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Call for Papers-SAS Workshop in Yerevan-October 3-5, 2014

The Society for Armenian Studies


Workshop in Yerevan, 3-5 October 2014

The Society for Armenian Studies (SAS) is pleased to announce the first of its periodic workshops to mark the 40th anniversary of its founding.

The workshop will be held in Yerevan, 3-5 October 2014.  Scholars in the field are hereby invited to submit abstracts between now and Monday, 19 May 2014, on one of the seven themes listed below.

Accepted papers will be announced by 31 May 2014, and travel expenses (up to $1,500.00), five nights lodging and meals during the conference days will be covered by a generous grant from the Armenian Communities Department of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and SAS funds.


Participation will be limited to twenty papers from abroad and twenty from Armenia.  Young scholars are warmly encouraged to submit proposals.  Languages of the workshop are English and Armenian.

Abstracts, 300 words in length, along with an email contact address and an indication of the conference theme chosen, should be submitted to:

Abstracts are invited on any of the following themes:

  1. Inadequately studied periods in Armenian history from about the rise of Cilicia to the end of the 18th century or the annexation of the Khanate of Erivan by Russia in 1828.  The expansion of the Armenian ‘Bishopric’ of Constantinople into a universal patriarchate for the Western Armenians; the emergence of urban communities in towns to the west of historic Armenia; the nature and structure of Armenian ecclesiastical administration, relations between the Armenian hierarchies and the roles they played, ‘political’ and otherwise; the appearance of groups of self-made laymen (e.g. chelebis, khojas, amiras, etc.) and their role in Armenian realities; the Latinizing missions and the Armenian Church; voluntary and involuntary demographic changes; relations between western (those of the Ottoman Empire) and eastern (those of Persia) halves of the Armenian people are only some of the social-cultural themes that fall under this heading.
  2. Reflections and echoes of the Armenian Genocide in the arts and culture in general, whether Armenian or, particularly, non-Armenian.
  3. Testimonies and reminiscences of survivors of the Armenian Genocide.
  4. Armenian historiography in the past 30 years: accomplishments, new perspectives and methodologies.
  5. Armenian literary studies in the past 30 years: accomplishments, new perspectives and methodologies.
  6. The Armenian Diaspora in the 21st century: concerns and challenges, aspirations and perspectives.
  7. Digitization and the future of Armenian studies.

Organizing Committee