Dec 17, 2021

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Sirarpi Movsisyan

Sirarpi Movsisyan

University of Leipzig

Received Sylff fellowship in 2020.
Academic supervisor: Prof. Dr. Stefan Troebst

Academic achievements, social engagement initiatives:
2010- 2012 Qualitative Researcher at IPSC-Institute for Political and Sociological Consulting)
2012- 2013 Training and Recruitment Specialist at IPSC
2014- 2015 Sociologist-Researcher in Chess Educational Research Center at ASPU (Armenian State Pedagogical University)
2012 -2015 Lecturer at ASPU (Armenian State Pedagogical University)
2013-2017 Monitoring Specialist at Mediamax Media Company
2018-2019 Research Assistant at Leipzig University

I studied Pedagogy and Sociology (Bachelor and Master degrees) at the Armenian State Pedagogical University. After graduating from the University I taught courses in sociology, which were the core of my academic interests.
Since 2017 I am a member of Graduate School Global and Area Studies, Research Academy Leipzig.

The topic of my project is „Armenians in Germany after the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Intra-Communal Dynamics, Relationships and Diasporic Identities of GDR- and West German Armenians”.
My research seeks to grasp how the Armenians of Germany relate and interpret their diasporic identities and experiences. Moreover, considering a diasporic community rather as heterogeneous and socially embedded within the host-society, it allows us to explore the intra-communal relationships and diasporic experiences of Armenians within the context of societal structures of Eastern and Western Germany.
In my project I focus on intra-communal relations to compare experiences and identities of Armenians as diasporans in the contexts of Western and Eastern Germanys as “divided spaces” and Federal German Republic as “shared space” since 1989. Such considerations take the research focus beyond normative heterogeneity due to dispersal backgrounds and cultural baggage; rather suggest an integrative approach of comparison of experiences and perceptions of being Armenian in GDR and FRG, and their intra-communal connections after 1989. I assume that intra-communal relationships, identities and practices of diasporans are also shaped by structural conditions of host land and their transformations. Particularly, I argue that the studies of intra-communal relationships, diasporic identities and experiences of Armenians in Germany should necessarily consider the division of Germany after World War II into two economically, politically and ideologically distinct states – the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), and furthermore, the unification in 1989 after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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