Haigazian University Armenian Diaspora Research Center (HUADRC)
The Haigazian University Armenian Diaspora Research Center (HUADRC) is established to study diverse aspects of the Armenian Diaspora communities in general and in the Middle East in particular, their history, culture, interaction with and integration to the hostland, the Homeland and other Diaspora communities beyond the Middle East.
The Center functions under a “Center Director” in collaboration with the University President’s Academic Cabinet and in cooperation with the Faculty and Librarians.
The Center organizes conferences, hosts public lectures and focus-group discussions, offers internship programs, coordinates and channels efforts in and towards Armenian Diaspora studies in the Middle East.
The Center is engaged in collecting, sorting, and analyzing primary data on the Middle Eastern Armenian Diaspora communities in the context of saving and protecting Armenian Diaspora cultural heritage. It disseminates and promotes academic awareness and knowledge about the Diaspora phenomenon and relevant issues of identity, integration and preservation.
During the past five years HUADRC has organized five conferences:
May 15-17, 2013: Armenian Trans-Nationalism and the Modern Age of Communications
May 14-16, 2014: Armenians of Lebanon (II)
May 24-27, 2015: Armenians of Syria
May 22-24, 2016: Armenians of Jordan
May 29-31, 2017: Armenians of Iraq
Read the Report on the Haigazian Armenian Diaspora Research Center
Organized by the Armenian Diaspora Research Center at Haigazian University, and supported by the Armenian Communities Department of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the recent conference on “Armenians of Iraq” took place over the course of three days May 2017.
On Monday, May 29, the official opening took place in the presence of the Prelates of Lebanon and Iraq, community leaders from Iraq and Lebanon, the Ambassador of Armenia in Lebanon, Armenian intellectuals, historians, and academicians. The Ceremony began with the opening words of Dr. Antranig Dakessian, Director of the ADRC, followed by a presentation by Dr. Razmig Panossian, head of the Armenian Communities Department of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Haigazian University’s President Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian’s words were followed by the opening reflections of the Prelate of Armenians in Iraq, Arch. Avak Asadourian.
The conference, with its eight sessions, extended over three days and covered thirty-four topics, presented by thirty-four scholars coming from countries such as the United States, Egypt, Armenia, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and the Philippines.
The Haigazian University Armenian Diaspora Research Center has scheduled its next conference on “Armenians of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia” for May 2018. Two other conferences are planned for 2019 and 2020, namely Armenians of Cyprus and Greece, and Armenians of the Arab Gulf area (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE.)