Mardin Conference Draws International Scholars

MARDIN CONFERENCE DRAWS INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARS

10:59, December 7, 2012

On November 2-3, the Hrant Dink Foundation organized an international
conference in Mardin, Turkey to discuss economical changes and social
dynamism experienced in the city and its surroundings between 1838
and 1938.

Entitled “Social and Economic History of Mardin and Region”, the
meeting was organized with the support of Medical Association of
Mardin, Mardin Bar Association, KAMER Mardin, Mardin Cinema Society
and Turabdin Assyrian Culture and Solidarity Association.

The goal of the organizers was to fill a gap in the field of social
history of the area.

Rakel Dink, President of the Hrant Dink Foundation, and Evgil Turker,
President of the Federation of Syriac Associations, offered opening
speeches.

Cengiz Aktar, who spoke on behalf of the organizational committee,
put an emphasis on democracy and confronting history.

Those presenting papers included Osman Koker (“Population, Economy
and Cultural Diversity in the Sandjak of Mardin at the Beginning of
the 20th Century”), Ara Sarafian (“Mapping Communities: Arisdages
Devgants and his Report on Siirt, 1878”), Elcin Macar (“The American
Protestant Missionaries and their Institutions in Mardin”) and Martin
Tamcke (“On the Way to the Bagdad Railway: Germans in and on Mardin”).

French-Armenian historian Raymond Kevorkian spoke about the common
fate of Assyrians, Armenians, Jews and Gypsies in the session entitled
“Violence, Pogrom and Genocide in Mardin”

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

http://hetq.am/eng/news/21325/mardin-conference-draws-international-scholars.html

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