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Cultural Diversities East and West: Postcommunism, Postcolonialism and Ethnicity

Central European University, 22 July-2 August 2002

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Barev Dzez !


Residence Yerevan
Nationality Armenian
Sex Female
Age 25
Zodiac sign Scorpio
Educational background B.A. in History/Ethnology, Yerevan State University (1999)
PhD student (Kandidat Nauk) in Ethnology/Customary Law, since 2000.
Present position PhD student
Team leader
Employer Youth Pilgrimage
Experience 1999-2000  worked as junior scientific researcher at the Museum-Institute of the Armenian Genocide, Dept. of Analysis of the Genocyde History.
Research interests Comparative ethnology. Customary law and traditional ways of regulation of social relationships..
Current research Since Sept. 2000 I have been a post-graduate student at the Ethnology Department of Yerevan State University and my thesis is on 'Customary Law'. I am doing a comparison study between the norma, values and attitudes that dictate one or another behavior style in different cultures.

The other direction of my research is focused on the post-communist era and its impact on traditional attitudes. [...] The main question is [...] why in some post-communist countries, after the collapese of communism, soem new legislation was adopted, although the relationships continue to be regulated more in the traditional way than in the legal one.

Conferences, competitions...
  • Tbilisi  International Conflictology Workshop: Leadership in Conflict Prevention and Management for students from Azerbadjan, Georgia and Armenia, run by the National Peace Foundation, USA.
  • Tehran (Iran)   International Conference on Man, Culture, Cognition.
Professional affiliation World Independent Youth Organization, Yerevan, Armenia  Board member
Member of the Committee for the Study of the Tradition & Culture of the Armenian Church.
Excerpts from publications Armenian NGO Sector Assessment March 2000.[fragment]

It was interesting to observe how the old Soviet-style leaders of the Soviet Public Organizations became the leaders of newly formed NGOs. So they transferred to the NGo the management style, the organizational and programmatic approach used in the Communist era. As the study has shown, those leaders pretty soon got used to the "language" and terminology of the democratic civil society, while working in the same way they were working under the soviet system.
Case study for the summer course  
Statement of interest
After graduation from Yerevan State University, I immediately got a job offer at the Museum-Institute of Armenian Genocide. I worked in the Department of Analysis of the Genocyde History for one year. It was a very interesting year for my deeper understanding of the Amrenian mentality as far as my immediate responsibility was to make personal "passports" for the Genocide victims and survivors... Thousands of destinies, thousands of personal histories... And those histories make the history of a generation, whose destiny later affects the way of thinking and identity of the following generations... The world of memories which affected the contemporary reality. This experience gave me a lot of ideas to think about: why people are so dependant of their group memory? Why sometimes ethnicity becomes a destiny?

Why we, contemporary Armenians, living in a post-communist space, while experiencing "transition" are also much concerned of our past  both the communist past and the memory of the "Great Armenia"? Are we East or East?

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Languages Armenian (native), Russian (fluent), English (fluent), German (good), Persian (basics)
Hobbies Listen to musik and embroidering.
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