Mayda Book Launch Party

cover of mayda book

Join us as we celebrate the publication of a new translation of Srpuhi Dussap’s novel, Mayda. As the first feminist novel written in Armenian, Mayda caused quite a stir on its publication in the 19th century.  Dussap’s story of a widow who finds work and love while losing everything in the process now finds a new audience among those interested in early feminism, Ottoman history, women’s rights, and Armenian studies.

The book’s translator, Nareg Seferian, and its editors—Lisa Gulesserian, Barbara Merguerian, Joy Renjilian-Burgy, Judith A. Saryan, and Danila Jebejian Terpanjian—along with its graphic designer, Taline Boghosian, will be in attendance.

Creative Writing in Armenian: Poetry Workshop

I am leading a two-day creative writing workshop for the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation at NAASR in Belmont, MA. Participants will be introduced to the poetic language, the haiku poetic form, and old and new examples of haiku poems.

By the end of the workshop, students will produce Instagram-able short poems in the haiku form in the language of their choice—English or Armenian.

neMLA: Regional Wounds, Universal Traumas, and the Possibility of Empathy

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Regional Wounds, Universal Traumas, and the Possibility of Empathy (Part 2)

Roundtable with:
Chair: Maryam Ghodrati, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Chair: Rachel Dale, Brandeis University
Location: ORLEANS (Media Equipped)

Comparative Literature & Interdisciplinary Humanities

“Chang-rae Lee and the Traumatic Affect of the Gesture” Susan Moynihan, Tennessee Technological University
“Narrativizing Empathy in Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost HappinessSabiha Anum, Government College University Lahore Pakistan
“Art from Guantánamo Bay: The Figural Unsettlement of Western Hegemonic History” Macy McDonald, SUNY University at Buffalo
“Past Dark: War and Armenian Genocide Postmemory in Micheline Aharonian Marcom’s The Daydreaming BoyLisa Gulesserian, Harvard University

Creative Writing in Armenian: Poetry Workshop

I led a two-day creative writing workshop for Hamazkayin ArtLinks 2019 in Paris, Ontario, Canada. Participants were introduced to the poetic language, the Հայրէն (“hayren”) poetic form, and old and new examples of Հայրէն poems.

By the end of the workshop, students produced Instagram-able short poems in the hayren form in the language of their choice—English, French, or Armenian.