[Attachment(s) from Sona Tajiryan included below]
“Port Cities and Printers: Five Centuries of Global Armenian Print”
A Conference in Honor of Professor Richard Hovannisian
(9 to 11 November 2012)
Please, find attached the program brochure for the “Port Cities and Printers: Five Centuries of Global Armenian Print” conference organized by the Richard Hovannisian Endowed Chair in Modern Armenian History [established by the Armenian Educational Foundation]. The conference will be convened at UCLA from November 9 to 11, 2012. Please share with interested parties and try to attend.
From its origins in Venice in 1512, the history of early modern (1500-1800) Armenian print culture was closely entangled with that of port cities, initially in Europe and subsequently in Asia. In fact, virtually every Armenian printing press before 1800 was established either in or close to port cities, and the few that were not, owed their existence to on-going relations with port locations. Yet, despite the obvious relationship between ports and printers, their synergetic relationship has thus far largely eluded scholarly attention. Convened on the quincentenary of the printing of the first Armenian book, this conference explores the intimate relationship between port cities and printers in the rich history of global Armenian print culture. The conference brings together an international cast of scholars to examine various aspects of the history of the early modern Armenian book.