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Armenia & Azerbaijan Things Happen In Liminal Zones

Armenia & Azerbaijan Things Happen In Liminal Zones 

This is a lecture series on one of those peripheral regions in the world that at first sight seem to be cut off from everything that we consider to be stimulating for ‘our’ discourses in art and culture. At second sight their status of ‘liminal zones’ (a term coined by RAQS MEDIA COLLECTIVE, a programme of the Centre for the study of Developing Societies in Delhi) , bereft of certainties, offers us an often surprisingly refreshing outlook on issues that are of great relevance to the cultural transformations that we are experiencing in the centers of ‘our’ world. The invited artists an intellectuals will not only introduce loads of illuminating information on Armenia and Azerbaijan to those who are intending to travel there with the Rietveld in May, they will also adress general questions concerning the representation of identity, conflict, global power structures, post colonial resurrection, immigration and genocide and on dealing with these questions in art and research. Therefore we do stress that other students are also most welcome to the lectures as well as to the seminar (in which an extensive reader on both countries will be produced). Especially on Armenian culture, kept alive in the Diaspora through art, music , literature and film ,there is so much to be told and there are so many people in the Netherlands willing to do so, that a series of only six lectures is totally inadequate to mirror the richness and the debt of the subject. Therefore an additional meeting exclusively for fellow travellers will be held at the seventh of April.

Lectures and seminar will be moderated by Jeron Halewijn, who studied amongst more Dutch language at the 'lerarenopleiding' in Amsterdam. He is the current director of Sociëteit De Kring, one of the two original and well known artists-societies in Amsterdam. Jeron Halewijn is one of the enthusiastic die hards involved in the travel projeccts initiated by Studium Generale Rietveld.

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