Cummings Foundation Grant Recipient

THE ARMENIANS OF AINTAB: The Economics of Genocide in an Ottoman Province


Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 6:00pm Eastern / 3:00pm Pacific
On Zoom and NAASR's YouTube channel Armenian Studies.


The Armenians of Aintab draws on primary sources from Armenian, Ottoman, Turkish, British, and French archives, as well as memoirs, personal papers, oral accounts, and newly discovered property liquidation records. Together they provide an invaluable account of genocide at ground level.

Ümit Kurt is a historian of the late Ottoman Empire with a particular focus on the transformations of the imperial structures and their role in constituting the republican regime. His research and teaching are grounded on theories of state and class, social identity and ethnicity. He received his MA from Sabancı University in 2008 and his PhD from Clark University in 2016. Since then, he has held a number of postdoctoral positions at Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University and in the Armenian Studies Program at California State University, Fresno. Currently, he is a Research Fellow at the Polonsky Academy in the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and teaches in the department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


He is the author of Antep 1915: soykırım ve failler (İletişim, 2018), co-author of The Spirit of the Laws: The Plunder of Wealth in the Armenian Genocide (Berghahn Press, 2015) and editor of Armenians and Kurds in the Late Ottoman Empire (The Press at California State University, 2020). His book, The Armenians of Aintab: The Economics of Genocide in an Ottoman Province, published by Harvard University Press, is available for sale at the NAASR bookstore online.

Ümit Kurt is the winner of the 2021 Discovery Early Career Research Award of the Australian Research Council. He is also the Vice Executive Secretary of the International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS).

Columbia University Armenian Center
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)
Research Institute on Turkey

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