Conferences and Exhibitions

The Soviet Experience in Armenia and Its Legacy - 2

CfP - “The Soviet Experience in Armenia and Its Legacy - 2”

International Academic Conference

Yerevan, Armenia, June 2023

 

The Institute of Archeology and Ethnography of the National Academy of Sciences in Armenia and the Armenian Research Center at the University of Michigan-Dearborn are organizing a conference dedicated to the Soviet experience in Armenia and its legacy, which will be held in Yerevan, Armenia on June 13-15, 2023.


The conference will seek to analyze the impact of seventy years of Soviet rule in Armenia between 1920 and 1991. It will explore the trajectory of Soviet Armenian society, including but not restricted to critical developments and turning points in politics, the economy, and culture. Preference will be given to papers that tackle the key theoretical and methodological concepts that help elucidate the Soviet experience in Armenia. The overall aim of the conference will be to analyze political, social, and other dynamics within Soviet Armenia, using applicable theoretical tools and methodologies established by specialists studying the broader Soviet world. Conversely, the analysis of the Soviet Armenian experience can also be used to critique and challenge these frameworks. The papers can also explore the ways with which Armenian society in the homeland and the Diaspora is handling the legacy of the Soviet era since Armenia
regained its political sovereignty and independence in 1991.


The first part of the conference was held in October 2022 at the Armenian Research Center at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The second part will be held in Yerevan, Armenia. Submitted papers should be original work. Papers that have previously been published or presented at other conferences will not be accepted.


Scholars researching the Soviet experience in Armenia and its legacy are invited to submit their applications (title, abstract of up to 300 words, and a short bio) by March 10, 2023, by completing the online conference application form.


The organizers request that applicants from Armenia should submit both the abstract and the bio in two languages – Armenian and English.


In case of additional questions, please reach out to the organizing committee at <iae.anthropology@gmail.com>.


The main languages of the conference will be English and Armenian, with simultaneous translation provided. Exceptionally good papers can be accepted in Russian or French, provided that the participant also submits, prior to the conference, a detailed English summary or a full English translation of his/her paper. The English version of the paper will be distributed among
those attending the conference.


Accepted papers will be announced on April 10, 2023.


The organizers expect that invited speakers, especially with appointments in established universities or research centers, seek funding for travel from their respective institutions. Applicants who have no means to obtain outside assistance should also submit to the conference organizers a request for travel assistance.


All invited speakers will be provided with accommodation and meals during the length of the conference.

"The Soviet Experience in Armenia and Its Legacy" International Conference, October 28-30, 2022

The Soviet Experience in Armenia and Its Legacy

 

 

 

After a long delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ARC’s postponed multidisciplinary international academic conference on “The Soviet Experience in Armenia and Its Legacy” was held on October 28-30, 2022. 

The conference sought to analyze the impact of seventy years of Soviet rule in Armenia between 1920 and 1991. It explored the trajectory of Soviet Armenian society, including but not restricted to critical developments and turning points in politics, the economy, and culture.

Video recordings of the conference presentations will be made available through this website soon.

"The Soviet Experience in Armenia and Its Legacy" International Conference Program

Quad E (Room 99), Fairlane Center North

 

DAY 1
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2022

 
Opening Session, 5:00-7:15 p.m.

5:00-6:15 pm: Opening Reception

6:15-6:45 pm: Words of Welcome

Domenico Grasso, Chancellor, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Khatchig Mouradian, Armenian Center, Columbia University

6:45-7:15 pm: Conference Introduction

Ara Sanjian, Armenian Research Center, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Looking Back at Armenia’s Soviet Past from the Diaspora

 

 

FIRST PANEL, 7:15-8:30 pm
Propaganda and State-Building in the 1920s and 1930s

Chair: Khatchig Mouradian, Columbia University

Haykuhi Muradyan
Yerevan State University
Agitprop and the Sovietization of “National Heritage” in the 1930s

Vahe Sahakyan
University of Michigan-Dearborn
The Committee to Aid Armenia and Exclusionary State-Centrism in Soviet Armenia's Diaspora Policies (1920s-1930s)

 

 
DAY 2
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2022

 
SECOND PANEL, 10:00-11:15 am

Anti-Religious Propaganda and the Armenian Church in the 1920s and 1930s

Chair: R. Warren Anderson, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Jakub Osiecki
Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, Kraków
The Church in Soviet Armenia in the 1920s and ’30s: An Attempt at Assessment

Hasmik Khalapyan
American University of Armenia
Killing God: The Forging of Atheist Citizens in Early Soviet Armenia

 

Coffee break, 11:15-11:30 am

 
THIRD PANEL, 11:30 am-1:15 pm
Tackling the Legacy of Stalinism since 1953

Chair: Anna Muller, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Pietro Shakarian (via zoom)
National Research University–Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg, Russia
Yerevan 1954: Anastas Mikoyan and De-Stalinization in Soviet Armenia

Siranush Dvoyan
American University of Armenia
The Reception History of Soviet-Armenian “Gulag Literature”

Gayane Shagoyan
Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia
"Victims” and “Executioners” of the Stalin Era Repressions in the Public Discourse of Post-Soviet Armenia

 

Lunch break, 1:15-3:30 pm

 
FOURTH PANEL, 3:30-4:45 pm
Revisiting the “Friendship of Peoples”: Armenians and Azerbaijanis

Chair: Ronald G. Suny, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Emeritus)

Ararat Şekeryan
Columbia University
Between Yerevan and Baku: Mirza Ibrahimov and the Making of Soviet Armenian and Azerbaijani Brotherhood

Lusine Kharatyan
Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia
Armenian-Azerbaijani Co-existence Models and Mechanisms in Armenia under the Soviet Slogan of “Friendship of Peoples”

 

Coffee break, 4:45-5:00 pm

 

FIFTH PANEL, 5:00-6:15 pm
Soviet Modernism and Its Legacy

Chair: Gayane Shagoyan, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Yerevan

Elizabeth Bishop
Texas State University
Soviet Modernism and Its Legacy: Spartak Kndeghtsyan and Telman Gevorgyan’s “Moscow Cinema” Hall (1966)

David Leupold
Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient Berlin
Yerevan’s Unfinished Future? The “Ancien Materiality” of Late Soviet Urbanity in Armenia’s Capital Today

 

 
DAY 3
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2022

 
SIXTH PANEL, 10:00-11:15 am
The “New Normal” in Soviet Armenian Society

Chair: Armen Zakarian, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Konrad Siekierski
King’s College, London, UK
A Domesticated Religion? Armenian Vernacular Christianity in the Soviet Period

Yulia Antonyan (via zoom)
Yerevan State University
The Birth and the Death of the Soviet Technical Intelligentsia in Armenia

 

Coffee break, 11:15-11:30 am

 
SEVENTH PANEL, 11:30 am-1:15 pm
Is Armenia’s Present Simply Past Continued?

Chair: Ara Sanjian, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Tigran Harutyunyan (via zoom)
Architect and Independent Researcher, Moscow
Perceptional Ambiguity of Soviet Architectural Legacy in Post-Soviet Armenian Reality

Suren Zolyan (via zoom)
Russian-Armenian University, Yerevan
Is the Armenian SSR Still Alive? On Political Symbolism in Modern Armenia

Ashot Voskanyan (via zoom)
American University of Armenia
“Civil Society” in Soviet Armenia and Its Post-Soviet Metamorphoses

 

1:15 pm:  Closing remarks
Ara Sanjian, University of Michigan-Dearborn,