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Fowler Talks: Armeno-Indica: Four Centuries of Togetherness and Familiarity

March 19, 2022 | 12:00PM - 7:00PM



This two-day conference celebrates the bicentenary of the founding of Kolkata’s famed Armenian College, one of three centers of Armenian higher learning in the diaspora and the only one that has survived and is thriving today. 

Beginning in the early modern period and continuing to this day, Armenians have traveled to India to make its distant shores and cultures their own. India looms large in the Armenian social imaginary. It was not only the place where the first Armenian constitution for an “imagined” nation-republic was published, but also the cradle of the first Armenian newspaper, the first modern Armenian play, arguably the place where the first eastern Armenian novel appeared, and where the first Armenian “feminist” tract was published.   

Join us at the Fowler Museum for Day 2 of the conference. It will feature an interdisciplinary group of scholars who will discuss the Indo-Armenian saga in South Asia from the 17th to the 21st centuries. Themes to be explored will include the connected economic, literary, legal, and political histories of Armenians and Indians in South Asia and beyond, across the waters of the Indian Ocean. Professor Sanjay Subrahmanyam will deliver the keynote for the conference. 

This program is organized by the Richard Hovannisian Chair of Modern Armenian History. It is co-presented by the Fowler Museum at UCLA, Armenian Studies Center at the Promise Armenian Institute, and the Gustave Von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies, UCLA


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Image credit:  “Red Taj Mahal,” ca. 1800, Agra, India. Photo by Sebouh Aslanian, 2019


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