Contemporary Armenian Writing and the Parameters of the Literary

Conference/Symposium | April 14 | 9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Siranush Dvoyan, Associate Professor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, American University of Armenia; Myrna Douzjian, Lecturer, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Berkeley; Hayk Hambardzumyan, Associate Professor, Department of Armenian Literature, Yerevan State University; Vahram Danielyan, Lecturer, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, American University of Armenia; Talar Chahinian, Lecturer, Department of Comparative World Litearture and Classics, California State University, Long Beach; Krikor Beledian, Author, Former Associate Professor of Armenian Literature, National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations; Hagop Gulludjian, Lecturer, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles; Marc Nichanian, Visiting Professor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, American University of Armenia

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Armenian Studies Program

Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Stephan Astourian, Department of History and William Saroyan Director of the Armenian Studies Program, University of California, Berkeley

Morning Session - Literature in Armenia
9:45 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.
“Repression, Rehabilitation and Silence: An Uknown Episode from the Soviet-Armenian Experience” | 9:45 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
Siranush Dvoyan, Associate Professor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, American University of Armenia

“The Genres of Aghasi Ayvazyan’s Historical Fiction and the Undoing of Nationalist Discourse” | 10:20 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.
Myrna Douzjian, Lecturer, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Berkeley

Q&A - 10:55 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

Coffee Break - 11:10 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.

“The Armenian Epic ‘Daredevils of Sassoun’ and the Contemporary Armenian Novel: From the Armenian Epic Tradition to (Neo)mythologization” | 11:25 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Hayk Hambardzumyan, Associate Professor, Department of Armenian Literature, Yerevan State University

“To Write a Father in Order to Have Him: A New Paradigm in Contemporary Armenian Prose” | 12:00 p.m. - 12:35 p.m.
Vahram Danielyan, Lecturer, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, American University of Armenia

Q&A - 12:35 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Lunch Break - 12:50 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Afternoon Session
2:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
“Literary Exceptionalisms: Myth-making in the Global Armenian Market” |
2:00 p.m. - 2:35 p.m.
Talar Chahinian, Lecturer, Department of Comparative World Litearture and Classics, California State University,
Long Beach

“The Armenian Intellectual Odyssey According to Vahe Oshagan’s Literary Manifesto” (in Armenian) | 2:35 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.
Krikor Beledian, Author, Former Associate Professor of Armenian Literature, National Institute for Oriental Languages
and Civilizations

Q&A - 3:10 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.

Coffee Break - 3:25 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.

“Non-Dominant Language in Contemporary Diasporas: Is Literature Possible?” | 3:40 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Hagop Gulludjian, Lecturer, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles

“The Other Oedipus” | 4:15 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Marc Nichanian, Visiting Professor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, American University of Armenia

Q&A - 4:50 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

The Armenian Studies Program would like to thank Dr. Julie Kulhanjian and Roger Strauch for their support for this event.

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