BETWEEN PARIS AND FRESNO: Armenian Studies in Honor of Dickran Kouymjian
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BETWEEN PARIS AND FRESNO: Armenian Studies in Honor of Dickran Kouymjian

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Edited by Barlow Der Mugrdechian

This volume is a collection of scholarly articles in honor of Dr. Dickran Kouymjian, whose productive career as scholar, teacher, and prolific public speaker, covers more than fifty years, and reflects his interests in a wider field of Armenian Studies.

Forty-six individuals have contributed articles, on a variety of topics reflecting the scholarly interests of Dr. Kouymjian. Together, these articles will be a lasting legacy for a man whose contributions have incredibly enriched the field of Armenian Studies. The articles are from an international Who’s Who of the Armenian Studies field, from such overseas scholars as Robert Thomson, Michael Stone, Christopher Walker, and Gabriela Uluhogian, and American scholars such as Richard Hovannisian, George A. Bournoutian, Rouben Adalian, Christina Maranci, and Roberta Ervine, among others.

Kouymjian entered the field of Armenian studies in 1958, thus his career spans fifty+ years, very nearly the span of time in which the discipline of Armenian Studies developed with the founding of the first endowed chair of Armenian Studies at Harvard University in 1959. From 1977 -2008, Kouymjian served as Director of the Armenian Studies Program at California State University, Fresno, and from 1988 - 2008 he was the holder of the Haig and Isabel Berberian Chair of Armenian Studies at the same university.

He was one of the five original founders of the Society for Armenian Studies, in 1974, and he has had close ties to Armenologists in Europe and in Armenia. Kouymjian’s interests have ranged from the study of Armenian history and art, to the study of William Saroyan and genocide studies.

For many years Kouymjian resided for part of the year in Paris, France, and six articles in the French language on Armenian topics enrich this volume. His remarkably productive career is reflected in the scope of articles contained in this volume in his honor.

Forty-six individuals have contributed articles, on a variety of topics reflecting the scholarly interests of Dr. Kouymjian. Together, these articles will be a lasting legacy for a man whose contributions have incredibly enriched the field of Armenian Studies. The articles are from an international Who’s Who of the Armenian Studies field, from such overseas scholars as Robert Thomson, Michael Stone, Christopher Walker, and Gabriela Uluhogian, and American scholars such as Richard Hovannisian, George A. Bournoutian, Rouben Adalian, Christina Maranci, and Roberta Ervine, among others.

University of California Press, Fresno (2008)