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Dr Sossie Kasbarian


County South
Lancaster University
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 592411
Office hours: Lent 2015: Wednesday 10am - 12 noon or by appointment


Dynamics of Memories
Richardson Institute for Peace Studies

My research interests and publications broadly span Diaspora studies; contemporary Middle East politics and society; nationalism, identity and ethnicity; minority communities in the Middle East.



Current Teaching

PPR 226 Comparative Politics of the Middle East

PPR 333 Contemporary Issues in the Middle East

PPR434 Diasporas and Minorities of the Middle East

POL100 Politics & Governance in the Contemporary World (lectures on Global South)

Course contributer to PPR345: Exploring the Persian Gulf

Office Hours

Lent 2015: Wednesday 10am - 12 noon or by appointment

Professional Role

PPR Deputy Research Director

Current Research

My current research project brings together my twin areas of expertise – contemporary Middle East politics, and Diaspora Studies - focussing on how political activism in the diasporic space - in self or state-imposed exile – functions, creating momentum within the host state, the transnational realm and the place of origin.  

I have recently co-edited a special issue of the journal Patterns of Prejudice (May2014) which focuses on Armenian-Turkish relations at the level of civil society. I am particularly interested in what kind of role non-state actors can play in entrenched conflicts, in unravelling and coming to terms with contested histories and memories, and in altering the framework of the debate on the level of civil society. I develop this case in my continuing research (and forthcoming publications) on contemporary Turkey.


Selected Publications in Print

" A Discourse of Denial: Memories of the Armenian Genocide" Open Democracy (August 2014)https://www.opendemocracy.net/sossie-kasbarian/discourse-of-denial-memories-of-armenian-genocide


Co-editor (with Kerem Öktem) of special issue of the journal Patterns of Prejudice (Vol. 48: 2, May 2014) entitled Beyond Denial: Armenians and Turks, One hundred years since 1915, including two articles  (co-authered with Kerem Öktem):

‘Armenians, Turks and Kurds beyond denial: an Introduction' in Patterns of Prejudice (Vol. 48: 2, May 2014), pp. 115-120.

 ‘Subversive Friendships: Turkish and Armenian encounters in transnational space' in Patterns of Prejudice (Vol. 48: 2, May 2014), pp. 121-146.


 ‘Subaltern Diasporic Voices – Armenian Experiences on the Margins of Community in Cyprus and Lebanon' in The Cyprus Review(Vol. 25: 1, Spring 2013) pp. 81 – 110


‘The Armenian Community in Cyprus at the Beginning of the 21st Century: From Insecurity to Integration', chapter in The Minorities of Cyprus: Development Patterns and the Identity of Internal-Exclusion. Eds. A. Varnavas, N. Coureas and M. Elia (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009)


‘Whose Space, Whose Interests? Clashes within Armenian Diasporic Civil Society' article in the journal Armenian Review Volume 51, Number 1-4 (Fall-Winter 2009) 81-109

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