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Armenian Review Digitization Project Receives Gulbenkian Grant

WATERTOWN, Mass.—The Armenian Review recently received a grant from the Gulbenkian Foundation of Portugal to support its project to digitize the entire Armenian Review collection, from 1948 to the present, in an effort to promote preservation and accessibility. The goal of the digitization project is to allow readers and researchers keyword searchable online access to every article published in the journal’s nearly 200 issues.

The Armenian Review recently received a grant from the Gulbenkian Foundation of Portugal to support its project to digitize the entire Armenian Review collection.

The Armenian Review recently received a grant from the Gulbenkian Foundation of Portugal to support its project to digitize the entire Armenian Review collection.

The grant of $12,000, coupled with another donation of $5,000 from a generous private donor, will defray a major portion of the digitization costs that will create an online index and a searchable database of the Armenian Review, the leading journal of Armenian studies, which has published peer-reviewed articles and book reviews on Armenian history, sociology, political science, and literature.

“The editorial team is excited by this new opportunity provided by the Gulbenkian Foundation. It will help us get closer to our goal of establishing a digital footprint and make the Review available for online researchers. That being said, the challenge is bigger now for the journal to develop and organize its digital archive by updating its web platform, preparing abstracts for each articles published since 1948, and generating a solid plan to further expand its accessibility and overall operations in the coming years,” said Asbed Kotchikian, the editor-in-chief.

Allowing researchers from across the country and around the world to use these materials remotely will greatly ease the process of writing books and articles in the future. For instance, a historian in Armenia—which had no access to the Review under Soviet rule—will be able to access 65 years of academic studies on his or her computer. More broadly, the promotion of the Review’s online access will increase the visibility of Armenian studies in scholarly research and discourse.

The most recent issue of the Armenian Review contains Rouben Shougarian’s assessment of Turkish-Armenian Track I and II diplomacies. In another article, Albert Stepanyan reexamines and analyzes sections from Moses Khorenatsi’s History of the Armenians. The third and fourth pieces are a dialogue between Taner Akçam, and Uğur Ümit Üngör and Mehmet Polatel. The dialogue starts with a review essay by Akçam examining and critiquing Üngör’s and Polatel’s book Confiscation and Destruction: The Young Turk Seizure of Armenian Property. The issue also features book reviews and a review essay by Levon Chorbajian, who reviewed four books dealing with the Armenian Genocide and its aftermath.

The current issue of the Armenian Review may be ordered by itself or as part of a subscription to the journal from its website, www.armenianreview.org. All subscription, order, and renewal inquiries should be addressed to the publisher by either writing to the Armenian Review, Inc., 80 Bigelow Avenue, Watertown, MA 02472-2012; by e-mailing orders@armenianreview.org; or by calling (617) 926-4037. Individuals who would like to contribute to the digitization project may e-mail editor@armenianreview.org.

8 Comments on Armenian Review Digitization Project Receives Gulbenkian Grant

  1. avatar Elizabeth Chouldjian // January 14, 2014 at 2:50 pm // Reply

    This is fantastic news. The Armenian Review is such an incredible resource – and to be able to search it online will be invaluable to researchers and Armenian issues enthusiasts.

    Will the complete articles be available online for download?

  2. avatar Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte // January 14, 2014 at 4:03 pm // Reply

    Wonderful news!

  3. Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has annual budget of over $150 million with I guess third of it going to scholarships and grants. I’m surprised we never hear about work of his foundation.

  4. avatar craigprophet // January 22, 2014 at 4:24 pm // Reply

    Our family has Armenian Reviews dating back to first issues.
    We’re wondering if ALMA or any other institution might be interested in them. But judging from this article, it looks like that’s probably not the case. If anyone has suggestions as what we might do with these issues, we’d appreciate it.

    • avatar garo garabadian // January 22, 2014 at 9:11 pm //

      interested in obtaining the second volume. VOLUME TWO, NUMBER TWO. I have Inaugural Issue .

  5. avatar craigprophet // January 23, 2014 at 5:20 am // Reply

    We appreciate that Garo. But since our collection consists of entire boxes, we’d prefer to deal with them as a whole.

  6. avatar Noubar Poladian // July 14, 2017 at 6:57 am // Reply

    I am very much interested to know is the complete articles are available now online to read and for download?
    Thanking you in advance
    Noubar
    Toronto
    July 14, 2017

  7. avatar Noubar Poladian // July 18, 2017 at 1:44 pm // Reply

    I am very much interested to know is the complete articles are available now online to read and for download?
    Thanking you in advance
    Noubar
    Toronto

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