Author and lawyer Matthew Karanian discusses how a series of maps that his great uncle Mardiros Kheranian produced one century ago encouraged Matthew's own research of ancient Armenia, and guided him along the way. Matthew has published several books about Armenia.
Meghri Dervartanian will tell the story of Hovhannes Tumanyan’s Պոչատ Աղուէսը / Bochad Aghvesě / "The Fox That Lost It's Tail" in Armenian, followed by a fun activity. An adult must accompany the children. All are welcome. Admission is free.
The presentation will focus on the problem of how the memory of trauma, survivors of genocide and repression interact. In some cases, they can develop in parallel, independently of each other. In others, the memory of repressions is formed according to the model of memory of the genocide, when the memory of repressions repeats some of the mechanisms developed in connection with the memory of the genocide, both at the individual and institutional levels (compare with the multidirectional memory according to M. Rothberg). And thirdly, the memory of repression can be contrasted with the memory of genocide.
Thirty years after the war in Abkhazia (1992-1993), the Armenians of Abkhazia are embedded in the fragile process of Abkhazian national construction. Within this young ethnic democracy, they are thus regularly questioned on several aspects of their identity: Are they Abkhazians or Armenians? Are the Hamshen and Armenian identities contradictory? How do they identify themselves and how are they identified by the Abkhazian State? Finally, what might their relationship to the Republic of Armenia be?
Join us for an intimate photographic journey and conversation between Dr. Carla Garapedian of the Armenian Film Foundation and renowned photographer Hrair Hawk Khatcherian on his travels to four major Armenian landmarks.