ASP Lecture. “The Generation of Nor Or (Nor Orean Serunt): Resistance in the Geography of Genocide.”
This presentation will focus on the work of the first generation of intellectuals who were born and raised in the geography of genocide. Intellectuals like Avedis Aliksanyan (Istanbul 1910 – Paris 1984), Aram Pehlivanyan (pen name A. Savars, his Turkish name within the communist party (TKP) was Ahmet Saydan, Istanbul 1917 – Leipzig 1979), Zaven Biberyan (Istanbul, 1921–1984), and others were the first to face the post-genocidal habitus of Turkey. By dwelling upon their writings, published in Nor Or, Suciyan will discuss the ways, meaning/s, and consequences of resistance in the early republican era, especially after the Second World War. This will demonstrate two things: first, the main issues confronting Armenians in Turkey including representation, international post-war politics, the undermining of communal administration, and anti-Armenian campaigns; and second, how all these constituted the post-genocidal habitus of Turkey.
Talin Suciyan was born in Istanbul, Turkey. She attended the Armenian elementary school in her town and the Sahakyan Nunyan Armenian High School in Samatya. She graduated from Istanbul University’s radio, TV, and cinema department and continued her studies in Germany, South Africa, and India, receiving her master’s degree in social sciences. For 10 years, she worked in the field of journalism, producing and co-directing documentaries. From 2007-08, she reported from Armenia for Agos Weekly. In October 2008, she began to work at Ludwig Maximilian University’s (LMU) Institute of Near and Middle Eastern Studies as a teaching fellow, and as a doctoral student at the university’s Chair of Turkish studies. Since 2010, she has organized a lecture series at LMU aimed at bridging the gap between Armenian and Ottoman studies. She successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation in June 2013. Her dissertation will be published by the end of 2014 from I.B. Tauris. Suciyan continues to teach Turkish studies at LMU as a postdoctoral fellow.