News and events

News and events

Forthcoming CAH Events


Family History and Photography

How should scholars and family historians collect, date and analyse family history photos? Join us for a masterclass with Armen T. Marsoobian Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University who will present a paper on Photography, Family and the Fate of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire. His talk will be about photography and the migrant experience of Armenians in the late 19th and early 20th century. The master class will also include a presentation from Margot Riley from the SLNSW.

WHEN: Thursday 20 July 12.30pm – 2.30pm

WHERE: Flinders Room, State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney

Abstract of Armen's talk: Photography was introduced into the historic Armenian provinces of the Ottoman Empire in the 1870s. This was at the beginning of a period that would mark great demographic change for the region, especially among its non-Muslim communities. Professional photography in these regions was dominated by Armenian and, to a lesser extent, Greek photographers. Photography soon came to play a central role in the maintenance of family cohesion as Armenians began to migrate to distant parts of the world, with the first immigrants arriving in Australia during this period. Additionally, photography would play an important role in the relief and recovery efforts that would mark the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923.

Armen's most recent book(recent review) was published earlier this year. The links to the books are below:
He has organized photography exhibitions based upon his family’s photography collection in Istanbul, Merzifon, Diyarbakir, Ankara, Yerevan, London and New Haven. He has just completed an exhibition in the Armenian Museum of America in Watertown, Massachusetts. (See ) There will be future exhibitions in New York and LA. There is also an applied or activist side to his work.  He has worked with an NGO in Turkey to organize the Turkish exhibitions. These have been groundbreaking in that they have pushed against the state’s historical narrative regarding Armenians in the Ottoman era. He has used photographs and the family narrative to open up spaces for historical dialogue. 


International Family History - a day-long symposium looking at Family History in an international context.

Central Library, Manchester, UK, 22 September 2017, 9-5pm.

Kindly sponsored by 

Please register in advance for catering - there will be coffee and lunch provided. Registration: 

Alison Light, author of Common People, will be speaking the day before: 

Speakers include:

Marc Scully (University of Leicester)
Paul Knevel (University of Amsterdam)
Sarah Abel (University of Iceland)
Ashley Barnwell (University of Melbourne)
Henriette Roued-Cunliffe (University of Copenhagen)
Indira Chowdury (Shrishti School of Art and Design, Bangalore)
Tanya Evans (Macquarie University, Sydney)
Peter Wade (University of Manchester)
Carolina Jonsson Malm (Malmö University)
Andre de Lemos (Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto)
Ewa Jurczyk-Romanowska (University of Wroclaw)
Marcelo Abreu (Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto)

Jerome de Groot, Tanya Evans, organisers



Murray Phillips: masterclass on digital history and public history


Relating Histories: Studying the Family

Date: 28th-29th November

Venue: National Library of Australia, Canberra


  • Critically engage with a full range of family history research work
  • Develop and foster new audiences for family history within and outside of the profession
  • Develop a network of family history researchers and practitioners
  • Launch the National Centre for Family History Research

(More details to follow)

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