Ani Yedigaryan
Ani Yedigaryan
Doctoral Student
Graduate Programme in Humanities, York University
Research keywords: Memory studies; genocide studies; historical memory; politics of trauma; identity formation; identity politics; transnationalism; grassroots activism; social justice; pedagogy, ethics; philosophy; forgetting; politics of commemoration; politics of denial; forgiveness; responsibility; accountability; critical theory; ethnographic and qualitative research
My name is Ani Yedigaryan. I am of Armenian but born and raised in Russia. I have always been passionate about Armenian history and the Armenian Diaspora as well as past and current social, political and global events surrounding Armenia, hence my interest in Asia Minor.

I have obtained a Specialized Honours BA in Political Science with my specialization being in International Relations (IR) at York University in 2016. In 2018, I completed my MA in Political Science with specialization in IR and Comparative Politics at York University. My Master Research Project (MRP) focused on how Armenian lobby groups in Canada and the United States have come to shape the collective memory of the Armenian genocide. The extensive research that I have conducted in time of my MRP completion made consider a possible expansion on the area of study, thus I decided to begin my doctoral journey.

Currently, I am a doctoral student in the Department of Humanities. My doctoral research project focuses on the Armenian genocide, in particular, how the memory of the genocide affects political identity formation amongst Armenian diasporan groups in Canada and the United States. My general research interests are in the field of Memory Studies, Genocide Studies, historical memory, politics of trauma, identity formation, identity politics, transnationalism, grassroots activism, social justice, pedagogy, ethics, philosophy, forgetting, politics of commemoration, politics of denial, forgiveness, responsibility, accountability, critical theory, ethnographic and qualitative research. I am particularly, interested in the works of Paul Ricœur, Hannah Arendt, Immanuel Levinas, Vladimir Jankélévitch, Karl Jaspers, Martin Heidegger, Elie Wiesel, Maurice Blanchot, Friedrich Nietzsche, Maurice Halbwachs, Frances Yates and Adriana Cavarero. The more classical thinkers and significant to memory and ethics works, I look closely at Plato, Aristotle, Saint Augustine, and John Locke. More contemporary scholars and works that I am interest is that of Jenny Edkins, Milton Esman, Jan Assman, Roger Simon, Astrid Erll, Marianne Hirsch, Michael Rothberg, James Young, Herbert Hirsch and Avishai Margalit.