from the sale of tickets will go to support the CENTRE FOR MODERN TURKISH STUDIES at Carleton University in Ottawa. Please see the attached brochure. It is our pleasure to invite you to this unique concert, the first of a kind in Canada. Tickets can be obtained by visiting the following Eventbrite web page or by clicking on the link provided on the brochure.


Please note that tickets are limited and the prices are subject to change. Please purchase your tickets at your earliest convenience. Also, please inform all your friends!

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