2013 ASP Grad Workshop


Armenia and Diaspora 1918-2013

Organized by the Armenian Studies Program
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
April 4-5, 2014

View the Call for Papers (deadline: December 16, 2013)

Program and Agenda

Friday, April 4, 2014

9:30-9:45 am – Introductory Remarks

Kathryn Babayan, Associate Professor, Near Eastern Studies and History, Director of the Armenian Studies Program, University of Michigan

Vahe Sahakyan, PhD Candidate, Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan

9:45-11:45 am – (Re)discovering and (Re)defining Homeland. Diasporan Armenians in the Republic of Armenia

Chair, Michael Pifer, PhD Candidate, Comparative Literature, University of Michigan

Discussant: Khachig Tölölyan, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, College of Letters, Wesleyan University

Nanor Karageozian, Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford
“Perceptions of Homeland and Return Among Long-Term Diasporan “Repatriates” in Post-Soviet Armenia”

Ani Gharabaghtsyan, Institute of Ethnography and Archaeology, National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia
“The Process of Introducing Armenia to the Diasporan Armenian Youth: Comparison Between Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations of Armenia”

Hayk Sahakyan, Department of Sociology, Yerevan State University
“Integration of Syrian Armenians in Armenia: Policies and Perspectives”

2:00-4:00 pm – Host Country Contexts and Armenian Communities: Internal Dynamics and Transnational Effects

Chair: Vahe Sahakyan, PhD Candidate, Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan                                           

Discussant: Ara Sanjian, Associate Professor of History, Department of Social Sciences, College of Arts, Sciences and Letters, The University of Michigan-Dearborn

Heitor Loureiro, Department of History, São Paulo State University
“Diplomatic Relations Between Brazil and the Republic of Armenia in the Immediate Aftermath of World War I”

Hakob Matevosyan, Department of Sociology, Yerevan State University
“The “Established” Transylvanian Armenians and “Outsider” Armenians. Dimensions of Armenian “Spyurk” Identity in Hungary”

Ziya Kaya, Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Koç University
“Main Axes of the Fragmentation within the Armenian Movement in Istanbul since the mid-1990s: Underlying Reasons and Issues of the Discussion.”

Saturday, April 5, 2014

10:00 am -12:20 pm – Negotiating Diasporic Identities and Belongings

Chair: Dzovinar Derderian, PhD Candidate, Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan          

Discussant: Marie Aude Marian Baronian, Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Visual Culture and Film, University of Amsterdam

Nelli Sargsyan, PhD, Writing and Critical Inquiry, State University of New York at Albany
“Gendered, Racialized, and Classed: Modalities of Ethnosexual Armenian Belonging in the Diaspora”

Harout Marashlian, Department of Armenian Language and Literature, Yerevan State University
“Diaspora and the Individual”

Anush Yeghiazaryan, Department of Sociology, University of Konstanz
“The Symbolic Integration of Armenian Communities. On Vardan’s Day Celebration in Isfahan, Vienna and in the Republic of Armenia”

Arda Melkonian, Doris Melkonian, Education, Social Research Methodology Program, UCLA
“How Does the Process of Identity Formation Take Place at an Armenian Christian School?”

2:15-4:00 pm – Closing Remarks/Round Table Discussion

Vahe Sahakyan
Kevork Bardakjian                                                     
Khachig Tölölyan
Ara Sanjian



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


Organized by the Armenian Studies Program
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
February 15, 2013

Whether as emperors or soldiers, philosophers or architects, there was an Armenian presence in Byzantium, Constantine the Great’s Constantinople. After the fall of the city in 1453, there emerged a larger Armenian community with its religious position evolving into a universal patriarchate for the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire. In due course, particularly from the 1700s, this polis, the beloved "Bolis" of the Armenians, assumed the religious, cultural, social, and political leadership of the "Western" Armenians, to the Genocide of 1915. Of the myriad aspects of Armenian experiences, this workshop,will explore the literary representations as well as the social and,political realities of life in Istanbul. One of the papers in this workshop will deal with Armeno-Turkish literature (Turkish texts in the Armenian script); another, with two Armenian novels from the 1950s and ‘60s; the third paper will reflect on the survivors of the Genocide who ended up in Istanbul; and the fourth will delve into contemporary Armenian realities in Istanbul.

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Convenor: Kevork Bardakjian, Near Eastern Studies, U-M. Participants: Murat Cankara, Hakem al-Rustom, Ohannes Kiliçdagi, 2012-13 Manoogian Fellows; Ali Bolcakan, Graduate Student



Organized by the Armenian Studies Program
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
May 10  and 11, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Session I
9:30-10:00 - Introductory Remarks
Kevork Bardakjian, Marie Manoogian Professor of Armenian  Languages  & Literatures, Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan  
Kathryn Babayan, Near Eastern Studies & History, University of Michigan

10:00-12:00 – Early Encounters
Chair: Gerard Libaridian,Director, Program in Armenian Studies, Alex Manoogian Visiting Professor of Modern Armenian History
Discussant: Ryan Szpiech, Romance Languages & Literatures Judaic Studies, University of Michigan
Alison Vacca, Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan: “Religious Polemic in the Early ‘Abbāsid Period: The Correspondence between Leo III and ‘Umar II”


Session II
2:00-4:30 - Religious Sites of Exchange
Chair: Ronald Suny, Department of History, University of Michigan
Discussant: Kevork Bardakjian, Marie Manoogian Professor of Armenian language & Literatures, Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan  
Claudia Matoda, Department Casa-Città, Second Faculty of Architecture, Politecnico di Torino, Italy: “Armeno-Muslim Cultural Encounters at the Castle of Hromklay”
Lilit Harutyunyan, Department of Arab Countries, Institute of Oriental Studies Yerevan, Armenia: “The Creation of Armenian Catholic Monastery in Bzummar/Zmmar/”
Roman Smbatyan, Department of Iranian Studies, Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia: “Nadir Shah’s Religious Policy towards Armenians”


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Session III
9:30-12:00 - Armenian Subjectivities: Exile & Migration in the Seventeenth Century
Chair: Kevork Bardakjian, Marie Manoogian Professor of Armenian Languages & Literatures, Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan  
Discussant: Kathryn Babayan, Near Eastern Studies & History, University of Michigan
Michael Pifer, Comparative Literature, University of Michigan: “Speaking Strangeness; Exile and the Formation of Early Modern Persian and Armenian Selves”
Sona Tajirian, Department of Arabic Studies, Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia: “The Image of the Armenian Merchants: Safavid Iran, Ottoman Empire, 16th -18th Centuries”
Vahe Sahakyan, Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan, “Meaning of Azg, “Nation?” in Arakel’s Book of History”


Session IV
1:15-3:15 -  Eremya Chelebi Komurcuyan: A Lens onto 17th Century Istanbul
Chair: Kathryn Babayan, Near Eastern Studies & History, University of Michigan
Discussant: Gottfried Hagen,Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan
Semi Ertan, Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan: “Urbanity and Politics of Coexistence in Eremya Chelebi Komurcuyan (1637-1694)”
Gayane Ayvazyan, Armenian History,  Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia: “The  Historiographical Heritage of Yeremia Qyomurchian”

4:00-5:00 - Concluding Remarks & Discussion
Chair: Michael Bonner, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan


Organized by Cimera, Geneva
In collaboration with  The Graduate Institute, Geneva
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
May 8 and 9, 2010

Saturday May 8, 2010

9:00 – 9:30   Introduction and Welcome
Vicken Cheterian
9:30-10:30  Keynote Speech
Ronald Suny: “The Hegemons Clash: Caucasia in the Context of a Global Struggle”

Session I
11:00-14:00 - What Kosovo changed in International Politics?
Keiichi Kubo: “Local, Regional, and Global Implications of the Independence of Kosovo”
Mikulas Fabry, “Practice of State Recognition after Kosovo, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia”
Bruno Coppieters, “Conflict Resolution in Georgia after the August War: What could be
learned from Kosovo and Taiwan?”


Session II
14:00-15:30 - After the August 2008 War in Georgia
Ghia Nodia: “The Russian-Georgian War and its Consequences”
Gerard Libaridian: “The New and Newest World Orders: From Kosovo to Karabakh”
Vicken Cheterian: “The Protocols: Diaspora in International Relations”


Session III
16:00-18:30 - International Role in Caucasus Conflict Resolution
Oksana Antonenko: “Russia’s Policy in the Caucasus after the August War”
Marian Staszewski: “Lessons learned: What Role for Diplomacy?”
Peter Semneby: “EU and Conflict Resolution Efforts in the Caucasus”


Sunday, May 9

Session IV
9:30-11:00 - International Role in Caucasus Conflict Resolution
Niyazi Mehdi, “Resolution of Conflicts in the Caucasus according to Principle of Semiotic
Syuzanna Vasilian: “A ‘Moral Power’? The EU’s Conflict-Resolution Policy towards the
South Caucasus”
Tevan Poghosyan: “The role of Civil Society in the Negotiations Process”


11:00-12:00 Final Discussion and Concluding Remarks

Participants List:
Oksana Antonenko, Senior Fellow, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London
Vicken Cheterian, Director, CIMERA, Geneva
Bruno Coppieters, Professor of Political Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Miklaus Farbi, Assistant Professor, The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs Georgia
Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Keiichi Kubo, Associate Professor, School of Political Science and Economics Waseda
University, Tokyo
Gerard Libaridian, Professor of History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Niyazi Mehdi, professor of Azerbaijan University of Culture and Arts, Baku
Ghia Nodia, Professor of Political Science at Ilia Chavchavadze State University, Tbilisi
Tevan Poghosyan, Director, International Center for Human Development, Yerevan
Peter Semneby, Ambassador, EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus, Brussels
Marian Staszewksi, Diplomat, Deputy Head of Mission,Independent International Fact-
Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia
Ronald Suny, Director of the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies and the Charles Tilly
Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor,
as well as Emeritus Professor of Political Science and History at the University of Chicago,
Syuzanna Vasilian, PhD candidate at Ghent University Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence,


Organized by the Armenian Studies Program, University of Michigan
Co-sponsored by CIMERA, Geneva, Switzerland
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Friday, January 30, 2009

Session I
9:00 - 12:00 "Kosovo, Karabakh, and the International Community: Right and Might"

Moderator: Ronald Grigor Suny (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), author of Looking Toward Ararat: Armenia in Modern History.
Speakers: Vicken Cheterian (CIMERA, Geneva), “International Recognition of Kosovo and its Impact on the Caucasus Conflicts”
Ben Graham (University of California, Davis), “A Bargaining Model Applied: Prospects for a Negotiated Resolution of the Status of Nagorno-Karabakh”
Mikulas Fabry (Georgia Institute of Technology) “Recognition of Kosovo, Abkhazia and South Ossetia: What are the Implications for Nagorno-Karabakh?”


Session II
2:00 - 5:00 "Caucasia, Karabakh and the Wider World: Voices from the Region"

Moderator: Gerard Libaridian (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) Author of Modern Armenia: People, Nation, State
Speakers: Antranik Migranyan (Institute for Democracy and Cooperation, Moscow/New York)
Elin Suleymanov (Consul-General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles)
Gocha Lordkipanidze (Former diplomat, Republic of Georgia)


After Kosovo: Whither Karabakh? With the American and European recognition of an independent Kosovo, against the express desires of Serbia and Russia, and without the sanction of the United Nations, a new precedent was set for the process of recognizing new states after conflict and unilateral secession. This one-day workshop will assess how the factor of international recognition of Kosovo's independence could influence non-recognized states that emerged from similar circumstances: the collapse of federal structures of a sovereign state. The recognition of Kosovo has introduced a new element in the recognized pattern of post-Cold War state formation in Eurasia, despite the claims of some countries that this was an exception, not a precedent to the usual rules of the game. As political theorist Karl Schmidt wrote, "Sovereign is he who decides on the exception." But who is the proper sovereign here? The change in the status of Kosovo has already had repercussions elsewhere. The violent clashes of August 2008 in Georgia, followed by Russian recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, underline the novelty of the post-Kosovo world. This question has gained new significance and urgency. States that have separatist movements fear that the Kosovo precedent will accentuate the chances of separatism, while politically mobilized minority movements are encouraged by it. Mountainous Karabakh represents an interesting case, not only because it is located so near the other Caucasian conflicts, but because the question of its fate has repercussions for the whole region, an arena that has recently become a central focus of East-West power games. Sadly, there have been few analytical efforts to chart the recent evolution and future pathways of the conflict. This workshop aims to cover this gap by bringing together political analysts and international experts to examine the present and future of Mountainous Karabakh in light of the recent developments in Kosovo and Georgia. The workshop will be organized into two panels, each with three speakers and a moderator/commentator. This meeting of the workshop will be followed by a second at the University of Geneva, organized by CIMERA and co-sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in the spring of 2009.



Organized by the Armenian Studies Program, University of Michigan
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
April 16-20, 2009

Friday, 16 April, 2009

Session I
9:00 -12:15
Chair: Theo van Lint
Contin: “The concepts of act and sensation in the Definitions of philosophy by David the Invincible.”
Vacca: “Reconciling Armenian and Islamic historiography: seventh century Arab incursions in Armenia.”


Boyadjian: “An Armenian Princess, a Mongol King, and a conversation tale: the Middle English didactic romance,  King of Tars, and its analogs.”
Hambardzumyan: “Some versions of the Armenian epic poem, Sasna Tzrer.”


Session II
14:00 – 18:00

Chair: Kevork Bardakjian
Pifer: “Encounters with the ineffable and the role of the senses in the gardens of Armenian medieval poetry.”
Ertan: “Eremia Č‘elepi Kēōmiwrčean and the question of Messianism/Millenarianism in 17th century Ottoman society.”


Karapetian: “The drama and dramatist in Hovhannes Tumanian.”
Johnson: “A new woman's magazine: Hayastani ashkhatavoruhi  and the cultural production of gender norms in the early Soviet period.”


Saturday , 18 April, 2009

Session III
9:00 – 12:15
Chair: Khachig Tololyan
Hovhannisyan: “I write, therefore I exist.”
Danielyan: “The contemporary novel in Armenia.”
Douzjian: “Madness, memory and forgetting in post-soviet emptiness: Aghasi Ayvazyan’s Dekorner and Gurgen Khanjyan’s Averakneri pahakě.


Chahinian: “Narrative time and Diaspora’s new novel: a look at Krikor Beledian’s Anuně  lezuis tak.”
Der Mugrdechian: “Genocide, identity, and memory in post-Genocide Armenian-American literature.”


Session IV
14:00 – 18:00
Chair: Talar Chahinian
This session is devoted to translation.  Papers and remarks will be followed by a general discussion.
Haroutyunian: “The reception and translation of Dante in the Armenian World.”
Tölölyan: “Durian and translation: many journeys, several destinations, no arrival.”
van Lint: “Translation and other creation: the international context of Armenian culture.”
Bardakjian: “Translation: an art of creation or simulation?”


Sunday, 19 April, 2009
Chair:  Barlow Der Mugrdechian
A round-table discussion, Armenia – Diaspora literary relations.
Certain themes to be explored:
1. Language and expression
2. Content
3. Influences
4. Relations



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.