Mardigian Library Open by Appointment
Mardigian Library Open by Appointment

Event Videos — #NAASR

Reproducing the Resurrection: From European Prints to Armenian Manuscripts

Reproducing the Resurrection: From European Prints to Armenian Manuscripts

In this illustrated talk, Sylvie L. Merian, Ph.D., explains the reasons for the late usage in Armenian artistic traditions of Resurrection iconography in which Christ is shown emerging from the tomb, demonstrate what inspired the artists, and show how this iconography became common in numerous other artistic media for centuries.

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Personalizing the Map of Homeland

Personalizing the Map of Homeland

In this talk, Dr. Carel Bertram discusses how travelers came to experience these two landscapes (hostland/diasporic home and homeland) not merely together, but as mirrors, or as parallel or overlapping maps. She uses their conversations and their memories of homeland-related recipes and music to show how, during their travels, this sensibility was activated and nurtured in ways that impacted their understanding and experiences of homeland in powerful ways.

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THE HORRORS OF ADANA: Revolution and Violence in the Early Twentieth Century

THE HORRORS OF ADANA: Revolution and Violence in the Early Twentieth Century

Dr. Bedross Der Matossian presents his book The Horrors of Adana: Revolution and Violence in the Early Twentieth Century.

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ARMENIAN COMMUNITIES OF PERSIA / IRAN: History, Trade, Culture

ARMENIAN COMMUNITIES OF PERSIA / IRAN: History, Trade, Culture

The boundaries between the Iranian and Armenian worlds were porous in many ways. The Armenian presence in Iran is attested from the Achaemenid centuries to the present. Although the Armenian Iranian community has decreased significantly since the nineteenth century, it still constitutes the most significant Christian element in Iran, finding means to preserve in large measure its religion, language, and traditions and to navigate between Armenian and Iranian identities.

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A HOUSE IN THE HOMELAND: Armenian Pilgrimages to Places of Ancestral Memory

A HOUSE IN THE HOMELAND: Armenian Pilgrimages to Places of Ancestral Memory

In this talk, Dr. Bertram describes how, with luggage filled with stories heard from their own family members, including those transmitted through the songs they sang, the dances they danced, the foods they made, and even through their screams in the night, pilgrims understood that they were visiting a sacred landscape, albeit one violated by the profane. In this fraught yet transcendent place, pilgrims invent a series of rituals so that village by village, town by town, or even house by house, they ritually connect with their own ancestors, and, as they stand on their own ancestral land, allow them to be a part of their personal story in the present.

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