Conf/Prog - The Contemporary Construction of Armenian Identity, March 22-25, 2016, Yerevan

Publish Date: Mar 18, 2016

Event Dates: from Mar 22, 2016 12:00 to Mar 25, 2016 12:00


The Contemporary Construction of Armenian Identity

March 22-25, 2016
American University of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia


March 22

6:30 p.m. AUA Manoogian Hall

Opening Screening of Extracts from Prof. Ian Krouse’s epochmaking work “Armenian Requiem” for four soloists, two choirs, and orchestra from its premiere performance at UCLA in Spring 2015.

This will be followed by discussion with the composer on issues relating to aspects of Armenian resonance the work embodies.

March 23-24: Two-day Program of Papers and Discussion at AUA:

March 25: Concert of Contemporary Armenian Music and round tables at the Komitas Museum-Institute

March 23

10 a.m.-12 p.m. AUA Manoogian Hall

Dr. Diana Ter-Ghazaryan (U Miami): Introduction

“Going Spatial: Incorporating Space and Place into Social Sciences and Humanities Research”

Diana Ter-Ghazaryan is a geographer whose research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of geospatial technology and cultural geography. She works on finding ways to map and visualize the abstract and ethereal, such as connection to place, nationhood, identity and the like. One of her current projects is a crowd-sourced web-mapping application,, which is a virtual museum of alternative cultural heritage in Yerevan, Armenia. She directs the Geospatial Technology Program and teaches a variety of GIS and geography courses at the University of Miami.

Lecture Abstract:

While data visualization and geospatial analysis tools such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have been traditional tools of the trade in the natural and physical sciences, in recent years many social sciences and humanities scholars have discovered that spatial thinking and spatial analysis can add important dimensions to their methodology, analysis, and results. This workshop will introduce attendees to new ways of thinking “spatially” about research in the social sciences and humanities and will demonstrate the use of accessible, open-source geospatial tools and platforms that may complement their work. Emphasis will be placed on spatial research themes, and examples of non-traditional and innovative ways of utilizing geospatial techniques in the social sciences and the humanities will be presented.

12:00-1:30 Lunch: AUA Cafeteria

1:30-2:00: Akian Gallery
Ist Session:

National Sovereignty and Confederative Structures
Moderator: Prof. Peter Cowe (UCLA) (

Albert Hayrapetyan (YSU): “The Political Factors Behind Armenia’s Accession to the Eurasian Union” (

2:00-3:30: Akian Gallery
2nd Session:

Sociopolitical Boundaries and National Identity
Moderator: Prof. Arpie Balian (AUA) (

Arman Gasparyan (AUA): “Globalization and National Identity in Armenia”

Nane Giloyan (AUA): “The Territorialization of National Identity” (

3:30-4:00 Break: Hall outside Akian Gallery

4:00-6:00: Akian Gallery
3rd Session:

The Multiple Interface between Religion and Armenian Identity
Moderator: Fr. Shahe Ananyan (Echmiadzin) (

Dr. Jakub Osiecki (Jagiellonian University, Kraków): “Armenian Catholics: History, Identity, Memory” (‪

Anatolii Tokmantsev (UCLA): “Jehovah's Witnesses in Armenia: nationalism in a strictly non-nationalist sect.” (

Argam Yeranosyan (Inst of Arch. & Ethnography): “Walking in Javakhk: Religious Strategies of Ethnicity in post-Soviet Samtskhe-Javakheti” (

March 24

10:00-12:30 Akian Gallery
4th Session:

Continuity and Diversity in the Contemporary Armenian Diasporic Condition
Moderator: Prof. Simon Clarke (AUA) (

Nayiri Shorjian (AUA) “Islamization and the National Identity of Lebanese-Armenians” (

Danny Fittante (UCLA): “Transnational Network State Facilitators: Reassessing the Tie between Armenia and Russia” (

11:00-11:30 Break: Hall outside Akian Gallery

Rosie Aroush (UCLA): “Negotiating Multiple Armenian Identities in the Diasporic Community of Los Angeles” (

12:30-2:00 Lunch: AUA Cafeteria

2:00-3:30: Akian Gallery
5th Session:

The Contribution of the Built Environment to Identity Formation
Moderator: Prof. Levon Abrahamian (Inst of Arch. & Ethnography) (

Dr. Marco Brambilla (Rome): “Yerevan’s Post-Independence Architectural Evolution and the Latter’s Impact on Identity Formation” (

Dr. Diana Ter-Ghazaryan (U Miami): “Spaces of Diaspora Investment: Urban Transformations and Transnational Linkages in the Landscape of Yerevan, Armenia” (

3:30-4:00 break: Hall outside Akian Gallery

6th Session:

The Changing Role of Myth, Symbol, and Memory in Constructing Collective Narratives
Moderator: Dr. Gayane Shagoyan (Inst of Arch. & Ethnography)

Dr. Shakeh Kaftarian (AUA): “Continuing Psychological Impact of the Armenian Genocide Across Generations” (

Ani Shahinian (UCLA): “Memory and Identity through the Lives of the Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide: A Christian Perspective on the events of 1915-1923” (

Prof. Peter Cowe (UCLA): “Identifying with Mher: The Armenian State Project in Time of Crisis” (

Ruzanna Tsaturyan (Inst of Arch. & Ethnography): “Framing the taste of the nation: how culinary identity is constructed in Armenia'' for the presentation.” (

6:20-6:40 Summation of Discussion

March 25

(Komitas Museum) The Interface between Music and Nationalism

10-11:30 a.m. Chamber Music concert featuring works by Armenian composers of the Republic and Diaspora


Komitas Songs (voice/piano)

Komitas/Aslamazyan string quartet arrangements

Tigran Mansurian - String Quartet no. 3, movement 1

Tigran Mansurian - 2 Hayrens (voice/piano)

Artur Avanesov - solo piano works

Vache Sharafyan - solo piano work

Aram Hovhannisyan - solo piano work

John Asatryan Duo for violin and voice

Set of 3 Art Songs by E. Mirzoian, G. Chutchyan, and Alan Hovhannes.

(director) Movses Pogossian (piano) Artur Avanesov (vocalist) Danielle Bayne

UCLA Vem Quartet ((first violin) Anna Corcoran, (second violin) Isabella Reyes, (viola) Daniel Mireles, (cello) Bryant Gozali)


Round Table Discussion on the Relation between the Western Art Tradition and Armenian Identity
Moderator: S. Peter Cowe
Participants: Mansurian, Avanesov, Zohrabian, Hovhannisyan, Sharafyan, Pogossian.


Session Exploring the Characteristics of Popular Music Styles Practised in an Armenian Environment

Rik Adriaans (Central European University, Budapest): “Anthropological aspects of the Popular Music Scene”  (

Prof. Hripsime Pikichian (Dept. of Culture Studies, Yerevan State University)

Prof. Levon Abrahamian (Institute of Archaeology & Ethnography)

“Music, Taste, and Identity: Marginal Identities between East and West”


Round Table Discussion on the Relation of Popular Musical Styles to the Formation of Contemporary Armenian identity.
Moderator: S. Peter Cowe

March 26

7:00 p.m. Komitas Chamber Hall

Free Public Concert

Prof. Movses Pogossian (director) Artur Avanesov (piano)

Vem Quartet of UCLA (Anna Corcoran, Isabella Reyes, Daniel Mireles, Bryant Gozali) and vocalist Danielle Bayne

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