CSSH Seminar - Ayşe Gül Altınay

Author: College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Time: 16:45
Location: SOS B 21

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CSSH Seminar

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Ayşe Gül  Altınay

Sabancı Üniversitesi



(Unraveling) Layers of Gendered Silencing:
Converted Armenian Survivors of 1915 in Historical And Contemporary Works


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 first part of this paper analyzes the gendered underpinnings of this silencing, and the second part discusses whether recent historical and contemporary works on these survivors introduce new conceptualizations of gender.


Time: 4:45pm

Location: SOS B 21

Tea & Coffee served 4:30pm; Presentation begins 4:45pm

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