The Language of Love in the Petitions of Armenians from the Ottoman Province of Van and in the Print Media, 1820s-1870s

Lecture | March 7 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Dzovinar Dederian, PhD Candidate, Department of Middle East Studies, University of Michigan

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

This talk will focus on the language of love in petitions and print media of the nineteenth century to situate nation and patria in a grid of emotions that permeated the lives of Ottoman Armenians. The lecture seeks to answer how Van Armenians engaged in the contestation and transformation of the boundaries and socio-political dynamics of nation and patria between the 1820s and 1870s. By following the multiple and transforming notions of love and the changing objects of love (i.e., God, nation and patria) this lecture will demonstrate how the notions of love of nation and patria became part of the linguistic and political repertoire of Ottoman Armenians.

Dzovinar Derderian is a PhD Candidate at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in the Department of Middle East Studies. Her dissertation is entitled “Armenian Print Media and Handwritten Petitions: Voices of the Ottoman Eastern Borderland of Van, 1820s to 1870s.” She has co-edited a volume entitled The Ottoman East in the Nineteenth Century: Societies, Identities and Politics (I.B. Tauris, 2016). She currently serves on the editorial board of Études arméniennes contemporaines and serves on the Executive Council of the Society of Armenian Studies.