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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]

Saturday, November 10, 2012
9:15 AM - 6:00 PM
Rolfe 1200
UCLA
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.

SCHEDULE

Opening Remarks: Dr. Sebouh D. Aslanian followed by Richard Hovannisian (9:15-9:30)

 

Introduction, Sebouh D. Aslanian: “Port Cities, Printers, and Port Armenians” (9:30-10:00)

 

THE STATE OF THE ART TODAY I: ARMENIAN BOOK COLLECTIONS AT UCLA AND BEYOND (10:00-12:00)

Chair: Anahid Keshishian: (UCLA, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures)

Discussant: Mary Momdjian (UCLA, Department of History)

• Gia Aivazian: “Armenian Studies at UCLA and the University Library’s Armenian Collections”
(UCLA, Young Research Library)

• Nora Avetyan: “The UCLA Minasian Collection of Manuscripts and Archival Materials” (UCLA, Young Research Library)

• Marc A. Mamigonian: “An Overview of Armenian-American Publishing and Library Collections in the Northeast U.S. (Through 1930)” (National Association for Armenian Studies and Research)

WELCOMING REMARKS: Dean Alessandro Duranti (12:00-12:10)

 

LUNCH BREAK: 12:10-2:00

 

THE STATE OF THE ART TODAY II: ARMENIAN BOOK COLLECTIONS AT UCLA AND BEYOND (2:00-4:00)

Chair: Vahram Shemmassian (CSUN, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures)

Discussant: Hagop Gulludjian (UCLA, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures)

• Taline Voskeritchian: “The Librairie Orientale: An Exilic Bookstore in Paris and the Making of a Diaspora Community” (Boston University)

• Karin KarakaČ™li: “The Continuing Legacy of Armenian Print culture in Istanbul: On the periodical Agos and the publishing house Aras”
(Agos and Aras publishers)

• Ara Sanjian: “Armenian Libraries in the Diaspora Confronting the Age of Digital Globalization: The Case of the Armenian Research Center at the University of Michigan-Dearborn,” (University of Michigan, Dearborn)

MANUSCRIPT BEFORE PRINT: WAS THERE AN EARLY MODERN ARMENIAN “PRINTING REVOLUTION”? (4:00-6:00)

CHAIR: Ron Mellor (UCLA, Department of History)

DISCUSSANT: Teo Ruiz (UCLA, Department of History)

• Sergio La Porta “Before Print: Manuscript Distribution Networks and the Development of the Armenian Intellectual Tradition” (CSU Fresno, Armenian Studies Program)

• Sylvie L. Merian: “The Transition from Manuscript to Print (and vice versa): Physical Evidence in Armenian Books and Manuscripts” (The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York)

• Tamar M. Boyadjian: “The Surface beneath the Script: Paper as a Medium for Studying the Evolution of the Armenian Book” (UCLA, Postdoctoral Fellow)

• Dickran Kouymjian: “Revolution or Evolution? The Armenian Book from Manuscript to Print” (CSU Fresno & Paris)

 


For more information, please contact conference organizer:

Sebouh Aslanian
saslanian@history.ucla.edu

 


Cost : Free and Open to the Public

JohannaRomero
(310) 825-1455
www.international.ucla.edu/cnes
romero@international.ucla.edu

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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