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 Press (http://www.gorgiaspress.com).
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 Antranik’s Armenian and Assyrian volunteers at the battle of Dilman.
Gaunt’s 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.
Christine Altinis Kiraz, PhD
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