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MARIAM'S TATTOOS: The Afterlives of a Humanitarian Photograph ~ Wednesday, November 15, 2023 ~ On Zoom

Ararat-Eskijian Museum Armenian Genocide Elyse Semerdjian NAASR PAI Armenian Genocide Research Program Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA Remnants Tattoos UCLA Center for the Study of Women

Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at 1:00pm Eastern /10:00am Pacific
Live on Zoom. Registration is required and free.
Livestream on the Promise Armenian Institute YouTube Channel.

DR. ELYSE SEMERDJIAN, Robert Aram and Marianne Kaloosdian and Stephen and Marian Mugar Chair of Armenian Genocide Studies at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University.

Foremost among the images of the Armenian Genocide is the communal memory of tattooed Islamized Armenian women. Blue tribal tattoos that covered face and body signified assimilation into Muslim Bedouin and Kurdish households. Dr. Elyse Semerdjian will discuss her book Remnants: Embodied Archives of the Armenian Genocide wherein tattooed and scar-bearing bodies reveal the larger history of gender and genocide. However, she will focus her discussion on contextualizing a single 1919 humanitarian portrait of a young woman named Mariam Azarian. While collecting and accessioning process left the genocide victim’s name in oblivion, Semerdjian will showcase her methodological approach to the subject of tattooed Armenian women and the possibilities for recovering information from a mutilated post-genocide archive.

Remnants: Embodied Archives of the Armenian Genocide is available in the NAASR Bookstore.

Armenian Genocide Research Program of the Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA

National Association for Armenian Studies and Research
UCLA Center for the Study of Women
Ararat-Eskijian Museum
UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies

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