The 2018 “Velvet Revolution” in Armenia aspired to fundamentally transform Armenian society and the political landscape of the country. Peaceful mass protests and the resulting change in government continue to serve as sources of both popular inspiration and numerous questions among democracy practitioners and scholars alike. For example, in his September 2018 address to the UN General Assembly, the Secretary-General referred to Armenia as a “fantastic example… of hope”; in December, The Economist named Armenia “country of the year”. One year after the change of government, what has Armenia achieved and what are the challenges ahead? How does Armenia compare with other countries that experienced massive anti-government protests?
A year-and-a-half after the dramatic events of the “Velvet Revolution,” this two-day conference will bring together social scientists from Armenia and abroad to discuss various aspects of the Revolution and its aftermath. The objective of the conference is to critically reflect on the Armenian developments and to place them in the broader context of similar events, worldwide.
The main target community is that of scholars working in political science and international relations, but contributions from the fields of economics, media studies, sociology, history, anthropology, legal studies, and other overlapping disciplines are welcome. This conference seeks to place Armenia in the larger regional context by comparing it with other post-Soviet and Middle Eastern countries with successful or failed attempts at similar social and political transformations. Papers from/about Serbia, Georgia, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Russia, and the Middle Eastern countries involved in the Arab Spring uprisings are particularly welcome. The language of the conference is English, but Armenian panels with simultaneous translation can be scheduled, if requested.
Submissions will be vetted for publication consideration in an edited volume – an inaugural publication of the newly established AUA Press.
April 14: submission of abstracts
June 2: decision on abstract acceptance communicated to authors
June 23: travel grant application deadline
September 20: early registration deadline (reduced registration fee)
October 20: paper submission deadline, late registration deadline
November 14-15: Conference