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Dr Sossie Kasbarian

Sossie Kasbarian

Office Hours:

2016-17 On Sabbatical

Research overview

My research interests and publications broadly span Diaspora studies; contemporary Middle East politics and society; nationalism, identity and ethnicity; minority communities in the Middle East.



Current Teaching

PPR 226 Comparative Politics of the Middle East

PPR 333 Contemporary Issues in the Middle East

PPR434 Diasporas and Minorities of the Middle East

POL100 Politics & Governance in the Contemporary World (lectures on Global South)


Professional Role

PPR Deputy Research Director

Current Research

My current research focus brings together my twin areas of expertise – contemporary Middle East politics, and Diaspora Studies - focussing on how political activism in the diasporic space - in self or state-imposed exile – functions, creating momentum within the host state, the transnational realm and the place of origin.  I am particularly interested in what kind of role non-state actors within transnational civil society can play in entrenched conflicts, in unravelling and coming to terms with contested histories and memories, and in altering the framework of the debate. 

I will be spending 2016-17 on sabbatical, based at the American University in Cairo.


Selected Publications in Print

Diasporas of the Modern Middle East - Contextualizing Community (Edited with Anthony Gorman), Edinburgh University Press, 2015


"The Myth and Reality of 'Return' - Diaspora in the Homeland" in Diaspora (Vol:18:Issue 3, Fall 2015)


A Discourse of Denial: Memories of the Armenian Genocide" Open Democracy (August 2014)https://www.opendemocracy.net/sossie-kasbarian/discourse-of-denial-memories-of-armenian-genocide


 'It's time the World recognised the Armenian Genocide' The Conversation (24 April 2015)



Co-editor (with Kerem Öktem) of special issue of Patterns of Prejudice (Vol. 48: 2, May 2014) entitled Beyond Denial: Armenians and Turks, One hundred years since 1915, including two articles  (co-authored with Kerem Öktem):

‘Armenians, Turks and Kurds beyond denial: an Introduction’ in Patterns of Prejudice (Vol. 48: 2, May 2014), pp. 115-120.

 ‘Subversive Friendships: Turkish and Armenian encounters in transnational space’ in Patterns of Prejudice (Vol. 48: 2, May 2014), pp. 121-146. 


 ‘Subaltern Diasporic Voices – Armenian Experiences on the Margins of Community in Cyprus and Lebanon’ in The Cyprus Review(Vol. 25: 1, Spring 2013) pp. 81 – 110


 ‘The Armenian Community in Cyprus at the Beginning of the 21st Century: From Insecurity to Integration’, chapter in The Minorities of Cyprus: Development Patterns and the Identity of Internal-Exclusion. Eds. A. Varnavas, N. Coureas and M. Elia (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009)


 ‘Whose Space, Whose Interests? Clashes within Armenian Diasporic Civil Society’ article in Armenian Review Volume 51, Number 1-4 (Fall-Winter 2009) 81-109

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