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MillerComm Lecture: Melissa Bilal, "Historians in Action: How and Why We Reclaim an Armenian Feminist Past"

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REEEC; Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies; April 24 Fund; Center for Global Studies; Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Department of Gender and Women's Studies; Department of History; Department of Political Science; European Union Center; Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities; Program in Jewish Culture & Society; Program in Women and Gender in Global Perspectives; School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics; Spurlock Museum
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum (600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL 61801)
Apr 30, 2019   7:00 pm  
Melissa Bilal (College of Humanities and Social Sciences, American University of Armenia)
Free and open to the public.
Center for Advanced Study
Originating Calendar
Russian, E. European & Eurasian Center: Co-sponsored Events

Professor Bilal will first provide an overall introduction to Feminism in Armenian: An Interpretive Anthology and Digital Archive, a collaborative project with Lerna Ekmekçio─člu (MIT) that aims to end the ever-present invisibility of activist women in Armenian historiography and collective memory. She will then focus on one of the authors featured in this project, namely Yelbis Gesaratsian (1830 – ?) editor of the first Armenian women’s journal in the Ottoman Empire. Drawing on Gesaratsian’s writings, Professor Bilal will discuss the interrelatedness of discourses on gender, sexuality, body, emotion, culture, history, nation, modernity, land, and music in the nineteenth-century Armenian intellectual narratives.

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