Hakem Al-Rustom has recently joined the Department of History and the Center for Armenian Studies (ASP) as the Alex Manoogian Professor of Modern Armenian History. He earned his PhD in anthropology from the London School of Economics. Before joining the University of Michigan community, Al-Rustom was an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the American University in Cairo. He is the co-editor of Edward Said: A Legacy of Emancipation and Representation, and currently is working on a book manuscript on ethnographic silences and indigenous politics in Turkey. Professor Al-Rustom’s work is situated in the intersection between social anthropology and history where he focuses on the ruins of undocumented histories, ethnographic silences, memory, and nation-state building in Middle East and the Balkans, or what he prefers to call "post-Ottoman societies."

Hakem Al-Rustom will open the ASP Fall lecture series on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. He will talk about the difficulties and possibilities of writing the Armenian past of genocide survivors in Anatolia when people and their stories are fragmented, displaced, and left no archives. 

Please visit the event page for more details.

The University of Michigan’s Center for Armenian Studies promotes the study of Armenian history, language, culture and society. ASP is built on the solid foundation of rigorous curriculum offered by the two endowed chairs in Armenian studies: The Alex Manoogian Chair in Modern Armenian History (1981) and the Marie Manoogian Chair in Armenian Language and Literature (1987). A member of the University of Michigan International Institute, the program organizes educational opportunities for students, faculty and the community.