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Conf/Prog - Contemporary Construction of Armenian Identity Graduate Student Workshop, 8 April 2017, UCLA, USA

Publish Date: Mar 20, 2017

SATURDAY | April 8, 2017 | Main Conference Room, UCLA Young Research Library|1:30PM

The Contemporary Construction of Armenian Identity Graduate Student Workshop

The map of the Armenian world is currently being physically and symbolically redrawn. The emergence of the post-Soviet Republic, disruption of the Middle East diaspora, growth of new nodes in Russia and the US, the Armenian Genocide centennial, etc. foreground transition and discontinuity. This workshop provides a forum for graduate students to present in-progress research on aspects of this complex, multilayered process and encourage open-ended discussion of its ramifications.

1:30-2:00 Refreshments

2:00-2:05 Introduction: Dr. S. P. Cowe, Narekatsi Professor of Armenian Studies, UCLA

Continuity and Diversity in the Contemporary Armenian Diaspora Condition

2:05-2.25 Danny Fittante: "The Origins of Immigrant Ethnogenesis. A Comparative Analysis of First and 1.5 Generation Armenian Americans" (

2:25-2A5 Rosie Aroush: "Negotiating Multiple Armenian Identities in the Diasporic Community of Los Angeles" (,

2:45-2:55 Discussion

2:55-3:10 Tea/Coffee Break

The Multiple Interface Between Religion and Armenian Identity

3:10-3:30 Ani Shahinian: "Memory and Identity through the Lives of the Martyres of the Armenian Genocide: A Christian Perspective on the events of 1915-1923. (

3:30-3:50 Anatolii Tokmantsev: "Jehovah's Witnesses in Armenia: nationalism in a strictly non-nationalist sect". (

3:50-4:00 Discussion

4:00-4:20 Respondent Prof. Khachig Tololyan, Dept of English and Comparative Literature, Wesleyan University, Connecticut


For more info, please email or call 310.825.4165.

Cosponsorship is gratefully acknowledged from: "The National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)/Caloust Gulbenkian Foundation Lecture Series on Contemporary Armenian Issues' Book Display by Abril Books of Glendale

All are welcome. Parking is available in Parking Structure 5.


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