CANCELLED - Harry Harootunian - "The Unspoken as Heritage" - James Chandler

Friday, May 1, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Harry Harootunian
**This event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule in the coming months.**
“The Unspoken as Heritage is a brave text offering something we all need: the recognition that a heritage shaped by catastrophe lingers, even thrives, in the unspoken and the everyday, rather than in the grand narratives of History. Harry Harootunian accounts for the unaccounted in the future tense, asking what should become of us as we live on in the wake of loss, rather than in the past tense of nationalist restoration.—David Kazanjian, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Pennsylvania
Harry Harootunian discusses The Unspoken as Heritage: The Armenian Genocide and Its Unaccounted Lives. He will be joined in conversation by James Chandler. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.
At the Co-op
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About the book: In the 1910s historian Harry Harootunian's parents Ohannes and Vehanush escaped the mass slaughter of the Armenian genocide, making their way to France, where they first met, before settling in Detroit. Although his parents rarely spoke of their families and the horrors they survived, the genocide and their parents' silence about it was a permanent backdrop to the Harootunian children's upbringing. In The Unspoken as Heritage Harootunian—for the first time in his distinguished career—turns to his personal life and family heritage to explore the genocide's multigenerational afterlives that remain at the heart of the Armenian diaspora. Drawing on novels, anecdotes, and reports, Harootunian presents a composite sketch of the everyday life of his parents, from their childhood in East Anatolia to the difficulty of making new lives in the United States. A meditation on loss, inheritance, and survival—in which Harootunian attempts to come to terms with a history that is just beyond his reach—The Unspoken as Heritage demonstrates how the genocidal past never leaves the present, even in its silence.  
About the author: Harry Harootunian received his B.A. from Wayne State (1951), M.A. in Far Eastern Studies and Ph.D. 1958 in History from Michigan. His prolific publications include History’s Disquiet: Modernity, Cultural Practice and the Question of the Everyday Life (Columbia UP, 2000), Overcome by Modernity: History, Culture and Commodity in Interwar Japan (Princeton UP, 2000), Japan in the World, ed. with Masao Miyoshi (Duke UP, 1993), and Postmodernism in Japan, with Masao Miyoshi (Duke UP, 1989).Professor Harootunian was formerly the Max Palevsky Professor of History and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, the Dean of Humanities at the University of California, Santa Cruz, editor of Journal for Asian Studies, and co-editor of Critical Inquiry.
About the interlocutor: James Chandler is the William K. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of English, and Acting Chair of the Department of Cinema and Media Studies. His books include An Archaeology of Sympathy: The Sentimental Mode in Literature and Cinema (Chicago, 2013) and England in 1819: The Politics of Literary Culture and the Case of Romantic Historicism, (Chicago, 1998). He is currently completing a book entitled How to Do Criticism, commissioned for Blackwell.
Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op
5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637