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Programme of the International Conference THE ZAZA PEOPLE: HISTORY, LANGUAGE, CULTURE, IDENTITY – Yerevan, Armenia, 28-30 October, 2011

Iran and the Caucasus

Event Date:

October 28, 2011 - October 30, 2011

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October 28-30, 2011
Yerevan, Armenia

In commemoration of the 155th anniversary of the great German-Armenian scholar, pioneer of the Zaza Studies, Academician FRIEDRICH CARL ANDREAS (BAGRATOUNI) (1846-1930)

The Conference is organized by the International Journal “Iran and the Caucasus” (BRILL, Leiden-Boston) in the Framework of the Celebration of its 15-th Anniversary, in cooperation with Modus Vivendi Center, Yerevan; Caucasian Centre for Iranian Studies, Yerevan; International Society for the Study of Turkey, Iran and the Caucasus (ISSTIC), and ARMACAD (supported by Hyksos Foundation).

Conference venue: Congress Hotel, Yerevan, 1 Italy str., Yerevan, Armenia


DAY 1, October 28, 2011

Registration and Opening Ceremony
08.30 – 10.00: Registration
10.00 – 11.40: Opening Ceremony

Official Greetings

Opening Speeches

Prof. Dr. Garnik Asatrian (Yerevan State University), Editor-in Chief, Iran and the Caucasus, Chairman of the Organising Committee

Zaza Studies: Formation, History, and Perspectives

Dr. Ara Papian (President, Modus Vivendi Centre, Yerevan)

Academic Gatherings as an Efficient Tool of Public Diplomacy

Prof., Dr. Uwe Bläsing (Leiden University), Associate Editor, Iran and the Caucasus.

‘Iran and the Caucasus’ and the Study of Iranian Ethnic Groups of the Region

Key Speeches:

Victoria Arakelova (Armenia) – The Alevis, Shi‘a Underground

Tigran Sarukhanyan (Armenia) – Carl Friedrich Andreas (1846-1930) and Zaza Studies

11.40 – 12.00 Coffee Break

SESSION I (12.00 – 13.30)

Chair: Garnik Asatrian


Garry Trompf (Australia) – Reflections on Ethno-Religious Minorities in the Near East
Chris Gratien (USA) – Kozan, Zeytun, Dersim: Resettlement, Ethnicity and the Frontiers of the Ottoman State
Victor Nadein-Raevskij (Russia) – The Zaza People in Turkey: The Problem of Identity

13.30 – 14.30 Lunch

SESSION II (14.30-16.00)

Chair: Ara Papian

Eberhard Werner (Germany) – The Struggle for Zaza Identity – Cognitive Anthropology:Emic and Etic Aspects of the Zaza Worldview
Seyfi Cengiz (Germany) – Some introductory remarks on Dersim.
Nodar Mosaki (Russia) – The Zazas: A Kurdish Sub-ethnic Group or a Separate People? Idiom, Literature, Politics, Identity and Zaza Intellectuals’ Activities.

16.00 – 16.15 Coffee Break

SESSION III (16.15 – 17.45)

Chair: Garry Trompf

Serdar Yildirim (Turkey) – The Use of the Name “Zaza” and the Understanding of “Kurdishness” among Zaza Villages of Lice and Hani
Munzur Chem (Germany) – Tha Zazas and their Ethnic Identity
Ceyhan Suvari and Elif Kanca (Turkey) – The Identity of Zaza in Turkish and Kurdish Literature

17.45.-18.00 Coffee Break

SESSION IV (18.00. – 19.30.)

Chair: Victoria Arakelova


Raisa Amirbekian (Armenia) – The Zaza Weaving Tradition as a Phenomenon of the Iranian – Mesopotamian – Caucasian Cultural Contact Zone (Preliminary Analysis)
Nadire Güntaş Aldatmaz (Turkey) – The System of Beliefs among the Dersim Population.
Tereza Amryan (Armenia) – Some Parallels of the Alevi Zaza Religion and Other Non-Dogmatic Systems in the Region (the Yezidi Religion, the Ahl-i Haqq, etc.)

20.00 Welcome Party with Zaza and Armenian Music.
Playing: Cemil Qocgiri (Germany) and Shirak Shahrikian (Armenia)

DAY 2, October 29, 2011

SESSION V (10.00 – 11.30)

Chair: Victor Nadein-Raevskij

Victoria Arakelova (Armenia) and Christine Grigorian (Armenia) – The Halvory Vank: An Armenian Monastery and Zaza Sanctuary
Annika Törne (Germany). Memories of Violence and Supression: Zaza Alevi Dedes in Dersim.
Garik Grigorian (Armenia). Pre-Islamic Elements in the Alevi Zaza Religion

11.30 – 12.00 Coffee break
12.00 – 14.00 Cultural Programme: Visit to the Historical Museum (Including the New Collection of Recent Archaeological Findings)
14.00 – 15.00 Lunch

SESSION VI (15.00 – 16.30)

Chair: Adriano Rossi


Johnny Cheung (The Netherlands) – The Zazaki Verbal System vis-à-vis Kurdish and the Other Neighbouring Languages
Vardan Voskanian (Armenia) – A Note on the Zazaki “Partridge”
Mesut Keskin (Germany) – Notes on Zaza-Armenian Language Contact

16.30 – 17.00 Coffee Break

SESSION VII (17.00 – 18.30)

Chair: Johnny Cheung

Adriano Rossi (Italy) – Once again on Iranian *kund
Uwe Bläsing (The Netherlands) – An Enigmatic Name for Wild Pears in Zazaki
Memet Ali Demirdağ (Turkey) – Zazaki – the Language in Danger: Socioliguistic Approach
19.00 Dinner

DAY 3, October 30, 2011

09.00 – 13.00 Cultural Programme: Visit to the pagan temple of Garni (I c. B.C.) and the XII-century Monastery Complex of Geghard.
13.00-14.00 Lunch

SESSION VIII (14.00 – 15.30)

Chair: Vardan Voskanian

Nazmi Çiçek (Turkey) – The Effect of Turkish as Official Language on Bilingualism in the Village of Êxê Bulgurcuk
Ardashir Zolfaghari (Iran) – Kurdish, Zazaki and Awromani
Bilal Zilan (Turkey)- The Work on Standartization of the Vate Group. Çalışma Grubu’nun Standartlaşma Çalışmaları

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break

SESSION IX (16.00 – 17.00)

Chair: Mesut Keskin


Adnan Oktay (Turkey) – Melaye Ehmede Xasi’s Mevlid: One of the Zaza Books’ Evaluation with the Techniques Of Classic Literature
Nezvat Anuk (Turkey) – The Chronological Analysis of Zazaki Tales

17.00 – 17.15 Coffee break

SESSION X (17.15 – 17.45)

Chair: Adnan Oktay

Lorin Demirel (Turkey) – The Genre of Novel in the Zaza Literature
Ahmet Kirkan (Turkey) – Osman Efendi from Siverek and his poem on Mewlidi “BİYİŞE PEXEMBERİ”

17.45 – 18.00 Coffee Break


A Farewell Party with Zaza and Armenian music.
Playing: Cemil Qocgiri (Germany) and Shirak Shahrikian (Armenia)


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