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Presencing an Absence: Accountability and Memory in the Aftermath of the Armenian Genocide

Monday, April 1, 2019 @ 7:00PM

Presented by Armen T. Marsoobian

Cultural destruction is an integral component of the concept of genocide as first formulated by the legal scholar Raphael Lemkin. The erasure of most signs of the Armenian presence in its historic homeland was particularly pronounced during and after the Armenian Genocide. Tentative steps of redress have taken place in the last decade, both within and outside of Turkey. Marsoobian will describe and analyze a number of memory projects employing a variety of media to repair this cultural loss. The lecture will summarize the objectives, successes and failures of Marsoobian's own decade-long memory project that employs family memoir and photography to both personalize the trauma and highlight the resilience of Armenians in the aftermath of the 1915 genocide. The project is based upon an historic archive of Ottoman-era photographs, glass negatives, drawings, original documents preserved by the Dildilian family, many of whose members were professional photographers. 

About Armen T. Marsoobian
Armen T. Marsoobian is a professor of philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University and chairperson of the Philosophy Department. His primary areas of research are American philosophy, aesthetics, Peircean semiotics, metaphysics and genocide studies. 

7:00 pm Lecture | Reception to follow
This event is free and open to the public.

Registration requested. 

Co-sponsored by Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Institute for Global Studies, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the Human Rights Program.

McNamara Alumni Center

  • 200 Oak Street SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55455

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