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ASP Lecture: Bridging Memories in a Contested Geography – Eastern Turkey between Western Armenia and Northern Kurdistan

David Leupold, 2018-19 Manoogian Postdoctoral Fellow, U-M
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
4:00-5:30 PM
Room 555 Weiser Hall Map
Grounded in the field of late Ottoman history this lecture will draw on the disciplines of political sociology and anthropology to challenge bottom-up narratives and relate the past of contested geographies located in the shattered zones of the post-Ottoman and the post-Soviet. Dr. Leupold will examine the relationship between biographical subjects, the politics of memory and communal boundaries in the region around Lake Van - a geography where collective violence stretches back in time to the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and into the contemporaneous Kurdish conflict. The lecture will begin by reconstructing the history of competing national movements and collective violence in the late-Ottoman period, and then deconstruct official Armenian, Turkish and Kurdish accounts to juxtapose ‘official histories’ with their local counter-narratives.

If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend this event, please reach out to us at least 2 weeks in advance of this event. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.

Photo caption: Yüksekova, Southeastern Turkey
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Anthropology, History, Sociology
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Armenian Studies, International Institute