Intellectual Freedom and Integrity in Armenian Studies

Armenian Weekly, 13 August 2009

Below is a statement endorsed by the Society for Armenian Studies and the International Association for Armenian Studies and released on Aug. 13. It is preceded by a brief introduction from the initiators of the signature campaign.

Armenian Weekly, 13 August 2009

Below is a statement endorsed by the Society for Armenian Studies and the International Association for Armenian Studies and released on Aug. 13. It is preceded by a brief introduction from the initiators of the signature campaign.

 

The following statement was endorsed several weeks ago by the Society for Armenian Studies and the International Association for Armenian Studies in response to misleading and slanderous pronouncements on Armenian television and the internet by individuals in Glendale, Calif. Despite the provocation, it seemed preferable at the time not to distribute this statement to the media in the hope that the smear campaign would run its course and disappear. That indeed seemed to be happening until July 28, when an Armenian newspaper received and unsuspectingly printed a report from the Yerevan news agency Armenpress regarding alleged statements ascribed to the Director of the Armenian Studies and Humanities Division of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences Dr. V. Barkhudaryan critical of certain Armenian studies scholars abroad. Although it soon became apparent that the Armenpress report had been fabricated and that Dr. Barkhudaryan had made no such statements, the Glendale group again went on television to proclaim that the leadership of Armenia had handed a crushing defeat to the “falsifiers of Armenian history” and even went so far as to liken its significance to the “Battle of Avarayr.” Academician Barkhudaryan has refuted the report, stating that he has given no such interview with Armenpress or any other organ, labeling such ascriptions as “fabricated intrigue” (shintsu sadrank).  In view of these recent developments, we feel compelled to circulate our statement to the media and to call on the public to join the 250 scholars in Armenia and abroad as well as the 30 Armenian studies programs and cultural/educational organizations that have signed the declaration in support of the freedom of academic inquiry and against totalitarian-style censorship.
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We, the undersigned scholars and supportive cultural-educational organizations, deplore the recent activities and statements of certain individuals and groups that aim at discrediting the reputation and work of Armenian studies scholars and scholarship, especially in the United States.

In recent months, we have witnessed an intensification of their anti-intellectual activities. When taking note of the slanderous videos placed on YouTube beginning in January 2009, the recently-emerged so-called “Armenian Progressive Students Union” and the “Armenian Nationalists’ Union,” the fabrications and manipulations of a Glendale-based Armenian television commentator, and various petitions addressed to authorities in Armenia, it is apparent that the campaign has become larger in scope than initially thought.

The current attacks are based on gross distortions and intellectual dishonesty. One does not have to agree with the conclusions or views of particular scholars on any given subject to insist that (a) statements by scholars should not be taken out of context or even turned around to give a directly opposite meaning from what is actually written; (b) dissent or responses should be based on research and be articulated with civility; and (c) differences should not be turned into campaigns that border on intellectual terrorism. It is obvious that this movement now goes far beyond the realm of criticism and accepted norms of discussion and dissent.

Scholars in Armenian studies, including those who are currently being maligned, have produced research that has secured Armenian history and culture their legitimate places in academia and the wider world community. They have been a most effective voice in international forums and media regarding issues critical to understanding of past and present Armenian history.

Whatever the motivations behind the attacks, they can have only negative consequences for all concerned. Equally important, this offensive seems to be promoting a monolithic reading of Armenian history under a single authority, creating a situation in which any deviation from that imposed interpretation might be labeled as treachery. Such an approach is objectionable because (a) it runs counter to the concept of research and research-based analyses of history; (b) it closes the opportunity to look at the past in all its complexities and as yet unexplored dimensions; (c) it makes historical and cultural studies irrelevant to the understanding of the present and to the choices regarding the future.

It is clear that this is no longer a problem of the specific scholars under attack or even of Armenian studies, generally. This is a problem for Armenian culture in the widest sense of the word. In view of this ideologically bankrupt assault to discredit scholars and impose uniformity of interpretations so detrimental to Armenian studies, as well as to the Republic of Armenia and the Armenian people,

We, the undersigned,

(1)    Insist on the freedom of grounded research, opinion, and interpretation;

(2)    Call on those in positions of authority both in Armenia and in the Diaspora—civic and governmental officials, scholars, media, academic institutions and their leaders, and cultural-educational organizations—to join us in rejecting attempts to dictate monolithic views in Armenian studies and in supporting  the right to inquiry, intellectual freedom, and cultural tolerance.

 

Subscribed to by:

Society for Armenian Studies (SAS), and
Association Internationale des Etudes Arméniennes (AIEA)

And the Armenian Studies Programs of:

Boston University
California State University, Fresno
California State University, Northridge
Clark University
Columbia University
Harvard University
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
University of Chicago
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Tufts University

And the Civic and Educational-Cultural Associations:

Analysis, Research and Planning for Armenia (ARPA)
Armenian Bar Association (ABA)
Armenian Center, Columbia University
Armenian Cultural Foundation (ACF), Arlington, Massachusetts
Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance
Armenian Educational Foundation (AEF)
Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America (AESA)
Armenian Librarians and Libraries Information Committee (ALLIC)
Armenian Library and Museum of America (ALMA)., Watertown, Mass.
Armenian Research Center, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Center for Armenian Remembrance, Los Angeles
Institute of Armenian Studies, University of Southern California
Moscow Armenian Student Association
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)
Nor Serount Cultural Association, California
Oesterreichisch-armenische Studiengesellschaft, Vienna
Tekeyan Cultural Association, Los Angeles Chapter
Youth Society of Intellectual Interaction (SIVAM), Moscow

And
Individual Scholars and Graduate Students:

Dr. Ramela A. Abbamontian,
Department of Art History,
Pierce Community College,
Woodland Hills, California
Dr. Armenuhi Drost-Abgaryan,
Chair of Christian Oriental Studies,
Martin Luther Universität,
Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
Academician (Corresponding) Levon H. Abrahamian,
Head, Department of Contemporary Anthropological Studies,
Institue of Archaeology and Ethnography,
RA National Academy of Sciences,
Yerevan
Mr. Steven Abramian,
Executive Board, HASK-Armenian-American Community Center,
Tujunga, California

Mr. Gregory Aftandilian,
Independent Scholar,
Washington, D.C.

Ms. Gia Aivazian,
Librarian for Armenian and Greek,
University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Taner Akcam,
Kaloosdian-Mugar Chair in Armenian Genocide
Studies and Modern Armenian History,
Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts

Dr. Herman Akdag,
Professor, Université de Reims,
and Université Paris 6

Mr. Edward Alexander,
Diplomatic Service, Retired,
Bethesda, Maryland

Dr. Joseph M. Alexanian,
Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies,
Trinity International University, Illinois

Dr. Margaret Lavinia Anderson,
Professor of History,
University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Tara L Andrews,
Armenian Studies,
University of Oxford

Mr. Richard Antaramian,
Ph.D. Candidate, History,
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Dr. Sima Aprahamian,
Sociology-Anthropology and
Simone de Beauvoir Institute,
Concordia University, Montreal

Ms. Erebouni Arakelian,
Chairwoman, Association of Armenian
Academicians in Sweden
Uppsala, Sweden

Prof. Anna Arakelyan,
Department of Foreign Languages,
Russian-Armenian State University,
Yerevan

Prof. Mary Arakelyan,
Department of Foreign Languages,
Russian-Armenian State University,
Yerevan

Mr. Mikayel Arakelyan,
Matenadaran, Yerevan,
and Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Dr. Gregory Areshian,
Cotsen Institute of Archaeology,
University of California, Los Angeles

Mr. Aram Arkun,
Independent Scholar,
New York

Dr. Artin H. Arslanian,
Professor of History and International Relations,
Marist College,
Poughkeepsie, New York

Academician (Corresponding) Sergey Arutyunov,
Head of Department of Caucasian Studies,
Institute of Ethnography and Anthropology,
National Academy of Sciences of Russia,
Moscow

Dr. Sebouh Aslanian,
Post-Graduate Fellow,
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Dr. Stephan A. Astourian,
Department of History,
University of California, Berkeley

Ms. Astrig Atamian,
Institut National des Langues et Civilisations
Orientales (INALCO),
Paris

Dr. Levon Avdoyan,
Individual Scholar,
Washington, D.C.

Mr. Vahagn Avedian,
Chief Editor Armenica.org,
and Secretary of Union of Armenian Associations in Sweden

Dr. Pavel Avetisyan,
Director, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography,
RA National Academy of Sciences,
Yerevan

Dr. Artak Ayunts,
Conflict and Peace Studies,
Department of Sociology,
Yerevan State University

Ms. Anahid Babayan,
Ph.D. Candidate, Institute of Political Science,
Universität Leipzig,
Germany

Dr. Kathryn Babayan,
Professor of Iranian History and Culture,
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Dr. Talin Babikian,
Post-Doctoral Fellow,
University of California, Los Angeles

Ms. Bianca Bagaturian,
President, Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance,
Los Angeles, California

Dr. Marco Bais,
Associate Professor of Armenian Language,
Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome

Dr. Anny Bakalian,
Associate Director, Middle Eastern Center,
The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Ms. Sarine Balian,
Armenian Artists Network,
Los Angeles, California

Ms. Varvara Basmadjian,
Secretaire, Société des études arméniennes,
Paris

Dr. A. Nurhan Becidyan,
Individual Scholar,
Paramus, New Jersey

Dr. Houri Berberian,
Professor of History and
Director, Middle Eastern Studies,
California State University, Long Beach

Dr. Carel Bertram,
Department of Humanities and Faculty
in Middle East and Islamic Studies,
San Francisco State University

Dr. Thomas E. Bird,
Russian Studies Coordinator,
Queens College,
City University of New York

Dr. Arsen Bobokhyan,
Department of Early Archaeology,
Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography,
RA National Academy of Sciences,
Yerevan

Dr. Aida Boudjikanian,
Independent Scholar,
Montreal

Dr. Nélida Boulgourdjian,
Chair of Armenian Studies,
Faculty of Philosophy and Literature,
University of Buenos Aires

Dr. George Bournoutian,
Professor of History,
Iona College, New York

Ms. Tamar Boyajian,
Ph.D Candidate, Comparative Literature,
University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Marco Brambilla,
Architects Association of Armenia,
Los Angeles Branch

Dr. Valentina Calzolari,
Professeure de langue et littérature arméniennes,
Université de Genève, et Présidente de l’Association
Internationale des Etudes Arméniennes

Dr. Talar Chahinian,
Department of Comparative Literature,
University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Levon Chookaszian,
UNESCO Chair of Armenian Art History,
Yerevan State University

Dr. Stacy Churchill,
Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto,
Canada

Prof.-Dr. Bernard Coulie,
Vice Chancellor and Department of Oriental Studies,
Université catholique de Louvain,
Belgium

Prof. Seta B. Dadoyan,
St. Nersess Seminary,
New Rochelle, New York

Dr. Richard Hrair Dekmejian,
Professor of Political Science, and
Director, Institute of Armenian Studies,
University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Dr. Ara Demirkhanyan,
Researcher, Institute of Art,
RA National Academy of Sciences,
Yerevan

Dr. Hayk Demoyan,
Director,
Armenian Genocide Museum & Institute,
Tsitsernakaberd Memorial,
Yerevan

Ms. Anush Der Baghdasarian,
SAS Member, Los Angeles

Dr. Azad Der Bedrosian,
President, Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America,
Los Angeles

Dr. Juan Carlos Der Dadjadian,
Association Mondial de Psychanalyse,
Paris

Dr. Tork Dalalyan,
President, Association for Near Eastern and Caucasian Studies,
and Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography,
RA National Academy of Sciences,
Yerevan

Dr. Khatchik Der Ghougassian,
Universidad de San Andrés,
Buenos Aires

Mr. Haig Der Manuelian, Esq.
Armenian Library and Museum of America (ALMA),
Watertown, Massachusetts

Dr. Lucy Der Manuelian,
Professor Emerita of Armenian Art History,
Tufts University,
Medford, Massachusetts

Dr. Bedross Der Matossian,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Dr. Robert Der Merguerian,
Professor Emeritus, Université de Provence,
Aix-en-Provence, France

Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian,
Coordinator, Armenian Studies Program,
California State University, Fresno

Prof.-Dr. Anaid Donabedian,
Chair of Armenian Studies,
Institut National des Langues et
Civilisations Orientales (INALCO),
Paris

Dr. Patrick Donabedian,
Université de Provence,
Aix-en-Provence, France

Dr. Igor Dorfmann-Lazarev,
Senior Teaching Fellow in Armenian History and Civilisation,
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS),
University of London

Ms. Myrna Douzjian,
Ph.D. Candidate, Comparative Literature,
University of California, Los Angeles

Ms. Lerna Ekmekcioglu,
Ph.D. Candidate, History/Islamic Studies,
New York University

Dr. Roberta R. Ervine,
St. Nersess Seminary,
New Rochelle, New York

Dr. Aldo Ferrari,
Ca’ Foscari University,
Venice

Dr. Mari Firkatian,
Professor of History,
University of Hartford

Dr. Armen Gakavian,
Independent Scholar,
Sydney, Australia

Mr. Rouben Galichian,
Armenian Institute,
London

Mr. Armen Garabedian,
Tadeh-Barth Publications,
Englewood, New Jersey

Dr. Nina Garsoian,
Gevork Avedissian Chair in Armenian Studies Emerita,
Columbia University, New York

Dr. Ohannes Geukjian,
Department of Political Science,
Haigazian University and
American University of Beirut

Academician Hamlet Gevorkian,
Leading Researcher, Institute of Philosophy, Sociology,
and Law, Director of Division of Research,
RA National Academy of Sciences,
Yerevan

Mr. Armen Ghazaryan,
Senior Laboratory Assistant,
Department of Sociology,
Yerevan State University

Dr. Vazken Ghougassian,
Executive Director, Eastern Prelacy,
Armenian Apostolic Church of America,
New York
Mr. Jürgen Gispert,
Ph. D. Candidate, Ethnology,
Institut für Ethnologie,
Universität Leipzig, Germany
Prof.-Dr. Hermann Goltz,
Martin Luther Universität, Halle-Wittenberg,
MESROP Centre for Armenian Studies and
LEPSIUS House Potsdam Association,
Germany

Prof. Eric Goodfield,
The American University in Cairo

Dr. Rachel Goshgarian,
Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center,
New York

Dr. Vartan Gregorian,
President, Carnegie Foundation,
New York City, New York

Dr. Yervand Grekyan,
Researcher, Department of Ancient Near East,
Institute of Oriental Studies,
RA National Academy of Sciences of Armenia,
Yerevan

Prof. Hagop Gulludjian,
Near Eastern Languages and Cultures,
University of California, Los Angeles

Mr. Wolfgang Gust,
Editor, Official German Documents on
the Armenian Genocide, Germany

Ms. Dalita Roger-Hacyan,
Maître de conférences,
Université Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne)

Dr. Aleksan Hakobyan,
Head, Department of Christian Orient,
Institute of Oriental Studies,
RA National Academy of Sciences,
Yerevan

Dr. Arsen Hakobyan,
Researcher, Department of Contemporary Anthropological Studies,
RA National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan, and
Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Angers, France

Dr. Peter Halfter,
Individual Scholar,
Marbach/Neckar, Germany

Mr. Michael Haratunian,
Chairman, Armenian Center at Columbia University,
New York

Dr. Hripsime Haroutunian,
Lecturer in Armenian Studies,
University of Chicago

Dr. Sona Haroutyunian,
Ca’Foscari University,
Venice

Dr. Angela Harutyunyan,
Art History, University of Manchester,
England

Ms. Anna Harutyunyan,
Ph.D. Candidate, Institut für Ethnologie,
Freie Universität, Berlin

Dr. Bagrat M. Harutyunyan,
Department of Sociology,
Yerevan State University

Academician (Corresponding) Sargis Harutyunyan,
Editor-in-Chief, Patma-banasirakan handes, and Head,
Department of History and Theory of Folklore,
Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography,
RA National Academy of Sciences,
Yerevan

Dr. Onnik Hayrapetian,
Mashdots College and
Glendale City College

Dr. Robert H. Hewsen,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Professor of History, Emeritus,
Rowan University, New Jersey,
Dr. Suren Hobosyan,
Head, Department of Ethnography,
Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography,
RA National Academy of Sciences,
Yerevan

Ms. Hazel J. Hofman,
Graduate Student,
California State University, Fresno

Mr. Razmik Hovanessian,
Armenian Educational Foundation,
Glendale, California

Dr. Richard G. Hovannisian,
Professor of History, and
AEF Chair in Modern Armenian History,
University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Nubar Hovsepian,
Professor of Political Science and Academic
Director of the MA in International Studies,
Chapman University

Dr. Avetik Isahakyan,
Director, Institute of Literature,
RA National Academy of Sciences,
Yerevan

Dr. Armine Ishkanian,
Department of Social Policy, Centre for Civil Society,
London School of Economics

Mr. Alexander Iskandaryan,
Director, Caucasus Institute,
Yerevan

Dr. Michael Job,
Indo-European Linguistics,
Sprachwissenschaftliches Seminar,
Universität Göttingen, Germany

Dr. Lynn Jones,
Department of Art History,
Florida State University
Academician (Corresponding) Aram Kalantaryan,
Leading Researcher, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography,
RA National Academy of Sciences,

Dr. Dikran M. Kaligian,
Managing Editor, Armenian Review,
Watertown, Massachusetts

Dr. Isabel Kaprielian,
Armenian and Immigration History Professor Emerita,
California State University, Fresno

Dr. Meliné Karakashian,
Psychologist and Author,
Morgantown, New Jersey

Ms. Shushan Karapetian,
Graduate Student, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures,
University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Sossie Kasbarian,
Graduate Institute of International
and Development Studies,
Geneva

Dr. Sylvia Kasparian,
Professor of Linguistics,
Université de Moncton,
Canada

Dr. Albert ten Kate,
Bergen Op Zoom, Netherlands

Dr. Joseph A. Kéchichian,
Editor, Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies

Prof. Nanor Kenderian,
Armenian Studies,
Columbia University, New York

Dr. Anahid Keshishian,
Near Eastern Languages and Culutres,
University of California, Los Angeles

Prof. Osheen Keshishian,
Glendale Community College

Ms. Lilit Keshishyan,
Ph.D. Candidate, Comparative Literature,
University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Erich Kettenhofen,
FB III – Alte Geschichte,
Universität Trier, Germany

Dr. Margarita Khachikyan,
Senior Researcher,
Institute of Oriental Studies,
RA National Academy of Sciences,
Yerevan

Dr. Ara Khanjian,
Professor of Economics,
Ventura College

Dr. Albert Kharatyan,
Editor, «Lraber hasarakakan gitutyunneri»,
Head, Division of History of the Armenian Press,
Institute of History,
RA National Academy of Sciences,
Yerevan

Dr. Hranush Kharatyan,
Head of Center for Anthropology
and Intercultural Communications,
Yerevan State Linguistic University,
Yerevan

Dr. Artashes Khurshudyan,
Head of Distance Learning Laboratory,
Department of Sociology,
Yerevan State University

Mr. John Brady Kiesling,
Independent Scholar,
Athens, Greece

Dr. George B. Kooshian, Jr.,
Los Angeles Unified School District

Dr. Asbed Kotchikian,
Global Studies Department,
Bentley University, and editor,
Armenian Review,
Waltham, Massachusetts

Mr. Balint Kovacs,
Researcher, Human Studies Centre for History and
Culture of Eastern Central Europe (GWZO),
Universität Leipzig, Germany,
and Ph.D. Candidate, Peter Pazmany Catholic University,
Budapest-Piliscsaba, Hungary

Dr. Dickran Kouymjian,
Haig and Isabelle Berberian Chair of Armenian Studies, Emeritus,
California State University, Fresno

Dr. Stefan Kristensen,
Department of Philosophy,
Université de Genève

Dr. Robert Krikorian,
Department of History,
The George Washington University,
Washington, D.C.

Dr. Charles de Lamberterie,
Sorbonne – EPHE, Paris

Dr. Amy Landau,
Wallis Annenberg Curatorial Fellow,
Art of the Middle East,
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Dr. Sergio La Porta,
Armenian Studies Program, Hebrew University of
Jerusalem, and California State University, Fresno

Dr. Jirair Libaridian,
Alex Manoogian Chair in Modern Armenian History,
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Prof.-Dr. Theo M. van Lint,
Calouste Gulbenkian Professor of Armenian Studies,
University of Oxford

Prof. Ann Lousin,
The John Marshall Law School,
Chicago

Dr. Annegret Plontke Lüning,
Institut für Altertumswissenschaften,
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität,
Jena, Germany

Dr. Ina Baghdiantz McCabe,
Professor of History and Darakjian Jafarian Chair
in Armenian History, Tufts University,
Medford, Massachusetts

Dr. Jonathan McCollum,
Department of Music and Ethnomusicology,
Anne Arundel College, Maryland, and
Research Fellow, Armenian Library and Museum of America

Prof. Hermine Mahseredjian,
Founding Director, Armenian Studies Program, Emerita,
CSU Northridge, and Executive Director, Ararat Charter School

Mr. Marc A. Mamigonian,
Director of Academic Affairs, National Association
for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR),
Belmont, Massachusetts

Ms. Sylva Natalie Manoogian,
Department of Information Studies,
University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Christina Maranci,
Dadian Oztemel Professor of Armenian Art,
Tufts University,
Medford, Massachusetts

Dr. Levon Marashlian,
Department of History,
Glendale Community College

Dr. Galust Mardirussian,
Department of English/English as Second Language,
Los Angeles City College

Dr. Harutyun Marutyan,
Leading Researcher, Contemporary Anthropological Studies Department,
Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography,
RA National Academy of Sciences,
Yerevan

Dr. Vartan Matiossian,
Independent Scholar,
Fort Lee, New Jersey

Dr. Tigran Matosyan,
Researcher,
Center for Civilization and Cultural Studies,
Yerevan State University
Prof. Ruben Melikyan,
Faculty of Law,
Yerevan State University

Ms. Arda Melkonian,
Graduate Student, Social Research Methodology,
University of California, Los Angeles

Ms. Doris Melkonian,
Graduate Student, Social Research Methodology,
University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Edouard Melkonyan,
Leading Researcher, Institute of History,
RA National Academy of Sciences,
Yerevan
Dr. Husik Melkonyan,
Head, Department of Archaeology of the Middle Ages,
Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography,
RA National Academy of Sciences,                                                                                                                                                                       Yerevan
Dr. Robert Melson,
Professor of Political Science, Emeritus,
Purdue University, Indiana

Dr. Barbara Merguerian,
Armenian International Women¹s Association,
Wellesley, Massachusetts

Dr. Sylvie Merian,
Independent Scholar,
New York, New York

Dr. Robert Mirak,
President, Armenian Cultural Foundation,
Arlington, Massachusetts

Mr. Ared Misirliyan,
ARTURUS Translation Services,
Montreal

Dr.-Fr. Vincent Mistrih,
Franciscan Oriental Studies,
Cairo

Ms. Satenik Mkrtchyan,
Researcher, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography,
RA National Academy of Sciences, and
Ph.D. Candidate, Tbilisi State University

Dr. Suzanne Moranian,
Independent Scholar,
Boston

Dr. Moorad Mooradian,
Independent Scholar,
Providence Forge, Virginia

Dr. Claire Mouradian,
President, Société`études arméniennes,
Paris

Mr. Khatchig Mouradian,
Editor, Armenian Weekly,
Watertown, Massachusetts

Ms. Jean Murachanian,
Ph.D. Candidate, Art History,
University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Gohar Muradyan,
Senior Researcher,
Matenadaran, Yerevan

Dr. Claude Mutafian,
Université Paris XIII,
Paris

Dr. Norman M. Naimark,
McDonnell Professor of East European Studies,
Department of History, Stanford University

Dr. Paul Jean Narguizian,
Department of Biological Sciences,
College of Natural and Social Sciences,
California State University, Los Angeles

Dr. Allen G. Odian,
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Emeritus,
Stanford University

Dr. Alessandro Orengo,
Professor of Linguistics and Armenian Studies,
Dipartimento di Linguistica “T. Bolelli”,
Università di Pisa

Mr. Gerald E. Ottenbreit, Jr.,
Armenian Research Center,
University of Michigan-Dearborn

Dr. Bernard Outtier,
Centre national de la recherche scientifique, France

Prof.-Dr. Riccardo Pane,
Facoltà Teologica dell’Emilia Romagna,
Bologna, Italy

Dr. Hagop Panossian,
California State University, Northridge,
and President, ARPA, Los Angeles

Dr. Razmik Panossian,
Independent Scholar,
Montreal

Mr. Arsen Ralph Papakhian,
Indiana University,
Bloomington, Indiana

Dr. Dennis Papazian,
Professor Emeritus, Founding Director,
Armenian Research Center,
University of Michigan-Dearborn

Dr. Susan Pattie,
Senior Research Fellow,
University College London

Prof. Arpi Payaslian,
Quinsigamond Community College,
Worcester, Massachusetts

Dr. Simon Payaslian,
Charles K. and Elisabeth M. Kenosian Chair
in Armenian History and Literature,
Boston University

Dr. Rubina Peroomian,
Research Associate,
University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Levon Petrossian,
Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes and
St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute of Paris
Dr. Armen Petrosyan,
Senior Researcher,
of History and Theory of Folklore,
Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography,
RA National Academy of Sciences,
Yerevan

Prof.-Dr. Ashot S. Piliposyan,
Ministry of Culture, Republic of Armenia,
and Director, “Erebuni” Historical-Archaeological Museum-Reserve,
Yerevan

Dr. Anne Elizabeth Redgate,
School of Historical Studies,
of Newcastle,
England

Dr. James Russell,
Mashtots Chair in Armenian Studies,
Harvard University

Dr. Artsruni Sahakyan,
Senior Researcher, Matenadaran,
and Lecturer, Department of Armenian Church History,
Yerevan State University

Mr. Vahe Sahakyan,
Manoogian-Simone Fellow,
Near Eastern Studies,
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and Yerevan

Ms. Vartouchka Samuelian,
Linguistique et dialectologie arménienne,
Institut National des Langues et Civilisations
Orientales (INALCO), Paris

Dr. Ara Sanjian,
Associate Professor of Armenian and Middle Eastern History,
and Director, Armenian Research Center,
University of Michigan-Dearborn

Mr, Ara Sarafian,
Gomidas Institute,
London
Dr. Gagik Sargsyan,
Deputy Director, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography,
RA National Academy of Sciences,
Yerevan

Dr. Hamlet Sargsyan,
Leading Researcher, Department of Ethnography,
Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography,
RA National Academy of Sciences,
Yerevan

Mr. Toros Sarian,
Armenocide Project,
Hamburg, Germany

Dr. Ani Sarkissian,
Department of Political Science,
Michigan State University

Dr. Margaret Sarkissian,
Department of Music,
Smith College,
Northampton, Massachusetts

Dr. Levon Saryan,
Individual Scholar,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Dr. Andrea Scala,
Department of Linguistics,
Università di Milano

Dr. Anush Sedrakyan,
Political Analyst,
Yerevan

Prof.-Dr. Werner Seibt,
University of Vienna,
Austrian Academy of Sciences, and
Oesterreichisch-armenische Studiengesellschaft

Dr. Elyse Semerdjian,
Professor of Middle Eastern History,
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington

Mr. Harout Harry Semerdjian,
Ph.D. Candidate,
University of Oxford

Mr. Ralph Setian,
Independent Scholar,
Pasadena, California

Ms. Gayane Shagoyan,
Researcher, Department of Contemporary Anthropological
Studies, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography,
RA National Academy of Sciences,
Yerevan

Dr. Vahram Shemmassian,
Director, Armenian Studies Program,
Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures,
California State University, Northridge

Mr. George Shirinian,
Zoryan Institue, Toronto

Dr. Lorne Shirinian,
Department of English,
Royal Military College of Canada

Mr. Konrad Siekierski,
Institute of Eastern Studies,
Adam Mickiewicz University,
Poznan, Poland, and
Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography,
RA National Academy of Sciences,
Yerevan

Mr. Hovann Simonian,
Department of Political Science,
University of Southern California

Dr. Thomas A. Sinclair,
University of Cyprus,
Nicosia, Cyprus

Dr. Anna Sirinian,
Department of Paleography and Medieval Studies,
Università di Bologna

Mr. Ara Soghomonian,
Graduate Student, Near Eatern Lanuages and Cultures,
University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Michael E. Stone,
Professor Emeritus of Comparative Religion and
Armenian Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Dr. Nira Stone,
Armenian Art, Hebrew University of Jerusalem,
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Dr. Ronald Suny,
Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social
and Political History,
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Dr. Aghasi Tadevosyan,
Senior Researcher, Department of Ethnography,
Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography,
RA National Academy of Sciences,
Yerevan

Dr. Harold Takooshian,
Department of Social Psychology,
Fordham University, New York

Dr. Hratch Tchilingirian,
University of Cambridge,
England

Dr. Abraham Terian,
St. Nersess Seminary, Emeritus,
New Rochelle, New York

Dr. Henry C. Theriaut,
Professor of Philosophy, Worcester State College,
and Co-Editor Genocide Studies and Prevention

Mr. Levon Thomassian,
Department of History,
California State University, Northridge

Ms. Nvard Tiratsyan,
Researcher, Department of Early Archaeology,
Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography,
RA National Academy of Sciences,
Yerevan

Dr. Aram Topchyan,
Senior Researcher,
Matenadaran, Yerevan

Dr. Pablo A. Torijano,
Hebrew and Aramaic Studies Department,
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

Mr. Apo Torosyan,
Aramai Films, and I.A. Genocide Scholars,
Peabody, Massachusetts

Prof. Svetlana Toumanyan,
Department of Foreign Languages,
Russian-Armenian State University,
Yerevan

Prof. Lilit Tovmassian,
Department of Foreign Languages,
Russian-Armenian State University,
Yerevan

Prof. Nooneh Tovmassian,
Department of Foreign Languages,
Russian-Armenian State University,
Yerevan

Prof.-Dr. Giusto Traina,
University of Rouen and
Centre for Byzantine Studies, Paris

Mr. Ischchan Tschiftdschjan,
Ph. D. Candidate, Philosophy,
Institut für Philosophie,
Universität Leipzig, Germany

Mr. Juan-Carlos Tufeksian,
Memoria del Genocidio armenio,
Buenos Aires

Mr. Viken Tufenkjian,
Ph.D. Candidate,
Université de Montreal

Dr. Gabriella Uluhogian,
Professor Emerita of Armenian Language and Literature,
Università di Bologna

Ms. Liana Vardanyan,
Graduate Student, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures,
University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Lilia Vardanyan,
Head, Department of Ethnosociology,
Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography,
RA National Academy of Sciences,
Yerevan

Dr. Taline Voskeritchian,
College of Communication,
Boston University

Dr. Eric D. Weitz,
Distinguished McKnight University Professor of History, and
Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair in the College of Liberal Arts,
University of Minnesota

Prof.-Dr. Gabriele Winkler,
Universität Tübingen,
Germany

Mr. Vartkes Yeghiayan, Esq.,
International Lawyer and
Independent Scholar,
Glendale, California

Dr. Azat Yeghiazaryan,
Head, Department of Modern Armenian Literature,
Institute of Literature,
RA National Academy of Sciences,
Yerevan

Mr. Sevan Yousefian,
Ph.D. Candidate, History,
University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Lilit Zakaryan,
Senior Researcher, Art Department,
Matenadaran, Yerevan

Mr. Tigran Zakaryan,
Independent Scholar, European History,
Yerevan

Prof.-Dr. Boghos Levon Zekiyan,
Chair of Armenian Studies, Ca’ Foscari, Venice, and
Armenian Church Institutions, Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome

Mr. David Zokhrabyan,
Department of World Politics,
M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University

Mr. Raphael Zokhrabyan,
Ph.D. Candidate, International Law,
M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University

Dr. Mikayel Zolyan,
UNESCO Chair of Human Rights and Democracty,
Yerevan State Linguistic University

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