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Armenian Genocide Oral History Collection in North America: Development, Utilization, Potential

International Conference

Saturday, April 2, 2011
9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
UCLA | A51 Humanities Building

Click here to register online. Admission is free, but registration is required by March 30. Parking is available for $10 in structure two; enter off Hilgard at Westholme Ave. Click here to view UCLA Parking Map.

Organized by Richard G. Hovannisian, UCLA Armenian Education Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History

Armenian oral history programs in North America began in the 1960s as the generation of survivors of the Armenian Genocide diminished rapidly, taking with them their personal experiences and descriptions of a way of life that vanished with their expulsion from their homeland. At this conference focused on bearing witness, participants will explore various uses of the survivors’ oral histories as well as their own collections, plans for development, and possible access and distribution.

Sponsored by
UCLA AEF Chair in Modern Armenian History
UCLA Library Center for Oral History Research John B. Jackson Oral History Faculty Curator Grant Fund

With Support from
UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies
Souren and Verkin Papazian Fund
Bob and Nora Movel Fund


Conference Schedule

9:30 a.m.: Opening
Richard G. Hovannisian

9:45 – 11:15 a.m.
Panel One: “The Collections: Their Origins, Scope, and Evidence”
Chair: Marc Mamigonian, National Association for Armenian Studies and Research, Belmont, Massachusetts
Varoujan Froundjian: “The Parsegian Collection at Columbia University”
Bethel Bilezikian Charkoudian: “The Armenian Library and Museum Collection,” Watertown, Massachusetts
Richard G. Hovannisian: “The UCLA Collection”
Greg Sarkissian and George Shirinian: “The Zoryan Institute Collection,” Toronto

11: 30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Panel Two: “Publications, Performance, and the Visual Arts”
Chair: Gerald Papazian, Chair, Armenian Film Foundation
Donald Miller, USC, and Lorna Touryan Miller: “Time, Trauma, and Place in Survivor Narratives”
Carla Garapedian, Armenian Film Foundation: “Uses of J. Michael Hagopian’s Oral Testimonies and Films”
Ara Oshagan, Los Angeles: “Photography, Art, and Testimony”
Bianca Bagatourian, Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance: “Theater”

2-3:30 p.m.
Panel Three: “Preserving, Indexing, Archiving, Accessing”
Chair: Teresa Barnett, Head, UCLA Library Center for Oral History Research
Stephen Smith, Director, Shoah Foundation Institute, University of Southern California
Mark Greenberg, Oral History Director, University of South Florida, Tampa
Hayk Demoyan, Director, Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, Yerevan
Stephen Davison, Head, UCLA Digital Library Program

4-5:30 p.m.
Panel Four: “Potentials for Upcoming Scholars, Writers, and Creative Artists”
Chair: Armen Marsoobian, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven
Ara Sanjian, Armenian Research Center, University of Michigan-Dearborn: “Experiences in the Classroom with Third- and Fourth-generation College Students”
Carlos Antaramian, El Colegio de Michoacán, Zamora, Mexico: “The Mexican-Armenian Oral History Project”
Arda Melkonian and Doris Melkonian, UCLA: “Exploring Gender in the UCLA Collection”
Reuben Zaramian, University of Toronto: “Tropes, Memes, and Other Theoretical Stuff: Oral Genocide Studies in a New Way”
Taner Akçam, Kaloosdian-Mugar Chair, Clark University: “The Dersim Project”


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