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Armenian Studies at a Threshold (Day 2)

35th Anniversary Conference of the Society for Armenian Studies

Friday, March 27, 2009
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
1200 Rolfe Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Session 4. Friday, 9-11 a.m.
Armenian History as Connected History           
Houri Berberian, California State University-Long Beach, Chair
• Sebouh Aslanian, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, “From ‘Autonomous’ to ‘Interactive’ Histories: World History’s Challenge to Armenian Studies”
• Peter Cowe, UCLA, “The Armenian Oikoumene of the 11th to 14th Century in Search of a Holistic Discourse”
• Rachel Goshgarian, Zohrab Center, New York, “The Futuwwa and Armenian History in the Late Medieval ‘Islamicate’ World of Anatolia”
• Elyse Semerdjian, Whitman College, “Morality, Communalism, and the Armenians of Ottoman Aleppo”

Refreshments, 11:00-11:15 a.m.

Session 5. Friday, 11:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Economy, Society, and Culture of Early Modern East Central Europe (14th –19th Centuries)
George Bournoutian, Iona College, Chair
• Andreas Helmedach, Center for the History and Culture of East Central Europe (GWZO), Leipzig, “Armenian Minorities as Actors in Early Modern Globalization”
• Bálint Kovács, Center for the History and Culture of East Central Europe (GWZO), Leipzig, “Interregional Cultural Relations of the Transylvanian Armenians in the 17th and 18th Centuries”
• Judit Pál, Babe?-Bolyai-University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, “The Social and Economic History of the Armenians in Transylvania in the 18th and 19th Centuries”

Lunch Recess, 1:00-1:45 p.m.

Session 6. Friday, 1:45-3:45 p.m.
Between Perversion and Representation: Sexual Allegories in Armenian Literature
Rubina Peroomian, UCLA, Chair and Discussant
• Tamar Boyadjian, UCLA, “The Female City and Its Textual Function: Grigor Tghay’s
      Lament over the City of Jerusalem”
• Talar Chahinian, UCLA, “The Crisis of Incest: Reconfiguring the Catastrophe in Orpuni’s ‘Vartsu Seniag,’ Sarafian’s Ishkhanuhin, and Shahnur’s ‘Buynuzlenere’”
• Myrna Douzjian, UCLA, “Challenging Social and Literary Norms: Sexual Agency in Violet Grigorian’s Poetry”
• Lilit Keshishyan, UCLA, “Sexual Perversion as Political Allegory in Gurgen Khanjian's Hivandanots”

Refreshments, 3:45-4:00 p.m.

Session 7. Friday, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
New Perspectives on The Armenian Genocide
George Shirinian, Zoryan Institute, Chair
• Taner Akçam, Clark University, “Ottoman Documents and Genocidal Intent of the Union and Progress Party”
• Fuat Dündar, L'École des Haute Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and Michigan-Ann Arbor, “Mapping and Counting Armenians by the Young Turk Government”
• Janet Klein, University of Akron, “The Kurds and the Armenian Genocide: Reflections on Historiography”
• Lerna Ekmekcio?lu, New York University, “Approaching the Unlucky Sister and Her Child: Sexual Violence as a Marker during and after the Armenian Genocide”
• Vahram Shemmassian, California State University-Northridge “The Rescue of Captive Genocide Survivors, 1919-1921”

Light Dinner Recess (on site), 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Session 8. Friday, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Contemporary Armenia
Hovann Simonian, University of Southern California, Chair
• Khatchik Der Ghougassian, Universidad de San Andrés, Buenos Aires, “Market
Fundamentalism, Economic Hardship, and Social Protest in Armenia”
• Konrad Siekierski, Institute Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznañ, Poland, “Nation and Faith, Past and Present: The Contemporary Discourse of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Armenia”
• Tamara Tonoyan, National Institute of Health, Yerevan, “HIV/AIDS in Armenia: Migration as a Socio-Economic and Cultural Component of Women’s Risk Settings”
• Anahid Keshishian-Aramouni, UCLA, “Inknagir Magazine: Frivolous Iconoclasm or Marker of Artistic Liberty?”
• Gregory Areshian, UCLA, Pavel Avetisyan and Armine Hayrapetyan, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Yerevan, “Archaeology in Post-Soviet Armenia: New Discoveries, Problems, and Perspectives”


Conference Sponsors:
Society for Armenian Studies
UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies
UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies
USC Institute of Armenian Studies
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research
The Armenian Studies Programs of
Armenian Center, Columbia University
Armenian Research Center, University of Michigan-Dearborn
California State University-Fresno
California State University-Northridge
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Banquet Sponsor: Armenian Educational Foundation

Sponsor(s): Center for European and Eurasian Studies, Center for Near Eastern Studies

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