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Infographing the Assyrian Genocide: Design Pedagogy and Personal Transparency

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Infographing the Assyrian Genocide:
Design Pedagogy & Personal Transparency
Sharokin Betgevargiz

Prof. Savannah College of Art and Design | www.scad.edu
Principle Designer Amna Design | www.amnadesign.com

Associate Professor of Law
Florida International University

Middle East Studies Association
Denver, CO (Nov. 2012)
Assyrian Studies Panel

Hannibal Travis

"The Cultural and Intellectual
Property Interests of the Indigenous
Peoples of Turkey and Iraq,"

Primary Source
Hannibal Travis

TEXAS WESLEYAN LAW REV. V15. 415 (2009).
"The Assyrian Genocide: A Tale of
Oblivion and Denial"

Other Sources
Hannibal Travis

in Forgotten Genocides: Oblivion, Denial, and Memory (Rene Lémarchand ed., Philadelphia: Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2011)
"Native Christians Massacred”: The
Ottoman Genocide of the Assyrians
during World War I"

Student < > Teacher

Designer < > Art Director < > Client

Art Director/User < > Client

Designer < > Client < > User

Designer < > Art director < > Client

“Visual History, Research
and Discourse”

Part 1 - Research (reading, thoughts, and initial ideation)
Part 2 - Topic Proposal
Part 3 - Research and Information-Design Presentation
Part 4 - Rough Compositions,
Part 5 - Refined Composition(s),
Part 6 - Refined Final Composition and Iterations
Part 7 - Final Information Design
Part 8 - Testing, Additional Iterations, Documentation of
Final in Context, and Process Books

- 1 Kurds
- 2 global history of genocide, numbers, perpetrator,
people and country,
- 2 about Armenians
- 6 were about Assyrians

11 were selected
- Context and Process Books
- AANF (Assyrian American Convention)
Student work was exhibited at the Assyrian American National

In a presentation/workshop SWOT analysis were conducted
User Centered Design
(Strenghs, weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats)
- Authorship
- Universalism
- Social Responsibility
Davis - AIGA Keynote Speech (2008)
Increasing complexity in the scale of design challenges

Thinking about the people for whom we design as participants in the design process

Emergent and remix technologies; designing social interaction

The importance of understanding community

The demand for new knowledge base that supports new practices
Clearly there is no logic in the act of genocide; however, there is plenty of hurt, confusion and misconception that history reveals—a complex dilemma.

Human beings have an innate desire to do good as do designers.

Transparency is fundamental to academic discourse, playing hand in hand with student-teacher negotiations as with designer-client relations.
Future of the Project
On exhibition at SCAD GRDS Dept.
AANF (Assyrian American Convention)
Fact Checking: Hannibal Travis
Academics (Assyrian non-Assyrian), Assyrian Studies encompasses variety of academic field, Experts (Researchers, journalist, authors, activists, enthusiasts) and community fact checking
MESA 2014 (panel on infographics and Middle East)
IGSC (International Genocide Studies Council)
Assyrian Media
US / Europe
Online: Wordpress / FB group (Assyrian Infographics)

No country — live in Syria, Iraq, Lebenon, Iran, Turkey and also Russia, U.S., Australia, Sweden, Germany, England, France, and even South America

The Year 6,764 will be celebrated this coming Spring Equinox
Total global populations: 3.5 Million

Affected by: Trauma, Immigration and legal representation, elderly care, healthcare, mental health, loss of language and identity, gender violence, sexual and human trafficking, religious and national persecution, as well as PTSD

And babies (December 26, 1969[3]) is an iconic anti-Vietnam War poster.[4] It is a famous example of "propaganda art"[2] from the Vietnam conflict that uses the now infamous color photograph of the My Lai Massacre taken by U.S. combat photographer Ronald L. Haeberle on March 16, 1968.
A woman weeps over children killed in a chemical attack Syrian opposition forces are blaming on the Syrian regime. [AFP PHOTO/HO/SHAAM NEWS NETWORK]

Open Design

edited by
Bas van Abel
Roel Klaassen
Lucas Evers
Peter Troxler
Technology is empowering more people to create and disseminate designs andto share their work with the world.
Seyfo 1915
Seyfo, Ferman and Kafle (1914-1918)
Universalism = differences
Ottoman Empire during this period whose aim was to establish a uniform society made up of one flag, one belief, one nation and one language
and small children snatched from their parents, were renamed and farmed out to be raised by Turks. Many girls and younger women were seized from their families and taken as slave-brides.
Women, Children &

Death Marches - raped, starved, dehydrated, murdered and kidnapped along the way.

Small children snatched from their parents, were renamed and farmed out to be raised by Turks.

Many girls and younger women were seized from their families and taken as slave-brides.
Genocide, violence, desensitization

My Lai Massacre, photographer Ronald L. Haeberle on March 16, 1968.
Syrian mother weeps over child killed in a chemical attack. 8/28/13
Designer, Client, User
Aesthetic, Effectiveness, Function
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