“Memory, Memorialization and Bearing Witness: Contested Memories of the Armenian Genocide in Turkey Today” will be the second topic of the Armenian Studies Program fall 2015 lecture series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15 at Fresno State.
The free, public lecture, presented with the support of the Leon S. Peters Foundation, will be in the Alice Peters Auditorium, room 191 in the Peters Business Building on campus.
Dr. Armen T. Marsoobian, professor and chair of philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University, will describe his on-going project memorializing the Armenian Genocide in Turkey. The project consists of photography exhibitions in Turkey, two books and the creation of memorial sites for his mother’s family, the Dildilians, in Ottoman Turkey before, during and after the genocide. Extensive memoirs, oral testimonies and photographs from the Dildilian photographic archive are used to tell this history.
He also will analyze the role memorialization plays in collective memory, especially in situations subverted by genocide denial, said Barlow Der Mugrdechian, coordinator of the Armenian Studies Program.
Marsoobian has lectured and published extensively on topics in philosophy and genocide studies and has received the Hrant Dink Foundation Prize for Historical Research for his work on the Armenian Genocide.
His most recent book, “Fragments of a Lost Homeland: Remembering Armenia,” is based upon extensive research about his family, the Dildilians, who were accomplished photographers in the late Ottoman period. Photography exhibitions of the collection have been mounted in Istanbul, Merzifon, and Diyarbakir, and soon in New Haven, London, Anknara, Yerevan, and Watertown. “Dildilian Brothers: Photography and the Story of an Armenian Family in Anatolia,” a bilingual English-Turkish photography book, will appear later this year.