Foremost among the images of the Armenian Genocide is the specter of tattooed Islamized Armenian women. Among Armenians, the tattooed survivor was seen as a living ethnomartyr or a national stain, and the bodies of women and children were of central prominence within the humanitarian imaginary. In Remnants, these tattooed and scar-bearing bodies reveal a larger history, as the lived trauma of genocide is understood through bodies, skin, and—in what remains of those lives a century afterward—bones. Elyse Semerdjian writes a deeply personal history, exploring how the Armenian communal body in the Ottoman Empire was dismembered, disfigured, and ultimately re-membered by the survivor community.
Remnants, Embodied Archives Of The Armenian Genocide, Elyse Semerdjian (softcover)