Khachig Tölölyan is Professor of English and. Comparative Literature in the College of Letters at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He has also held visiting. In this interview, Khachig Tölölyan tackles the issue of divergent representations of the nation in Armenia and the Diaspora. He also deals with some. Khachig Tölölyan is the author of Redefining Diasporas ( avg rating, 0 ratings, 0 reviews) and Diaspora, Identity and Religion ( avg rating, 0 rati.

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And what could Armenians do to make the best of it? Rate This Professor Share. This is an obituary for one of the most important Armenian diaspora writers of the last fifty years.

Tölölyan Teaches Transnationalism Seminar, Delivers Keynote at Diaspora Conference

This is one situation where a well-developed and well-cultivated list of talent can be helpful. This is an early and extensive discussion in of the legal and political problems presented by the mis-handling and mis-comprehension by successive Armenian governments of dual citizenship for diaspora Armenians. Tolopyan it the potential political price to pay from governments in place that prevent them from being more efficient in this? Many travel back annually. But, for complicated reasons, that has changed.

Tololyan Khachig-Diaspora as a Resource-Armenia more. An argument for greater openness to explicitly theoretical debate, written in National Self-Determination and the Limits of Sovereignty: We must remember that when the Armenian homeland or heartland was in the grip of the Ottoman, Russian and Iranian empires, it really was backward, khachiig.

Movement, Memory, Politics and Identity more. If, however, Armenia cannot adequately receive and integrate these refugees, whether because it cannot provide jobs for them or because it finds the refugees politically unmanageable, then they will try to leave for the West, and Homeland-Diaspora relations will have to work under yet another burden of mutual skepticism.

Yerevan is already the place where many diasporans meet each other, and it can benefit greatly from becoming a more skillful host and co-ordinator of this traffic of people, minds and ideas, of pan-Armenian communication.

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It is in Armenian. They knew how to talk to their diasporic colleagues.

In order for more diaspora Armenians to be more actively and intensely engaged, both the Diaspora leadership but especially Armenia must do more. This rivalry escalated to outright political struggle inending up with a ban imposed on the Tashnagtsutyun by the government of Armenia on charges of terrorism and illegal financial activities.

First, the sponsors, consumers, and users of these new constellations of knowledge, ranging from governments to students motivated by issues gathered under the umbrella of “identity,” have imposed a certain direction and “discipline” on these programs.

To make the potential actual takes leadership, both from the homeland and from diaspora leaders. Brilliant and hardworking and appreciates comic genius– in student writing too if it’s there Meanwhile, it has not been able to capitalize on its political role in Armenia as a way of increasing its prestige in the Diaspora, knachig it had hoped.

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Khachig Tölölyan (Author of Redefining Diasporas)

The other is the emergence of transnational social spaces. The way in which they will assimilate or settle into diasporicity is as yet uncertain. Until recently, “dispersion” was a very large category of which diaspora was a specific subset, a part not identical with the whole. The first academic journal to focus on the issue of diaspora, it brings together theoretical and comparative perspectives on the subject.

Khachig Tololyan at Wesleyan University –

What do you think of this? Reinstated inthe party has since been on and off government, playing the role of a minor partner for government as well as opposition forces. Any response must begin with the assertion that Israel was the creation of Diaspora Jews. But perhaps the single most important contribution in human terms came from the Soviet Armenian diaspora, when officers of the former Soviet Army joined the forces of Armenia and Karabagh.

In one guise or Two other developments are significant: These options or choices are rejected by the young, whether they are of Armenian, Jewish, or other diasporic origin. So there are points of both comparison and difference.

This is an extended review and analysis of Jirair Libaridian’s important work on Armenian foreign policy from to He has also published a book and many articles in Armenian. There is so many potential, in so many areas, from business to culture onto politics. This is the review of a fine novel that narrates retrospectively a terrorist’s reluctant attempt to bomb with a bike – and juxtaposes narrow ideology with a diverse culinary ideology as an index of possible multicultural tolerance in the Middle East.


According to you, what are the prospects for the long-term existence and evolution of diaspora communities? Its agenda is both diaspora and homeland oriented. Famously, when Golda Meir came to America to raise money for the Haganah, the underground Jewish defense force that was soon to become the Israeli Army, she did not come as a stranger: This was written in for a class of undergraduates who kept asking how a professor like me decides to choose what is important enough to teach in a modern American literature class, what is ‘canonical’ and why.

If there is marriage, if there are children, then perhaps this generation will start making choices and commitments that can bring them towards the diasporic community.

Linked to the previous question, another puzzle for me is why the Armenian government does not make better or proper use of the resources available in the diaspora? At the same time, Armenia has disappointed the Diaspora by developing an anti-democratic elite that does not inspire trust or direct investment but does contribute to emigration.

He also deals with some consequences these divergent representations produce on the level mhachig institutional action and actors in both places, introducing some elements of differentiation relating to the locus of diasporic communities. The Republic of Armenia has had an uneasy relationship with its diaspora in the s: His lectures are interesting and concise. What is the evidence that this mutually strengthening chain exists?

Some people hope that this heterogeneity may some day become a positive resource, but currently it is the reason why Armenia-Diaspora relations are hard to discuss: