Society for Armenian Studies to Hold 32nd Annual Meeting

The Society for Armenian Studies (SAS) will hold its 32nd Annual Membership meeting in Boston on November 18. SAS President Joseph Kchichian will preside over the meeting, which is held in conjunction with the Annual Middle East Studies Association Conference. SAS officers for 2006 are Vice-President, George Shirinian; Secretary, Vahram Shemmassian; Treasurer, Barlow Der Mugrdechian; joined by three at-large members, Ina Baghdiants McCabe, Richard Hovannisian, and Robert Krikorian. John Greppin and Peter Cowe, co-editors of the Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies, are ex-officio members of the Executive Council. While in Boston, SAS members will participate in three SAS sponsored panels. All of the SAS sponsored panels will be held on Sunday, November 19, in the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel, which is the conference headquarters. The first panel, to be held from 8:30-10:30AM, is "Narrative and Identity in the Armenian Press, 1850-1923." Organized by Victoria Rowe, the panel will be chaired by Barlow Der Mugrdechian of California State University, Fresno. Panelists are Lisa Khachaturian, Georgetown University, "Cultivating Nationhood in Imperial Russia: The Periodical Press and the Formation of a Modern Eastern Armenian Identity;" Victoria Rowe, Chuo University, Japan, "The Politics of Exile: An Armenian Women’s Journal in Egypt, 1902-1904;" Herve Alain-Rene Georgelin, Ecole franasie d’Athnes, "Armenian Self-Staging in Male Diaries and Narratives, at the Beginning of the 20th Century;" and Lerna Ekmekcioglu, New York University, "How to Mother a Nation: Perspectives from the Armenian Women’s Journal Hay Gin (The Armenian Woman) (1919-1923)." The second panel of the day will be "Circulation and the Global Trade Networks of Armenian Merchants from Julfa, Isfahan," which begins at 2:00PM. Organized by Sebouh Aslanian and chaired by Razmik Panossian, Rights & Democracy, the panelists are Sebouh Aslanian, Columbia University, "From "Trade Diaspora" to "Circulation Society": The Multi-Nodal Trade Network of the Julfan Armenia’s in the Early Modern Period;" Francesca Trivellato, Yale University, "Business Cooperation Within and Across Trading Diasporas: A Comparative Analysis of Sephardic and Armenian Merchant Networks in the Early Modern Period;" Houri Berberian, California State University, Long Beach, "The Sceriman/Shahrimanians between Julfa and Venice: Information Networks and Commercial Prosperity of an Iranian-Armenian Family;" and Bhaswati Bhattacharya, International Institute of Asian Studies, "All the Milk and Honey of Spain Flow to Manila: Armenia’s in the Madras-Manila Trade in the 18th Century." The final panel of the day is "Memory and Identity: The Impact of the Armenian Genocide in Armenian and Turkish Literature" which begins at 4:30PM. Organized by Barlow Der Mugrdechian and Chaired by Richard G. Hovannisian, UCLA, Fatma Muge Gocek, U of Michigan will be the discussant. Panelists are Barlow Der Mugrdechian, California State University, Fresno, "Three Apples Fell from Heaven: Memory and Identity in Post Genocide Armenian Literature;" Hulya Adak, Sabanci University, "The Armenian Deportations in Turkish Fiction;" Rubina Peroomian, UCLA, "The Metamorphosis of the Post-Genocide Armenian Identity as Reflected in Artistic Literature. The SAS was founded 32 years ago in Boston by Dr. Richard Hovannisian (UCLA), the late Dr. Avedis Sanjian (UCLA), Dr. Dickran Kouymjian (AUB and later Fresno State), Dr. Robert Thomson (Harvard), and Dr. Nina Garsoan (Columbia). They set the foundations of a Society, which today has more than 200 members worldwide and is the leading organization in the field of Armenian Studies. The SAS is dedicated to the development of Armenian Studies as an academic discipline. It has as its goals to promote the study of Armenia and all aspects of Armenian culture; to promote the teaching of Armenian subjects in educational institutions; to promote the publication of texts in various fields of Armenian studies; to organize and sponsor conferences, symposia, panels, and other forums pertaining to all aspects of Armenian culture and society; and to facilitate the exchange and dissemination of scholarly information pertaining to Armenian studies through a program of publications, consistent with the objectives of the SAS. More information is available about SAS and its programs by contacting the SAS Secretariat, at 559-278-2669 or at the SAS home page http://armenia’studies.csufresno.edu/sas/index.htm

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