UCLA Releases Program for Conference On Armenian Communities Of Asia Minor

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 conference will be held on the UCLA campus in 1200 Rolfe Hall from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The event is open to the public at no charge. Parking will be available at Parking Lot 5, Sunset Blvd. at Royce Drive (Fee). For more information, email Professor Richard Hovannisian:  hovannis@history.ucla.edu

We provide the event schedule below:

Morning Sessions:  9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

An Introduction to the Conference

The Armenian Community of the Konia Region in the Seljuk Period
Peter Cowe, UCLA

The Armenian Communities of Asia Minor: An Overview
Richard G. Hovannisian, UCLA

The Armenian Community of Adabazar
Dawn MacKeen, Journalist and Author,
Los Angeles


The Armenian Community of Bardizag
Ara Melkonian, Independent Scholar, London

From Bandirma and Erminikoy to Armash:
Armenians in the Marmara Region
Osman Köker, Birzamanlar Publications, Istanbul

Lunch Recess: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Afternoon Sessions: 2:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Laura Farnham and Schools for Armenian Girls, Adabazar & Bardizag
Barbara Merguerian, Armenian International Women’s Association

The Emergence and Role of Theater Among Armenians of Asia Minor
Hasmik Khalapyan, Yerevan State University

The Musical Culture of Kutahia’s Armenian Community
Arpi Vardumyan, Matenadaran, Yerevan


The End of the Armenian Communities of Asia Minor
Simon Payaslian, Boston University

Armenian Communities of Asia Minor as Seen Through the Photograph
Ruth Thomasian, Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives



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