“Everything is Connected to the Genocide.” Intergenerational Memory, Diaspora Mobilization, and Armenian Youth Identities in Jerusalem

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Keywords:

intergenerational memory, Armenian Genocide, diaspora mobilization, youth identity, ethnography

Abstract

Considering commemorative practices of postmemory, past presencing, and transnational memory, this study considers how Genocide memories and the conflict in Artsakh intersect to shape the performance of diasporic Armenian youth identities in Jerusalem as members of a disempowered minority community. Drawing on ethnographic research in Jerusalem’s Armenian School, participant-observation in community events, and interviews with youth and community leaders, this article documents processes of intergenerational memory transmission within educational and community settings and suggests ways in which inherited narratives of victimization find new expressions via transnational acts of citizenship. As Jerusalem’s multilingual Armenian youth engage in commemorative ceremonies and take protests to the streets in acts of diaspora mobilization, memories are (re) interpreted to construct novel identity narratives tied to an imagined Armenian transnation.

Author Biography

Lance Levenson, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Doctoral student in the Seymour Fox School of Education at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem,

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2022-04-05

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Levenson, L. (2022). “Everything is Connected to the Genocide.” Intergenerational Memory, Diaspora Mobilization, and Armenian Youth Identities in Jerusalem. International Journal of Armenian Genocide Studies, 6(2), 54–73. Retrieved from http://agmipublications.am/index.php/ijags/article/view/51