Successfully defended his PhD dissertation entitled “The Evolution of Multilocal National Identity and the Contemporary Politics of Nationalism: Armenia and Its Diaspora” at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is currently working on a number of publications on Armenian nationalism and lecturing at the University of London.
Areas of specialization: Nationalism.
Razmik Panossian is the author of The Armenians: From Kings and Priests to Merchants and Commissars (Columbia University Press, 2006)
Based on extensive research conducted in Armenia and the diaspora, including interviews and translation of Armenian-language sources, "The Armenians" traces the evolution of Armenia and Armenian collective identity from its beginnings to the Armenian nationalist movement over Gharabagh in 1988.
Razmik Panossian explores a series of landmark events, among them Armenians' first attempts at liberation, the Armenian renaissance of the nineteenth century, the 1915 genocide of the Ottoman Armenians, and Soviet occupation. He shows how these influences led to a “multilocal” evolution of Armenian identity in various places in and outside of Armenia, notably in diasporan communities from India to Venice. Razmik Panossian analyzes different elements of Armenian identity construction and argues that national identity is modern, predominantly subjective, and based on a political sense of belonging. Yet he also acknowledges the crucial role of history, art, literature, religious practice, and commerce in preserving the national memory and shaping the cultural identity of the Armenian people.
Razmik Panossian is the director of programmes and policy at Rights and Democracy in Canada and earned his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is well known throughout the North American Armenian community and frequently speaks on Amerian issues and history.
"The research is first-rate, the writing is clear and persuasive, and the arguments are defended very well. A balanced, fair-minded treatment of a difficult and controversial topic." —Ronald Grigor Suny, University of Michigan
"A lucid, penetrating, and always fascinating inquiry into the nature of national identity in general and a massive multifaceted sociological history of the foundations and development of the Armenian nation." —Anthony Smith, London School of Economics and Political Science