Previous Recipients

Grants Issued by NAASR and Knights of Vartan (since 2012)

In addition to the grants listed below, since 2006 NAASR has provided annual support to the Zoryan Institute’s Genocide and Human Rights University Program and the UCLA Armenian Graduate Student Colloquium.

 

2017

Rosie Aroush, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA, grant to cover costs of transcription of interviews of subjects for PhD dissertation.  Grant issued by NAASR.

Gayane Babayan, graduate student, Central European University and Yerevan State University, travel grant to present paper “The Multi-Cultural Artistic Milieu of Fourteenth-Century Crimea: A Note on the Patterns of Artistic Adoption and Adaptation in the Miniatures of the Fourteenth-Century Crimean-Armenian Tetraevangelion” at 15th Annual Graduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies at UCLA on February 24, 2017.  Grant issued by NAASR.

George Bournoutian, Iona College, publication grant to help cover printing costs of translation with extensive commentary of two books dealing with land tenure in the Yerevan Province in the last years of the 19th century, Земельные Дачи Эриванской Губернии. Выпуск 1- Дачи Эриванского Уезда (Tiflis, 1903) and Земельные Дачи Эриванской Губернии. Выпуск 2. Дачи Новобаязетского Уезда (Tiflis, 1905).  Grant issued by the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.

Iván Gaztañaga González, PhD. Candidate on Genocide, International Law, University of Granada, Spain, research grant to cover costs of copying, digitizing, and transcribing diplomatic documents (letters, telegrams, postcards and press news) in the Spanish National History Archives relating to the Armenian Genocide; for presentation of exhibition of materials; and for publication of materials.  Grant issued by the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.

Vahagn Hakobyan, PhD student, Institute of Oriental Studies, National Academy of Sciences, Armenia, travel grant to conduct research in Iran on “The Impact of Iran’s Political Situation on Armenian Liberation Movement in the Second Half of the 18th Century.”  Grant issued by NAASR.

Péter Kránitz, graduate student, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest, travel grant to travel to present paper “From Colonialist to Humanitarian? The Dissolution of the Armenian Question into the Discourse on Refugee Rights,” at 15th Annual Graduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies at UCLA on February 24, 2017.  Grant issued by NAASR.

Dr. Umit Kurt, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, travel grant to conduct research in British National Archives for book project provisionally titled The Curious Case of Ali Cenani Bey: The Story of a Genocidaire During and After the 1915 Armenian Genocide.  Grant issued by the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.

Jennifer Manoukian, travel grant to present paper “Disrupting Literature in Diaspora: Zareh Vorpouni’s The Candidate and the Nouveau Roman” at the 15th Annual Graduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies at UCLA, February 24, 2017.  Grant issued by NAASR.

Caroline McCune, Masters Candidate in Art History and Museum Studies, Tufts University, travel grant to present paper “Guns & Roses: The Battle of Avarayr in an Armenian Hymnal at the Boston Public Library” at 15th Annual Graduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies at UCLA, February 24, 2017.  Grant issued by the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.

Laura Samvelyan, independent researcher and Assistant Creative Director, Publicis Armenia, travel grant to present paper “Language and Literacy Practices in a Diasporic Setting: Case Study of Armenian Community in Buenos Aires,” at conference “Heritages of Migration: Moving Stories, Objects and Home,” Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 6-10, 2017.  Grant issued by NAASR.

Marine Sargsyan, PhD Student, Leiden University, Faculty of Humanities, Institute for History, grant to support academic visit at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University, as Visiting Scholar, to carry out work for dissertation “Pattern of Change: Socio-Economic Growth and Political Transition in Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan in 1991-2013.”  Grant issued by NAASR.

Theo van Lint, University of Oxford, on behalf of AIEA (Association Internationale des Etudes Arméniennes, grant in support of the 14th General Conference of the AIEA, to be hosted at Pembroke College, Oxford, August 10-12, 2017.  Grant issued by NAASR and by the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.

 2016

Nairi Hakhverdi (project coordinator), publication grant towards translation costs for Anthology of Late Ottoman Armenian Literature (S. Peter Cowe and Theo van Lint, project supervisors).  Grant issued by NAASR.

Jesse Siragan Arlen, doctoral student in Armenian Studies, UCLA, travel grant to participate in workshop “Introduction to Armenian Manuscript Studies” in Berlin.  Grant issued by NAASR.

Khatchig Mouradian, Ph.D candidate, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University, travel grant to conduct research in Ottoman archives on the role of Arabs during the Armenian Genocide.  Grant issued by Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.

Lokman Sazan, graduate student at Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain, research grant to support fieldwork for the project “In Pursuit of Memories of Genocide Among Armenians of Mardin in Turkey.”  Grant issued by the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.

Vahagn Hakobyan, doctoral student at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the National Academy of Sciences, Republic of Armenia, travel grant to support research in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs archives in Moscow on “The Situation in the South Caucasus in the 18th Century.”  Grant issued by the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.

Taner Akçam, Clark University, for digitization and indexing of Fr. Krikor Guerguerian archive of documents on the Armenian Genocide.  Grant issued by NAASR.

Carla Kekejian, University of California, Irvine, to conduct research in Armenia for project on Harsneren, “the language of the bride,” a defunct, indigenous sign language of Armenia.  Grant issued by NAASR.

Narek Mkrtchyan, Ara Merjian, Smbat Hovhannisyan, publication grant in support of bilingual (English and Armenian) edition of Gramsci's ‘Circle of Humanity’ and Armenia.  Grant issued by NAASR.

Rose Vartiter Aroush, doctoral candidate, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA, travel grant to participate in joint UCLA-American University of Armenia Graduate Student Conference, “Factors Influencing The Contemporary Construction of Armenian Identity this Spring,” with paper on “Negotiating Multiple Armenian Identities in the Diasporic Community of Los Angeles.”  Grant issued by NAASR.

Umit Kurt, Ph.D candidate, Clark University, travel grant to participate in panel entitled “New Issues, Perspectives and Sources in Armenian Studies,” for the 5th Global Conference of the International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS) in Jerusalem.  Grant issued by Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.

Erna Shirinian (project coordinator), Matenadaran (Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts), Yerevan, grant in support of conference “Historical Tayk: History, Culture, Confession,” organized in Yerevan by the Matenadaran, National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, and the Armenian National Committee of Byzantine Studies.  Grant issued by the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies and NAASR.

Erin Piñon, graduate student at Southern Methodist University, travel grant to participate annual meeting of the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference in Bruges, August 18-20, 2016, presenting paper “Lions and Tigers and Trdat—Oh My! Zoomorphic Figures in the Armenian Christianization Myth.”  Grant issued by NAASR.

Anna Aleksanyan, PhD student, Clark University, travel grant to attend and present paper “‘Neutral Home’ and the Issue of Identity of Armenian Child Survivors” at third international multidisciplinary conference titled "Children and War: Past and Present" which will take place on July 2016, in Salzburg, organized by the University of Wolverhampton (UK), together with the University of Salzburg.  Grant issued by NAASR.

Jasmine Dum-Tragut, University of Salzburg, research grant for project “The Unknown Armenian Prisoners of War in Habsburg Austria, 1915-1917: The anthropological studies of Rudolf Pöch.”  Grant issued by the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.

Ani Honarchiansaky, PhD student, UCLA, travel grant to attend and present paper “'And they took away from them the bones of their own kings that the Persians were carrying away into captivity': The Significance of Bones in Armenian, Zoroastrian, and Early Christian Beliefs,” at the International Medieval Congress (IMC) in Leeds, England, July 2016.  Grant issued by NAASR.

Allison Suhan, Adventures in Preservation Board Member, grant in support of ongoing documentation and creation of database of Gyumri’s Kumayri Cultural Museum-Preserve as part of long-term Gyumri restoration and documentation project.  Grant issued by the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.

Ani Tatintsyan, travel grant to attend and present paper on “To Remember and Demand” at “Truth, Lies and Manufacturing Memory,” the third annual interdisciplinary conference hosted by Humber College, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the International Festival of Authors (IFOA), Toronto, October 2016.  Grant issued by NAASR.

Ani Danielyan, Ph.D student in Archeology, University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, research grant for completion of doctoral work on “Pre-Protohistoric Rock Art of Armenia.”  Grant issued by Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.

Sona Tajiryan, doctoral student, UCLA, travel grant to present paper “From Surat to Izmir, Aleppo and Venice: Family Networks of Armenian Gem Merchants in Early Modern Global Trade of Diamonds” at “The Levant and Europe: Shipping and Trade Networks of People and Knowledge,” organized by the Levantine Heritage Foundation, November 2016, in London.  Grant issued by NAASR.

James Wiener (Co-Founder and the Communications Director, Ancient History Encyclopedia), travel grant to cover expenses to produce articles and definitions, and catalogue photographs entries concerning Armenian history and culture for Ancient History Encyclopedia’s “Ancient Armenia Project.”  Grant issued by the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.

Gohar Grigoryan, doctoral candidate, University of Fribourg, travel grant to conduct research in Pisa for dissertation on “Royal Images of the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia (1198-1375) in the Context of Mediterranean Intercultural Exchange.”  Grant issued by NAASR.

Özlem Galip, Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Oxford, travel grant to support post-doctoral project aimed at exploring and comparatively assessing the way Kurdish, Turkish and Armenian intellectuals have responded to the Armenian Genocide in both oral and literary narratives.  Grant issued by the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.

Emre Can Daglioglu, doctoral student, Clark University, travel grant to support archival research in Turkey for doctoral research on “The 1895-6 Armenian Massacres: Violence and Resistance in Van.”  Grant issued by the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.

Ararat Sekeryan, travel grant to support research in Armenia for bilingual (Armenian-Turkish) publication of Siamanto’s Garmir Lurer Paregames (Red News from My Friend, 1909) with a comprehensive introduction on the author’s life and work.  Grant issued by the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.

Ani Shahinyan, doctoral student, UCLA, travel grant to present paper “Tracing Models of Martyrdom: The Effect of the Martyrdom Narratives in the Armenian Bible on the Composition of Martyrologies and Development of Theological Thought in Medieval and Early Modern Armenia” at the 350th anniversary of the first Armenian printed Bible conference at Etchmiadzin, October 2016.  Grant issued by NAASR.

2015

Alexis Demirdjian, editor and project coordinator, in support of the March 2015 conference “The Armenian Genocide Legacy 100 Years On” at the Hague, Netherlands; and towards the editing of the proceeds of this conference published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015 as The Armenian Genocide Legacy.  Grant issued by NAASR.

Grant to the University of Rhode Island in support of its course “The Armenian Experience: History and Culture” offered in winter-spring 2015.  Grant issued by NAASR.

Grant to Clark University’s Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in support of the April 2015 Third International Graduate Students' Conference on Genocide Studies, “New Perspectives in Holocaust and Genocide Studies 100 Years After the Armenian Genocide.”  Grant issued by NAASR.

Andrew Palmer, Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, Nijmegen, Netherlands, in support of his translation of Syriac Bishop Israel Odo’s monograph on the persecution of the Armenian and Aramaean Christians in the Diyarbekir region in 1915.  Grant issued by NAASR and the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.

Erin Piñon, graduate student at Southern Methodist University, to present paper “Commemorating Genocide: The Armenian Khatchkar as National Tombstone,” at the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) conference in Yerevan in July 2015. Grant issued by NAASR.

George Bournoutian, Iona College, grant to support the publication of his translation of The 1819 Russian Survey of the Khanate of Sheki: A Primary Source on the Demography and Economy of an Iranian Province Prior to Its Annexation by Russia (published by Mazda, 2015).

Ani Shahinyan, graduate student, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA, travel grant in support of her research in Armenia on martyrological works in Armenian history through consultation with scholars and investigation of historical documents.  Grant issued by NAASR.

Fred Sienkiewicz, doctoral student, Boston University School of Music, travel grant to conduct research in Armenia for comprehensive scholarly study of Alexander Arutiunian's life and a critical survey and catalog of his complete works, with an overview of the cultural and musical context of Soviet Armenia geared toward the general Western musician.  Grant issued by NAASR.

Edip Gölbaşı, doctoral candidate, Department of History, Simon Fraser University (British Columbia, Canada), travel grant to visit the Ottoman archives and conduct research for thesis “The Fourth Imperial Army: Internal Security and Violence in the Eastern Provinces of the Late Ottoman Empire, 1880–1908.”  Grant issued by Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.

Umit Kurt, doctoral candidate, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University, travel grant to conduct research in Turkish archives for thesis “The Making of the Aintab Elite: Social Support, Local Incentives and Provincial Motives Behind the Armenian Genocide (1890s–1920s).”  Grant issued by Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.

Hayarpi Papikyan, University of Paris Descartes, Paris, France, travel grant to support research in Yerevan and Tbilisi for thesis “Scolarisation des Filles Arméniennes en Caucase de 1880 à 1920.”  Grant issued by Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.

Yelena Ambartsumian & Leah Marangos, travel grant to conduct research on the intersection of cultural property, historiography, and Armenian identity in Nagorno-Karabakh for an article “Cultural Heritage as Identity: The Case of Nagorno-Karabakh,” to appear in Convivium: Exchanges and Interactions in the Arts of Medieval Europe, Byzantium and the Mediterranean (Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies).

2014

Vicken Cheterian, Webster University, Geneva, research grant in support of publication Open Wounds: Armenians, Turks, and a Century of Genocide (published by Oxford University Press, 2015).  Grant issued by the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.

Umit Kurt, Ph.D. candidate at Clark University, research grant to support work on dissertation “The Making of the Aintab Elite: Social Support, Local Incentives and Provincial Motives Behind the Armenian Genocide (1890s–1920s).”  Grant issued by NAASR.

Sona Haroutyunian, University of Venice, travel grant to present paper on “Translation and Representation of the Armenian Genocide in Literature and Film,” at the 44th Annual Scholars Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches, “Remembering for the Future: Armenia, Auschwitz and Beyond.”  Grant issued by the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.

Anoush Suni, Ph.D. student, UCLA Department of Anthropology, research grant in support of doctoral project “Buried Histories: Ruins and the Politics of Memory in Anatolia.”  Grant issued by the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.

Taner Akçam, Clark University, project coordinator, grant for translation, editing, and publication online of archives of documents from the League of Nations/Danish Friends of Armenians reception house in Aleppo, Syria, for Armenian genocide survivors released from Muslim households from 1922 to 1930.  Grant issued by NAASR and the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies

Asya Darbinyan, Ph.D. student at Clark University, travel grant to present a paper at the conference “Why Does It Happen? Complicity and Resistance to Genocide in World History” in Grand Rapids, MI.  Grant issued by the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.

Danny Fittante, Ph.D. student at UCLA, travel grant to conduct research in Moscow on the activities of the Armenian diasporan community.  Grant issued by the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.

Flora Keshgegian of the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, towards her work on a collaborative book (with Burcu Tung) on dynamics of recollection and reticence in the shaping of Turkish and Armenian identities.  Grant issued by the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.

Mazda Publishers, subvention in support of Cinema of Armenia: An Overview, by Siranush Galstyan and with an introduction by Dickran Kouymjian (published 2016).

2013

Kaitlin Fertaly, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Colorado-Boulder, travel grant to conduct research for dissertation entitled “Changing Food Production and Provisioning in Rural Armenia.”  Grant issued by the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.

Igor Dorfman-Lazarev, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, research grant in support of Italian language translation of the poetry of Eghishe Charents.  Grant issued by the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.

Armen Marsoobian, Southern Connecticut State University, research grant in support of publication Dildilian Brothers: Memories of a Lost Armenian Home: Photography and the Story of an Armenian Family in Anatolia, 1850–1923 (Birzamanlar Yayincilik).  Grant issued by NAASR.

Ani Honarchiansaky, Ph.D. student, UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, research grant to support work for dissertation on “Bishop Marutha of Mesopotamia: The Ambassador of the Roman Empire in the Sasanian Court.”  Grant issued by NAASR.

2012

Kristin Bell, Ph.D. candidate, Northeastern University, travel grant to conduct research for dissertation entitled “Victims’ Voices: Sexual Violence in the Armenian and Rwandan Genocide.”  Grant issued by NAASR.

Khatchig Mouradian, Ph.D. candidate, Clark University, travel grants to conduct research for dissertation entitled “Genocide and Humanitarian Resistance in Ottoman Syria, 1915-1917.”  Grants issued by the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies and NAASR.

Wolfgang Gust, general editor, grant in support of ongoing translation and digitization of German source documents on the Armenian Genocide, on the website www.armenocide.net, A Documentation of the Armenian Genocide in World War I.  Grant issued by the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.

David Zakarian, D.Phil. Candidate in Oriental Studies, St Antony's College, Oxford. Travel grant to participate in UCLA Armenian Graduate Student Colloquium, presenting paper “The ‘Epic’ Representation of Armenian Women of the Fourth Century.”

2011

George Bournoutian, Iona College, publication grant in support of the book The 1823 Russian Survey of the Karabagh Province (published by Mazda, 2011).  Grant issued by NAASR.

Robert Hewsen & Karen Ketendjian, publication grant in support of translation and publication of A History of the Land of Artsakh: Karabagh and Genje, 1722-1827 by Sargis Hasan-Jalaliants (published by Mazda, 2013).  Grant issued by the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.

Asya Darbinyan, Senior research fellow, Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, Yerevan, travel grant to conduct research in U.S. archives on Near East Relief.  Grant issued by the Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies.

Anahit Kartashyan, doctoral student, St. Petersburg State University, research grant in support of doctoral work on “The Armenian Communities of Istanbul an Izmir Under the State Reforms of the 19th Century.”  Grant issued by NAASR.