Arts, Heritage, and Belonging: Armenian Transcultural Entanglements

June 14 – 15, 2023 | 2023 Ralph and Ruth Fisher Forum for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Co-organizers: Donna A. Buchanan (Professor, Music, Anthropology, Slavic Languages & Literatures); Maureen E. Marshall (Associate Director, REEEC; President, ARISC)

Location: Levis Faculty Center, Room 210
(919 W Illinois St, Urbana, IL 61801)

Forum Program

Presenters and Abstracts

Co-organized by ethnomusicologist Donna Buchanan (Professor, Music) and REEEC Associate Director and archaeologist Maureen Marshall, this two-day, international, hybrid symposium will bring together ten established and emerging scholarly specialists poised to offer social science perspectives on expressive culture as portals to Armenian subjectivities, both in the Republic of Armenia and across the world, with an emphasis on the contemporary, postsocialist moment. In particular, the event will explore how sensory modalities (e.g., sound, image, movement, taste) and their artifacts (dance, media, music, visual art, foodways, textiles, monuments, and other dimensions of intangible heritage) have been harnessed by cultural actors and activists to maintain, perpetuate, instigate, or modify notions of Armenian-ness and its geopolitical entanglements in transcultural contexts. Participants come from the fields of anthropology, ethnochoreology, ethnomusicology, history, musicology, and sociology. Presentations are open to the public.

Cosponsored by the:
American Research Institute of the South Caucasus and the University of Illinois Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy; Center for Advanced Study; Center for Global Studies; Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; European Union Center; Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center; and School of Music