Report – International Sayfo 1915 Conference (FU Berlin, 24-28 June 2015)

Sayfo
Authors: Abdulmesih BarAbraham & Soner O. Barthoma

The conference entitled ‘SAYFO 1915: An International Conference on the Genocide of Assyrians/Arameans during the First World War’ was held June 24 - 28, 2015 at the Freie Universität Berlin, Seminary for Semitic and Arabic Studies. Headed by Prof. Dr. Shabo Talay, the Seminary for Semitic and Arabic Studies organized the conference in close cooperation with the Inanna Foundation, Netherlands.

There were about 40 invited scholars from various European countries, the US, Canada, Korea, Turkey, Lebanon and Australia who gave presentations and dozens more who attended as observers and participants during Q&A sessions.

Read/download the whole report.
See the conference pictures.
Download the conference poster.
See the conference sessions on AssyriaTV.


EPIA Final Project Documentation

EPIA

The EU financed Grundtvig Learning Partnership 'Exchanging Best Practices in the Integration of Assyrians in Europe' (EPIA) has aimed to exchange experiences of Assyrians in the field of integration in Europe, map problems and challenges, and promote best practices.

Within the framework of EPIA, involved partners (Inanna Foundation, Assyriska Foreningen Gothenburg, Yoken-Bar-Yoken Foundation and Institute Syriaque Belgium) organized 3 seminars, 2 workshops and a conference on different aspects of integration of Assyrians. The partnership activities realized successfully, and attracted in total more than 500 participants (learners, public audience). Furthermore, all events were broadcast on Assyria TV and disseminated further to a broader public worldwide. All activity reports and selected presentations were collected in a final report which is now available on the project partners' websites as an open educational resource. Read more.
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News

Mor Gabriel

British Library publishes rare recordings of Syriac liturgical chant

The British Library has published two rare recordings of Syriac liturgical chant in its sound archive. The recordings were made by two young ethnomusicologists, George Richards and Nathaniel Daudrich, as part of the "Clinging On" project to survey the Christian communities of the Middle East during the Arab Spring. In 2011, at the height of the uprisings in the Arab world, Richards and Daudrich spent three weeks on the Turkish-Syrian frontier, at the time a dangerous conflict zone with Kurdish separatists battling Turkish forces on one side of the border, and the Syrian civil war gathering pace to the South.

In the mountainous region of southern Turkey still known as "Tur Abdin", or the "Mountains of the Servants of God", after the many monks and priests that once lived there, Richards and Daudrich stayed in two of the last working monasteries of the Syriac Orthodox Church in the area: Deyrulzafaran and Mor Gabriel. Read more.
Click here for listening the recordings at British Library.

Report - EPIA Conference, Berlin, 2-4 May 2014

Berlin Conference

Assyrian Diaspora in Europe:
Past, Present, Future

The final EPIA activity was convened in Berlin (3-4 May, 2014). The conference was organized by the Yoken-Bar-Yoken Foundation in cooperation with the other EPIA partner organizations, Inanna Foundation, Institut Syriaque de Belgique and Assyriska Föreningen i V. Frölunda.

Around 60 participants from different European countries attended to the conference. All sessions were recorded by the Assyria TV for future broadcast.

Read the whole report here.
Click here for the pictures of the event (pictures by ZAVD, F. Gabriel, C.J. Kesibir).
Download the workshop poster.
Watch the conference sessions on Assyria TV.

Report - EPIA Workshop, Hengelo, 7-9 February 2014

Youth Workshop

Assyrian Youth Workshop:
Second Generation and Integration

The fifth EPIA activity, Second Generation and Integration was held in Hengelo (Netherlands) from 7-9 February, 2014. The youth workshop was organized by the Inanna Foundation in cooperation with the other EPIA partner organizations (Yoken-Bar-Yoken Foundation, Institut Syriaque de Belgique and Assyriska Föreningen i V. Frölunda). There were in total 20 participants from five different European countries (Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Netherlands and UK).

Read the whole report.
Click here for the pictures of the workshop (pictures by Sara Poli, AUF).
Download the workshop poster.
Watch the workshop sessions on Assyria TV.

Announcement

Seyfo Writing Competition

Seyfo – tell us, what has happened from 1915 till 2014?
An international writing contest for young and old

Inanna Foundation supports the writing competition "Seyfo – tell us, what has happened from 1915 till 2014? An international writing contest for young and old" which is organized by Kano Suryoyo e.V. (Germany).


See this link for further information.
Deadline for submitting your story is 1 August 2014.
Contact the organizers for any question.

Report - EPIA Seminar, Liége, 3 August 2013

Language Seminar

Surayt as Mother Tongue Education
in the European Diaspora

Within the framework of the European project "Exchanging Best Practices in the Integration of Assyrians in Europe" (EPIA), the seminar Surayt as Mother Tongue Education in the European Diaspora was organized in Liége (Belgium) on 3 August 2013 by the Syriac Institute of Belgium in collaboration with other project partners: Stichting Inanna Foundation (Netherlands), Stiftung Yoken-Bar-Yoken (Germany), Assyriska Föreningen i Göteborg (Sweden). About 100 people from various corners of Europe (Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Poland) attended the event.

Read the whole report
Click here for the pictures of the seminar.
Watch the seminar on Assyria TV.

Report

Music Workshop

EU Grundtvig Workshop:
Musiqi Suryayto

3-7 July 2013, Netherlands

The workshop Musiqi Suryayto was convened in Rijssen, the Netherlands, July 3-7 2013. The Inanna Foundation organized this workshop whose aim was to bring scholars, musicians and learners together to work on the development of the contemporary Assyrian/Syriac music. As the first gathering of its kind, the principal purposes of this historically unique workshop was to discuss the main problems and challenges facing contemporary Musiqi Suryayto, to provide a learning platform for people interested in the innovation of Musiqi Suryayto and to improve the quality of the music produced by Assyrian/Syriac musicians in Europe. Twenty-nine participants from various European countries, the United States, Iraq and Lebanon either gave presentations or simply attended the workshop. Read the whole report.

See the workshop and concert pictures.
Download the workshop and concert pictures.
See Assyria TV to watch the workshop sessions and interviews.

Report - EPIA Workshop, Gothenburg, 7-9 June 2013

Gothenburg

The Integration and Empowerment of Assyrian Women in Europe:
Problems and Challenges

The third EPIA activity The Integration and Empowerment of Assyrian Women in Europe: Problems and Challenges was held in Gothenburg (Sweden) from 7-9 June, 2013. The seminar was organized by the Assyriska Föreningen i V. Frölunda in cooperation with the other EPIA partner organizations (Inanna Foundation, Yoken-Bar-Yoken Foundation, Institut Syriaque de Belgique). Besides 10 participants from partner countries (Holland, Germany and Belgium), there were 70 participants from Sweden. The women workshop was divided into three sessions and was combined with some social events (such as a city trip). Read the whole report.

Click here for the pictures of the workshop.
Watch the workshop sessions on Assyria TV.
See Hujada Magazine for the workshop report written in Swedish by Maryam Garis Guttman
See AINA Magazine for an article written about the workshop by A.Mesih Barabraham
See here for the workshop programme.

Report - EPIA Seminar, Augsburg, 16 March 2013

Augsburg Seminar

An Intergenerational Approach to
the Problems and Challenges of the Integration of Assyrians

The second EPIA seminar activity Intergenerational Approach to the Problems and Challenges of the Integration of Assyrians was held in Augsburg, Germany on March 16, 2013. The seminar was organized by the Yoken-Bar-Yoken Foundation in cooperation with the other EPIA partner organizations. Four speakers were invited: Dr. Andreas Önver Cetrez (senior lecturer at Uppsala University), Dr. Yusuf Güney (Psychologist, Vienna), Christine Lembert (Ethnologist, Augsburg) and Kenan Araz (Sociologist, Köln). The seminar attracted around 50 people and was held in the Augsburg city library. Read the whole report.

Click here for the pictures of the seminar.
See the report written in German by Miryam Athra Abraham.
See Hujada Magazine for an article in Swedish, "När trauma blir en kollektiv identitet" (L. Asmar, 27.03.2013).

Report - EPIA Seminar, Gothenburg, 9 December 2012

Gothenburg 9.12.2012

Promoting Active Citizenship:
Upward mobility of Assyrians in Europe

The first seminar activity which has been organized within the framework of the EPIA Project - Promoting Active Citizenship: Upward Mobility of Assyrians in Europe - was held in Gothenburg on 9 December 2012. The event was organized by the Assyriska Föreningen i Göteborg in cooperation with the other EPIA partner organizations. Four speakers were invited: Ibrahim Baylan (politician, former Minister of Education), Feryal Mentes (Judge), Nuri Kino (journalist) and Adad Baranto (doctor). The seminar, which attracted a highly interested audience of about 200 people of different age groups was moderated by Rachel Hadodo. Read the whole report

Watch the seminar sessions on Assyria TV. Click here for the pictures of the seminar.
See Hujada Magazine for an article about the seminar in Swedish, Baylan: "Lyft fram ratt forebilder" (L. Asmar, 15.12.2012).

Report

A new report about the Seyfo Workshop which was organized by our foundation in 2011 is published at Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies. The report is written by Dr. Jan J. van Ginkel.
Download the report.

Up-to-date: Aramaic Online Project

The second preparatory meeting of the Aramaic Online Language Project was held at St. Ephrem Monastery in the Netherlands (23-25 November 2012). For more information about this project please contact us.

PRESS RELEASE
EU Grundtvig Project Exchanging Best Practices in the Integration of Assyrians in Europe (EPIA)


Grundtvig Four Assyrian organizations, based in the Netherlands (Inanna Foundation), Germany (Stiftung Yoken-Bar-Yoken ), Sweden (Assyriska Föreningen i Göteborg) and Belgium (Institut Syriaque de Belgique) have begun an EU-project within the framework of the Grundtvig Lifelong Learning Programme.

The Grundtvig Learning Partnership project 'Exchanging Best Practices in the Integration of Assyrians in Europe' (EPIA), aims to exchange experiences of Assyrians in the field of integration in Europe, map problems and challenges, and promote best practices. Read more


Preparatory Meeting of the Multilateral Neo-Aramaic (Turoyo, Surayt) Project


Bergen Univ The first Preparatory meeting of the Multilateral Neo-Aramaic (Turoyo) Language Project was held in Bergen, Norway (20-24 June 2012). The hosting institution, University of Bergen (Department of Foreign Languages), together with the Inanna Foundation (NL) developed the working programme. Mgr Dr Polycarpus Augin Aydin (Netherlands), Prof Shabo Talay (Norway), Prof Otto Jastrow (Estonia), Malfono Jan Bet Sawoce (Sweden), Dr Naures Atto (Netherlands) and Soner Onder (Netherlands) participated in this meeting. The main aim was twofold: to develop a Neo-Aramaic project within the framework of the EU Multilateral Grundtvig Project in order to develop an online language course and to standardize the writing of the Neo-Aramaic language. Anyone interested can contact us for any information.

Work in progress: Forthcoming volume about the Seyfo


Book The idea of an edited volume on Seyfo developed during the EU Grundtvig workshop 'An Intergenerational Approach to the Study of Genocide' which was organized by Inanna Foundation and took place in the Netherlands (June 10-16, 2011). For the first time the Seyfo and its consequences were discussed among scholars working in different disciplines.

The first edited volume on Seyfo has attracted the attention of scholars both who attended to the workshop and who could not, but were interested in submitting articles. So far we have received more than 20 articles, focusing specifically on Seyfo from different perspectives. We are now in the editing process and aim to publish this work in 2013.

Editors: Prof. Dr David Gaunt, Dr Naures Atto and Soner Onder.

Report About the Workshop ‘An Intergenerational Approach to the Study of Genocide’


By Hannibal Travis
Associate Professor of Law at Florida International University of Law

Workshop Poster The workshop entitled, ‘An Intergenerational Approach to the Study of Genocide’ convened from June 10–16, 2011 in Rijssen, the Netherlands. Inanna Foundation organized the workshop with the aim to bring scholars and promising students and activists together to study the consequences of genocides, more specifically the genocide of the Assyrians during the First World War. There were about 24 participants from various European countries and the United States who made presentations, and dozens more who attended from European countries as observers and participants during question-and-answer sessions. The workshop was financed by the European Union within the framework of Grundtvig Lifelong Learning Programme. Read the whole report
Read the opening speech of the workshop
Read the interview by AUF (In Swedish)
Download the workshop programme

Testimonial

Sharbel Diarbekirli

It was very exciting for me as a young Assyrian student to attend the first conference regarding the Assyrian Genocide that happened during World War I. Professors and lecturers from all corners of the world presented unique points of views on the consequences of the genocide. Read more

Workshop Pictures

Workshop Pictures

Grundtvig Preparatory visit to Tur ‘Abdin (18-23 March 2010)

Visit to Tur 'Abdin

By Febroniya Atto
Inanna Foundation

From 18-23 March 2010 the Inanna Foundation made a Grundtvig preparatory visit to Tur Abdin.

The Grundtvig programme is part of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission. Grundtvig aims to provide adults with more ways to improve their knowledge and skills, facilitate their personal development and boost their employment prospects. Read more and click here for the pictures.



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