Melanie Altanian, M.A.

Melanie Altanian, M.A.

Curriculum Vitae 

  • since August 2015: PhD studies in Philosophy at the University of Bern, supervised by Prof. Dr. Markus Stepanians; co-supervised by Prof. Dr. Monika Betzler, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

  • April 2016–June 2017: Assistant at the Graduate School of the Humanities and the Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Research Network at the University of Bern

  • October 2015–March 2016: Intern at swisspeace’s Dealing with the Past Program, project “Archives and Dealing with the Past”

  • April–July 2015: Student Research Assistant at the Chair of Practical Philosophy (Prof. Dr. Markus Stepanians) at the University of Bern

  • February–July 2014: Student Research Assistant at the Chair of Practical Philosophy (Prof. Dr. Monika Betzler) at the University of Bern

  • September 2012–May 2014: Tutorials at the Institute of Philosophy, University of Bern

  • August 2008–July 2015: Studies in Philosophy, resp. Mono-Master in Political, Legal and Economic Philosophy at the University of Bern


  • Menschenwürdeverletzung der Nachfahren durch Genozidleugnung. In: M. Altanian und M. Stepanians, eds., Aufarbeitung historischer Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit: Eine interdisziplinäre Auseinandersetzung mit dem Armenier-Genozid. Wiesbaden: Springer VS. (forthcoming 2017)

Selected Talks

  • Epistemic Injustice in Scholarly Genocide Denial. Conference entitled, “Don’t Know, Don’t Care: Epistemic Vices and Ignorance”, 6th WFAP Graduate Conference, hosted by Vienna Forum for Analytic Philosophy, 6–8 June 2017

  • Ethical Dimensions of Genocide Remembrance: Asserting Self-Respect and Respecting Rememberers. Seminar entitled, “Memory in Motion: Social Conflict and Politics of Memory”, Department of Social Sciences, Humboldt University of Berlin (invited), 6 May 2017

  • Archives against Genocide Denialism? Prejudice as a Challenge to the Use of Archives in Confronting Historical Injustice. Conference entitled, “Confronting Violent Pasts and Historical (In)justice”; Sixth Annual Conference of the Historical Dialogues, Justice, and Memory Network, hosted by NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam, 1–3 December 2016

  • Collective Moral Responsibility for Historical Genocide: Moral Luck and “Duties to Respond”. Doctoral colloquium entitled, “Responsibility in International and European Law, Philosophy and History”, hosted by CUS Law, Ideas and Politics of Europe, University of Fribourg, 11–12 November 2016

  • How Insights of feminist philosophy can help render intelligible the intrinsic moral wrong of genocide denial. Conference entitled, “After Genocide: From Trauma to Rebirth: A Gendered Perspective”, organized by Women in War (Paris) in Yerevan, 17–19 September 2016

PhD Project

Genocide Denial as an Epistemic Injustice

Project description available at the website of the University of Bern.