Cummings Foundation Grant Recipient

18th Annual Graduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies ~ Friday, February 7, 2020

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Friday, February 7, 2020, 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
UCLA Royce Hall, Room 314
10745 Dickson Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90095

9:30 – 10:00 am BREAKFAST

10:00 – 10:10 am OPENING REMARKS
Anatolii Tokmantcev, Director of the 2020 Graduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies
Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA
Dr. S. Peter Cowe, Narekatsi Professor of Armenian Studies
Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA

PANEL 1: Homeland and Diaspora: Displacement and its Effects
Chair: Armen Adamian, Ethnomusicology, UCLA
10:10 – 10:30 am
Ani Shahinian, “The Martyrdom of Awag Salmastec‘i (1390): An Inquiry into Business Relations Between Christians-Muslims in Salmast, Persia and Bałeš, Lake Van Region in Late Medieval Armenia” (University of Oxford)
10:30 – 10:50 am
Bogdan Pavlish, “Networking in Exile: Patronage and Marriage Strategies of Armenian Refugee Kaspar Butachowicz in Late Seventeenth-Century Poland-Lithuania” (Northwestern University)
10:50 – 11:10 am
Ayşenur Korkmaz, “‘No Place Like Home’: ‘Ergir’ and the ex-Ottoman Armenians in Soviet Armenia” (University of Amsterdam)
11:10 – 11:30 am
Nane Khachatryan, “Construction of Visual Representation of Armenia as a Travel Destination: A Synthesis of Tourist and Local Gazes” (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

11:30 – 11:50 am  DISCUSSION

Noon – 2:00  LUNCH

PANEL 2: 19th Century Ottoman Armenian Literature
Chair: Jesse Arlen, Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, UCLA
2:00 – 2:20 pm
Nora Bairamian, “Beyond the Iron Ladle: Education, Gender and Economic Independence in the Work of Mkrtich Khrimean ‘Hayrik’” (Columbia University)
2:20 – 2:40 pm
Arif Tapan, “Reading Nineteenth-Century Armeno-Turkish Novels as Another Phenomenon: A Narratological Perspective” (Boğaziçi University)

2:40 – 2:50 pm DISCUSSION

2:50 – 3:15 pm COFFEE/TEA

PANEL 3: Women in Contemporary Armenia
Chair: Natalie Kamajian, World Arts & Cultures/Dance, UCLA
3:15 – 3:35 pm
Hasmik Knyazyan, “‘Hanging Out to Dry, or…’: The Socio-Cultural Aspects of Hanging Laundry (the Armenian Case)” (Independent Researcher)
3:35 – 3:55 pm
Ani Der Grigorian, “Spontaneous and Unorganized? Reconceptualizing Formal and Informal Activism in the Armenian Women’s Movement” (London School of Economics and Political Science)

3:55 – 4:05 pm DISCUSSION

PANEL 4: Socio-Political Trends in Contemporary Armenia
Chair: Arpi Melikyan, French & Francophone Studies, UCLA
4:10 – 4:30 pm
Lilit Ghazaryan, “Language Practices and Policies in Kindergartens in Yerevan, Armenia” (UCLA)
4:30 – 4:50 pm
Urban Jaksa, “Pashinyan vs. the Karabakh Clan: Re-Examining Patronal Relations Between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh” (University of York)

4:50 – 5:00 pm DISCUSSION

5:00 – 5:15 pm GUEST SPEAKER
Dr. Sergio La Porta, Haig and Isabel Berberian Professor of Armenian Studies
Fresno State University

5:15 ­– 5:20 pm Salmast Heritage Association Award

5:30 – 6:30 pm Reception – Melnitz Hall (outside James Bridges Theater)

Film screenings in James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall 1409

6:30 pm – Screening of “Motherland” by Emily Mkrtichian & Jesse Soursourian, followed by Q&A with director

7:15 pm – Screening of “Gate to Heaven” by Jivan Avetisjan, Followed by Q&A with director

National Association for Armenian Studies and Research - NAASR
Society for Armenian Studies
UCLA Campus Programs Committee
UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies
UCLA Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies
UCLA Program on Central Asia
UCLA Center for 17th & 18th Century Studies
UCLA Near Eastern Languages & Cultures
UCLA Promise Institute for Human Rights
UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies
UCLA Department of Slavic, East European & Eurasian Languages & Cultures
UCLA Center for World Languages
UCLA | Comparative Literature
Voskevaz Winery

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