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April 2018: Armenian Childhood(s): Histories and Theories of Childhood and Youth in Armenian Studies

Miss Harnack with a group of (Armenian) orphans. Photo credit: Der Christliche Orient (Vol.15, 1914)

Ninth Annual International Graduate Student Workshop

April 20-21, 2018

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
455 Weiser Hall
500 Church Street
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-1042

Friday, April 20 

2 PM Opening remarks 

Melanie Tanielian, University of Michigan 
Tuğçe Kayaal, University of Michigan 

2:15 PM Childhood and the Cultivating Belonging in Diasporic Experience 

Discussant: Hakem al-Rustom, University of Michigan 

Kristin Cavoukian, University of Toronto 
“Send Your Children to Me”: The Problematic of Childhood in Armenian State-Diaspora Relationships.” 

Alyssa Maria Mathias, University of California, Los Angeles
“Those Who Got It and Those Who Don’t: Childhood Perspectives on Music, Community, and Meritocracy in Mid-Century Armenian Los Angeles.” 

4:15-4:30 PM Break 

4:30 PM Keynote Address: Stephanie Olsen, McGill University
“Thoughts on New Trends in the History of Childhood: Emotions, Experience, and ‘Global History.” 

Saturday, April 21 

10 AM Education and the Making of Armenian Childhood and Youth 

Discussant: Melanie Tanielian, University of Michigan

Asya Darbinyan, Clark University 
“Victims, Survivors, Savages: Armenian Refugee Children in the Caucasus during the Great War.” 

Éva Merenics, Central European University
“(Re)Socializing Post-Genocide Orphans in Caucasian Armenia.” 


Jeremy Johnson, University of Michigan
Hoktemberik: A Revolutionary Magazine for Armenia’s Children. 

Garine Palandjian, Arizona State University 
Aybenarans and the Construction of Armenian Childhood. 

1-2 PM Break 

2 PM Psychoanalysis and the Representation of Childhood and Youth Sexuality in Armenian Literature 

Discussant: Christopher Sheiklian, University of Michigan 

Marine Ghazaryan, Yerevan State University
“The Psychological Connotations of Adolescent Characters’ Sexual Life in Hagop Oshagan’s Prose.” 

Astghik Soghoyan, Yerevan State University
“Gender Issues in the First Armenian Periodical for Children (“Theatre: A Friend to Children” (1876)).” 

Sona Mnatsakanyan, Yerevan State University
“Mother-Daughter Relations in Srpouhi Dussap’s Novels.” 

4-4:15 PM Break 

4:15 PM Roundtable Discussion: Theorizing Historical and Contemporary Childhoods in the Context of Armenian Studies