CALL FOR PAPERS – “Armenian Diaspora(s) in Motion : Places, Stakeholders and Practices in the 21st Century”
Since diaspora studies emerged in the 1980s, the Armenian dispersion has played a prominent role in the scholarly literature seeking to understand and classify the nature, forms, and effects of diasporas as social formations. Although the notion of diaspora is multifaceted – changing based on the cases observed, criteria retained, disciplinary fields, and its dissemination […]
“California History Through Armenian Experiences” Highlights Individual Voices
Focusing on the power of the individual story, USC Dornsife Institute of Armenian Studies “California History through Armenian Experiences” oral history project documents the diversity and history of the Armenian presence in California. The initiative, supported by the California State Library, is part of the Institute’s continued work in collecting primary source material for academic […]
Shushan Karapetian Shaping The Future of USC Dornsife Institute of Armenian Studies as New Director
Shushan Karapetian, Ph.D, a celebrated scholar in the field of Armenian Studies, begins her tenure as the director of USC Dornsife Institute of Armenian Studies with a strong mandate for academic expansion and integration. “The global disruptions of the past decade have deeply impacted how institutions and communities engage with and challenge Armenian heritage, witnessing [...]
Salpi Ghazarian steps down as Director of the USC Dornsife Institute of Armenian Studies
LOS ANGELES – Salpi Ghazarian is stepping down as director of the USC Dornsife Institute of Armenian Studies after serving in the role since 2014. She will remain at the Institute and will work on special initiatives. Dr. Shushan Karapetian, formerly deputy director of the Institute, is the new director as of January 2023. “Towards […]
USC Tufenkian Travel Scholarship 2023
Do you want to incorporate Armenian themes and topics into your college experience? Do you want to expand your knowledge about Armenia and Armenians by traveling and conducting research abroad? USC Institute of Armenian Studies announces the 2023 Tufenkian Travel Scholarship to support student activities and research in contemporary Armenian Studies broadly defined. Research areas include, […]
Understanding Independence: Oral Histories of Armenia 1986-1994
As we in the U.S. enjoy the fireworks and celebrate July 4, we probably don’t think about independence. Armenia doesn’t have that luxury. We know that independence was never a given, at any time during the last 30 years, and even less so in the last few years. Part of assuring independence is understanding it. [...]
USC Tacori Research Methods Workshops Expand in Armenia
The USC Institute of Armenian Studies is on a mission to provide the tools and resources necessary for students, instructors, and researchers in Armenia to enrich their work and integrate more deeply into global academic systems, including universities, conferences, and publications. In April 2022, professors and researchers from three universities in Armenia gathered for phase [...]
Celebrating Our Students
“So what do you do everyday?” is what Institute staff are often asked. Here’s a short list: In addition to the research, scholarship, programming, archiving, digitizing, and teaching, a big part of our mission and day-to-day activities involves supporting and mentoring our students. And celebrating their work and accomplishments. Here are some of their ground-breaking achievements this […]
Students Owning Their Identity
Dr. Shushan Karapetian, Institute Deputy Director, just concluded the fourth semester of teaching Armenian heritage courses at USC. Every semester, the concept of heritage has been framed from a different angle, but of course it always comes back to identity. This semester was no exception. The lens of examination was the situation of the Armenian [...]
Bringing The Studio to You
SEE SCHEDULE BELOW With a mobile studio in a retrofitted food truck, USC Institute of Armenian Studies is traveling throughout Southern California to encourage and invite people to record their life stories. #MyArmenianStory is a crowd-sourced oral history project that has thus far gathered nearly 100 interviews from around the world. The purpose of [...]
USC Tufenkian Travel Scholarship 2022
Do you want to incorporate Armenian themes and topics into your college experience? Do you want to expand your knowledge about Armenia and Armenians by traveling and conducting research abroad? USC Institute of Armenian Studies announces the Tufenkian Travel Scholarship to support student activities and research in contemporary Armenian Studies broadly defined. Research areas include, [...]
23 Global Researchers to Study Issues Related to the Future of Karabakh
The USC Institute of Armenian Studies has selected 23 applicants from eight countries to participate in its 2022 research call - THE FUTURE OF KARABAKH. The Institute will provide more than $90,000 in funding to researchers investigating the urgent questions related to the future of regional relations in the South Caucasus and the status of [...]
USC Tacori Center Holds Third Student MasterClass in Armenia
Seventeen Master’s level students from five universities in Armenia gathered at the USC Tacori Center in Maiakovski village for a MasterClass on the “Social Science Principles and Research Methodologies.” The program took place from January 18-20, 2022, and was the third on the same themes, organized by the University of Southern California Institute of Armenia [...]
New Research Call on the Future of Karabakh
The University of Southern California Institute of Armenian Studies invites scholars (Ph.D. candidate and above) worldwide to respond to the call for research on the FUTURE OF KARABAKH. Applications must be submitted by December 29, 2021. Those applications selected for support will receive awards up to $6000. This call aims to tackle the urgent questions [...]
Call for Research: Future of Karabakh
Application deadline: December 29, 2021 Grant award: $2,000-6,000 The 2020 Karabakh (Artsakh) War created new challenges and exacerbated unanswered questions about the future of regional relations and the status of Karabakh / Artsakh. Following the Russia-brokered ceasefire of November 2020 that ended the second Karabakh War, and despite the presence of Russian peacekeepers on the [...]
Cinema After the Collapse
Cinema After the Collapse When the announcement was made last week that Armenia’s official selection for the Best International Feature category is Nora Martirosyan’s SHOULD THE WIND DROP, the Institute and our colleagues at USC were thrilled because we had already included this beautiful motion picture in a special film festival we are calling USSR […]
A New MasterClass at Armenia’s USC Tacori Center
The USC Tacori Center in Mayakovski Village, just outside Yerevan, Armenia, will host its second student MasterClass on August 16-20, entitled “Post-Soviet Armenia and Social Theories.” The program is organized by the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, in collaboration with Dr. Vicken Cheterian and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. The five-day program will be led by […]
Thank You Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian
Yesterday, California State Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks) announced $11 million in state funding for three arts and educational institutions that contribute to cultural growth in the Armenian community and Los Angeles, generally. $1 million allocation to the University of Southern California Institute of Armenian Studies; $9 million to establish a TUMO Center for Creative [...]
USC In Armenia
Imagine an academic center in Armenia hosting artists, policymakers, scholars, authors, practitioners, scientists from all over Armenia, Artsakh and the world – giving them time and space to work, to learn from each other, and to turn ideas into actions.
NETWORK NATION: Re-imagining Community, Homeland, and Diaspora, Post-war, Post-Covid
The 2020 Karabakh War and the global Covid pandemic have altered the way individuals and institutions in the Diaspora act, and the ways in which they interact with Armenia. But how? To what extent? Have Armenia’s perceptions, too, changed? How did Covid impact other diasporas? Did the war and its aftermath alter how the diaspora-homeland [...]
Resources on Nagorno Karabakh
The USC Institute of Armenian Studies presents ARMENIA AND AZERBAIJAN AT WAR – series of public conversations with scholars, journalists, and government officials. The discussion features high ranking officials from Armenia and Karabakh, in addition to Salpi Ghazarian, Director of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies; Professor Steve Swerdlow of the USC Department of Political Science and International Relations; Dr. Anna Ohanyan, Distinguished Professor at Stonehill College; and Emil Sanamyan, analyst and editor of Institute’s FOCUS ON KARABAH platform.
Institute Hosts USC POLICY FELLOW from Armenia’s Ministry of Health
LOS ANGELES – Seven mid-career professionals from the Armenian government have been USC POLICY FELLOWS. The USC Institute of Armenian Studies program partners with the City of Los Angeles and the office of Councilmember Paul Krekorian to place young Armenian civil servants within City of Los Angeles departments for a three-month work experience that will benefit them and Armenia’s institutional development.
Armenian Dances Preserved in USC Dance Heritage Video Archive
Five recordings of the Sevan Armenian Dance Ensemble have been digitized and included in the Dance Heritage Video Archive at the USC Digital Library. The recordings include Armenian folk dance performances at the International Festival of Performing Arts, at the Music Center, at the Hollywood Bowl Museum and in Yerevan, Armenia in 1992 during the first anniversary celebration of post-Soviet independence.
The USC Institute of Armenian Studies Student Workers Keep Working
LOS ANGELES – When the USC Institute of Armenian Studies kicked off the Spring 2020 semester with its largest ever group of undergraduate and graduate student workers, no one knew that they’d spend a good part of the semester working from home.
USC Tufenkian Travel Scholarship 2020
USC Institute of Armenian Studies announces the Tufenkian Travel Scholarship to support student research in contemporary Armenian Studies or in any other field that requires travel to Armenia. Research areas include, but are not limited to language, cultural studies, economics, sociology, history, regional studies, environmental science, and political science. Comparative and interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged.
UNDERSTANDING INDEPENDENCE: Oral Histories of Armenia 1988 – 1996
To understand the experience and the processes that led to Armenia’s eventual independence from the Soviet Union, the USC Institute of Armenian Studies is embarking on a new documentation and digitization initiative entitled UNDERSTANDING INDEPENDENCE.
Displaced Persons Documentation Project
In line with its mission to explore and document the contemporary Armenian experience, the USC Institute of Armenian Studies has been engaged in both creating and gathering documents on the unique history of the Armenian Displaced Persons (DP) community formed during and after World War II.
23 Global Researchers to Study Post-Revolution Armenia
LOS ANGELES – The USC Institute of Armenian Studies has selected 23 applicants from nine countries to participate in its 2019 research call, “From a Democratic Breakthrough to Challenges of Consolidation in Armenia.” The grants will provide an opportunity for scholars and practitioners from around the world to study the current challenges and developments surrounding Armenia, following its political transformation after the “velvet revolution.”
USC Policy Fellows Program Kicks Off With Participants From Armenia and Karabakh
LOS ANGELES – The USC Institute of Armenian Studies has kicked off its third cycle of the USC POLICY FELLOWS PROGRAM, in collaboration with the offices of Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian and Los Angeles City Mayor, as well as the Armenian Government through the office of Armenia’s Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan.
Institute Co-sponsors and Presents in Major International Conferences
The USC Institute of Armenian Studies co-sponsored two international conferences in October. The first was entitled “Digital Armenian” and took place in Paris from October 3 to 5. The other was entitled “Diaspora and ‘Stateless Power’: Social Discipline and Identity Formation Across the Armenian Diaspora During the Long Twentieth Century” that took place at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) from October 12 to 13.
Institute Projects Presented at Oral History Association Conference
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Syuzanna Petrosyan, Associate Director of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, and Gegham Mughnetsyan, Chitjian Researcher Archivist, presented Institute’s ongoing oral history projects at the annual Oral History Association conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, on October 17, 2019.
DTLA Film Festival Features Its First Armenian Film, Supported by the Institute
The 11th annual DTLA Film Festival, which is set to run from October 23 to 27 at Regal L.A. LIVE, will be featuring its first Armenian film, with the support of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies.
600 Guests Celebrate the USC Institute of Armenian Studies 15th Anniversary
“The USC Institute of Armenian Studies has been doing outstanding work for 15 years,” said Amber Miller, Dean of USC Dornslife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. “This work is central to one of our key research themes, ‘Identity and Culture in a Changing World.’”
USC Institute of Armenian Studies Celebrates 15 Years of Innovation and Education
Tucked in between the School of International Relations and the Political Science and Policy departments at USC, the USC Institute of Armenian Studies punches above its weight as it engages with the resources of a global university, and targets the intellectual and strategic needs of the Armenian nation and the Republic of Armenia.
From a Democratic Breakthrough to Challenges of Consolidation in Armenia
This call aims to provide an opportunity for original academic and policy research that will address Armenia’s political transformation.
Armenia’s Government Officials Take the Stage at USC
What happened when a delegation of high-ranking government officials traveled from Yerevan to Los Angeles to take part in INNOVATE ARMENIA on May 18 at the University of Southern California?
Podcast, Podcast: Hear All About It
Podcasts have been around for over a decade, and for those who live in cities where traffic is a way of life, they are a lifesaver. The USC Institute of Armenian Studies has three podcast series already and plans several more.
Dialects of Coffee at Innovate Armenia
“My ninety-two-year-old mother and I have a ritual of afternoon sourj and listening to her great Armenian stories, same as her and her mother once did.
4,000 Attend USC Innovate Armenia Program
INNOVATE ARMENIA – the festival of ideas and innovation – took place at the University of Southern California (USC) on May 18, 2019.
USC Policy Fellows – Fall 2019 Call for Applications
The Institute of Armenian Studies at the University of Southern California, in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia, is announcing a call for applications to the USC Policy Fellows Program.
USC Institute of Armenian Studies Welcomes Dr. Shushan Karapetian as Deputy Director
USC Institute of Armenian Studies is proud to welcome Dr. Shushan Karapetian to the position of deputy director. The Institute, which will be celebrating its 15th anniversary later this year, has grown to become one of USC’s most visible and active academic centers.
“New Roads” – A New Podcast Channel from the USC Institute of Armenian Studies
Unpacking Armenian Studies, hosted by Ghazarian, is home to interviews with academics, journalists and policymakers in the field of – and on the fringes of – Armenian Studies.
Don’t Miss Innovate Armenia on May 18 at USC
The one-of-a-kind festival of ideas, music and action will, as in years past bring together the best from the world of the arts, politics, music, and everything in between from Armenia, Los Angeles, and around the world.
USC Institute of Armenian Studies Announces Chitjian Researcher Archivist
The USC Institute of Armenian Studies has named Gegham Mughnetsyan as the Institute’s Chitjian Researcher Archivist. The naming is in honor of long-time Institute donor, philanthropist and distinguished community member Sara Chitjian.
Through USC, Armenia’s Public Servants Collaborate with City of Los Angeles
How can a university support the efforts of a new government? How can the Diaspora participate in Armenia’s development? These are the questions that the USC Institute of Armenian Studies is asking, and a partial answer has been found in a new program called USC POLICY FELLOWS.
USC Tufenkian Research Scholarship
USC Institute of Armenian Studies announces the Tufenkian Research Scholarship to support student research in contemporary Armenian Studies.
USC Policy Fellows Program – Call for Applications
The Institute of Armenian Studies at the University of Southern California, in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia, is announcing a call for applications to the USC Policy Fellows Program. Only current civil servants within Armenia’s Government (or other government offices) are eligible to apply.
USC Institute of Armenian Studies Convenes an Evening of Appreciation
Nearly two hundred supporters and friends of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies gathered at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills in appreciation of USC Provost Michael Quick’s and Vice President for Strategic and Global Affairs Anthony Bailey’s travels to Armenia this past spring to open the END OF TRANSITION: 25 YEARS AFTER SOVIET COLLAPSE international conference. This evening of appreciation, which took place on Sunday, November 19, highlighted not only the USC administration’s support of the Institute but also the extensive array of programming and research the Institute has undertaken in 2017.
USC Institute of Armenian Studies Welcomes First Policy Fellows from Armenia
In the framework of the Los Angeles—Yerevan Sister City relationship, the USC Institute of Armenian Studies has initiated the POLICY FELLOWS PROGRAM, in collaboration with the office of Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian and the office of Armenia’s Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan.
In Armenia, Going From Politics to Policy
As Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s face filled the screen, the Bovard audience surged to its feet. Acknowledging the standing ovation with a warm smile, the charismatic journalist-turned-parliamentarian shyly waved his hand.
Armen Aroyan Collection at USC Institute of Armenian Studies
One particular client was selling tickets to training events. For each ticket sold we needed to get information on the person who would be using the ticket. We used a custom field called registrant to hold this information.
At Innovate Armenia, Scholars, Artists Rethink, Reimagine, and Redefine Identity, Education, Culture
Saturday was a day to celebrate the Armenian diaspora in all its multicultural splendor — as USC welcomed INNOVATE ARMENIA 2017.
UN Humanitarian Leader in Mosul Headlines INNOVATE ARMENIA Festival
Hovig Etyemezian is only 35, but he has witnessed suffering most people couldn’t imagine in their worst nightmares.
Vordan Karmir from Armenia to Headline Innovate Armenia
Vordan Karmir, a vibrant and powerful presence in Armenian music, will be headlining INNOVATE ARMENIA on September 23, 2016, at the USC campus. The band is named after an Armenian cochineal insect — a worm — that produced what became known as “the Armenian color.” A deep, striking shade of crimson red, the Vordan Karmir dye became an alluring and popular commodity among the peoples of the ancient world.
Re-Learning and Re-Thinking About STEM, About Armenia and Armenians
If Paul Berberian had his way, kindergarteners would start coding as soon as they could count to 10 and recite the alphabet.
A Passion for Postcards
Orlando Carlo Calumeno collects postcards. Not just any postcards, but Anatolian postcards printed between 1895 and 1921. Mementos of a halcyon time and place completely scrubbed from memory by genocide.
Renowned Journalists David and Adi Ignatius Headline INNOVATE ARMENIA 2017
What does it mean to be Armenian in America? Is it possible to thrive with both identities, or must Armenian-Americans choose? The Ignatius brothers tackle these and other thorny issues in lively conversation at USC.
Two Literary Pulitzer Prize Winners Share the Stage at Innovate Armenia
On Saturday, September 23, poet Peter Balakian and novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen will grapple with the shifting place of humanities in a postmodern and possibly “post-book” world. Their conversation is a signature event at INNOVATE ARMENIA 2017—a day of discovery, insightful dialogue, music, food, wine and chess sponsored by USC’s Institute of Armenian Studies.
Undeliverable: Postcards and Photos of Lives Interrupted
THE USC INSTITUTE OF ARMENIAN STUDIES presents a one-of-a-kind installation of extremely rare postcards from Anatolia, displayed alongside scenes from many of the same locations captured a century later.
USC Hosts 3rd Annual INNOVATE ARMENIA Festival
ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, the USC Institute of Armenian Studies presents INNOVATE ARMENIA 2017, a day of discovery, technology, music, food, wine, chess and lively conversation headlined by a pair of celebrity-journalist brothers and two 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners.
Undeliverable: Postcards and Photos of Lives Interrupted
Undeliverable: Postcards and Photos of Lives Interrupted was a one-of-a-kind exhibition of rare depictions of Armenian life from turn-of-the-20th-century Ottoman Empire combined with pictures taken a century later by a Brazilian-Armenian photographer. Organized by the Institute of Armenian Studies at the University of Southern California (USC), the images were exhibited from August 18, 2017 to January 31, 2018 at USC Doheny Memorial Library.
USC Innovate Armenia – The Retreat
Undergraduate and graduate students from across the United States and Canada gathered in Los Angeles on two different weekends to focus on the contemporary Armenian experience and think about Armenian issues in multi-layered and thoughtful ways.
Celebrity Diplomacy: Redefining Armenia’s Role in the Diaspora
Six hundred people came to the University of Southern California to hear scholars and experts talk about the challenges of electoral politics everywhere, and especially in Armenia. Five political scientists, five artists, and three practitioners from six locations spoke about the realities and challenges of democratization. Their message resonated with the capacity crowd at USC’s Bovard Auditorium who interrupted with applause more than a dozen times during the CELEBRITY DIPLOMACY program hosted by USC Institute of Armenian Studies.
USC Institute of Armenian Studies to Host Aurora Prize Laureate Dr. Tom Catena
Dr. Tom Catena, a Catholic missionary and the only resident physician practicing under harrowing conditions in the Nuba Mountains in southern Sudan, will be at USC on Tuesday, February 5, for a wide range of programs.