Levon Abrahamian

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Was born in 1947. Was educated at the Yerevan State University (Dep. Phys., M.Sc., 1970) and the Moscow Institute of Ethnography (cultural anthropology, Ph.D., 1978). Area of interests ­ symbolic anthropology including anthropology of laughter and weeping. Has published more than 100 articles and two books. First cartoon dates back to 1964. Since 1977 has participated at almost all the Yerevan cartoon exhibitions, since 1979 ­ at different regional, All-Soviet Union, and international cartoon exhibitions.

Awards: Gabrovo (1985, special prize), Odessa (1988, third prize), Zaporozhye (1988, diploma), Odessa (1989, prize of the ten), Petrozavodsk-Kindasovo (1989, first prize), Chelyabinsk (1990, diploma). Cartoon publications in Armenian and foreign periodicals. Books illustrated with Abrahamian¹s cartoons: George E. Marcus (ed.). Perilous States: Conversations on Culture, Politics, and Nation (Chicago and London: The Univ. of Chicago Press, 1993) and Anatoly M. Khazanov. After the USSR: Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Politics in the Commonwealth of Independent States (Madison: The Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 1995). Abrahamian¹s cartoons will illustrate also his book Armenian Identity in a Changing World to be published by Mazda Press in 2005.

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