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

Join us to hear Dr. Razmik Panossian in conversation with Dr. Armine Ishkanian, talking about the first five years of Dr. Panossian's work directing the Armenian Communities Department (ACD) at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Beginning with a world-wide tour, getting to know Armenian communities, Dr. Panossian initiated a number of projects himself and has supported many more in response to what he learned. These are spread around the world and include a focus on Western Armenian teaching but also on music and the arts, research by students and academics, scholarships, collaborations and other projects. The conversation will explore these, their impacts, and future direction of the ACD.

Admission £5 to include a wine and refreshments reception.


Razmik Panossian is Director of the Armenian Communities Department at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, since 2013. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book, The Armenians: From Kings and Priests to Merchants and Commissars, and various other academic publications on Armenian identity, diaspora and politics. He was the Director of Programmes at a Canadian governmental agency in Montreal devoted to international human rights promotion and democratic development, and has been a consultant for UNDP in NY. He obtained his PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2000. He has taught courses on nationalism, ethnic conflict, post-Soviet transition and democratisation at LSE and at SOAS.

Armine Ishkanian is Associate Professor and the Programme Director of the MSc in International Social and Public Policy in the Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics (LSE).  She has also just been appointed to serve from September 2019 as Associate Professor in Social and Economic Equity and as academic director of the Atlantic Fellows Programme, based at  the International Inequalities Institute, LSE.  Her research examines the relationship between civil society, activism, and social transformation.  She has published numerous peer reviewed academic articles on Armenia and is the author of two books, including Democracy Building and Civil Society in Armenia.