Remembering Genocide, Past and Present: On Collective Memory, Forgetting, and Being Haunted By History in Contemporary Turkey

İbrahimhakkıoğlu F.

American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Annual Meeting, Pennsylvania, United States Of America, 8 - 11 January 2020

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Unpublished
  • City: Pennsylvania
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


I attempt to rethink systematic violence against racialized groups in Turkey’s past and present through the framework of Nietzsche’s “On the Use and Abuse of History for Life.” The persistent denial and the willful forgetting of a violent past serves to perpetuate and normalize ongoing practices of violence against racialized groups. Forgetting, in this case, comes with a sense of being haunted by history. I propose to rethink colonial violence in a context where it serves to racialize and homogenize an otherwise cosmopolitan, heterogeneous society.