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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]

Sunday, November 11, 2012
10:00 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:

THE VENETIAN CRADLE: FROM MEGHAPART TO MKHITAR (10:00-12:00)

Chair: Ra’anan Boustan (UCLA, Department of History)

Discussant: Gabriel Piterberg (UCLA, Department of History)

• Claude Mutafian: “Italian Port Cities and Armenian printers” (Université Paris XIII)

• Agnes Ouzounian: “Ուրբաթագիրք (Venise, 1512): du manuscrit au premier livre imprimé.”* (INALCO, ICP, Paris)

• Meroujan Karapetyan: “Venice and the Mkhitarist Printing Enterprise: Some Reflections on the Business of Publishing” (in Armenian)* (American University of Armenia)

Lunch Break: 12:00-2:00

 

THE ITINERANT ARMENIAN PRINTING SHOP: AMSTERDAM, CONSTANTINOPLE, CALCUTTA, AND MADRAS (2:00-4:00)

Chair: Michael Morony (UCLA, Department of History)

Discussant: Talar Chahinian (CSULB, Department of Comparative World Literature)

• Elizabet Tajiryan: “Armenian Printing in Amsterdam: A Typological Analysis” (in Armenian)* (Institute of History, National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia)

• Vazken Ghougassian: “The Printing Enterprise of Armenians in India” (Armenian Prelacy, NY)

• Christina Maranci: “Works of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Armenian Manuscript Illumination in Seventeenth-Century Constantinople” (Tufts University, Department of Art History)

READERS, PRINTERS, AND THE GLOBAL CIRCULATION OF BOOKS (4:00-6:00)

Chair: David Myers (UCLA, Department of History)

Discussant: Margaret Jacob (UCLA, Department of History)

• Raymond H. Kévorkian: “Marchands et clercsimprimeurs: complémentarité et coopération au XVIIe siècle de Venise à Amsterdam”* (Bibliothèque arménienne, Nubar, Paris)

• Sebouh D. Aslanian: “A Reader Responds to Joseph Emin’s Life and Adventures: Notes towards a ‘history of Reading’ in Early Modern Madras” (UCLA, Department of history)

• Peter Cowe: “Print as a Medium for the Transmission of Scientific and Scholarly Innovation in Armenian Society (16th-18th cc.)” (UCLA, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures)

 


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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