UCLA Conference On Armenian Communities Of Asia Minor To Have Strong Visual Component

The Armenian Monastery and Seminary of Armash

WESTWOOD, CA—The Armenian Communities of Asia Minor from Adabazar, Bursa, and Banderma to Kutahia and Konia will be featured at UCLA on Saturday, March 20. This is the 18th and final conference in the international series, “Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces,” sponsored by the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History and organized by Professor Richard G. Hovannisian. The program will be held on the UCLA campus in 1200 Rolfe Hall from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Among the presenters is Mr. Osman Koker of Istanbul, editor and publisher of Orlando C. Calumeno’s extensive postal card collection depicting the Armenian communities of the Ottoman Empire a hundred year ago and before. His illustrated talk on Saturday morning is titled “From Banderma and Erminikoy to Armash: Armenians of the Marmara Region.”  This presentation will be complemented in the afternoon sessions with that of Ruth Thomasian of the Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives, “Armenian Communities of Asia Minor as Seen through the Photograph.”

Others on the program include Prof. Richard Hovannisian, with an overview of the Armenian communities of Asia Minor; Prof. Peter Cowe of UCLA on the Konia community during the Seljuk period; Ms. Dawn MacKeen of Los Angeles on Adabazar; Ara Melkonian of London on Bardizag; Dr. Barbara Merguerian of Boston on Laura Farnham and schools for Armenian girls in Adabazar and Bardizag; Dr. Hasmik Khalapyan of Yerevan State University on the role of the theater among the Armenians of Asia Minor; Dr. Arpi Vardumyan of the Matenadaran in Yerevan on the Armenian musical culture of Kutahia; and Prof. Simon Payaslian of Boston University on the demise of the Armenian communities in Asia Minor.

The conference is supported by the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, Center for European and Eurasian Studies, Bob and Nora Movel Fund, and the Organization of Istanbul Armenians. It is open to the public at no charge. Parking is available in lot 5, entrance from Sunset Blvd at Royce Drive (between Westwood Blvd. and Hilgard Ave, with a fee). Limited free street parking is available on Hilgard Ave. and on Westholme Ave. between Hilgard and Warner. For UCLA parking maps, see:

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