The Zoryan Institute and the American University of Armenia (AUA) are pleased to announce a co-sponsored upcoming conference entitled, “Armenia’s Transformation in a Comparative Context: Restarting Democratization?”.

This two-day conference, to be held on November 14-15th, will bring together social scientists from Armenia and abroad to discuss various aspects of the “Velvet Revolution” and its aftermath, a year and half after the dramatic events. The goal is to critically reflect on the social, political, and economic forces and factors that are shaping Armenian developments.

The 2018 Armenian “Velvet Revolution” aspired to fundamentally transform Armenian society and the political landscape of the country. In this conference, the Zoryan Institute and AUA seek to evaluate Armenia’s achievements and challenges since the Revolution and its ongoing pursuit of democracy and social change. Moreover, the conference will aim to measure this progress in comparison with other countries that have experienced similar mass anti-government protests. It will analyze the successful or failed attempts at similar social and political transformations in other countries in order to place Armenia within a larger regional context.

To ensure that this conference is as inclusive and academically diverse as possible, the co-sponsors would like to invite scholars and specialists with expertise in political science and international relations, economics, media studies, sociology, history, anthropology, legal studies, and other overlapping disciplines to contribute.

Please submit a 300-500 word abstract to and/or to by April 28th, 2019. This abstract should include:

  • A working title that clearly relates to the theme of the conference
  • A research question, a hypothesis, or a statement of empirical or theoretical concern
  • A short summary locating the topic of the paper within a wider literature
  • A brief statement on methodology and/or data to be used in the paper
  • The main argument of the paper or the line of inquiry to be pursued

Please note that abstracts must be submitted in English. For more information, please visit

About the Co-Sponsors

American University of Armenia 
Founded in 1991, The American University of Armenia provides a high-quality, graduate and undergraduate education that encourages civic engagement and promotes democratic values, fostering scholarship in a setting that values and develops academic excellence, free inquiry, integrity, scholarship, leadership, and service to society.

AUA’s graduate program offers master’s degrees in nine fields of study: Business Administration, Industrial Engineering and Systems Management, Computer and Information Science, Political Science and International Affairs, Economics, Strategic Management, Public Health, Law, and Teaching English as a Foreign Language. These programs are intended to develop critical analysis and depth of knowledge through advanced coursework, independent study, and research.

AUA’s undergraduate program offers bachelor’s degrees in English and Communications, Engineering Sciences, Computer Science, Data Science, and Business. Through its undergraduate courses, the University provides students depth of knowledge for career preparation and further studies, as well as breadth and a foundation for general knowledge and skills for life-long learning.

Zoryan Institute
Zoryan Institute, a non-profit organization, serves the cause of scholarship and public awareness relating to issues of universal human rights, genocide, and diaspora-homeland relations. This is done through the systematic continued efforts of scholars and specialists using a comparative and multidisciplinary approach and in accordance with the highest academic standards.

To these ends, the Institute undertakes and supports multi-disciplinary research, documentation, lectures, seminars, colloquia, and publications.

As an academic and scholarly center, Zoryan provides research assistance to scholars, writers, journalists, film-makers, government agencies, and other organizations.