About Princeton Islamic Studies Colloquium

Fall 2016 Events



Next Event: Wednesday, September 28
"The Hunchakian Revolutionary Party and the Pattern of Violence in Sasun, 1890–1894"

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Jones 102
Presenter: Varak Ketsemanian (NES)
Discussant: Alexander E. Balistreri (NES)

A light lunch will be served.


This paper is the second chapter of my MA thesis titled: “Communities in Conflict: the Hunchakian Revolutionary Party 1890-1894”. It is a work in progress, which I would like to eventually turn into a journal article. This chapter looks particularly to the pattern of violence in Sasun, and the inter-communal relationship between Armenians and Kurds. Not adopting the usual paradigm of ideological inclinations behind violence (explained in the thesis as the “top-down” approach), this chapter aims to look at the socio-economic dynamics underlying this pattern and its impact on the activities of the Hunchakian Revolutionary Party in the region.


About the PISC

The Princeton Islamic Studies Colloquium is a forum for discussion and peer review of graduate students' research projects and guest scholars' works-in-progress in the field of Islamic Studies. The Islamic Studies Colloquium formed in the spring of 2009 with the hope of encouraging an interdepartmental discussion and circulation of ideas among graduate students and professors with an interest in Islamic Studies.

The colloquium meets once or twice a month over lunch to discuss a pre-circulated paper, and all attendees are expected to have read and reflected on the paper beforehand. A discussant initiates the conversation with a summary of the work in progress' main argument, taking care to identify what the piece contributes to current scholarship as well as the potential for further development. Following the author's response, a moderator conducts an hour of mediated discussion. The forum is led and organized by graduate students.

PISC is supported by the generosity of Princeton University's Department of Religion, the Department and Program of Near Eastern Studies and the Center for the Study of Religion.

Please contact pisc@princeton.edu for more information.


Fall Schedule 2016

              All meetings will take place in Jones 102 at 12pm unless otherwise noted. A light lunch will be served.

Wednesday, September 28: Varak Ketsemanian (NES)

"The Hunchakian Revolutionary Party and the Pattern of Violence in Sasun, 1890–1894"

Discussant: Alexander E. Balistreri (NES)

Tuesday, October 18 Onur Günay (ANT)

"Islamist Movements and Ethnic Politics"

Discussant: Prof. Julia Elyachar (ANT)

Wednesday, November 16: Raissa von Doetinchem de Rande (REL)

"The Significance and Roots of Walī Allāh’s Theory of Created Human Nature"

Discussant: Prof. Daniel Sheffield (NES)

Wednesday, December 14: Kyle C. Clark (NES)

"Gendering the Eastern Question, 1875–1878"

Discussant: TBA