When Objects Speak: Learning to Enable Personal Narratives

SEP 25, 2013 | 6:30 PM TO 8:30 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


9100: Skylight Room


September 25, 2013: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM







Whether working on one's own memoir or preparing to interview others about their lives, this workshop provides an opportunity to explore the many ways in which household objects become vectors of memory and emotion. Dr. Pattie will lead the workshop, demonstrating how a simple object can open multiple doors into both past and present. Techniques of interviewing will be discussed and the group will explore the ways in which an evocative object works on the senses, prompting a complex combination of memory and imagination, allowing insights into oneself and the Other. New questions evolve from the emerging narrative, revealing more about the person, the family, the wider group.

Dr. Susan Pattie is Director of the Armenian Library and Museum of America (ALMA), a cultural anthropologist and author of articles and books on the Armenian diaspora, including Faith in History: Armenians Rebuilding Community. A co-founder and former director of the Armenian Institute in London, she is also a Senior Research Fellow at University College London. Her recent book, Treasured Objects:  Armenian Life in the Ottoman Empire, was coauthored with colleagues at the Armenian Institute in London.