The new issue of the Armenian Review, titled “Armenia(ns) and Civil Society,” was released in January 2010. Focusing on the overall theme of civil society, the four articles appearing in this issue explore the role of civil society and democracy building in pre- and post-Soviet Armenia and the Diaspora, in relation to the media, and to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The discussions take different turns, and the term itself, “civil society,” acquires various definitions, adapting to the authors’ perspectives and disciplinary backgrounds. Furthermore, the discussion expands into the development of civil society in Turkey, and its role in genocide recognition.
The 139 page issue includes:
An introductory discussion of civil society in Armenia and Turkey by Editor Asbed Kotchikian (Bentley University), and Susan Spice (Florida State University), titled “Civil Society- For Whom and For What”
Armine Ishkanian’s (London School of Economics) “(Re)Claiming the Emancipatory Potential of Civil Society: A Critical Examination of Civil Society and Democracy Building Programs in Armenia since 1991”
“The Limits and Opportunities of Civil Society in Conflict Resolution: The Case of Nagorno-Karabakh” by Irina Ghaplanyan (University of Cambridge)
“The New Media Democracy: Electronic Media’s Influence on Armenia” by Eleeza Vorperian Agopian
“Whose Space, Whose Interests? Clashes within Armenian Diasporic Civil Society” by Sossie Kasbarian (University of London)
There are also several book reviews and review essays which include:
Earl R. Anderson’s (Cleveland State University)review of S. Peter Cowe’s English translation of Azat Yeghiazaryan’s Daredevils of Sasun: Poetics of an Epic
George Bournoutian’s (Iona College) book review of Nadia H. Wright’s Respected Citizens: The History of Armenians in Singapore and Malaysia
Levon A. Saryan’s review of Mehmet S. Tezcakin and Guclu Kayral’s Banknotes of the Ottoman Empire
Bedross Der Matossian’s (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) review of Dikran Mesrob Kaligian’s Armenian Organization and Ideology under Ottoman Rule 1908-1914
The next issue of the Armenian Review is scheduled for Spring 2010 and another one in Fall 2010. To find out more about the current, past and upcoming issues visit the Armenian Review website at www.armenianreview.org
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