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Challenging Entrenched Categories: Re-Exploring Approaches to Armenian Literature

Organized by the Armenian Studies Program
Co-sponsored by Department of Comparative Literature
April 17 & 18, 2015

Friday, April 17

10:00–10:20 am – Opening Remarks

Kathryn Babayan, University of Michigan

Tamar Boyadjian, Michigan State University

10:20–10:30 am – Opening Address

Kevork Bardakjian, University of Michigan

10:00–12:00 pm – Unexplored Transmissions: Re-contextualizing Armenian Literature in the Pre-modern World

Discussant:  Theo M. van Lint, University of Oxford

Michael Pifer, University of Michigan
"Welcoming the Stranger: Literary Adaptation in Middle Armenian Poetry"

Sos Bagramyan, American University of Armenia, Yerevan
“Madness and Political Possibilities in Madmen of the World Unite and King Lear”                   

1:00–2:15 pm – Beyond Representation: Responses to Genocide in Armenian Literature and Visual Arts

Discussant:  Talar Chahinian, California State University, Long Beach

Karen Jallatyan, University of California, Irvine
“Media and the Status of Realism in Post-Catastrophe Diasporic Armenian Novel: A Case Study of Krikor Beledian's Thresholds”

Alaettin Carikci, Leiden University, Leiden
"Revisiting the Armenian Genocide in the Public Space of Istanbul"

2:30–4:00 pm – Transnational Conversations: Integrating Armenian Literature into Comparative Contexts

Discussant: Myrna Douzjian, University of California, Los Angeles; California State University, Fresno

Ali Bolcakan, University of Michigan
“Re-thinking Written Borders in Turkish Literature: Armenian Literature and the Turkish Cannon”

Narine Jallatyan, University of California, Los Angeles
“Island Languages and Linguistic Islands: Diasporic Poetry of Vahe Oshagan and Edouard Glissant”

Etienne Charriere, University of Michigan
“From Imitation to Innovation: the Western Armenian Novel and the Transnational Translating Communities of the Late Ottoman Empire”

Saturday, April 18

10:30 am – Opening Remarks

Tamar Boyadjian, Michigan State University

10:45–1:00 pm – Roundtable Discussion: The Humanities “Crisis” and the Future of Armenian Literary Studies

Respondents: Lilit Keshishyan, Hagop Gulludjian, Vahram Danielyan, and Hayk Hambardzumyan

2:00–4:00 pm  Keynote Address: Dr. Marc Nichanian

“Repetition, Translation, Translatability: The Experience of the Foreign in Vorpouni and Borges”