SLASH AND BURN: HOW TWO MANUSCRIPTS SURVIVED A
VIOLENT PAST by Dr. Sylvie L. Merian, Morgan Library & Museum, New York City
When Raphael Lemkin coined the term genocide he defined not only the intent to destroy a group of people but the deliberate aim of erasing their cultural legacy. Dr. Sylvie Merian will focus on two manuscripts now held at Harvard University’s Houghton Library. Both manuscripts were violently attacked during the 1894-1896 Hamidian massacres in the Ottoman Empire. This brutal attempt to annihilate Armenian literary tradition will be contextualized through several examples of the deliberate destruction of significant cultural artifacts, not only for the Armenians but also in world history. Examining the history of cultural genocide highlights the importance of artifacts as key to the survival of the Armenian people.
Sylvie L. Merian received her PhD in Armenian Studies from Columbia University’s Department of Middle East Languages and Cultures. She has published and lectured internationally on Armenian codicology, bookbinding, silverwork, manuscript illumination, and the history of the book. She is currently Reader Services Librarian at The The Morgan Library & Museum.
Reception immediately following the commemoration in
the Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall, Tufts University.
LOCATION, TIME, and PARKING
Please note that this event takes place at Tufts University Goddard Chapel and begins promptly at 7:00 pm. This event is open to the public free of charge. Parking is available in the Dowling Garage, 419 Boston Avenue, Medford, MA and in designated on-street areas.
Tufts Armenian Club
Tufts University Darakjian Jafarian Chair in Armenian History
Tufts University Executive Administrative Dean
Tufts History Department
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research - NAASR