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Manoogian Fellows

Karen Jallatyan

2019-2020 Manoogian Postdoctoral Fellow

Karen Jallatyan received his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2019. His dissertation, entitled "Becoming Diaspora: Global Armenian Literature and Film after 1950," draws attention to the specifically post-national and post-catastrophic nature of diasporic Armenian culture in Western Armenian. It argues that finding ways to let Western Armenian language and literature thrive in a multicultural context is the only adequate response to the needs of this surviving culture.

During the Winter 2020 semester, Dr. Jallatyan will teach a course on the ways popular representations of catastrophic mass violence are shaped by literature and film. Throughout the course, students will examine literary and filmic works pertaining to various events of mass violence — such as the Armenian genocide, the Holocaust and Slavery — to compare and contrast the ways the respective cultures practice survival. 

Anoush Suni

2019-2020 Manoogian Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Anoush Tamar Suni earned her PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2019. Her dissertation, entitled “Palimpsests of Violence: Ruination and the Politics of Memory in Anatolia,” investigates questions of memory and the material legacies of state violence in the region of Van in southeastern Turkey. Herein she focuses on the historic Armenian and contemporary Kurdish communities. Dr. Suni spent over two years in Van and Istanbul (2015-2017) conducting ethnographic research for her dissertation. She completed her BA in Middle East Studies at Pomona College in California in 2009 and her MA in Turkish Studies at Sabanci University in Istanbul in 2012. 

During the Winter 2020 semester, Dr. Suni will teach a course in the Department of Anthropology, entitled "State Violence, Ruins, and the Politics of the Past." This class will address questions of memory and place through an investigation of past state violence against minority groups and its legacy in the present day. The course will begin with contemporary Turkey as a case study and then consider other comparative examples in the Middle East and beyond. Throughout the course students will engage with competing narratives of histories of violence, including state denial, memories of survivors, and attempts to resurrect and commemorate events that have been silenced in popular and state memory.