The Presence of Absence: Photographing Loss & Violence


The loss of cultural history has been one of the ignored but crucial consequences of the Armenian Genocide – the erasure of family memories, stories, and histories. One grandchild of survivors has a unique way to connect to his family’s past – through photography. And the story of his family is a window into Armenian life in late 19th and early 20th century Anatolia.

Armen T. Marsoobian, Chairman of the Philosophy Department at Southern Connecticut State University and author of FRAGMENTS OF A LOST HOMELAND – REMEMBERING ARMENIA, was in Conversation with USC Professor and Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni on the topic of photography as a medium for shaping public memory and collective consciousness. The event was co-sponsored by the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Studies.