Dr Sossie KasbarianLecturer
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)
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.
PPR Deputy Research Director
My current research focus 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 am particularly interested in what kind of role non-state actors within transnational civil society can play in entrenched conflicts, in unravelling and coming to terms with contested histories and memories, and in altering the framework of the debate.
I will be spending 2016-17 on sabbatical, based at the American University in Cairo.
Selected Publications in Print
Diasporas of the Modern Middle East - Contextualizing Community (Edited with Anthony Gorman), Edinburgh University Press, 2015
"The Myth and Reality of 'Return' - Diaspora in the Homeland" in Diaspora (Vol:18:Issue 3, Fall 2015)
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
'It's time the World recognised the Armenian Genocide' The Conversation (24 April 2015)
Co-editor (with Kerem Öktem) of special issue of Patterns of Prejudice (Vol. 48: 2, May 2014) entitled Beyond Denial: Armenians and Turks, One hundred years since 1915, including two articles (co-authored 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 Armenian Review Volume 51, Number 1-4 (Fall-Winter 2009) 81-109
The Politics of Memory and Commemoration: Armenian Diasporic Reflections on 2015
Kasbarian, S. 25/06/2017 In: Nationalities Papers.
Contested spaces and sectarian narratives in post: uprising Bahrain
Kasbarian, S., Mabon, S.P. 8/11/2016 In: Global Discourse. 6, 4, p. 677-696. 20 p.
The Istanbul Armenians: negotiating co-existence
Kasbarian, S. 03/2016 In: Post-Ottoman coexistence. Oxford : Berghahn Press
One hundred years later - the personal, the political and the historical in four new books on the Armenian Genocide
Kasbarian, S., Öktem, K. 22/02/2016 In: Caucasus Survey. 4, 1, 13 p.
Communities, exiles, minorities and diasporas: the Middle East in diaspora studies
Kasbarian, S., Gorman, A. 31/05/2015 In: Diasporas of the modern Middle East. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press ISBN: 9780748686100.
Diasporas of the modern Middle East: contextualising community
Gorman, A., Kasbarian, S. 31/05/2015 Edinburgh University Press. 424 p.
The 'Others' within: the Armenians of Cyprus
Kasbarian, S. 05/2015 In: Diasporas of the modern Middle East . Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press ISBN: 9780748686100.
The myth and reality of ‘return’ – diaspora in the 'homeland'
Kasbarian, S. 2015 In: Diaspora. 18, 3, p. 358-381. 24 p.
A discourse of denial: memories of the Armenian genocide
Kasbarian, S. 08/2014
Armenians, Turks and Kurds beyond denial
Kasbarian, S., Oktem, K. 05/2014 In: Patterns of Prejudice. 48, 2, 108 p.
Armenians, Turks and Kurds beyond denial: an introduction
Kasbarian, S., Oktem, K. 05/2014 In: Patterns of Prejudice. 48, 2, 6 p.
Subversive friendships: Turkish and Armenian encounters in transnational space
Kasbarian, S., Oktem, K. 05/2014 In: Patterns of Prejudice. 48, 2, p. 121-146. 26 p.
Diasporic voices from the peripheries: Armenian experiences on the edges of community in Cyprus and Lebanon
Kasbarian, S. 2013 In: The Cyprus Review. 25, 1, p. 81-110. 29 p.
From the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean: the global trade networks of Armenian merchants from New Julfa by Sebouh David Aslanian
Kasbarian, S. 06/2012 In: Journal of Global History. 7, 2, 3 p.
The Armenian Community in Cyprus at the Beginning of the 21st Century: From Insecurity to Integration
Kasbarian, S. 2009 In: The Minorities of Cyprus. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing p. 175-191. 17 p.
Whose Space, Whose Interests?: Clashes within Armenian Diasporic Civil Society
Kasbarian, S. 2009 In: Armenian Review. 51, 1-4, p. 81-109. 29 p.
Encountering the Past in Turkey
Participation in conference
Participation in conference
Hrant Dink Memorial Workshop 2013
Participation in workshop, seminar, course