UCLA to Host 7th Annual Graduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies

LOS ANGELES–The Armenian Graduate Students Association at UCLA will have its seventh annual Graduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies at UCLA on Friday, February 20. This day-long academic event is open to the public and will begin at 9:30 AM and be held in UCLA’s famous Royce Hall, room 314.

This year, the organizing committee has set out to continue the fine tradition that began in 2003 with the launching of the first-ever international colloquium in Armenian Studies developed specifically for graduate students by graduate students. It provides an opportunity for students to actively and significantly contribute to the academic environment on campus.

UCLA, a premier institution for the growing field of Armenology and a leader in interdisciplinary studies, is hosting this event to further foster the development of Armenian Studies, facilitate interaction between graduate students and faculty from various institutions, provide a medium for the exchange of ideas, and contribute to the professional and academic advancement of graduate students.

Studies from multiple fields will be presented, including history, education, archeology, sociology, musicology, theology, anthropology and art history. Presenters are graduate students coming from universities and countries all around the world, including UCLA California State University Fresno, University of Montana-Missoula, Florida International University, The University of Chicago, Columbia University, University of Michigan, New School for Social Research, and multiple institutes within the Republic of Armenia.

The colloquium is made possible, in part, by the financial contributions of a number of departmen’s, programs, and centers at UCLA including the Center for Near-Eastern Studies, the Center for Indo-European Studies, as well as the Graduate Division of the UCLA administration. The committee also received financial support from the Campus Programs Committee of the Program Activities Board.

The event is free of charge and open to the public. The event will begin at 9:30 with a breakfast. The organizers are also providing lunch and a closing reception dinner.


Below is a schedule of topics to be presented at the colloquium:

Session 1

10:15 – 10:35
Hasmik Hovhannisyan — Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences (Armenia) "The Currency and Diffusion of Byzantine Anonymous Folles in Armenia According to Coin Finds"

10:35 – 10:55
Hazel Antaramian-Hofman — Art and Design, California State University of Fresno (USA) “The Visual Identification and the Tracing of the Cultural Provenance of the Textile Motifs found in the Eleventh-Century Miniature Portrait Painting of King Gagik-Abas and his Family”

10:55 – 11:15
Dianna Mirijanyan — Archeology and Anthropology, National Academy of Sciences (Armenian) Armenian Construction Ceramic in Western and Eastern Building Cultural Context"

11:15 – 11:35

Session 2

11:50 ‘s 12:10
Arda J. Melkonian — Education & Information Studies, UCLA (USA) "Code-Switching Practices in an Armenian Private School"

12:10 – 12:30
Doris K. Melkonian — Education & Information Studies, UCLA (USA) "How Gender is Played Out in an Armenian Private School"

12:30 – 12:50
Sossi Essajanian — Anthropology, New School for Social Research (USA) "Educating the Future Citizens: Considering Nagorno-Karabagh’s Education System"

12:50 – 1:10

Session 3

2:30 – 2:50
Jeremy Johnson — Anthropology and History, The University of Michigan
“Reading New Woman Aloud: Literacy and Gender(ed) Performances in Early Soviet Armenia”

2:50 ‘s 3:10
Diana K. Ter-Ghazaryan — International Relations, Florida International University (USA) “’For the Benefit of Yerevan’s Residents’”: Post-Soviet Transformations and National Identity in Armenia’s Capital"

3:10 – 3:30
Milena Oganesyan — Anthropology, University of Montana-Missoula (USA) "St. Norashen Church: A Perspective from Inside"

3:30 – 3:50
Hamlet Melkumyan — Cultural Anthropology and Cultural Studies, Yerevan State University (Armenia) "Presenting and Re-shaping Armenian Traditional Cultures in the Yerevan Vernisage"

3:50 ‘s 4:10

Session 4

4: 20 – 4:40
Melissa Bilal — The University of Chicago, Ethnomusicology (USA) "Teotig’s Amenun Daretsuyts%u015 and its Kegharvesdagan Pages"

4:40 – 5:00
Tsolin Nalbantian — Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University (USA) "Competing Sites in the Development of a Nation: The Armenian Press in Lebanon (1946-1956) in Armenia’s Capital"

5:00 – 5:15

5:15 ‘s 5:30
Guest Speaker


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