Armenian Jerusalem Highlighted at UCLA Conference

LOS ANGELES–The fifteenth in a series of conferences on Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces–sponsored by the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History–the theme of the upcoming conference is "Armenian Jerusalem and Armenia’s in the Holy Land."

Conference organizer Professor Richard Hovannisian–noted: "The Armenian presence in the Holy Land dates back to the early Christian centuries–and it is certainly fitting that scholars from around the world should gather at UCLA to discuss their findings on various aspects of that long and continuous history."

His Eminence Archbishop Torkom Manoogian–Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem–is the honorary chairman of the conference–which includes papers on art and architecture–the man’script collection and library of Saint James Monastery–the history of the Armenian Patriarchate and the Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem–relations between the Patriarchate and the Cilician Armenian kingdom–Greater Armenia–and other Christian churches. More contemporary issues include the history of the Armenian community of Jerusalem and the Holy Land during and after the Armenian genocide–literary themes–Jerusalem’s significance for Armenia’s worldwide–and new directions for future research.

The international conference will be held on the UCLA campus–in the Court of Sciences (CS 50)–on Saturday–November 6–and Sunday–November 7.

The conference schedule and program are as follows:

Saturday–November 6–9:30 AM-1:00 PM

UCLA Court of Sciences (CS 50)

Armenian Jerusalem and Armenia’s in the Holy Land–An Introduction
Richard G. Hovannisian–University of California–Los Angeles

Armenian Monasteries in the Holy Land in the Seventh Century
Nina Garsoan–Columbia University–Emerita

The Cathedral of Saint James and Its Collections
John Carswell–Oriental Institute–Chicago–and AUB–Emeritus

The Manuscript Collection of Saint James Monastery
Abraham Terian–St. Nersess Seminary–New York

Armenian Patriarchal Succession in Jerusalem
Haig A. Krikorian–Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem Support Organization

The Armenian Lords and the Kingdom of Jerusalem–12th-13th Centuries
Claude Mutafian–Universit de Paris-Nord

Relations of the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem with Greater Armenia–14th-15th Centuries
Sergio La Porta–Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

The Patriarchal Reign of Grigor Gandzaketsi Paronter (1613-1645)
Roberta R. Ervine–St. Nersess Seminary–New York

Armenian-Greek Church Relations in Jerusalem and the Patriarchate of Constantinople in the 17th Century (in Armenian–with English summary)
Albert Kharatyan–Institute of History–Erevan

The Armenian Mosaics of Jerusalem: A Reconsideration
Christina Maranci–University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Mkrtich Khrimian and the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem (in Armenian–with English summary)
Emma Kostandyan–Institute of History–Erevan

The Armenian Legion and the End of Ottoman Rule in Palestine
Robert O. Krikorian–George Washington University

Genocide Survivors in the Holy Land–1917-1919
Vahram Shemmassian–California State University-Northridge

Sunday –November 7–1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

From Armash to Jerusalem: Patriarchs Eghishe Turian and Torkom Kushakian
Vartan Matiossian–Universidad del Salvador–Buenos Aires–and Hovnanian School–New Jersey

The Armenia’s of Palestine–1918-1948
Bedross Der Matossian–Jerusalem and Columbia University

Armenian Literary Figures in Jerusalem
Osheen Keshishian–Glendale College and Armenian Observer

The Armenian Ceramics of Jerusalem: Three Generations since 1919
Nurith Kenaan-Kedar–University of Tel-Aviv

The Calouste Gulbenkian Library of the Armenian Patriarchate
Sylva Natalie Manoogian–University of California–Los Angeles

New Directions in the Historiography of Armenia’s in Jerusalem and the Holy Land
George Hintlian–Director–Christian Heritage Research Institute–Jerusalem

The Centrality of Jerusalem for Armenia’s Worldwide
Sossie Andezian–National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)–Paris

Photographic Exhibit by Richard and Anne Elizabeth Elbrecht of Davis–California

The conference is open to the public at no charge. Parking is available on the UCLA campus in Parking Structure No. 2. Entrance from Hilgard Avenue at Westholme. For further information–see" or contact Professor Richard Hovannisian: Telephone: 310-825-3375 (a.m. hours)


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