Articles by Khatchig Mouradian

About Khatchig Mouradian (86 Articles)
Dr. Khatchig Mouradian is a visiting assistant professor at the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University and the coordinator the Armenian Genocide Program at the university’s Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights (CGHR). He teaches courses on imperialism, mass violence, and concentration camps in the History and Sociology departments at Rutgers. Mouradian is also adjunct professor at the Philosophy and Urban Studies departments at Worcester State University, where he teaches courses on urban space and conflict in the Middle East, genocide, collective memory, and human rights. Mouradian holds a PhD in history from the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University and a graduate certificate in Conflict Resolution from UMass Boston. He was the editor of the Armenian Weekly from 2007-2014.
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Mount Ararat (Photo: Rupen Janbazian)

Mouradian: The Two Sides of the Mountain

Paintings of Mount Ararat hang in the homes of many Armenians, and photographing (or posing with) the mountain is ever popular with visitors of the homeland. I have often reflected on its never-eroding magnetism for generation after generation of Armenians. Thousands of paintings, writings, and [more...]

May 27, 2016 // 12 Comments

Father Haroutyoun Yessayan (center), who chaired the Council until Ottoman Turkish authorities arrested and imprisoned him. (Source: AGBU Nubar Library, Paris)

Mouradian: Aleppo Armenians, the Genocide, and a Reversal of Roles

The city of Aleppo constituted a major hub for deportation routes during the Armenian Genocide. Convoys that survived the treacherous journey began to reach the area in May 1915. In a report dated June 5, the U.S. Consul in Aleppo, Jesse Jackson, explained: “There is a living stream of Armenians [more...]

February 21, 2016 // 0 Comments


Letter to Hrant 

The following poem by Khatchig Mouradian appeared in the Armenian Weekly on Feb. 3, 2007, days after Agos Editor Hrant Dink’s assassination in Istanbul on Jan. 19, 2007. We would like to share it with our readers once again on the anniversary of Hrant’s death. Hrant Dink was assassinated [more...]

January 19, 2016 // 1 Comment

Listed as a transit camp in a September 1915 guideline organizing the re-deportation process of Armenians arriving in Syria,  Meskeneh had operated as such from the onset of the deportations, but its importance grew with the closing of camps around Aleppo city in late 1915 and early 1916.

Mouradian: The Book with a Black Cover

  They arrived [in Meskeneh] by the thousands, but the majority left their bones there. —Auguste Bernau, German employee of the American Vacuum Oil Company[1] ISTANBUL, Turkey (A.W.)—The Turkish translation of Aram Andonian’s monumental book Ayn Sev Orerun (In Those Black Days) was [more...]

January 13, 2016 // 4 Comments

(L-R) Sevil Turan, Khatchig Mouradian, Attila Tuygan, and Murat Ucanar

Mouradian Speaks at First Genocide Commemoration in Aintab (Full Text)

The Story of Two Armenian Midwives Below is the text of a lecture delivered by scholar and former Armenian Weekly editor Khatchig Mouradian at the first commemoration of the Armenian Genocide in Aintab, held on March 21. The talk was delivered in Turkish. The commemoration was organized by the [more...]

March 21, 2015 // 26 Comments

Mouradian's dissertation adviser Taner Akcam, Khatchig Mouradian, Bill Hausrath, and dissertation committee member Raymond Kevorkian

Mouradian: ‘Only That, Which I Gave to Others’

In Memory of Bill Hausrath At long last, what is there left from life? What’s left to me? Strange as it seems, only that, which I gave to others… —Vahan Tekeyan Translated by Tatul Sonentz   These lines from Vahan Tekeyan’s poem “Final Accounting” echoed through my mind as I read [more...]

March 11, 2015 // 2 Comments

We bury the skull, while the breeze over Lake Van whispers a prayer. (Photo by Khatchig Mouradian)

Mouradian: Encounter with a Skull

We stand aghast at the entrance of an Armenian monastery* perched on a hill near Lake Van. “Is that what I think it is?” I ask George, my companion on a trip to document Armenian cultural heritage in Turkey. “Can’t be,” he replies in disbelief. “Must be a soccer [more...]

September 11, 2013 // 16 Comments

More than two decades after regaining its independence, Armenia is witnessing a protest movement gaining momentum with every battle, while it seems that the political parties are laying low.

Mouradian: The Sultans of Swindling

“To dispossess the people unyieldingly, the government has created monopolies (tobacco, salt, railroads, mines), that aim at snatching from the worker’s pocket a part of his earnings and handing it to European or local capitalists.” More than two decades after regaining its independence, [more...]

August 10, 2013 // 13 Comments

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