Armenian Professor Henry Theriault named President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars

The Armenian National Committee of Australia (ANC-AU) has congratulated newly elected President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, Professor Henry Theriault, who becomes the first Armenian head of this distinguished collective of academics.

Theriault’s new role was confirmed at the International Association of Genocide Scholars Conference, which is currently taking place in Brisbane (Queensland, Australia).

“We congratulate Professor Theriault, whose commitment to exploring important new angles to Armenian Genocide research has been pioneering for the cause,” commented ANC-AU Managing Director, Vache Kahramanian.

Theriault will be part of an all-star Panel Discussion in Sydney on Friday 14th July, titled “Armenian Genocide Studies 2.0 – The Evolution of Armenian Genocide Studies”. The Panel Discussion will also feature Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and author, Professor Peter Balakian, Dr. Armen Marsoobian, and others yet to be confirmed. It will take place at the Urban Hotel in St Leonard’s at 7pm.

Theriault is currently Professor in and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Worcester State University in the United States, where he has taught since 1998. From 1999 to 2007, he coordinated the University’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights. He earned his B.A. in English from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts, with specialisations in social and political as well as continental philosophy.

Theriault’s expertise is in genocide and human rights studies, and his research focuses on reparations, victim-perpetrator relations, genocide denial, genocide prevention, and mass violence against women and girls.

Since 2007, he has chaired the Armenian Genocide Reparations Study Group and is lead author of its March 2015 final report, Resolution with Justice. He has published numerous journal articles and chapters in the area of genocide studies.

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