How is “Armenianness” defined? An ongoing study by the Armenian Diaspora Survey discusses the views of globally dispersed Armenians, particularly issues of identity and culture. Over 12,000 people expressed their opinions.
What does it mean to be Armenian - especially if you’ve immigrated to another country? How do modern Armenians define their culture? How do they see themselves in today's diaspora?
Now you can find out.
The Armenian Diaspora Survey published the results of the research conducted in 2019, 2021 and 2022. Over 12,000 Armenians in over 50 diaspora communities in 10 countries shared their views and opinions on questions of identity, language, culture, community and political engagement, and relations with Armenia.
The latest research into the Armenian diaspora was funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, with the support of the Armenian Institute in London. It was led by a group of international scholars and researchers who wanted to identify nuances of Armenians' life in different countries.
Read the results of the entire survey at http://www.armeniandiaspora.com
According to the director of the Armenian Diaspora Survey, Dr. Hratch Tchilingirian, the result from the latest survey highlights the multifaceted and complex experiences of Armenians in global dispersion.
“One generalization we could make based on our research is that Armenian identity is largely self-defined, fluid, and personalized,” explained Dr. Tchilingirian. “Armenians living in the same country or in the same state or city could have different perceptions and understanding of ‘Armenianness’, depending on multiple variables, such as family upbringing, community, personal preferences, and so on.”
The 2021 research was carried out in Belgium, Paris, the United Kingdom, and Rostov-on-Don, and the 2022 survey features the views and opinions of Armenians living in the United States and Ontario, Canada. The results from both surveys are publicly available and can be downloaded for free.
The annual survey, whose previous round was completed in 2019 in Argentina, Lebanon, Montreal, and Romania, is intended to fill a critical gap in the evidence-based understanding of the modern-day Armenian diaspora. The researchers hope the results will be useful for the public, scholars, policymakers, and community leaders to raise their awareness of the attitudes and views defining the Armenian world in the 21st century.
The ongoing ADS research attempts to bring the modern Armenian experience into focus. Interested parties can expect more reports related to the latest survey, which will elaborate on the results collected from each community.
"We are pleased that this systematic survey that covers a vast geography of the Armenian Diaspora has been successfully completed and the results are published,” said Dr. Razmik Panossian, Director of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Armenian Communities Department. "We look forward to building on this research and enhancing its impact on policy development.”
Go to http://www.armeniandiaspora.com so you can learn more.