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Event Videos — UCLA Promise Armenian Institute

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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THE END OF ARMENIAN SIVAS: The Extermination of Deportees

THE END OF ARMENIAN SIVAS: The Extermination of Deportees

Monday, April 18, 2022, 1:00pm EDT / 10:00am, PDTOn Zoom and the Promise Armenian Institute YouTube channel.PRESENTERROBERT SUKIASYAN, PhD, Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Promise Armenian InstituteDISCUSSANTRUBEN SAFRASTYAN, PhD, Counselor of Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Armenian National Academy of SciencesDeportation and massacres were the principal methods of exterminating the Ottoman Armenians. In the case of Sivas province, which had one the largest Armenian populations in the empire, the vast majority of the deportees were killed on the way to the Syrian desert. The study of survivor memoirs sheds light on this process while at the same time describing the administration...

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1860 Gesaria (Kayseri) To Los Angeles 2022: Mapping Culture And Sharing Stories

1860 Gesaria (Kayseri) To Los Angeles 2022: Mapping Culture And Sharing Stories

This special two-day, in person and Zoom event highlighted mid-19th century Armenian life and cultural history featured in the newly translated memoir of Setrak Timourian and his family’s migration from Gesaria (Kayseri) to Los Angeles.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Is the Pen Mightier than the Sword? Historians, Disputed Ownership of History, and Ethnic Conflict in the South Caucasus ~ DAY 1

Is the Pen Mightier than the Sword? Historians, Disputed Ownership of History, and Ethnic Conflict in the South Caucasus ~ DAY 1

Examining case studies from Ossetia and Abkhazia in Georgia to Nagorno Karabakh and its surrounding regions and Nakhijevan in Azerbaijan, scholars present comparative and connective histories of how the historian’s craft and its proponents have been implicated in the incitement of conflict and the destruction of cultural heritage. Topics explored include Soviet nationality policy, the production of national histories for the South Caucasian nationalities, the standardization of curricula of national histories under Soviet and post-Soviet rule, and the destruction of historical monuments.

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Aftermath: the Armenian Earthquake of 1988, A Photo Collection by Asadour Guzelian

Aftermath: the Armenian Earthquake of 1988, A Photo Collection by Asadour Guzelian

This webinar includes an introduction to the Armenian Image Archive (AIA) by Carla Garapedian, Ph.D., a survey by Joseph Malikian, Ph.D., of early Armenian photography which will be a focus of research in the AIA, and a presentation of Asadour Guzelian’s photographs, taken on his two trips to Armenia in 1988 and 1989.

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