Between Expulsion, Exile and Destruction

International Conference and Cultural Programme

„WE WILL LIVE AFTER BABYLON“*. Armenian and Jewish Historical Experience between Epulsion, Exile and Destruction

The conference is organised by the European Centre for Jewish Music and the German-Armenian Society (DAG)
Date: 24 – 27 February 2019
Venue: Kulturzentrum Pavillon Hannover, Lister Meile 4, 30161 Hannover, Germany

Topic:

Not only were Jews and Armenians forced into statelessness and a life outside their homelands for centuries, they also shared another fate: in the 20th century, in the shadows of two world wars, they were threatened with collective annihilation. The European Centre for Jewish Music (EZJM) and the German-Armenian Society (DAG) take this convergence as a starting point for a jointly organised conference, which will focus on the Jewish and Armenian historical experience. The conference will not only consist of academic paper presentations, but also of a cultural programme reflecting the broader topic of the symposium.

The speakers represent a wide variety of disciplines and fields of research, such as Theology, Literature, Musicology, History, Sociology, Political Science and Cultural Studies. The conference topics – Diaspora, Minority Issues, Genocide and the Holocaust and their commemoration and reception as well as the relationship between Jews and Armenians today – reflect the common dimensions of the Jewish and the Armenian experience.

A rich supporting programme, including documentaries with academic introducion, workshops, a theatre performance, a concert and a panel discussion, aims to make the public more familiar with the subject. In the panel discussion at the end of the conference, the different policies of commemoration in Germany relating to the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide will be discussed.

We cordially invite you to participate!

* Ara Güler (1928–2018)

Academic papers

24.–27. Februar 2019:

  • Alajaji, Sylvia, Prof. Dr.
    Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster/PA
    An Invitation to Mourn With: Music and Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide
  • Baer, Marc David, Prof. Dr.
    The London School of Economics and Political Science
    Sultanic Saviors and Tolerant Turks: Writing Ottoman Jewish History, Denying the Armenian Genocide
  • Baron, Lawrence, Prof. em. Dr.
    San Diego State University/CA
    Persistent Parallels: Evoking the Holocaust in Feature Films about the Armenian Genocide
  • Bohlman, Philip V., Prof. Dr.
    The University of Chicago/IL
    The Nations Will Hear and Tremble” – The Architecture of Expulsion, the Geography of Exile, the Flight from Destruction
  • Cohen, Judith, Dr.
    York University, Toronto
    „If you see me walking alone on the road“ – Sephardic songs of exile, expulsion, memory - and return
  • Crowdus, Miranda, Dr.
    EZJM der HMTMH, Hannover
    Broadening the Jewish Experience: Collective Memory and Convergeant Dispossession(s) in Cross-Cultural Musical Initiatives
  • Diner, Dan, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c.
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem/Universität Leipzig
    Keynote: Imperiale Residuen – Über Minderheit, Nationalstaat und Genozid
  • Georgelin, Hervé, Dr.
    National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Turkish and Modern Asian Studies Department
    Historical Awareness in Zaven Biberyan’s Autobiographical Fragment: A Rare Perception of Both Armenian and Jewish Suffering
  • Gerson, Daniel, Dr.
    Universität Bern
    „The Last Swiss Holocaust Survivors“: Anerkennung und Vereinnahmung von Holocaustüberlebenden in der heutigen Schweiz
  • Ginat, Avital
    Tel Aviv University
    The Influence of the Armeniens Genocide of the Zionist Movement During first World War
  • Hartmann, Elke, Dr.
    Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München
    Die Thematisierung von Völkermord, Heimatverlust und Fremde in der Musik der armenischen Überlebenden
  • Hovannisian, Richard G., Prof. em. Dr.
    University of California, Los Angeles
    The Armenien Genocide with its Ramifications of Exile, Acculturation, and Assimilation
  • Kerem, Yitzchak, Prof. Dr.
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Armenians and Jews in the Holocaust (Shoa)
  • Klebe, Dorit, Dr.
    Universität der Künste Berlin
    Influences of Armenian Musical Elements to Ottoman-Turkish Urban and Courtly Songs? – Discussing Early Sound Documents of the Aleppo Province (1902)
  • Körner, Birgit, Dr.
    Universität Basel
    Holocaust und Genozid in Ephraim Kishons „israelischen Satiren“
  • Kurt, Ümit, Dr.
    Harvard University/Van Leer Institute Jerusalem
    Legal and official plunder of Armenian and Jewish properties in comparative perspective: The Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust
  • Leupold, David, Dr.
    University of Michigan
    Southeastern Turkey as a "Mnemonic Cell of Resistance"?: Vehicles of Local Memory and the Armenian Genocide (1915–1916)
  • Maniero, Arpine, Dr. des.
    Collegium Carolinum München
    Armenian and Jewish Students at German Universities at the Beginning of the 20th Century
  • Marutyan, Harutyun, Dr.
    Genocide Museum-Institute Jerewan
    The Armenian Genocide and the Jewish Holocaust Trauma and its Influence on Identity Changes of Survivors
  • Müller, Sven Oliver, PD Dr.
    Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
    Überraschende Feindschaften? Zum Verhältnis von Gewalt und Emotionen in der Zivilbevölkerung im Ersten Weltkrieg
  • Muti, Öndercan, Doktorand
    Humboldt-Universität Berlin
    Velvet Revolution and Reshaping the Culture of Remembrance in Armenia
  • Norkina, Ekaterina, Dr.
    St. Petersburg State University
    The Celebration of the 1500th. jubilee of the Armenian alphabet creation at the beginning of the XXth. century: memory and Armenian self-consciousness
  • Pschichholz, Christin, Dr.
    Lepsius-Haus Potsdam
    Aghet und Schoah – geschichtswissenschaftliche Entwicklungen im Vergleich
  • Ritter, Laurence, Dr.
    independent researcher, Jerewan
    Converted and hidden Armenians from Turkey, from silence to uncertain awakening
  • Sanamyan, Emil
    IHS Janes (Information Handling Services Janes) und EIU (Economist Intelligence Unit), Washington D.C.
    Arming a Genocidal State? Consequences of Israel’s military sales to Azerbaijan
  • Stone, Michael E., Prof. em. Dr.
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Jewish apocalypticism in Amenian tradition
  • Was, Maciej, Doktorand
    Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)
    „The Jews of Caucasus“ – Perception of Armenians in the German and Polish Travel Literature
  • Zimmermann, Heidy, Dr.
    Paul-Sacher-Stiftung Basel
    „Die schönsten Lieder der Ostjuden“. Jiddische Musik als identitätsstiftendes Idiom in der Diaspora

Documentaries with academic introduction

24 February, in the evening:

  • Stone, Michael E., Prof. Dr.
    Hebrew University Jerusalem
    From Ararat to Zion

25 February, in the evening:

  • Petrovic, Ankica, Dr.
    Sarajevo
    The Key from Spain: The Songs and Stories of Flory Jagoda

Workshops

25 February, in the afternoon:

  • Cohen, Judith, Dr.
    York University, Toronto
    Singing the Exile: Songs of the Sephardic Diaspora

25 February, in the afternoon:

  • Knocke, Roy
    Lepsius-Haus Potsdam
    Der Völkermord an den Armeniern. Bausteine für eine Unterrichtsreihe

26 February, in the afternoon:

  • Reichelt, Bettine
    evangelische Theologin und Schulpfarrerin, Leipzig
    Karen Jeppe (1876–1935): Frieden finden, trotz allem

26 February, in the afternoon:

  • Stach, Michael
    EZJM der HMTMH, Hannover
    Völkermorde und Menschenrechte in der Lehre

Theatre performance

26 February, in the evening:

  • Edgar Hilsenrath:
    Das Märchen vom letzten Gedanken, Bühnenfassung

    Ensemble ZAKHOR unter der Leitung von Stefan Habel, Hannover

Panel discussion

27 February, in the afternoon:

„Dieses Leid unzähliger Armenier darf und wird nicht vergessen werden. Dazu wird Deutschland seinen Beitrag leisten“ (Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel am 24. August 2018 in Armenien).
Erinnerungskultur im Spannungsfeld von leeren Versprechen und Ritualisierung

Chair:

  • Dr. Raffi Kantian

Panel members:

  • Prof. Dr. Micha Brumlik
  • Ulla Jelpke MdB
  • Dr. h. c. Herbert Schmalstieg, Oberbürgermeister a. D. (Hannover)
  • Prof. Dr. Julius Schoeps

Concert

27 February, in the evening (programme):

  • Assaf Levitin/Naaman Wagner
    Berlin/Tel Aviv/Hannover
    Alberto Hemsi (1898–1975): Coplas Sefardíes
  • Saul Zaks and Ensemble Kramim
    Buenos Aires/Cordoba/Aarhus
    sefardische Lieder
  • Ensemble INDIVIDUAL
    Jerewan
    armenische Volksmusik
  • Stepan Gantralyan/Emil Georgiev
    Berlin/Jerewan/Sofia
    armenische Chansons
 

Person to contact

Prof. Dr. Sarah M. Ross
Director of the EZJM
T. +49-(0)511-844887-101
E-Mail: Prof. Dr. Sarah M. Ross

Dr. Regina Randhofer
Research Assistant
T. +49-(0)511-3100-7128
E-Mail: Dr. Regina Randhofer

Article on the conference

Article on the conference in "The Armenian Mirror-Spectator", March 14, 2019:
Link to the article

Conference poster

How to get to the Pavillon

Registration for teachers, students and study groups (information in German only)

Please contact us via E-Mail

Registration for teachers and study groups (pdf)

Conference fee (information in German only)

Conference fee (pdf)

Theatre performance

Further information

Last modified: 2019-03-28

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