Kevork Bardakjian

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Birthplace Beirut
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Education Yerevan State University, Oxford

Kevork Bardakjian is the Marie Manoogian Professor of Armenian language and literature at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He also is the director of the Armenian Summer Language Institute in Yerevan, Armenia.

Born in Beirut, his first degree in Armenian Studies was from Yerevan State University. His Ph.D. was from Oxford University. As Senior Lecturer and Armenian Bibliographer he taught Armenian literature, language and culture at Harvard University from 1974 to 1987. In 1987, he became the first holder of the Marie Manoogian Chair of Armenian Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is a founding member and current Director of the University of Michigan Summer Armenian Institute in Yerevan, Armenia. From 1995-2007, he was director of the Armenian Studies Program at the University of Michigan.

Prof. Bardakjian has been a member and chairman of the Society for Armenian Studies Executive Council, and editorial boards member for 'The Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies, The Journal of Armenian Studies,' and 'Ararat'. He has published and lectured extensively in the US and abroad on various aspects of Armenian literature, history and culture.

Bardakjian is author of 'A Reference Guide to Modern Armenian Literature, 1500-1920, with An Introductory History', Wayne State University Press: Detroit, 2000.


EDUCATION 1970-1974 Oxford University, D.Phil. in Armenian Studies. Doctoral Thesis: Hagop Baronian's Political and Social Satire.

1964-1970 Yerevan State University, preparatory year, 1964-1965; M.A. in Armenian Language and Literature, 1965-1969; first year towards Ph.D. in Armenian Studies, 1969-1970.

1963-1964 Damascus State University, English Language and Literature (first year).


EMPLOYMENT 2001- Promoted to full Professor of Armenian Language and Literature, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan.

1997-2000 Marie Manoogian Associate Professor of Armenian Language and Literature, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan.

1997- Armenian Summer Institute resumed in Armenia, with courses in Eastern and Western Armenian.

1995-2007 Director, The Armenian Studies Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

1988-1992 Founder, Director, and Principal Instructor, University of Michigan Armenian Summer Institute Yerevan, Armenia. Intensive Armenian courses for undergraduate and graduate students from U.S. and Canadian Universities.

1987- Appointed Marie Manoogian Associate Professor (with tenure) of Armenian Language and Literature, Slavic Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

1984 Completed report on the Armenian genocide, commissioned by The Holocaust Memorial Council, Washington, D.C.

1983-1984 Visiting Associate Professor of Armenian Studies, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and classes in Armenian at the Dearborn Campus.

1976-1987 Courses on Armenian, Armenian history and culture at the Harvard Summer and Extension Schools.

1974-1987 Instructor (1974-1975), Preceptor (1975-1979), Lecturer (1979-1982), Senior 1971-1974 Special Assistant for the Armenian Collection, The British Museum.


EXTRAMURAL PROFESSIONAL WORK 1995- Member, the Fellowship Selection Committee, and the Publications Committee, the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund, NY.

1983 Chairman, The Society for Armenian Studies.

1982 Chairman, The Society for Armenian Studies.

1982-1995 Member, Editorial Board of The Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies.

1982- Member, Editorial Board of Ararat (New York).


GRANTS AND AWARDS 1970-1973 Calouste Gulbenkian Scholarship.

1972-1974 Armenian General Benevolent Union Scholarship.

1970-1974 Supplementary grants, University of Oxford : Middle East Centre, St. Antony's College; Nubar Pasha Armenian Fund; Committee for Modern Middle Eastern Studies; Committee for Graduate Studies; Cyril Foster Fund.

1980 The National Endowment for the Humanities grant to prepare a reference guide to Armenian literature (with R.W. Thomson ).

1976 U.S. Deparment of Health, Education and Welfare grant to prepare a textbook of Modern Western Armenian (with R.W. Thomson).

1984 Awarded "The Jack H. Kolligian Memorial Award for Meritorious Achievement in Armenian Studies and Culture," presented by The National Association for Armenian Studies and Research, Cambridge, MA.

2000 Armenian Students Association of America's "Arthur H. Dadian Armenian Heritage Award," New York, NY.


PUBLICATIONS Books The Mekhitarist Contributions to Armenian Culture and Scholarship. Cambridge, MA: Middle Eastern Department, Harvard College Library, [1976].

A Textbook of Modern Western Armenian. (With R.W. Thomson). (With a grant from H.E.W.). New York: Caravan Books, 1977.

The Historical Figures and Events in Some of Hagop Baronian's Allegorical Works (in Armenian). Boston: Baikar Press, 1980.

Hitler and the Armenian Genocide. The Zoryan Institute: Cambridge, MA, 1986. Translated into Armenian and published in Armenia. Erevan: Hayastan, 1991.

Eastern Armenian, A Textbook, (with B. Vaux). New York: Caravan Books, 1999.

A Reference Guide to Modern Armenian Literature, 1500-1920, with an Introductory History. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2000.


Articles

"Baronian's Debt to Moliere." In The Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies, vol. 1, 1984, pp. 139-162.

"Baronian's Tiyatro." In Klatzor, Annual of the American Armenian International College, vol. 2, La Verne, California, 1986, pp. 57-64.

"The Turkish Evidence." In AIM (Armenian International Magazine), July, 1990, pp. 13-14.

"Looking Death in the Eye" [A survey of contemporary Soviet Armenian prose]. In The World & I, March, 1991, pp. 423-429.


Book Chapters "Armenia and the Armenians Through the Eyes of English Travellers of the 19th Century." In The Armenian Image in History and Literature. Edited by R.G. Hovannisian. U.C.L.A., 1981, pp. 139-153.

"The Rise of the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople." In Christians and Jews in the Ottoman Empire, edited by B. Braude and B. Lewis, 2 vols. New York: Holmes and Meier, 1982, vol. 1, pp. 89-100.

"Armenian Literature." In The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Middle East and North Africa. (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 1988) pp. 211-213.


Research Reports, Reviews, Commentaries A review of Grammaire d'armenien oriental, by M. Minasian (Caravan Books, 1981). In The Annual of Armenian Linguistics, vol. 2, 1981, pp. 105-107.

Review of The Armenian People from Ancient to Modern Times, Volume II, Foreign Dominion to Statehood: The Fifteenth Century to the Twentieth Century, in Middle East Studies Bulletin, v. 32/2, pp. 193-94.


Forthcoming Publications A Textbook of Modern Eastern Armenian. (2000).

A Catalogue of Armenian Printed Books in the Harvard College Library. Harvard College Library. (Autumn, 1999?).


Works in progress Hagop Baronian: Life and Work.

"Five Newly-Found Letters by Alishan." Texts, with annotation, of letters Alishan wrote to western scholars on Cilicia and the Crusades.

Forging a New Armenian Self-Image: The Reinterpretation of Past Figures and Events in Modern Armenian Literature.


LANGUAGES Armenian (all major, and numerous secondary, dialects); Arabic (classical and modern and a few regional dialects); Azeri Turkish; English; French; Russian and Turkish (Ottoman and modern). Some N.T. Greek and Persian.


Professional Memberships Middle East Studies Association Society for Armenian Studies The National Association for Armenian Studies and Research

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