FRESNO — The Society for Armenian Studies (SAS), founded in 1974, will organize a workshop to mark the 40th anniversary of its founding. The workshop, to take place October 2-5, 2014, with the participation of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences, will bring together twenty scholars from abroad and twenty from Armenia to deliver papers on a number of topics such as inadequately studied aspects of Armenian history in the past millennium; the representation and reflection of the Armenian Genocide in the arts and culture in general; testimonies and reminiscences of the survivors of the Genocide; accomplishments, perspectives and methodologies in contemporary Armenian literary studies and historiography; and, the Armenian Diaspora in the 21st century, aspirations and challenges. The workshop will take place at the Presidium Hall of Sessions at the Armenian National Academy of Sciences.

The Society for Armenian Studies was founded by a group of scholars: Nina Garsoian, Dickran Kouymjian, Avedis Sanjian and Robert W. Thomson, on the initiative of Richard G. Hovannisian, with a view to promoting and supporting Armenian studies as an academic discipline through panels at national and international gatherings, publications, lectures and symposia. It publishes a Newsletter and the Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies (JSAS). Most members are from the United States, but an increasing number of scholars from Europe, Canada and the Middle East have joined the SAS.

Those with a general interest in Armenian studies may also join the SAS (as non-voting members) and receive free copies of the Newsletter and the JSAS. For more information on, or to join, the SAS, please visit our website at societyforarmenianstudies.com or write to the:
SAS Secretariat
Armenian Studies Program
5245 N. Backer Ave. PB4
Fresno, CA 93740-8001
Tel: 559-278-2669
Email: barlowd@csufresno.edu

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