Genocide And Memories Of The Armenian Diaspora In Argentina


2009-12-15 00:15:55 (GMT +04:00)

Lucila G. Tossounian, Manoogian Simone Visiting Pre-Doctoral
Researcher, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Many Armenians arrived in Argentina escaping from the Genocide at the
beginning of the 20th century. The experiences of these survivors
were transmitted orally from generation to generation. This way
of transmission has an impact on the way the Armenian Genocide and
history are perceived by Armenians in Argentina.

Lucila Tossounian will present a summary of the work done by the
"Armenian Genocide: Memories of the Diaspora" Research Group of the
Oral History Program at the University of Buenos Aires. This is an
interdisciplinary group established to create the first oral archive of
testimonies of Armenian Genocide survivors in Argentina. The group’s
research focuses on the ways collective memory has been transmitted
regarding the Genocide and analyzes the relations between the ways
of transmission and how the Genocide is understood.

Lucila Tossounian is currently a Visiting Pre-Doctoral Scholar in the
Armenian Studies Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She
lives in Argentina, where is a Ph.D. candidate at the University
of Buenos Aires (UBA) and Fellow Junior Researcher of Argentina’s
National Council for Scientific and Technological Research. She also
works at the UBA’s Anthropological Sciences Institute, focusing on
the Armenian migrants that went to Argentina in the late 1990’s. She
is Co-Director of the Research Group on the Armenian Genocide: Ways of
Transmission and Ways of Action at the Oral History Program of the UBA,
which aims to create an archive of oral testimonies of survivors of
the Armenian Genocide in Argentina. As an anthropologist, she has done
fieldwork among Armenians in Buenos Aires since 1999. Her subjects
of interest include ethnicity, nationalism, migration, diaspora,
identity, and community building processes.

Light refreshments will be served

This lecture is cosponsored by the Armenian Research Center,
University of Michigan-Dearborn and the Armenian Studies Program,
University of Michigan.

The University of Michigan-Dearborn is located north of Michigan
Avenue, south of Ford Road, and west of the Southfield Freeway. The
CASL Building is designated CB on the map on the right. Parking is
available in front of the building (by the red X). At this time of the
evening, parking is free. The easiest ways to enter the campus are
to come via Michigan Avenue westbound (from the Southfield Freeway)
to Evergreen north, and then either 1) turn at the first turnaround on
Evergreen, enter the campus at the Fieldhouse (which sports a large
white billboard), and then turn right into the parking lot; or 2)
enter at the crossover after the first turnaround on Evergreen, which
will take you into the campus "Central Entrance," then turn left on
Richard Dr., and then left into the parking lot. Michigan Avenue is
fully open to traffic now.

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