This presentation illuminates the earliest Armenian pilgrimages to Dayr al-Zur in the Syrian Desert where the survivor community interacted with the remains of Armenians murdered during the Armenian Genocide (1915-1918) in acts of remembrance that activate “bone memory.” Using archival documents alongside recorded testimony of survivors, the presentation explores the genesis of these memory practices, which largely halted during the Syrian War. When Islamic State (Da‘esh) occupied and massacred Arab and Yazidi populations where Armenians were murdered a century earlier, Dayr al-Zur’s necrogeography was reinscribed. Considering the catastrophic loss and the absence of memorials to these events, can collective mourning and memory work inspire radical possibilities of solidarity and restitution in post-war Syria and beyond?
Zeit & Ort
25.01.2024 | 18:00
Café Arakil (Hermannstr. 86, 12051 Berlin)