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BO S T O N U N IV E RS IT Y Program Friday, Feb. 12-Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010

Open to the public Free admission


Charles Kenosian and his sister, Elisabeth Kenosian, at the May 2003 BU reunion Photo by Kalman Zabarsky (BU Alumni web) The Charles K. and Elisabeth M. Kenosian Chair in Modern Armenian History and Literature was established at Boston University in 2005 through a generous donation by Charles and Elisabeth Kenosian to promote Armenian studies and to encourage innovative research in the field.

Professor Simon Payaslian, appointed in 2007 as the first incumbent of the endowed Kenosian Chair, is the author of a number of books, including The History of Armenia: From the Origins to the Present (2007).


I N T E R N A T I O N A L S T U D E N T W O R K S HO P O N T H E AR M E N I A N DI A S P O R A B O S T O N U N I V ER S I T Y

Friday, February 12, 2010 The Castle, 225 Bay State Road

Sponsored by Charles K. and Elisabeth M. Kenosian Chair in Modern Armenian History and Literature, Boston University

International Institute for Diaspora Studies (A Division of the Zoryan Institute) Friday, 10:00am - 12:15pm Session 1. Diasporic Identities and Community-building Chair & Discussant: Simon Payaslian (Boston University) Presenters: Cynthia Oliphant (California State University, Fresno) “The Effect of Organizational Structure on the Diaspora Experience” Anna Harutyunyan (Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Ethnology) “Challenging the Theory of Diaspora from the Field” Hakem Rustom (London School of Economics) “The ‘Others’ of the Diaspora: Armenian Migration from Anatolia to France” Lunch, 12:15 - 1:30pm Friday, 1:30 - 3:30pm Session 2. Diaspora and Cultural Development Chair: Bedross Der Matossian (MIT) Presenters: Lilit Keshishyan (UCLA) “Wandering as Rule: The Diasporic Subject in Vahe Berberian’s Namakner Zaataren” Marie-Blanche Fourcade (Université de Montréal) “Heritage Challenges in Diaspora: How to Preserve, to Share and to Pass Down? The Case Study of the Quebec Armenian Community” Stephanie Stockdale (Thunderbird School of Global Management) “Cultural & Social Factors of the Armenian and Jewish Diasporas of Argentina: A Comparative Study” Discussant: Simon Payaslian (Boston University) Break, 3:30 - 4:00pm Friday, 4:00 - 6:00pm Session 3. Transnationalism, Nationalism, and Conflict Chair: Richard G. Hovannisian (UCLA) Presenters: Stepan Stepanyan (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University) “Armenian Community of Georgia as a Factor of Security in the South Caucasus Region” Anush Bezhanyan (University of South Carolina) “Iraqi Armenians after the Toppling of Saddam Hussein: Emigration or Repatriation” Katherine Casey (University of Chicago) “Agree to Disagree: The Incompatible Nationalisms of Armenia and Its Diaspora” Lorand Poosz (Bolyai University) “Data Concerning the Transylvanian Armenian Community’s Response to the Armenian Genocide” Discussant: Asbed Kotchikian (Bentley University)

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I N T E R N A T I O N A L C O N F ER E N C E O N T H E AR M E N I A N DI A S P O R A B O S T O N U N I V ER S I T Y Saturday, February 13 - Sunday, February 14 School of Management, Auditorium-Room 105 595 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston University

Sponsored by Charles K. and Elisabeth M. Kenosian Chair in Modern Armenian History and Literature, Boston University International Institute for Diaspora Studies (A Division of the Zoryan Institute) National Association for Armenian Studies and Research, Belmont, MA Saturday, 9:00 - 10:30am Session 4. Diasporic Identity, Human Rights, and Genocide Chair: Simon Payaslian (Boston University) Presenters: Nanor Kebranian (Kenderian) (Columbia University) “Can the Armenian Diaspora Speak? Diasporic Identity in the Shadow of Human Rights” Joyce Apsel (New York University) “Teaching the Armenian Genocide in North America: New Resources, Programs, and Integration within Genocide Studies” Rubina Peroomian (UCLA) “The Third-Generation Armenian-American Writers Echo the Quest for Self-Identity with the Genocide at Its Core” Discussant: George Shirinian (Zoryan Institute) Saturday, 10:30am - 12:00 noon Session 5. Narrativization of Diasporic Belongingness and Revival Chair: Marc Mamigonian (NAASR) Presenters: Susan Pattie (University College London) “Constructing Narratives of Belonging among Armenians in the Diaspora” Sebouh Aslanian (Cornell University) “Networks of Circulation, Patronage, and ‘National Revival’: The Armenian Translation of Charles Rollin’s History of Rome” Sona Haroutyunian (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice) “Vittoria Aganoor’s Alter Ego” Discussant: Khachig Tölölyan (Wesleyan University) Lunch, 12:00 - 1:30pm 2


Saturday, 1:30 - 3:45pm Session 6. Armenian Repatriations 1946-1949: Contexts, Experiences, Aftermaths Chair: Jo Laycock (University of Manchester) “Contextualizing Armenian Repatriations” Presenters: Sevan Yousefian (UCLA) “Picnics for Repatriates” Astrig Atamian (INALCO, Paris) “Armenia, here we come! The French Armenian Communists during the Repatriations” Kari Neely (Middle Tennessee State University) “Kevork Ajemian’s Use of Middle Eastern Armenian Repatriation in A Perpetual Path” Discussant: Susan Pattie (University College London) Break, 3:45 - 4:00pm Saturday, 4:00 - 6:30pm Session 7. Desnelle Collective Chair: Hrayr Anmahouni/Eulmessekian (La Crescenta, CA) Presenters: Helin Anahit (Middlesex University, London) “Diaspora Landscapes as a Thought Model” Emily Artinian (Chelsea College of Art & Design, London) “From Ararat to Anywhere?” Christopher Atamian (New York) “Thinking the Past: Restorative and Reflective Nostalgia in Frounze Dovlatian’s Garod” Charles Garoian (Penn State School of Visual Arts) “Scattered Flesh Tservadz Mort” Neery Melkonian (New York) “A Feminism that is Often Accented, Sometimes Whispers, Even Stutters: Modern and Contemporary Armenian Women Artists in Transnational Contexts” Abelina Galustian (University of California, Santa Barbara) “The Substance of Orientalism in Visual Representation” Discussant: David Kazanjian (University of Pennsylvania)

Sunday, February 14 Sunday, 9:30am - 12:00 noon Session 8. Culture & Economy in Diasporan Communities Chair: George Shirinian (Zoryan Institute) Presenters: Aida Boudjikanian (Montreal) “The Armenian Jewelers’ Niche of Montreal: Between a Local Trait and an Armenian Diasporic Tradition” Gregory Aftandilian (Washington, DC) “Re-cementing Kinship Ties: Armenian-American Soldiers and the French Armenian Community during World War II” Philippe Videlier (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Lyons) “Armenians and Turks in France Confronting the Genocide” Matthias Fritz (State Linguistic V. Brusov University, Yerevan) “The Evolution of the Armenian Diaspora in Germany during the Past Two Decades” Discussant: Marc Mamigonian (NAASR) Lunch, 12:00 - 1:00pm

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Sunday, 1:00 - 3:30pm Session 9. Transdisciplinarity of Diaspora Studies Chair: Richard G. Hovannisian (UCLA) Presenters: Daniel Douglas and Anny Bakalian (CUNY) “Armenians in the United States: A Quantitative Analysis Using the American Community Survey” Carel Bertram (San Francisco State University) “Diasporic Armenians as Pilgrims to Their Family Towns and Villages” Joan Bamberger (Anthropologist, Watertown, MA) “Re-Generation of Armenian Arts in Watertown, Massachusetts” Nikol Margaryan (Yerevan State University) “Anthroponyms in the Context of Ethnic Identity” Discussant: Khachig Tölölyan (Wesleyan University) Break, 3:30 - 3:45pm Sunday, 3:45 - 6:00pm Session 10. Diasporan Ethnonationalism and Transnationalism Chair: Asbed Kotchikian (Bentley University) Presenters: Ara Sanjian (University of Michigan-Dearborn) “Limits of Conflict and Consensus among Lebanese-Armenian Political Factions in the Early 21st Century” Vartan Matiossian (Hovnanian School, New Jersey) “Domino Effect: U.S. Immigration Policies and the Formation of the Armenian Communities in Latin America” Ohannes Geukjian (American University of Beirut) “Armenia-Diaspora Intransigence in Light of Armenian-Turkish Relations and the Resolution of the Nagorno-Karabagh Conflict, 1991-Present” Discussant: Bedross Der Matossian (MIT)

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Professor Simon Payaslian Charles K. and Elisabeth M. Kenosian Chair in Modern Armenian History and Literature Department of History 226 Bay State Road Boston University Boston, Massachusetts 02215 Phone: 617-353-8313 Email: payas@bu.edu

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