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  • Nevart Gulbenkian Hall Iverna Gardens London, England, W8 6TP United Kingdom (map)

The Armenian Diaspora Survey Pilot Project is affiliated with the Armenian Institute and funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Over 18 months, the team has developed quantitative and qualitative methods to learn about communities in the diaspora. Teams were sent to Cairo, Boston, Marseilles and Pasadena where questionnaires, interviews and photographs were gathered. For more information, please go to and in upper menu, click on Armenian Diaspora Survey.

Professor Khachig Tölölyan will be in conversation with Dr Susan Pattie, leader of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation's Armenian Diaspora Survey (ADS), Dr Hratch Tchilingirian of the Advisory Committee, and other members of the team, reflecting on the findings of the recently completed Pilot Project of the ADS. Prof. Tölölyan will also share his thoughts about the evolution of concepts and lived realities of diaspora since he founded the journal Diaspora in 1991.

Admission: £5 to include refreshments.


Khachig Tölölyan is Professor of the Humanities in the College of Letters at Wesleyan University, where he teaches literature, history and philosophy. In 1991 he founded, and now co-edits, Diaspora: a Journal of Transnational Studies, the leading publication in the field of diaspora studies. Tölölyan is the author of over 100 articles in Armenian, some collected in Spyurki Mech (Haratch Press, Paris, 1980), is the co-editor of Diaspora, Identity and Religion (Routledge, 2004), and of scholarly articles on topics ranging from American literature and literary theory to Armenian terrorism and the Armenian diaspora.