ruins-cyprus

The spaces where Armenian ruins are found today are almost always empty spaces. They represent the Armenian ‘Other’, who is a very abstract and unknown figure. Indeed the present inhabitants have no source of information and no experience of Armenian culture and history, except in hostile discourse and educational institutions in which the Armenian is represented as an exterior enemy. This demonstrates how effective Turkish hegemonic historiography has been in the long term.These spaces are abandoned and often devalued; they can be considered as abject spaces, in the same way as Yael Navaro-Yashin defines the spaces of Greek Cypriot ruins in Northern Cyprus. The abject space represents the 'Other’, and in Anatolia the 'Other’ stands in opposition to the Turkish and Muslim 'self’. As Üngör writes, after 1915 'Turkey was where Armenians were not.’