UCLA–The eighth in the series of international conferences on historic Armenian cities and provinces took place on May 19-20–2001–at the UCLA Dickson Auditorium.
A total of 26 scholars participated in the conference from such countries as Armenia–Argentina–Canada–England–France–Turkey–and the United States. During the first day–the conference touched upon the Armenian presence in Constantinople from the Byzantine period to the 19th century. The second day concentrated mainly on the 19th and 20th centuries. A detailed analysis was made on Constantinople’s Armenian literature–social life–man’script painting–architecture–dialect–cultural representatives–music–political movemen’s–etc.
Conference organizer and holder of the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History at UCLA–Prof. Richard Hovannisian–stated his satisfaction with the conference series–noting that one of the reasons for its success was the active participation of the community.
Prof. Hovannisian said he was particularly satisfied with the presentations made during Sunday morning’s sessions–which for the first time–were entirely conducted in Armenian.
It should be noted that the conference was sponsored by the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History–and co-sponsored by the UCLA International Studies and Overseas Programs–the Division of Social Sciences–Letters and Science–the Center for European and Russian Studies–the Department of History–and the Organization of Istanbul Armenia’s.
Further details on the conference will be reported in a later issue of Asbarez.