Guest Lecture Melissa Bilal

February 28, 2017

"The Guitar and the Tome of Sorrows: Gender, Music, and Memory in the Nineteenth Century Armenian Intellectual Awakening"

Presented by Melissa Bilal, Visiting Scholar, History Faculty

In this talk, I will argue for the centrality of music in the nineteenth century gendered imaginations of the ancestral Armenian homeland and of the “awakening” of Armenian people to its calamitous history. My presentation will specifically focus on Elbis Gesaratsyan (1830-1911), the editor of the first Armenian women’s journal published in Ottoman Constantinople. I will contextualize Gesaratsyan's writings in Gitar [Guitar, 1862-1863] to discuss the interrelatedness of discourses on gender, sexuality, body, emotion, culture, history, nation, modernity, land, and music in the nineteenth century Armenian intellectual narratives.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

12:00pm 1:30pm

Location: E51-275

cnr of Amherst andWadsworth Streets, Cambridge, MA