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The Ebb and Flow of the Armenian Communities of the Indian Ocean

The Ebb and Flow of the Armenian Communities of the Indian Ocean

International Conference, March 17-18, 2007. UCLA International Conference Series on Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces. Sponsored by the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History

Saturday, March 17, 2007
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Young Hall, CS 50, UCLA
Los Angeles, CA 90095

SATURDAY, March 17 (9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

Morning Session: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Introduction—Ebb and Flow
Richard G. Hovannisian, UCLA

"Armenian Settlements and Cultural Life"
Chair and Discussant: Engseng Ho, Harvard University

  • Armenian Mercantile Communities in Southeast Asia
    Margaret Sarkissian, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts
  • From Dispersion to Nation: Armenian Diasporic Speculations in 18th-Century India
    Khachig Tölölyan, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut
  • The Indian Interlude in the Development of Modern Armenian Drama
    Peter Cowe, UCLA
  • “Azdarar” and Other Armenian Periodicals of India
    Osheen Keshishian, Glendale Community College
  • Joseph Emin and British Colonial Policy in Calcutta
    Mana Kia, Harvard University
    General Discussion

Afternoon Session: 2:00-:5:30 p.m.

"Indo-Armenian History and Relations"
Chair and Discussant: Houri Berberian, California State University, Long Beach

  • Colonial Counterflows: An Armenian Lady from Agra in London, circa 1610
    Michael Fisher, Oberlin College
  • Khwaja Gorgin Khan: An 18th-Century Armenian General of the Bengal Army
    Bhaswati Bhattacharya, University of Leiden
  • Notables and Benefactors (with a film on Sir Catchick Paul Chater)
    Richard Hovannisian, UCLA
  • Armenian-American GIs and the Armenian Community of India in World War II
    Gregory Aftandilian, Harvard University
  • The Present State of the Indo-Armenian Community
    Armen Baibourtian, Erevan, First Armenian Ambassador to India
    General Discussion

SUNDAY, March 18 (2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.)

"Long Distance Merchants and Julfan Trade in the Indian Ocean"
Chair and Discussant: Edward A. Alpers, UCLA

  • French Commercial Ambitions and Armenian Interlocutors in 17th-Century Asia
    Sanjay Subrahmanyam, UCLA
  • Long Distance Merchants and the Role of Julfan “Networks of Trust”
    Sebouh Aslanian, Columbia University
  • Don Pedro di Zaratte: A Julfan Armenian in Mexico City, 1723-31.
    Tatiana Seijas, Yale University
    General Discussion

Concluding Remarks

Richard G. Hovannisian hovannis@history.ucla.edu

Sponsor(s): Center for European and Eurasian Studies, Center for Near Eastern Studies, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UCLA International Institute, Center for India and South Asia, Department of History, The AEF Chair in Modern Armenian History, AGBU Western District Committee.