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Conference – Independence and Beyond: In Search of a New Armenian Diaspora, April 27, 2013, USC, USA

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April 27, 2013, 09:30 - April 27, 2013, 17:30

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“Independence and Beyond: In Search of a New Armenian Diaspora”
Davidson Conference Center at USC, USA
Organized by ARF Western US
Sponsored by USC Institute of Armenian Studies, ACF and the Armenian Review

In Search of a Post – 1991 New Armenian
9:30-10:00 Introduction & Opening Remarks:
- Talar Chahinian, Central Committee, ARF Western US
- Hrair Dekmejian, University of Southern California Institute of Armenian

10:00-11:30 Panel I: Revising the Narrative of Return
Houri Berberian, California State University at Long Beach

- Sossie Kasbarian, University of Lancaster, UK
“Return” to “Homeland”: Challenging Concepts & Realities
- Viken Yacoubian, Woodbury University
Convergence through Diversity: Th e Diasporic Experience of Ethnoracial
Identity Development
- Talar Chahinian, California State University at Long Beach
The Real, the Imagined, and the In-Between: Homeland Revisited

11:30-11:45 Coffee Break

11:45-13:15 Panel II: Cultural Narratives, Subjectivity, and Language in an
Evolving Diaspora
Anahid Keshishian, University of California at Los Angeles
- Hagop Gulludjian, University of California at Los Angeles
(The Illusion of Survival: Whose Survival? What For?)
- Marc Nichanian, Sabanci University, Istanbul
(Subject or Sovereign?)
- Fr. Levon Zekiyan, Universita Ca’Foscari, Venice
(Endangered vs Enforced Identity)

13:15-14:15 Lunch Break

14:15-15:45 Panel III: Online Space & the Politics of Information Exchange
Moderator: Hayg Oshagan, Wayne State University
- Ara Khachatourian, Asbarez Newspaper
- Nanore Barsoumian, Armenian Weekly Newspaper
- Liana Aghajanian, Ianyan Magazine
- Asbed Bedrossian, Armenian News Network/Groong, University of Southern

15:45-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-17:30 Panel IV: (Re)Defining Diaspora & Nationalism
Moderator: Khachig Tölölyan, Wesleyan University
- Razmik Panossian, Director of Armenian Communities Department, Calouste
Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon
- Asbed Kotchikian, Bentley University
- Stephan Astourian, University of California, Berkeley
- Simon Payaslian, Boston University

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