02-28-2017: Diaspora Memoirs



Diaspora memoirs: The case of Armenians in Italy:

Talk by Sona Haroutyunian

Tuesday, February, 28 2017 – 6:30 – Room 6304.24

In many diasporic communities, the Armenian Genocide stories appeared long after the traumatic events of 1915. The survivors often found it extremely difficult to speak at length and in depth about their profoundly painful experiences and memories. They waited for decades to share the trauma through oral history and written memoirs. This is also the case of the Armenian Genocide survivors who took refuge in Italy.

This lecture deals with the memoirs of the Armenian Genocide survivors of Italy. It explores how the survivors despite all the trauma and difficulties, decided to put pen to paper and to give expression to the horrors and tragedies they witnessed in order to document that which the world needs to better know.

Sona Haroutyunian is a professor of Armenian language and literature at the Ca’Foscari University of Venice. Her research interests include Translation Studies, Linguistics, Trauma and Literature, Migration Studies. She received her first Ph.D. in philology and her second Ph.D. in linguistics. She has given courses and seminars as well as presented papers at international conferences in Armenia, France, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Poland, Switzerland, Taiwan, and USA. Author of many scholarly papers and of translated books, recently she has published her monograph on “The Theme of the Armenian Genocide in the Italian Literature.”

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Diaspora Memoirs


Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Room 6304.24


The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Ave., at 34th St.
New York, NY 10016


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