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Language and Collective Identity
during Diaspora’s Formative Years
March 7, 2024
7:00 PM
St. Sarkis Apostolic Church
19300 Ford Road, Dearborn, MI 48128

Looking at public debates in the post-genocide Armenian literary
press of Boston, Paris, Beirut, and Aleppo, this presentation
gives an overview of the evolving discourse on language and its
intersection with the politics of identity. In placing the
discussion within the greater framework of her recent book Stateless
(2023), Chahinian will suggest that during the decades that
followed the genocide, language became the key marker of identity
around which competing ideologies of belonging emerged to shape
both nationalistic and transnational models of diaspora.

Talar Chahinian holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UCLA.
She lectures in the Program for Armenian Studies at UC Irvine,
where she is also Visiting Faculty in the Department of
Comparative Literature. She is the author of Stateless: The
Politics of the Armenian Language in Exile
University Press, 2023) and co-editor of The Armenian Diaspora
and Stateless Power: Collective Identity in the Transnational
20th Century
(Bloomsbury Press, 2023). Furthermore, she
co-edits Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies.

Free admission
Light refreshments will be served
For more information contact Gerald Ottenbreit Jr, 313-593-5181
The University of Michigan-Dearborn does not necessarily endorse
the speaker’s views
Gerald E. Ottenbreit Jr.
Research Assistant
Armenian Research Center
University of Michigan-Dearborn
4901 Evergreen Rd.
Dearborn, MI 48128-2406