Society for Armenian Studies Publishes 17th Volume of Journal

The Society for Armenian Studies (SAS) announces the publication of Volume 17 of its refereed Journal, under the editorship of Dr. Joseph A. Kechichian, and contains nine original essays as well as eleven book reviews.

Two articles focus on the Genocide, one by Steven Leonard Jacobs on “The Journey of Death: Lemkin and the Armenian Genocide” that elucidates on Raphael Lemkin’s concerns, and a second co-authored by Joceline Chabot, Sylvia Kasparian and Christine Theriault on “A shared memory? The social demand for the recognition of the Armenian genocide by the Armenian community of Quebec (1965-1998),” which sheds light on various perceptions within the Province of Quebec in Canada. Both are somewhat specialized that venture into seldom studied aspects of the Armenian Holocaust. Gayane V. Hagopian has penned “Armenian Proverbs and the Biblical Scripture,” an essay that offers useful comparisons in a highly detailed study of Armenian proverbs, which make pertinent linkages with Biblical scriptures. In “La migration des Armeniens a Buenos Aires: Evolution du reseau associatif (1900-1950),” Nelida Boulgourdjian-Toufeksian examines the conditions of the Armenian community in Buenos Aires, Argentina, during the first half of the twentieth century. This article is in French with an English abstract.

In addition to these four contributions, five papers from an original collection of nine–with the next four slated for publication in the next JSAS issue, highlight “A Century of Armenia’s in America: New Social Science Research.” The five papers are by Knarik Avakian, “The Early History of Armenian Emigration to the U.S.A.”: “Evidence from the Archives of the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople”; Claudia Der-Martirosian, “Armenia’s in the 1980, 1990 & 2000 U.S. Census”; Margaret Manoogian, “Exploring the family ties and legacies of older Armenian American women”; Ani Yazedjian, “Learning to Be Armenian: Understanding the Process of Ethnic Identity Development for Armenian Adolescents”; and Ben Alexander, “To Supply Armenia with Architects: The Press, the Parties, and the Second Generation in the 1930s.” Without exaggeration, these articles add significant value to our knowledge of Armenia’s in the United States, and identify critical issues of interest.

The Society for Armenian Studies was established in 1974 by a group of scholars from the universities of California, Columbia and Harvard on the initiative of Richard G. Hovannisian, Dickran Kouymjian, Nina Garsoian, Avedis Sanjian, and Robert Thomson. It is dedicated to the development of Armenian Studies as an academic discipline and aims to promote the study of Armenian culture and society, including history, language, literature, and social, political, and economic questions; to facilitate the exchange of scholarly information pertaining to Armenian studies around the world; and to sponsor panels and conferences on Armenian studies.

The Journal of the Society for Armenia is a fully refereed publication, which means that materials are reviewed by “expert readers” in a “blind” procedure, which ensures full transparency. Starting with its next issue, the editor will follow a slightly revised format–for a maximum of 9,000 words per essay, including footnotes, and without separate references or bibliography.

Membership in the SAS and copies of the Journal may be ordered from Professor Barlow Der Mugrdechian, the Director of the Armenian Studies Program at California State University, Fresno, 5245 N Backer Ave. PB4, Fresno, California, 93740-8001, (559) 278-2669 ‘s Office; (559) 278-2129 ‘s Fax. Email


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