CFP: Armenian Childhood(s): Histories and Theories of Childhood and Youth in Armenian Studies

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Ninth Annual International Graduate Student Workshop
April 20 and 21, 2018

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Abstracts are due on November 15, 2017.

The Armenian Studies Program invites early-career scholars (graduate students or those who defended their dissertations in the last three years) to submit abstracts of their work that critically examine childhood, children and youth in Armenian history, politics, society, economy, and culture. The goal is to consider new perspectives, methodologies, and cross-disciplinary frameworks that will put Armenian Studies in conversation with Childhood Studies.

Specific areas of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • Childhood and youth in Armenian history and politics; voices and agencies of Armenian children in history and politics
  • Experiences and memories of Armenian children and youth with war, violence, and trauma
  • Representation and construction of Armenian children and childhood in modern political discourses
  • Gender and sexuality in childhood
  • Armenian Children and the body politic
  • Representation of children and childhood in Armenian cinema, art, music, photography, and literature
  • Children and emotions
  • Studies of children’s literature past and present
  • The role and significance of children in social movements and resistances
  • Construction(s) and understandings of girlhood and boyhood in Armenian culture and politics
  • The rural and urban experiences of Armenian children past and present
  • Interpretations of consumption and youth culture past and present
  • Cultural heritage and a sense of communal belonging for Armenian children in diaspora

Please send an abstract (approx. 250 words) along with a CV to by November 15, 2017.

Successful applicants will need to submit a paper of no more than 8-10 double-spaced pages by April 1st, 2018 to be circulated among workshop participants.

Some funds are available to cover travel expenses. Per donor guidelines, preference will be given to those traveling from the Republic of Armenia.

Questions should be directed to asp.grad.workshop@umich or 734.763.0622.


This workshop, sponsored by the University of Michigan’s Armenian Studies Program and funded by the Alex Manoogian Foundations is organized by Tugce Kayaal, PhD candidate in Near Eastern Studies Department, and Melanie S. Tanielian, Assistant Professor in History Department.