Dr. Hrag Papazian named Henry S. Khanzadian Kazan Visiting Professor in Armenian Studies

Dr. Hrag Papazian

Dr. Papazian has been named as the 19th Henry S. Khanzadian Kazan Visiting Professor in Armenian Studies at Fresno State for the Fall 2022 semester.

Dr. Papazian has taught as an Adjunct Lecturer at the American University of Armenia from Fall 2019 until Spring 2021 and taught three courses there: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Geography, and Research Methods.

As part of his duties as Kazan Visiting Professor, Dr. Papazian will teach the course, “From Genocide to Post-Genocide Experience: Armenians under Late Ottoman and Turkish Republican Rule.” The goal of the course is to examine the history of the Armenian Genocide in the late Ottoman period and explore the fate of survivors who remained in the emerging Republic of Turkey until contemporary times.

While at Fresno State, Dr. Papazian will give three public lectures, the first one on “Armenians and ‘Other Armenians’ in Contemporary Turkey,” which will take place in person at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. 

The second lecture will discuss Muslim and Alevi Armenians who have become more vocal and visible during the past few decades in Turkey. The third lecture will examine the recently emerged community of migrant Armenians arriving from the Republic of Armenia since the early 1990s. 

Throughout his lectures, Dr. Papazian will also discuss relations between these different factions of Armenians in contemporary Turkey.

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Dr. Hrag Papazian attended and graduated from Hamazkayin “Djemaran” College. He received his Master of Philosophy in Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford and then continued with his Doctor of Philosophy studies at the same institution. His doctoral dissertation was “Contesting Armenianness: Plurality, Segregation, and Multilateral Boundary Making among Armenians in Contemporary Turkey.”

Dr. Papazian’s research interests focus on issues of identity, group formation, inter-group relations, ethnicity, nationalism, diaspora and transnationalism, and politics and conflict. His doctoral research was on Armenians in contemporary Turkey, but he has also been conducting research in Armenia for the past two years.

For information about Dr. Papazian’s lectures, please follow Armenian Studies on its Facebook page or visit the Armenian Studies Program website.

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