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February 2019: Contested Landscapes, Competing Narratives: Armenian and Global Perspectives

Friday, February 22, 2019

9:30am - 5pm | Room 455 Weiser Hall

This Workshop will be devoted to the multi-facetted topic of contested historical landscapes. Bridging Armenian and global perspectives—encompassing a vast geography from Southeastern Europe to the Middle East and the post-Soviet space—the workshop participants will explore competing narratives on cultural heritage, history and, ultimately, homeland. Drawing from the mutually-enriching expertise of different academic disciplines—from history and political science to sociology and anthropology—this workshop will excavate from the debris of 20th century landscapes silenced narratives on disappeared populations, alien homelands and collective violence. 

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. 

Workshop Schedule

9:30 AM | Opening remarks  

Ronald Grigor Suny, University of Michigan 

9:40 AM Keynote Address: Satire and Anti-Satire in Caucasus Historiographies  

Bruce M. Grant, New York University   

11 AM  Break

11:30 AM Panel I – Armenian Perspectives   

Chair: Fatma Müge Göcek, University of Michigan

Mehmet Polatel, University of Michigan
In Pursuit of Local Knowledge: Reflections on People, Memory and Past in Sivas

Anoush Tamar Suni, University of California, Los Angeles
Underground Traces:  The Materiality and Temporality of Violence

David Leupold, University of Michigan
At the ‘Mnemonic Frontier’:  Eastern Turkey and the Vestiges of the Disappeared 

1 PM  Break

2 PM  Panel II – Global Perspectives  

Chair: Ronald Grigor Suny, University of Michigan 

Lediona Shahollari, University of Michigan
Muslim, Albanian, or Native?: Contesting Categories and the Greco-Turkish Population Exchange (1921-1926)   

Omer Sharir, University of Michigan
Before Anarchya and Huriya: Letters of Jewish Paramilitary Leaders in Palestine under CUP Rule

Shourjendra Nath Mukherjee, University of Michigan
The Unjust State and the Treacherous Nation: The Semantics of Claim Making among the Survivors of 1984 Anti-Sikh Violence

3:30 PM Break

4 PM  Closing remarks and Roundtable Discussion