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Narratives of ‘Home’: Violence, Spatial Belonging, and Everyday Life for Armenian Genocide Survivors

November 19, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - November 19, 2019 @ 1:30 pm

A public lecture by Ayşenur Korkmaz (PhD candidate in European Studies, University of Amsterdam)
2019-2020 Robert J. Katz Research Fellow in Genocide Studies

Organized by the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research
Cosponsored by the USC Institute of Armenian Studies

"Narratives of 'Home': Violence, Spatial Belonging, and Everyday Life for Armenian Genocide Survivors" - Public lecture by Ayşenur Korkmaz (PhD Candidate, University of Amsterdam), 2019-2020 Center Katz Research Fellow

In this talk, Ayşenur Korkmaz explored how the survivors and their descendants reflect on their ‘place of origin’ and ex-social networks in the former Ottoman Empire. What did or does ‘home’ and ‘homeland’ mean to them when it no longer exists in the way that they imagine(d)? How do we make sense of their site of memories and imaginations of the material and relational ‘home,’ and everyday life before the genocide? Drawing upon the video and audio testimonies of Armenian survivors available in the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive, she reflected on some of the critical concepts such as homeland, displacement, socio-spatiality, home, and materiality to understand the post- Armenian genocide period.

During the genocide of 1915-1916, around 300,000 Ottoman Armenians fled eastward to the South Caucasus to evade the mass deportations and violence ordered by the Committee of Union and Progress. They found refuge in Tsarist Russia, a part of which later became Soviet Armenia, awaiting the return to their former hometowns and actively tracing their family members in grief and despair. Yet their dream soon came to naught, as the years following the First World War saw the collapse of the Ottoman and Russian Empires, Sovietization of the short-lived First Armenian Republic, and the emergence of the Turkish Republic. The Armenian genocide survivors’ ‘new homeland’ was now Soviet Armenia. 

In this talk, Ayşenur Korkmaz explores how the survivors and their descendants reflect on their ‘place of origin’ and ex-social networks in the former Ottoman Empire. What did or does ‘home’ and ‘homeland’ mean to them when it no longer exists in the way that they imagine(d)? How do we make sense of their site of memories and imaginations of the material and relational ‘home,’ and everyday life before the genocide? Drawing upon the video and audio testimonies of Armenian survivors available in the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive, she reflects on some of the critical concepts such as homeland, displacement, socio-spatiality, home, and materiality to understand the post- Armenian genocide period.

 

 

Details:
Start: November 19, 2019 / 12:00 PM
End: November 19, 2019 / 1:30 PM
Where: Doheny Memorial Library , Los Angeles
Venue:
Doheny Memorial Library
3550 Trousdale Parkway Room 241 , Los Angeles United States