WATERTOWN, Mass.–The fall-winter 2008 issue of “The Armenian Review” was released earlier this month. Titled “Armenians and Progressive Politics,” the issue presents Armenia and Armenians within the larger context of progressive and modern socialist politics.
Edited by guest editor Dikran Kaligian, the issue features articles by Khatchik DerGhougassian, Levon Chorbajian, Ara Khanjian, Razmig B. Shirinian, Markar Melkonian, Dikran M. Kaligian, as well as several book reviews.
In September 2008, Asbed Kotchikian, professor at the global studies department at Bentley University, assumed the editorship of the journal and, during the last couple of months, the Review has witnessed restructuring and change, including the revamping of its website (www.armenianreview.org), the formation of an advisory board, the appointment of Vartan Matiossian as the book review editor of the journal, as well as the planning of several events around the upcoming issues. Kaligian continues as managing editor.
“The revamping of the website has been a priority because it is the face of the new Review,” said Kotchikian. “It aims at attracting researchers and scholars to submit proposals for possible articles and it will provide a detailed index of past issues.”
Talking about the mission of the Review, Kotchikian highlighted the journal’s role in Armenian studies circles. He noted that in March, during the Society of Armenian Studies conference held at UCLA, the new issue of the Review was presented, and the journal generated a renewed interest by participating scholars.
After being published relatively irregularly for the past several years, the new issues promise the regular publication of this peer-reviewed academic journal, which will be celebrating its 60th anniversary this year with a special issue looking at the history of the Review and of other journals dealing with Armenian studies.
Also in the works are issues on the comparative study of reparations for mass crimes and injustices, and a special issue on civil society in Armenia, both scheduled for publication in 2009. With these issues, the journal promises to resume publishing three times a year.
Alongside its regular publications, the Review will organize and co-sponsor conferences and panel discussions related to its wider area of interest, which includes socio-political and economic developments, art and architecture, geography and the politics of the former Soviet space and the Middle East, the role of ethnography and nationalism in politics and history, ethnic conflicts, and conflict resolution.
One such event will be held on April 20 at Bentley University. Titled “Subjects and Citizens: (Un)Even Relations between Turks, Kurds, Armenians,” the panel will include scholars Ugur Umit Ungor (University of Sheffield, UK), Bilgin Ayata (Johns Hopkins), Henry Theriault (Worcester State College), and Kaligian (Regis College). Kotchikian will moderate.
First published in 1948 by the Hairenik Association, the Review has become a forum of intellectual and academic exchange dealing with issue pertaining–but not limited–to Armenians and Armenia. For more information, visit www.ArmenianReview.org or email [email protected].