2021 Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair Lecture
“Curating a Centennial Exhibit on the Armenian Genocide in Paris: History, Images, and the Context of the Shoah Memorial”
Claire Mouradian (Armenian: Կլեր Մուրատեան) is a French historian of Armenian origin. She specializes in the history and geopolitics of the Caucasus and, more specifically, in the history of Armenia and the Armenian diaspora. Professor Mouradian is director of research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, and she teaches at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. She is one of the scientific editors of French Foreign Papers (Documents diplomatiques français) for World War II (in collaboration with André Kaspi, Catherine Nicault and Françoise Berger).
She accompanied the French president to Yerevan when he attended the centennial commemoration of the Armenian genocide. She is also a co-curator of the Armenian genocide exhibit at the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris, the official French Holocaust memorial. Her publications include L'Arménie, Presses universitaires de France, Paris, 2013 (coll. Que sais-je? n° 851, 5th edition); De Staline à Gorbatchev: histoire d'une république soviétique, l'Arménie, Ramsay, Paris, 1990; Loin de l'Ararat, Les petites Arménies d'Europe et de Méditerranée, Hazan, Paris, 2007 (with Florence Pizzorni-Itié and Myriame Morel-Deledalle); Arménie, une passion française: Le mouvement arménophile en France 1878-1923, Magellan et Cie, 2007, Paris (participant; collective work); 1915 : j'avais six ans en Arménie, éd. L'Inventaire, Paris, 2007 (with Virginie-Jija Mesropian); (100 réponses sur le Génocide des Arméniens), Tournon, Paris, 2005 (with Anne Dastakian); Les Arméniens de France. Du chaos à la reconnaissance, L’Attribut, Toulouse, 2010 (with Anouche Kunth).
In collaboration with Georges Bensoussan and Yves Ternon, she coordinated two special issues of the Revue d’Histoire de la Shoah dedicated to the Armenian Genocide (n° 177-178, 2003 and n° 202, 2015). She also published critical editions: Arnold Toynbee Les Massacres des Arméniens. Le meurtre d'une nation (1915-16), éd. Payot, Paris, 2005, and of the memoirs and diplomatic papers of two French consuls during the Hamidian massacres, Gustave Meyrier (Diarbékir) and Alphonse Cillière (Trebizonde). She is presently co-coordinating a collective book on the Caucasian Front of WWI and preparing the publication of personal research on the Caucasus at the crossroads of empires.
Organized by the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair, co-sponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Center for Jewish Studies, Center for Austrian Studies, Center for German and European Studies, the Human Rights Program, Department of History, Department of French and Italian, Department of Sociology, and the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts.