Lecture Series by Prof. Gaunt in the US
- Announcement from Gorgias Press (please distribute)
Dr. David Gaunt, Professor of History at Södertörn University College,
Stockholm, Sweden, will be giving a series of lectures about the massacres
of various Christian minorities including Syriac speaking Christian groups
(Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriac Orthodox and Catholics) and Armenians detailed
in his new book Massacres, Resistance, Protectors: Muslim-Christian
Relations in Eastern Anatolia During World War I available from Gorgias
Groundbreaking Archival Research
In his lectures, Dr. Gaunt will detail how the persecution of Christian
minorities was organized on the national and local levels. Case studies
involve the Turkish occupation of Urmia and its surrounding villages, the
Assyrian tribes in Hakkari, the massacres of Armenians in Diyarbekir and
Mardin, the massacres of Syriacs in the hundreds of villages in Tur Abdin,
the successful armed resistance mounted by the villagers of Azakh and Ayn
Wardo, and the victory of Antraniks Armenian and Assyrian volunteers at the
battle of Dilman.
Gaunts work is based on unique access to hundreds of documents in the
Ottoman archives of Istanbul and Ankara, as well as documents of Iranian,
Russian, Arabic, Armenian, Assyrian, French, and German origin. Most of
these documents have never been published before. In addition, experiences
of forty people during the war period are documented in this most complete
study into the massacres of the Christian minorities. These documents in
some ways fill in the blank spaces in the history of the controversial
massacres that the Turkish government does not recognize.
David Gaunt was born in London, grew up in New Jersey, and moved to Sweden
in 1968. He received a Ph.D. from Uppsala University. He is currently
Professor of History at Södertörn University College in Stockholm. He has
published various books and articles, mostly on Swedish social history. He
has edited Collaboration and Resistance during the Holocaust: Belarus,
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania (2004). His work on the massacres has been
receiving particular attention following the discovery of a mass-grave in
the provinces of Mardin as reported in several Kurdish, Assyrian and Syriac
media outlets. The dates, times and locations of the lectures are below.
Each lecture will be followed by a book signing session.
* Thursday, December 7, 2006 - 8:00 p.m., NAASR Center, 395 Concord
Ave., Belmont, MA sponsored by The National Association for Armenian Studies
and Research & The United Assyrian Association of Massachusetts, Book
signing reception to follow
* Saturday, December 9, 2006 8:00 PM Assyrian Orthodox Church of
the Virgin Mary, 644 Paramus Rd., Paramus, NJ sponsored by H.H. Moy Cyrill
Aphram Karim, Church of the Virgin Mary, Aramaic American Association, and
American Foundation for Syriac Studies. Book signing reception with
refreshments to follow.
* Sunday, December 10, 2006 4:00 PM The Mesopotamian Museum, 6301 N.
Pulaski, Chicago, IL sponsored by the Assyrian Academic Society. Book
signing session to follow.
More information about the lectures is available at www.gorgiaspress.com
<http://www.gorgiaspress.com/> or by calling 732-699-0343, faxing
732-699-0342 and via email at info@....
Christine Altinis Kiraz, PhD
Gorgias Press, LLC
46 Orris Ave, Piscataway, NJ 08854
tel: (732)699-0343 fax:(732)699-0342