At the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), University of California, Berkeley
From October 30 to November 13 Hamazasp Danielyan, PhD in Political Science, Associate Professor at Political Science Department of Yerevan State University, visited Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), University of California, Berkeley as a participant of CRRC-UC Berkeley Field Project.
The main aim of Danielyan’s visit was to develop a new syllabus on Diaspora Politics to be taught for Political Science students of YSU starting from the next academic year. During those two weeks Hamazasp Danielyan had meetings with a number of Berkeley prominent faculty members to discuss various aspects of Diaspora Studies, as well as attended professional development workshops and various seminars. Another important feature of the program was that it enabled participants to use the vast collection of materials available at U.C. Berkeley library, as well as to obtain a significant amount of books and other teaching materials.
During the visit Hamazasp Danielyan and Alina Poghosyan, PhD student at Institute of Archeology and Anthropology of National Academy of Science of Armenia, also met with the representatives of Armenian Student Association of UC Berkeley. Raffy Mardirossian, president of U.C. Berkeley Armenian Students’ Association, talked about past activities and future plans of ASA, and some possibilities of academic cooperation between Armenian students were discussed, including partnership through ARMACAD network.
On November 13 Hamazasp Danielyan and Alina Poghosyan also participated in “The Armenian Diaspora and Its Relations with the Armenian State” Symposium. The event was organized by Dr. Stephan Astourian, Executive Director of the Armenian Studies Program, Professor of History at the U. C., Berkeley and co-sponsored by ISEEES, U.C. Berkeley. The cornerstone of the Symposium was Policy Forum Armenia’s report on the Armenia Diaspora Relations, delivered by Dr. David Grigorian, senior fellow of PFA.
ISEEES announced new request for proposals for participants of spring session, which is scheduled from March 26 to April 9, 2011. The deadline for submitting applications is February 4th, 2011.
Hamazasp Danielyan will be glad to share his experience with those who are interested in applying to the project and want to learn more about it.