Join the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago Antoin Sevruguin: Past and Present exhibition curator and catalog editor, Tasha Vorderstrasse, in conversation with two of the authors of the catalog, Charissa Johnson and Polina Kasian. Each of them brought their own perspective to Sevruguin's photographs, which allow us to better understand his pictures and Sevruguin’s unique vision.
In this talk, Dr. Tajiryan will briefly explore the importance of family firms in New Julfan history, the main caravan and maritime trade routes and the global circulation of luxury commodities in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Through the lens of the commercial activities of the Minasian agents in the global exchange of diamonds and coral, this talk will situate New Julfans in the larger context of early modern Asian and global trade
“If genocide, as a practice that includes murder and plunder, is orchestrated by a central authority but implemented at the local level,” Ümit Kurt asks, “what is the relationship between local and central authorities?” What are the incentives and motives that lead to mass participation?
Providing an overview of the structure, administration, life, and resistance in concentration camps based on Armenian accounts, Ottoman archives, and western diplomatic records, Mouradian argues that this glaring manifestation of total war, one directed towards the empire’s very own Armenian subjects, constitutes an important moment of transition in the use internment as a weapon of annihilation.
The ruined monastery of Surp Tovmas (Սուրբ. Թովմաս / St. Thomas), located on the southern shores of Lake Van, is perched in isolation almost halfway up a mountain and north of the village Kantzag (Gandzak), currently Altinsaç, Turkey. Believed to have been built in the 11th century, it is rarely visited because of the difficult ascent to an elevation of 6,600 ft / 2,000 m above sea level.