USC announces call and support for research on Karabakh

Asbarez – The recent escalation of the Karabakh conflict – the worst since 1994 – marks a new phase in the three decades of the conflict and highlights the need for research on the region. To fill the scholarship gap on this issue and region, the USC Institute of Armenian Studies has announced a call for research on Karabakh to support new and ongoing research by junior and senior scholars.

The call aims to provide an opportunity for original academic and policy research that focuses on the many topics surrounding Karabakh, including but not limited to International Law, Security Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Social Psychology, Sociology, History, Gender Studies, and Media Studies.

Institute Director Salpi Ghazarian said, “The mission of the Institute is to support scholarship in all areas of Armenian Studies. Karabakh, its history, the conflict, are both important and urgent topics, deserving of serious study. The Institute is grateful to donor support for making this kind of programming possible.  In the near future, there will be a call for research on Armenia, and the quarter century of transition – something that is becoming more critical, now, in this 25th year of independence. And of course, the Institute will also continue with our other programming, including post-Genocide research.”

Scholars and practitioners from all backgrounds and regions of the world are encouraged to apply. The grants provided by the Institute in this first call will cover research costs including travel to Karabakh, if needed. The final research reports will be completed by January 30, 2017.

Those interested in applying should send application (with materials identified below) to [email protected] by July 1:

  1. A proposal of 1,000 words which outlines the rationale and plan of research, presents a clear research question, reviews previous research and theory that form the basis of the study, describes the research methods that will be used to carry out the research, and summarizes what the research aims to uncover.
  2. A detailed one-page budget indicating the items for which the applicant is seeking funding.
  3. A curriculum vitae.

In case of questions, please email [email protected] or call 213.821.3943.

Established in 2005, the USC Institute of Armenian Studies supports multidisciplinary scholarship to re-define, explore and study the complex issues that make up the contemporary Armenian experience – from post-Genocide to the developing Republic of Armenia to the evolving Diaspora. The Institute encourages research, publications and public service, and promotes links among the global academic and Armenian communities.

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