Cummings Foundation Grant Recipient

Early Modernity & Mobility: Port Cities and Printers Across the Armenian Diaspora, 1512-1800

Early Modernity & Mobility Mashtots Chair in Armenian Studies at Harvard NAASR Port Cities Printers Sebouh D. Aslanian Society for Armenian Studies

Tuesday, October 31, 2023, at 7:30 pm Eastern / 4:30pm Pacific
In-Person at the NAASR Vartan Gregorian Building, 395 Concord Avenue, Belmont, MA.
On Zoom and the NAASR YouTube Channel.

Fourth Annual Prof. Charles B. Garabedian Lecture

PROF. SEBOUH D. ASLANIAN, Richard Hovannisian Endowed Chair in Modern Armenian History, UCLA

Early Modernity and Mobility explores the disparate yet connected histories of Armenian printing establishments in early modern Europe and Asia. From 1512, when the first Armenian printed codex appeared in Venice, to the end of the early modern period in 1800, Armenian presses operated in nineteen locations across the Armenian diaspora.

Drawing on extensive archival research, Sebouh David Aslanian explores why certain books were published at certain times, how books were sold across the diaspora, who read them, and how the printed word helped fashion a new collective identity for early modern Armenians. In examining the Armenian print tradition Aslanian tells a larger story about the making of the diaspora itself.

Dr. Sebouh David Aslanian is professor and Richard Hovannisian Endowed Chair in Modern Armenian History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of From the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean: The Global Trade Networks of Armenian Merchants from New Julfa (2011) and has published in many leading scholarly journals.

Professor Charles B. Garabedian (1917-1991) was born in Everett, Mass., graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University (A.B. English and History) and Boston University Law School. During World War II he served in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), and in the late 1940s he began his teaching career at Suffolk University Law School. At the time of his death, Professor Garabedian was the Senior Faculty Professor at Suffolk University Law School. The annual lecture in his memory has been established at NAASR by Prof. Garabedian’s niece, NAASR Board Member Joan E. Kolligian.

Early Modernity & Mobility is available for purchase in the NAASR Bookstore online and in store.

Mashtots Chair in Armenian Studies at Harvard University
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)
Society for Armenian Studies (SAS)

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