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‘ARMENIAN CONSTANTINOPLE’ CONFERENCE AT UCLA IN MAY

The eighth in the series of international conferences on historic
Armenian cities and provinces will be held in Dickson Auditorium the UCLA campus on Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20.

Armenian Constantinople will be featured, with the participation
of scholars from Armenia, Argentina, Canada, England, France, Turkey, and the United States. According to conference organizer Professor Richard Hovannisian, the Saturday sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. are devoted to the Armenian presence in Constantinople from Byzantine times to the nineteenth century.

The Sunday sessions from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
concentrate on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Sunday morning sesssion only will be conducted in the Armenian
language with five presentations, including three by scholars from Armenia.

The conference is sponsored by the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History in cooperation with the UCLA International Studies and Overseas Programs; Division of Social Sciences; Center for European and Russian Studies; and
the Department of History; as well as the Organization of Istanbul Armenians.

“We are thankful to the scholars and gratified by the appreciative public who together have made this series truly exceptional,” said AEF Chairholder Richard Hovannisian. “Constantinople was the largest and most important Armenian center in the Ottoman Empire, and it is appropriate that after focusing on the provinces of historic Armenia, we should explore the rich heritage of Armenian Bolis.” The preceding conferences in this series have been on Van/Vaspurakan; Baghesh/Bitlis and Taron/Mush; Tsopk/Kharpert; Karin/Erzerum; Sebastia/Sivas; Tigranakert/Diarbekir and Edessa/Urfa; and Cilicia. The next in the series on November 10-11, 2001,
will feature Kars, Ani, and the Black Sea Communities.

The conference proceedings are being edited and published. The first, “ArmenianVan/Vaspurakan” is now available, and “Armenian Baghesh/Bitlis and Taron/Mush” will be released during the summer. The others will follow.

The Armenian Constantinople conference is open to the public at no charge. Parking is available in structure no. 3, entry from Hilgard Avenue at Sunset Boulevard. For further information e-mail to Hovannis@history.ucla.edu or telephone (a.m. hours): 310-825-3375.

Saturday, May 19, 9:30 A.M.-6:00 P.M.

Morning Sessions: 9:30 AM–1:00 PM

  • Armenian Constantinople – Richard G. Hovannisian, UCLA
  • Constantinople and Early Armenian Literature – Robert W. Thomson, Oxford University
  • Armenian Officers in Constantinople from the 7th through 9th Centuries: The Imperial Temptation – Mikael Nichanian, Universite de Paris-IV (Sorbonne)
  • Ninth Century Armenian Elites in Constantinople: Emperor Basil and Patriarch Photius – Manea E. Shirinian, Matenadaran, Erevan

INTERMISSION

  • Patterns of Contact and Communication: Constantinople and Armenia, 860-976 – Tim Greenwood, Oxford University
  • Arakel Baghisetsi’s ‘Elegy on the Capital City of Stamboul’ – Leonardo Alishan, Salt Lake City
  • The Evolution and Role of the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople – Kevork Bardakjian, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

LUNCH RECESS

Afternoon Sessions: 2:00-6:00 PM

  • Armenian Manuscript Painting in Constantinople – Christina Maranci, University of Chicago
  • Revelations of a Colophon in a 1623 Bible – Ina B. MacCabe, Tufts University
  • Architects, Craftsmen, Weavers: Armenians and Ottoman Art – Lucy Der Manuelian, Tufts University

INTERMISSION

  • Cyrus Hamlin and American Education in Constantinople – Barbara Merguerian, Armenian International Women’s Association
  • The Armenian Community of Bolis in the 19th Century – Ovannes Kilicdagi, Bosporus University, Istanbul
  • Armenian Literary Views of 19th Century Constantinople – Victoria Rowe, University of Toronto
  • The Armenian Dialect of “Bolis” – Bert Vaux, Harvard University

SUNDAY, MAY 20, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM

Morning Session in Armenian: 10:00-12:30

  • Armenian Artists in 19th-20th Century Constantinople – Levon Chookaszian, Erevan State University
  • Constantinople and the Balian Family of Architects – Sarkis Balmanoukian, Los Angeles
  • The Pagan Movement and Daniel Varuzhan – Souren Danielian, “Spiurk” Scientific Educational Center, Erevan
  • Constantinople and the Catastrophe: The Voice of Gostan Zarian – Vartan Matiossian, Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires
  • The Armenian Community of Bolis and Its Contemporary Oral Tradition – Verjine Svazlian, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Erevan

Conclusion of Session in Armenian

LUNCH RECESS

Afternoon Sessions: 1:30-6:00 PM

  • The Musical World of Armenians in Constantinople – Lucina Agbabian-Hubbard, University of Southern California
  • Armenian Intelligentsia of Constantinople, 1908-1915 – Robert Krikorian, Harvard University
  • The Satirical Side of the Pre-Genocide Press, 1908-1915 – Gia Aivazian, UCLA
  • The A.R.F. in Constantinople in the Constitutional Period – Dikran Kaligian, Boston College

INTERMISSION

  • ‘La Renaissance’ and the Aftermath of World War I – Herve Georgelin, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences, Paris
  • Redefining Literary Identity in Post-War Istanbul (Zahrad & Khrakhuni) – Peter Cowe, UCLA
  • From Constantinople to Erevan: The Odyssey of Vahram Papazian – Robert H. Hewsen, Rowan Univerisity of New Jersey
  • The French Connection: Peter Sourian and Constantinople – David Calonne, Wayne State University
  • A Restrospective – Richard Hovannisian

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