Cummings Foundation Grant Recipient

Current Year — #Society for Armenian Studies

THE SULTAN of NEW YORK and the INVENTION of ARMENIAN-AMERICAN IDENTITY (1834-1895) ~ Tuesday, February 21, 2023 ~ On Zoom/YouTube

THE SULTAN of NEW YORK and the INVENTION of ARMENIAN-AMERICAN IDENTITY (1834-1895) ~ Tuesday, February 21, 2023 ~ On Zoom/YouTube

This talk by Nora Lessersohn will introduce the life and work of Christopher Oscanyan (1818-1895), one of the first known Armenian-Americans, and his efforts to connect the U.S. with the Ottoman Empire—especially its Armenian Christian population.

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THE BLOCKADE of ARTSAKH and GLOBAL INDIFFERENCE ~ Saturday, January 21, 2023 ~ On Zoom/YouTube

THE BLOCKADE of ARTSAKH and GLOBAL INDIFFERENCE ~ Saturday, January 21, 2023 ~ On Zoom/YouTube

Online panel discussion of the current blockade of Artsakh and apparent global indifference.

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TALAT PASHA’S GENOCIDE TECHNOCRAT: A Biography of Mustafa Reşat Mimaroğlu ~ Tuesday, December 13, 2022 ~ On ZOOM/YouTube

TALAT PASHA’S GENOCIDE TECHNOCRAT: A Biography of Mustafa Reşat Mimaroğlu ~ Tuesday, December 13, 2022 ~ On ZOOM/YouTube

In this talk, Dr. Ümit Kurt will explore Mimaroğlu’s biography including his relationship with the Armenian journalist and professor Diran Kelekian, who was arrested by his former student Mimaroğlu in April 1915 and killed; examine the continuation of a genocidal regime in the modern Turkish Republic and how genocidaires such as Mimaroğlu constituted core elements of the new state; and explore what kinds of administrative/bureaucratic mechanisms made the Armenian Genocide possible and how technocrats like Mustafa Reşat, taking charge of these mechanisms, facilitated the genocide for political decision-makers.

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TECHNOLOGIES OF COMMUNICATION AND ARMENIAN NARRATIVE PRACTICES THROUGH THE CENTURIES: International Conference ~ Saturday & Sunday, September 17-18, 2022 ~ IN Person

TECHNOLOGIES OF COMMUNICATION AND ARMENIAN NARRATIVE PRACTICES THROUGH THE CENTURIES: International Conference ~ Saturday & Sunday, September 17-18, 2022 ~ IN Person

Focusing on technologies of communication (i.e., manuscripts, print, visual, and digital media) the Technologies of Communication and Armenian Narrative Practices Through the Centuries: International Conference aims to foster an interdisciplinary conversation with researchers working across historical periods around the question of how technologies of communication have impacted Armenian narrative style and practices (such as modes of storytelling, narrative structure, and exegetical principles), and reversely how Armenian narrative practices have shaped each new technology.

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COLLECTIVE TRAUMA AND THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE: Armenian, Turkish and Azerbaijani Relations Since 1839 ~ Thursday, June 2, 2022 ~ On Zoom

COLLECTIVE TRAUMA AND THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE: Armenian, Turkish and Azerbaijani Relations Since 1839 ~ Thursday, June 2, 2022 ~ On Zoom

The lessons Dr. Pamela Steiner has taken about what might be needed to achieve something positive among Armenians, Turks and Azerbaijanis is pulled together in her recent interdisciplinary book, Collective Trauma and the Armenian Genocide: Armenian, Turkish and Azerbaijani Relations Since 1839.

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