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                                            Illustration by Armine Shahbazyan.

Call For Writers

EVN Report is announcing a call for article submissions for our “Et cetera” section. We are looking for talented and fearless writers who can present fresh perspectives into modern and historical Armenian cultural practices, heritage-related issues and current developments in Armenia's artistic scene. Pieces accepted for publication will shed light on previously neglected narratives, problems and figures, as well as provide much-needed critical attention on the many artistic and cultural projects that are being undertaken in Armenia's post-war reality, such as exhibitions, festivals, concerts, book publications and theatrical performances.

Submissions should be up to 2000 words in length, in English or Armenian and can be in the form of research-based analytical essays, reflective pieces or critical reviews. EVN Report only publishes original pieces. Please send pitches to our editorial team at [email protected].

 

Editor's Note

Reality is made up from mostly unseen things. Like atoms and electrons, these particles collide and form threads that remain invisible to us, yet impact our very being, and structure the environments that we inhabit. In an everyday language we would call these threads culture or, perhaps even “Et cetera.” But for the Armenian reality, the infinite gamut of the “everything else” is, ironically, often conceptualized as anti-culture, since the latter is deemed to be that which is elevated, sacred and monumentalized. As a result, our cultural landscape and identity appear monolithic, unchanging and stagnant. This perception is cemented by the mass media, which regurgitates stereotypes and nurtures parochial ideas about socio-cultural forms by reinforcing that which is already fixed in the field of visibility, while sidelining everything that flows, pulsates and grows in-between. 

The articles in this section of EVN Report attempt to turn the tide and give a much-needed critical spotlight to the forgotten, ignored, misunderstood, unseen, silenced and even derided cultural phenomena that weave the fabric of our collective past and present. From the mundane to the extraordinary, the topics addressed here reveal the remarkable dynamism of both historical, as well as contemporary Armenian social practices. By stressing the complexities of these experiences, we hope to ignite new dialogues and insights about the evolving implications of what it means to be Armenian in the rapids of our globalized world.

Vigen Galstyan 

Re-reading Philip Marsden’s “The Crossing Place: A Journey Among the Armenians”

Philip Marsden’s “The Crossing Place: A Journey Among the Armenians” is atmospheric, gripping and revelatory. It delves into the seemingly exclusive club of a nation at the meeting point of cultures, writes Naneh Hovhannisyan.

Behind the Magic: Rudolf Vatinyan’s On-Set Photographs From “Khatabala”

When cinematographer Rudolf Vatinyan passed away from COVID-related complications in 2020, people eulogized about an exacting professional who had filmed a number of iconic films. No one remembered, however, that Vatinyan had a parallel creative passion.

Kond: Urban Information Storage

Kond is the oldest surviving vernacular neighborhood in Yerevan. Its significance lies not in the current cultural, social and political interpretations but rather in this district’s capacity to store and transfer information across generations.

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