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16th Annual Student Colloquia in Armenian Studies-Feb. 1-2, 2018


Feb 1, 2018, 3:30-7:00pm, Undergrad
Feb 2, 2018, 9:30am-6:00pm, Graduate

University of California, Los Angeles
Royce Hall 314

Catered Receptions to Follow

With generous sponsorship from:

Campus Programs Committee, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, National Association for Armenian Studies and Research, Society for Armenian Studies, Center for European and Russian Studies, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology,  Promise Institute for Human  Rights, Near Eastern  Languages & Cultures, Department of History, Center for World Languages, Y & S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, Center for Near Eastern Studies, and the Center for the Study of Women.


Undergraduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies

University of California, Los Angeles

Royce Hall 314

February 1, 2018

3:30–3:40 Opening Remarks

Luiza Harutyunyan

Major: Neuroscience, Minor: Armenian Studies, UCLA, Class of 2018

Director of the 2018 Undergraduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies


Dr. S. Peter Cowe

Narekatsi Professor of Armenian Studies

Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA


Panel 1: Two Standards in Contact: Eastern and Western Armenian

Chair: Ara Mandjikian, Major: Biochemistry, UCLA


Arti Kassardjian

Major: Mechanical Engineering, UCLA

“Eastern Armenian Through the Lens of Western Armenians”


Mesrop Egiazaryan

Major: Biology; Minor: Armenian Studies, UCLA

“Eastern vs. Western Armenian: Evaluating Fear Complexes Between Different Spoken Standards”


4:20–4:30 Discussion

Panel 2: Topics in Modern and Contemporary History

Chair: Lilit Ghazaryan, Major: Linguistics and Anthropology; Minor: Russian Language, UCLA



Vana Geregian

Major: Philosophy; Minor: Armenian Studies, UCLA

“Javakhk: Historical Overview and Current Issues of Armenians”



Datevig Kaloyan

Double Major: History, Art History, UC Irvine

“Documenting Armenia: The History of Social Documentary Photography from the 19th Century to the Present”


5:10–5:20 Discussion
5:20–5:40 Coffee/Tea Break

Panel 3: Bilingualism and Heritage Language Speakers

Chair: Vana Geregian, Major: Philosophy, Minor: Armenian Studies, UCLA


Ani Alaberkyan

Double Major: Linguistics and Anthropology, Arabic, UCLA

“Language Ideologies in Arabic-Speaking Armenian Families”



Lilit Ghazaryan

Major: Linguistics and Anthropology; Minor: Russian Language, UCLA

“Metalingusitic Awareness Among Armenian-English Bilingual Children”


Anahit Pogossian

Major: Linguistics and Psychology; Minor: Armenian Studies, UCLA

“Ի՞նչ կա ծիծաղելի: The Role of Humor for Armenian Heritage Learners”


6:40–6:50 Discussion
7:00 Reception (Royce Hall 306)


Graduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies

University of California, Los Angeles

Royce Hall 314

February 2, 2018

9:30 a.m.-10:00 Breakfast

10:00-10:10 Opening Remarks

Jesse Siragan Arlen

Director of the 2018 Graduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies

Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA

Dr. S. Peter Cowe

Narekatsi Professor of Armenian Studies

Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA

Panel 1: Domestic and International Interactions in the Late Ottoman and post-Ottoman Periods and their Role in Memory

Chair: Daniel Ohanian (History, UCLA)


Amjad Dajani

PhD in Middle East Studies

Northwestern University (USA)

“Undermining the Ottoman-Armenian Rebellion, 1894–1896: The Case of Britain’s Islamic World Journal


Armen Manuk-Khaloyan

MA in History

California State University, Northridge (USA)

“‘If Only It Would Last a Little Longer’: Imperial Visions, Ottoman Armenians, and the Outbreak of the Great War”


Arman Khachatryan

PhD Candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel)

“The Armenian Patriarchate in a Changing Jerusalem: Between Preservation and Modernization”


David Leupold

PhD in Social Sciences

Berlin Graduate School in Social Sciences (Germany)

“Contested Memories: Turkish, Armenian, and Kurdish Narratives around Lake Van”

11:30-11:50 Discussion

11:50-12:10 Coffee/Tea Break

Panel 2: The Interweaving of Art and Politics in the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia

Chair: Sona Tajiryan (History, UCLA)


Samvel Grigoryan

PhD Student in Medieval History

Université Paul Valéry (France)

“Recent Discoveries in Cilicia and Their Impact on Armenian Studies”


Emma Chookaszian

PhD in Medieval History and Art History

Université Paul Valéry (France)

“The Four Portraits of Hetʿum II: New Observations Regarding the Royal Portrait of the Lectionary of 1286”

12:50-1:00 Discussion


1:00-2:30 Lunch Break

Panel 3: Armenian Manuscript Arts from a Multidisciplinary Perspective

Chair: Jennifer Manoukian (Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA)


Anush Sargsyan

PhD Student in Art History and Scriptorium Studies

Matenadaran Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts (Armenia)

“An Exposition of Yohannes of Amida’s 17th-Century Miniature of Heavenly Jerusalem”


Marta Silvia Filippini

MA in the Conservation of Paper, Book and Archival Materials

Istituto Centrale per il Restauro e la Conservazione del Patrimonio Archivistico e Librario (Italy)

“The Archaeology and Conservation of Two Armenian Illuminated Manuscripts Rediscovered in Bologna”


Chahan Vidal-Gorène

PhD Student in Armenian Paleography

École Nationale des Chartes (France)

“Armenian Paleography and Handwritten Armenian Character Recognition”

3:30-3:50 Discussion

3:50-4:10 Coffee/Tea Break

Panel 4: Contemporary Politics in Eurasia and the Middle East

Chair: Alyssa Mathias (Ethnomusicology, UCLA)



Marine Sargsyan

PhD Candidate in History

Leiden University (Netherlands)

“The Policy of Small States in the Strategies of the Great Powers: In the Case of the Republic of Armenia”


Mushegh Ghahriyan

PhD in History

Armenian National Academy of Sciences (Armenia)

“The Impact of the Syrian Crisis on the Armenian Community of Aleppo, 2011–Today”

4:50-5:00 Discussion


Panel 5: Marginalized Experiences in Armenian Society

Chair: Armen Adamian (Ethnomusicology, UCLA)


Carla Kekejian

MS/PhD Student in Communication Sciences and Disorders

University of Utah (USA)

Harsneren: Language of the Armenian Bride”



Rosie Vartyter Aroush

PhD Candidate in Near Eastern Languages & Cultures

University of California, Los Angeles (USA)

“A Life of Otherness: The Significance of Familial Support and Community Inclusivity for LGBQ Armenians”


5:40-5:50 Discussion

5:50-6:10 Guest Speaker

His Excellency The Hon. Grigor Hovhannisyan

Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to the USA

6:10-8:00 Reception (Royce Hall 306)