Graduate School of the Arts and Humanities (GSAH)

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Melanie Altanian

Institute of Philosophy

Postal Address
Graduate School of the Arts and Humanities
Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies
Walter Benjamin Kolleg
Universität Bern
Muesmattstrasse 45
CH-3012 Bern

Melanie Altanian

Holds a (Mono-)Master of Arts in Political, Legal and Economic Philosophy and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Bern as well as ERASMUS studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Title of Master's thesis: The Cruelty of Genocide Denial: Why Institutional Denial of Historical Genocide Attacks the Dignity of Descendants of Genocide Victims.


  • "Genocide Denialism as an Intergenerational Injustice." In Intergenerational Equity: Environmental and Cultural Concerns, eds. Thomas Cottier, Shaheeza Lalani and Clarence Siziba, Leiden: Brill, 2019. Available Here

  • "Menschenwürdeverletzung der Nachfahren durch Genozidleugnung." In Der Genozid an den ArmenierInnen: Beiträge zur wissenschaftlichen Aufarbeitung eines historischen Verbrechens gegen die Menschlichkeit, ed. Melanie Altanian, Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2018. Available here

  • "Archives against Genocide Denialism? Challenges to the Use of Archives in Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation." swisspeace Working Paper 1, Jan 2017. Available here


Title of PhD Project

The Distinct Epistemic Injustice of Genocide Denialism

Research Interests

Ethics | Social Philosophy | Political Philosophy | Epistemology