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The “Nation” in Armenian History

Organized by the Armenian Studies Program
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
April 16-20, 2008

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Session I

Moderator: Gerard Libaridian / Comments
Remarks on the theme: Ronald Suny

Rachel Goshgarian : “What is Ottoman History? What is Armenian History? Seeing Armenian Realities as Part of the Ottoman Story”                        

Joanne Laycock:  “Imagining Armenia: Orientalism, History and Civilization”

Session II

Moderator: Ara Sanjian / Comments

Remarks on the theme: Khachig Tölölyan

Taline Papazian: “Bringing the Nation Back In: The Armenian National Movement from Soviet Nationality Syndrome to Sovereign Nation”

Arus Harutyunyan: “Memory, Territory, Belongingness: Citizenry Attitudes on Key Issues Central to Armenian National identity”

Session III

Moderator:  Ron Suny
Remarks on the theme: Kathryn Babayan

Sebouh Aslanian: “From Coalition to Nation: The Collapse of the Julfan Trade Network and its Transformation”

Sossie Kasbarian: “Rooted and Routed – Imagining and Situating the Contemporary Armenian Diaspora”

Session IV

Moderator: Khachig Tölölyan
Remarks on the theme: Kevork Bardakjian

Kari Neely: “Diasporic Representations: A Study of Circassian and Armenian Identities in Greater Syria”

Talar Chahinian: “Constructive Nationalism?  Menk as an Alternative Archive”

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Session V

Moderator: Kevork Bardakjian
Remarks on the theme: Houri Berberian

Presentations: UM graduate students

Richard Antaramian, PhD Student in History. Research focus: Late Ottoman Armenian/Turkish Social Relations.
Semi Ertan, PhD Student in Near Eastern Studies on Early Modern Ottoman History. Research focus: An Ottoman Armenian intellectual of 17th century Istanbul: Eremya Celebi Komurcuyan.
Krista Goff, PhD Student in History. Research focus: Modern Caucasus, Azerbaijan, Nationalities Policies toward Non-titular Nations.
Jeremy Johnson, MA Student in Russian and East European Studies/PhD Student in Anthropology & History. Research focus: Early Soviet Armenia, Transcaucasian Federation, Gender, Language, Literacy.