LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Research Seminar
“Layers of Gendered Silencing: Converted Armenian Survivors of 1915”
Speaker: Assistant Professor Ayse Gül Altınay
Date: MONDAY, 8 NOVEMBER 2010 18.00-20.00
Venue: Cañada Blanch Room, J116 (First Floor), Cowdray House, Portugal Street, LSE
An unknown number of young Armenians survived the massacres of 1915 as adopted daughters and sons of Muslim families. Fewer others became wives and, in exceptional cases, husbands. While some of these survivors (particularly young men) re-united with their families or relatives in later years, or were taken into orphanages by missionaries and relief workers, many others lived the rest of their lives as “Muslims,” taking on Turkish, Kurdish, or Arabic names. Until recently, the stories of these survivors have been silenced, either in the form of total erasure or of serious trivialization, by Turkish and Armenian historiographies alike. The presentation analyzes this silence in historical and contemporary works and discusses the challenges that the recent unravelling of this gendered silence poses for existing narratives of identity and belonging in Turkey.
Ayse Gül Altınay is Assistant Professor of Anthropology in Sabancı University, Istanbul. She received her PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University in 2001. Her research interests are political anthropology, nationalism, violence, gender and sexuality. She is the author of the book, “The Myth of the Military-Nation: Militarism, Gender, and Education in Turkey”, published in 2004. She has also co-edited “Torunlar” (in Turkish), published in 2009, which focuses on the stories of Armenians continued to live in Anatolia after 1915.
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