Humanitarianism and Filming the Testimony of Trauma – Feminist Studies and Visual Media Lecture Series

Wednesday, May 01, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

370 Dwinelle Hall | UC Berkeley
Location is ADA accessible

The Department of Gender & Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley presents:

Feminist Studies and Visual Media Lecture Series
Organized and moderated by Professor Minoo Moallem
Series cosponsored by Media Studies and the Center for Race & Gender
Funding provided by the Chau Hoi Shuen Foundation Fund in Gender & Women’s Studies


Humanitarianism and Filming the Testimony of Trauma
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 (12pm in 370 Dwinelle Hall)

Meyda Yeğenoğlu, Visiting Scholar, Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Duke University

“Auction of Souls: The Story of Aurora Mardiganian, the Christian Girl Who Survived the Great Massacres” is a film that claims to recount the “true narrative” of the life of Aurora Mardiganian, a young Armenian girl held in captivity by the Turks during the forced deportation of Armenians in Anatolia before the First World I. Problematizing the prevalent discourse of humanitarianism of the period, I examine whether Mardignanias’s discourse has the status of fiction or testimony. Is it a non-literary account of “what happened” to an Armenian girl, hence has the status of a testimony, an autobiography or memoir, or does it have all the attributes of all these at the same time? Or does Mardiganian narrate an eye-witness account?

Co-sponsored by: Center for Middle Eastern Studies

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