ASA: Armenian Students Association

Unraveling Layers of Gendered Silencing: Converted Armenian Survivors of the 1915 Catastrophe
Date: Wednesday November 18th 2009  
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Contact: nk2334@columbia.edu
An unknown number of young Armenians survived the massacres of 1915 as adopted daughters and sons of Muslim families. While some of these survivors re-united with their families or relatives in later years, or were taken into orphanages by missionaries and relief workers, many others lived the rest of their lives as "Muslims," taking on Turkish, Kurdish, or Arabic names. Until recently, the stories of these survivors have been silenced, either in the form of total erasure or of serious trivialization by all historiographies.

The Armenian Studies Program at Columbia University, the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies (MESAAS) and the Middle East Institute (MEI) present:

Unraveling Layers of Gendered Silencing: � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � �Converted Armenian Survivors of the 1915 Catastrophe

An evening with Professor Ayse G�l Altinay, anthropologist � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � �Sabanci University

Date and time: Wednesday, November 18 at 6:30pm

Venue: Columbia University � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � International Affairs Building � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � �Lindsay Rogers Common Room (Room 707)

Admission: Free and open to the public.

Contact: Nanor Kebranian at nk2334@columbia.edu

About the event: An unknown number of young Armenians survived the massacres of 1915 as adopted daughters and sons of Muslim families. Fewer others became wives and, in exceptional cases, husbands. While some of these survivors (particularly young men) re-united with their families or relatives in later years, or were taken into orphanages by missionaries and relief workers, many others lived the rest of their lives as "Muslims," taking on Turkish, Kurdish, or Arabic names. Until recently, the stories of these survivors have been silenced, either in the form of total erasure or of serious trivialization by all historiographies. The presentation discusses the implications of both this long silence and the recent forms of unsilencing for contemporary academic and political debates and asks questions about the category of "the survivor" in genocide scholarship.

 

About the speaker: Ayse G�l Altinay received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University and has been teaching at Sabanci University since 2001. Her research and writing have focused on militarism, nationalism, violence, gender, and sexuality. She is the author of The Myth of the Military-Nation: Militarism, Gender and Education (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004); co-author of Violence Against Women in Turkey: A Nationwide Survey (with Yesim Arat, Punto, 2009, www.kadinayoneliksiddet.org/English.html) and Torunlar (based on Muslim grandchildren's narratives of their converted Armenian grandparents, with Fethiye �etin, Metis, 2009).� Her co-authored book with Yesim Arat, T�rkiyede Kadina Y�nelik Siddet (Violence Against Women in Turkey) was awarded the 2008 PEN Duygu Asena Award.


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