• Deadline: June 05, 2016
  • Event Date: July 11, 2016July 22, 2016

The Armenian Higher Education Initiative (AHEI), in partnership with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the American University of Armenia, is pleased to announce its 2016 Summer Program.  This year’s topic will be “Challenges of Studying Homo Sovieticus,” and it will involve an intensive look into archival research methods through the lenses of a variety of fields.  The program will take place from July 11 to July 22, 2016 at the American University of Armenia, and it is open to graduate and post-graduate students of social sciences (students of ethnography/cultural anthropology, cultural studies, sociology and history are particularly encouraged to apply).

Already in its fifth year, the AHEI has proven to be a leading forum for the country’s leading young scholars to explore timely and critical subjects in a lively, interactive environment alongside leading experts in participants’ fields.  Program participants create links with AHEI staff members, lecturers, and previous program alumni.  They have the opportunity to join the organization’s active online network that allows for the sharing of opportunities and experiences among many interested groups.

The program will run from 10:00-15:00, Monday to Friday, during the course of the two weeks.  Lectures and seminars will include the following topics:

  • Field work vs archival research.
  • The role of the church in Soviet and post-Soviet Armenia.
  • The socio-political impact of the Stalinist repressions in Armenia.
  • Understanding history through gender.
  • Culture, architecture, and everyday life in Soviet Armenia.

Attendance in all classes is mandatory.

Program alumni will have the opportunity to collaborate with distinguished program faculty members on research projects for a period following the completion of the program.  Select research projects may also be considered for publication in theArmenian Review.  Alumni will have access to a wealth of academic resources shared by the AHEI organizational network, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and the American University of Armenia.

The program will be conducted in Armenian and its expenses are covered by the sponsoring institutions.  There will be a maximum of 20 participants in the course.  Interested candidates should send a resume and application form to info@armhei.org.  Incomplete applications will not be processed.

The deadline for applications is June 5, 2016 and selected applicants will be notified byJune 15, 2016.