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June 2019

Reforms, policies and ideologies as propaganda during the decline of despotic power and the wake of nation-building

June 5 @ 6:00 pm
Kaplan 348,

Arpi Melikyan is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Department of French and Francophone Studies. In 2015,she received her B.A. in French with a Spanish minor from University of California, Los Angeles. As an undergraduate, she was awarded the Martin-Turrill Memorial Best Essay Award in the French and Francophone Studies department of UCLA. The presentation on propaganda before and during the Armenian and Rwandan genocides aims to bridge together two distinct histories by analyzing two genocides which have been orchestrated…

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Friendship, Love, and the Urge to Write in Christian Batikian’s novel Metal Dreams

June 4 @ 6:00 pm
Kaplan 365,

Metal Dreams (Erevan, 2018) is the second book and first novel of the Western Armenian writer Christian Batikian. It is significant on a number of levels, not least of which pertains to its contribution to the vitality of Western Armenian, an endangered language. This presentation however, will not focus on the often-discussed topic of the vitality of Western Armenian, the status of diasporan languages, etc. but rather will be a literary reading of the novel. Metal Dreams revolves around the…

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May 2019

The Politics of Language in the Making of Diaspora’s Grand Narrative

May 30 @ 6:00 pm
Kaplan 365,

In the years immediately following World War II, what was once referred to during the years of post-genocide dispersion as թրքահայութիւն , ցրուածութիւն , գաղութահայութիւն , գաղթահայութիւն , and արտասահմանի հայութիւն became solidified as սփիւռք , and came to imagine itself as a transnationally organized homogenous entity. This presentation focuses on this period of transition and examines the making of diaspora’s grand narrative, founded on the notion of national cultural production in exile. I discuss how the articulation of diaspora’s…

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Ancient Iran and the Classical World

May 29 @ 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10945 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA (CALIFORNIA) 90095
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You are invited to attend: Ancient Iran and the Classical World A two-day international symposium jointly hosted by the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World at UCLA and the Getty Research Institute   Wednesday, May 29th – 306 Royce Hall, UCLA Thursday, May 30, 2019 – Getty Villa, VN 113-114   Click here to download the full symposium program. Please RSVP to Marissa Stevens at stevensma@humnet.ucla.edu

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Elites and Gods of the City: Analysis of a Mesopotamian local social network in the 3rd millennium BC

May 28 @ 12:30 pm
Kaplan 365,

The site of Adab, situated in Southern Mesopotamia between Nippur and Umma, was mostly active in the Old Akkadian period. Its mounds revealed palaces, temples and workshop installations. Around 3000 cuneiform sources were excavated either as part of the original or later illegal digs; their distribution in various archives dated to different sub-periods make this corpus particularly interesting for diachronic investigation. This talk exposes the social network of the elites of Adab and its correlation with the pantheon over time.…

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A Tale of Two Grigors: Aghet and Impossibility of Language in Narekatsi and Beledian

May 23 @ 6:00 pm
Kaplan 365,

Dr. Hagop Gulludjian is in charge of Western Armenian at UCLA within the Narekatsi Chair of Armenian Studies. He holds a doctorate of Letters and an MBA. He has researched and published on medieval Armenian poetry; heritage language and language vitality; interactions between virtuality, culture and diasporas; and modern to postmodern Diaspora Armenian literature. Currently, he is doing research and writing on the mystical poetry of Grigor Narekatsi and on contemporary Diaspora literature by Nigoghos Sarafian and Krikor Beledian. He…

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Challenges Facing the Armenian Diaspora in the United States

May 22 @ 6:00 pm
Kaplan 365,

Mr. Chenian is a financial advisor with a long history of public service. In his presentation the speaker will focus on the role of strategic individuals in advancing community objectives in contrast to many of the diasporic institutions currently embedded within it that were founded in another place and time and are therefore perceived as increasingly irrelevant in meeting 21st century challenges. Chenian then identifies the potential afforded by a "Think Tank Culture" and explores how such a structure might…

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Book Talk by Nile Green: The Persianate World

May 22 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Royce Hall 314, 340 Royce Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Copies of the book will be available for sale from the ASUCLA Bookstore at this event. To RSVP, please click here.

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An Introduction to Islamic Manuscript Culture

May 20 @ 11:00 am - May 22 @ 5:00 pm
Main Conference Room Charles E. Young Research Library UCLA,

This free workshop will provide a hands-on introduction to Islamic manuscripts and manuscript culture, using the extensive holdings of the Special Collections at UCLA's Charles E. Young Research Library. It is intended for advanced students and scholars with backgrounds in Islamic studies and/or manuscript studies. Sessions will be devoted to such topics as parchment and paper, bindings and structures, quires and codices, scripts and hands (paleography), and historical and paratextual elements. Participants will learn to produce accurate basic descriptions of…

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Bilingual Lecture Series: Poets of Life with Rakhshan Banietemad

May 19 @ 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
121 Dodd Hall, 390 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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