NEW YORK–Following the success of "Armenia’s and the Left" conferences held in 2006 and 2007, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation has announced plans to hold a similar conference on May 30-31 in New York City. Entitled "Armenia’s and Progressive Politics."
The conference will build upon earlier discussions relating to imperialism and geopolitics, democracy-building in Armenia, the role of women in Armenian society, and other topics tying Armenian issues to a broader, progressive political field.
The conference will open on Friday evening, May 30 with a plenary session entitled ‘The New Imperialism." Featured speakers will be Tariq Ali, Editor of New Left Review, David Barsamian, Director of Alternative Radio, and Neil Smith, Professor of Anthropology and Geography at the CUNY Graduate Center. The session will focus on the contemporary politics of empire and how these affect small nations such as Armenia.
Saturday’s session will include panels addressing a wide range of topics from a progressive standpoint.
The conference is being co-sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at CUNY Graduate Center, and will be followed by a similar conference to be held in Los Angeles later this year.
"Armenia’s and Progressive Politics" (formerly "Armenia’s and the Left"), organizes forums that critically examine subjects pertinent to Armenia’s’ political, social and economic situation within a global context. Such forums explore alternative ways of understanding Armenian issues besides the conventional, state-centered approaches, and examine how Armenian activists can build coalitions with other dispossessed groups and progressive movemen’s. The project is an initiative of the Central Committee of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation–Eastern USA. Information on previous conferences may be found on the conference website