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Re-reading Crusade Literature: Where are the Armenians


Turkey 1919–1922: Final efforts to cleanse the non-Turkish population

Date: Monday 2 June 2014
Venue: SOAS, University of London
Speaker: Prof Raymond Kévorkian (University of Paris VIII: Vincennes–Saint-Denis)
Chair: Mr Ara Sarafian (Gomidas Institute)

This seminal lecture by Professor Raymond Kévorkian was not only the next instalment in the Towards 2015 series of lectures about the Armenian Genocide, but also the last Programme of Armenian Studies event to be held this academic year. (more…)

Public and Private Erasure of History and Memory: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present, and Collective Violence against the Armenians 1789–2009

Date: Monday 19 May 2014
Venue: SOAS, University of London
Speaker: Prof Fatma Müge Göçek (University of Michigan)
Chair: Ms Helin Anahit (Middlesex University)

The memory of violence is a half-seen face, a blurring at the edges of modern Turkish society. After an introduction by Helin Anahit, Fatma Müge Göçek, Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, opened her lecture to a room full of scholars and members of the public: Turks, Armenians, and others alike. (more…)

Civil Society, Development and Environmental Activism in Armenia

Date: Thursday 27 February 2014
Venue: SOAS, University of London
Speaker: Dr Armine Ishkanian (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Chair: Elliot Bannister (Programme of Armenian Studies)

Most of the audience members at tonight’s talk, hosted by the Programme of Armenian Studies, would have claimed an awareness of civil society, but that’s not to say they agreed on what it meant. Earlier in the day, the former Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych was reported to have entered Russia, having been ousted by the Euromaidan demonstrations that started in November. (more…)

The Smoking Gun: Talaat Pasha’s Report on the Armenian Genocide

Date: Monday 17 February 2014
Venue: SOAS, University of London
Speaker: Mr Ara Sarafian (Gomidas Institute)
Chair: Adham Smart (Programme of Armenian Studies)

Ubiquitous greetings of ‘parev, pari yegav’ alongside ‘merhaba, hoşgeldiniz’ were heard upon arrival as over thirty people assembled for the event. This evening was the fourth in the Towards 2015 lecture series, hosted by the Programme of Armenian Studies in the run-up to the centenary of the Armenian Genocide. (more…)

New Directions: the five-year plan of the Armenian Communities Department at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Date: Thursday 23 January 2014
Venue: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch)
Speaker: Dr Razmik Panossian (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation)
Welcoming remarks: Mr Martin Essayan (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation)
Introductory remarks: Dr Krikor Moskofian (Programme of Armenian Studies)

If you have been on Dr Krikor Moskofian’s mailing list for long, you may have noticed, and possibly even read, the brief reports that are usually sent out a few days (or if I’m the one writing, more than a few days) following these events that he organises. In order to fully relay to those who weren’t able to make it the content of this important talk (jointly organized by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Programme of Armenian Studies) this report is longer than usual.

As you may know, the UK branch of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation was previously based at Portland Place, but moved to its current address in Hoxton Square in 2009 under the leadership of Mr Andrew Barnett, who was appointed director of the UK branch two years earlier. (more…)

Dndesian and the Music of the Armenian Hymnal

Date: Thursday 3 October 2013
Venue: Hye Doon, London
Speaker: Haig Utidjian
Chair: Jacob Olley (PhD candidate, King’s College London)

The speaker at this evening’s event, the first of the academic year hosted by the Programme of Armenian Studies in London, was the researcher, choirmaster and conductor Haig Utidjian. At the beginning of this month in Echmiadzin, he informs us, the Bishops’ Synod of the Armenian Church took place for the first time in six centuries. (more…)

Port Cities and Printers: Reflections on Early Modern Global Armenian Print

Date: Friday 12 July 2013
Venue: Hye Doon, London
Speaker: Dr Sebouh Aslanian (University of California, Los Angeles)

In this era of colossal lecture theatres luxuriously endowed by well-meaning magnates, it was a rare treat to be able to encounter Dr Aslanian within such a relaxed and informal setting as Hye Doon in Kensington. The distinguished professor of UCLA shared with us in a candid and yet engaging fashion the projected aims and initial findings of his new research project on the role of Armenian print within the early modern period and the historiography of global print culture. (more…)

Assyrians, Syriacs, Kurds and Turks: A Tragedy behind the Scenes of the Armenian Genocide

Date: Tuesday 4 June 2013
Venue: SOAS, University of London
Speaker: Dr David Gaunt (Södertörn University)
Chair: Dr Armine Ishkanian (London School of Economics and Political Science)

A crowd of a slightly different demographic from usual gathered for the third in the Programme of Armenian Studies’ Towards 2015 series of events on the Armenian Genocide. Dr David Gaunt, lecturer in history at the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies at Södertörn University in Stockholm, came to talk not about the Armenian Genocide, but the genocide of another people who inhabited Eastern Anatolia during the violent early years of the twentieth century: the Assyrians, or, if you prefer, the Syriacs or Suryoyo. (more…)