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Shared History, Shared Geography: The Ottoman East

Organized by the Armenian Studies Program
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
April 18-19, 2013

Thursday, April 18, 2013

9:30-9:45 – Introductory Remarks
Kathryn Babayan
, ASP Director and Associate Professor of Iranian History & Culture, U-M

9:45 -11:45 – Imagined Spaces, Imagined Geographies, 1820-1919

Chair: Ali Sipahi, History and Anthropology, U-M

Respondent: Gottfried Hagen, Associate Professor of Turkish Studies, U-M

Zachary J. Foster, Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University
“The Concept of Palestine during the Nahda, 1860s-1920s”

Serkan Keçeci, International History, London School of Economics and Political Science
“Imperial Imagination or Alienation through the Periphery”

Alexander E. Balistreri, Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University
“The Brief and Questionable Statehood of the Southwest Caucasian Republic”

2:00-4:00 – Benevolent Irritants: Missionary Activities and the Limits of Sovereignty in the Borderlands, 1850-1878

Chair: Richard Anataramian, History, U-M

Respondent: Melanie Schulze Tanielian, Assistant Professor of History, U-M

Anna Aleksanyan, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia
“Gender and Educational Issues of Armenian Girls in Kharberd in the Second Half of the 19th Century before and after the Establishment of Missionary Schools”

Özge Ertem, History and Civilization, European University Institute
“The ‘Christian bread’: Missionary Activities during Anatolian Famines in 1870s”

Friday, April 19, 2013

10:00-12:00 – Imperial Identities and the Possibilities of   Cooperation: Inter-confessional Approaches to Resistance and Coercion

Chair: Dzovinar Derderian, Near Eastern Studies, U-M

Respondent: Fatma Müge Göçek, Associate Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies, U-M

Nilay Özok-Gündoğan, History, Denison University
“The Anatomy of Rural Exploitation: Land, Community, and Conflict in Palu, 1840-1880”

Alyson Wharton, History of Art, Mardin Artuklu University
“An Armenian ‘Chief Architect’ of South-Eastern Anatolia”

Uğur Bahadır Bayraktar, Atatürk Institute for Modern Turkish History, Boğaziçi University “Periphery’s Centre: Reform, Taxation, and Local Notables in Diyarbakir, 1845-1855”

1:30-3:30 – Closing Remarks/Discussion

Richard Anataramian
Dzovinar Derderian
Ali Sipahi

Co-Sponsors: Center form Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Department of History, Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, International Institute, Rackham School of Graduate Studies