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Port Cities and Printers: Five Centuries of Global Armenian Print, 1512-2012

A Conference in Honor of Professor Richard Hovannisian | An international conference organized by the Richard Hovannisian Endowed Chair of Modern Armenian History [established by the Armenian Educational Foundation]

Friday, November 09, 2012
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
314 Royce Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

From its origins in Venice in 1512, the history of early modern (1500-1800) Armenian print culture was closely entangled with that of port cities, initially in Europe and subsequently in Asia. In fact, virtually every Armenian printing press before 1800 was established either in or close to port cities, and the few that were not, owed their existence to on-going relations with port locations. Yet, despite the obvious relationship between ports and printers, their synergetic relationship has thus far largely eluded scholarly attention. Convened on the quincentenary of the printing of the first Armenian book, this conference explores the intimate relationship between port cities and printers in the rich history of global Armenian print culture. The conference brings together an international cast of scholars to examine various aspects of the history of the early modern Armenian book.

Keynote Address:

Jean Hébrard (École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor): “Readers and Writers in an Early Modern Atlantic Perspective: From the History of Books to the History of Written Practices in Motion”

For more information, please contact conference organizer:

Sebouh Aslanian


Cost : Free and Open to the Public

(310) 825-1455

Sponsor(s): , Department of History, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies, The National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), With the generous support of Mr. Mark Chenian

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