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Tölölyan Honored as Preeminent Scholar of Diaspora Studies

Khachig Tölölyan

Khachig Tölölyan was named a preeminent scholar of diaspora studies. (Photo by Bill Burkhart)

Khachig Tölölyan, professor of letters, professor of English, was honored as the preeminent scholar of diaspora studies in general, and the Armenian Diaspora in particular, at the International Conference for the Society of Armenian Studies held at the University California, Los Angeles, on Oct. 12–13.

The conference, titled “Diaspora and ‘Stateless Power’: Social Discipline and Identity Formation Across the Armenian Diaspora During the Long Twentieth Century” marked the association’s 45th anniversary, and drew scholars from Italy, Mexico, France, Armenia, England, Portugal, the Netherlands, Germany, and around the United States. They came to present new papers and to hear Tölölyan’s keynote address, “From the Study of Diasporas to Diaspora Studies.”

Introducing Tölölyan before his keynote, UCLA Associate Professor Sebouh Aslanian, who holds the Richard Hovannisian Endowed Chair in Modern Armenian History said, ”Khachig’s enduring legacy should not be limited to his scholarly contributions and accomplishments . . . . More than publishing journals and influencing an entire field of scholarly inquiry known as diaspora studies, Khachig has also been a remarkable mentor to scholars whose essays he has remolded and published. . . .  I can say unequivocally that I know of no other Armenian scholar who is as well-read and nimble in his thinking and who has helped me become the scholar I am today.’

Also presented at the conference were the results of pilot research of the Armenian Diaspora Survey (ADS) in 2018; Tölölyan was a member of the ADS Advisory Committee.

Director of the ADS, Hratch Tchilingirian, associate of the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Oxford University, thanked Tölölyan for his service on the project, noting  In addition to his brilliant scholarship and numerous academic accolades, Khachig Tölölyan is a wonderful human being. He shares his enormous, accumulated wisdom with intellectual humility; engages with everyone with grace and empathy; and empowers others with generous and sincere acknowledgment and encouragement.”

Additionally, more than 130 people attended the society’s 45th-anniversary banquet, where Bedross Der Matossian, president of the Society for Armenian Studies and associate professor and vice chair of the department of history at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, presented Tölölyan with a lifetime achievement award.

Tölölyan is the founding editor of Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies, an award-winning publication that he has been editing since 1991.

At Wesleyan, Tölölyan teaches a range of courses in literature and critical and cultural theory. Both his research and his teaching ask (as he puts it) “how the increasing level of migration and dispersion brings new populations to the West, how these dispersions assimilate or become ethnic, diasporic, and transnational, and how these, in turn, reshape the literature, culture, and politics of the nations/states that host them.”

Tölölyan Teaches Transnationalism Seminar, Delivers Keynote at Diaspora Conference

Khachig Tölölyan

Khachig Tölölyan

Khachig Tölölyan, professor of letters, professor of English, was appointed by the Social Science Research Council of the U.S. to teach a special seminar jointly with a French professor appointed by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. They taught the topics of “Transnationalism” and “circulation migratoire” to 12 Ph.D candidates–six French and six American–first at the Université de Poitiers, France, from June 11-15, 2012, then in Philadelphia, from Sept. 12-16, 2012.

Tölölyan also was the keynote speaker and gave a lecture titled “Claiming diasporas, reclaiming diaspora studies,” at the conference on “Transnationalism and Diaspora,” Centre for Research in International Migration and Ethnic Relations, Stockholm University, on Oct. 23.

In addition, Tölölyan will be one of two American scholars participating in a conference of diaspora scholars taking place at Oxford, U.K. on Nov. 17-19.

Tölölyan Presents Lectures, Keynotes on Diaspora Studies

Khachig Tölölyan, professor of letters, presented several lectures on Diaspora studies in 2011. They include:

“The Transatlantic Study of Transnational Diasporas,” at Germany’s Münster University, whose new program of diaspora studies was funded for $3.6 million by the Marie Curie Institute, an EU organization. Nov. 28, 2011;

“Varieties of Diaspora: Phenomena, Concepts, Terminology,” at the conference “Perspectives on Global Diasporas,” organized by the Programs in Jewish Studies, Asian Studies, African American Studies and International Affairs, at Northeastern University, Nov. 17, 2011;

“Twenty years of diaspora studies: success through confusion,” at the Conference on Diasporas and Cultures of Migration,” held at the Université de Montpellier-3, France on June 20, 2011;

“Dialogue on Diasporas,” with Professor Robin Cohen at the Conference on Diasporas and Cultures of Migration,” held at the Université de Montpellier-3, France on June 20, 2011;

“Diaspora Studies, Past and Present,” “Transnationalism across the Disciplines,” and “Globalization as Context and Agent,” at the Center for the Book [Grki Kendron] in Yerevan, Armenia on Oct. 23-25, 2011.

Tölölyan also served as a commentator on 12 papers at a by-invitation only conference at the Radcliffe Institute’s Workshop on “Diasporas, Generations, Memory,” on Nov. 19, 2011, and as a discussant at “The Achievements and Futures of Armenian Studies,” a three-day conference at the University of Michigan Oct. 14-16, 2011.

He also delivered two keynote addresses: “Diaspora Studies: Past, Present, and Promise,” at the Inaugural lecture for the new Oxford Diasporas Programme on June 2, 2011 and “Diaspora Studies Now: Theoretical Frames and Empirical Directions,” for the Conference on Arab Diasporas, Johann Guttenberg University in Mainz, Germany on May 19, 2011.

Tölölyan Delivers Inaugural Lecture at Oxford’s Diasporas Programme Launch

Khachig Tölölyan

Khachig Tölölyan, professor of letters, professor of English, has been actively involved in the launching of the University of Oxford’s Diasporas Programme in June. Tölölyan is the editor/founder of Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies and an internationally known expert on diasporas and transnationalism.

On June 2, Tölölyan delivered the inaugural lecture titled “Diaspora Studies: Past, Present and Promise” at the program’s launch. He is a scholar in residence at Wolfson College (one of the 40 colleges and halls that make up the university), where he is a tutor and consultant to various graduate students, postdoctoral faculty and researchers at several programs, all of which deal with diasporas, migration, transnationalism and globalization in some way.

In addition, Tölölyan delivered the keynote lecture at the University of Mainz in Germany at a conference on “Trends and Tensions in Contemporary Diaspora Studies” on May 19. He also guest lectured at the University of Toronto on “The Trajectories of Contemporary Diaspora Studies,” on March 25.

4 Faculty Speak at Diasporas Conference in France

Khachig Tölölyan, Typhaine Leservot, Ashraf Rushdy and Indira Karamcheti were invited to speak at a conference hosted by the Universite Paul Valery, Montpellier III June 20-23. The event is titled “Diasporas and Cultures of Mobility.” Rushdy and Karamcheti are invited visiting professors.

Tölölyan, professor of letters, professor of English, editor/founder of Diaspora will be the keynote speaker. He will speak on “Twenty Years of Diaspora Studies: Success through Confusion.”

Typhaine Leservot, associate professor of letters, associate professor of romance languages and literatures, will speak on “”Maghrebo-Quebecois and Franco-Maghrebi: towards Distinct Identities?”

Ashraf Rushdy, professor of English, professor of African American studies, academic secretary, will speak on “An Apology for the African Diaspora: Race, Regret, and Reconciliation.” He will examine how the social relations of people of African descent have been affected by the development of two competing discourses – one of ‘diaspora’ and the other of ‘apology.’

Karamcheti, associate professor of English, associate professor of American studies, will speak on “Names and Global Habitations: the South Asian Diaspora and the Problem of the Proper Name.” It concerns the inability of the diaspora from India to claim its national origin in its name, and the effects of this on the kinds of claims it can make on history and its own ethical treatment.

In addition, Karamcheti presented her paper at Montpellier titled “Sex Messaging: Writing South Asian Diasporic Sexuality” on May 30. Her paper examined the representation of South Asian female diasporic sexuality through the films Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, and Sita Sings the Blues, examining the relationship between the Indian nation’s aestheticizing, the diaspora’s politicizing, and the U.S. feminist universalizing of that sexuality.



Tölölyan Interviewed by French Publication

Khachig Tölölyan, professor of letters, professor of English, founder and editor of Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies, was interviewed by the French weekly publication L’Express about Thomas Pynchon on Oct. 6. The article is online, in French.

Tölölyan Keynote Speaker at International Diaspora Conference

Khachig Tölölyan, professor of letters, professor of English, editor of “Diaspora,” was one of two keynote speakers at a conference on “Diaspora as a resource: Comparative Studies in Strategies, Networks and Urban Space.” The international event was held in Hamburg, Germany June 4-6. Tölölyan’s interests include diasporas, transnationalism, the world/globe polarity and the Armenian diaspora.

Tololyan Meets with Basque Government

Khachig Tölölyan

Khachig Tölölyan

Khachig Tölölyan, professor of English, professor of letters and editor of Diaspora: A Journal of Transitional Studies, was invited to Bilbao, Spain to discuss methods of developing outreach to the Basque diasporas in Latin America and the U.S. He was invited by the research arm of the area’s autonomous Basque government because of his familiarity with the theory and practice of homeland-diaspora relations, and for having a role in analyzing the development of such relations by the Republic of Armenia. Tölölyan was one of several experts invited to meet with the Basque officials.