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Imaginary:Hospitality : Atithi:Deva
Abiral Khadka, 2023, artistic work

Abstract: The imaginaries of hospitality have been changing ever since people were moving places, migrating – meeting, welcoming and leaving each other. A famous Sanskrit verse equals guest to God. *** A musical album of reflections by: Heidrun Friese (Germany/Italy), Rim Trad (Lebanon), Eva Ann Wanjiku Chege (Kenya), Simay Abay (Turkey), Matias Olesi Pasulani (Malawi), Frida Stephany Yee Salas (Mexico), Negera Gudeta Adula (Ethiopia), Winnie Wothaya Murigu (Kenya). 01_othering (05:12) 02_visualising movement (02:51) 03_relating the other (04:25) 04_worlding hospitality (03:26) 05_creating mobility (03:07) 06_instrumentalizing (03:45) *** The project is a part of the 2023 POSTMOBILITY programme within www.go2025.eu. Special thanks to dr. Heidrun Friese, and to the abovenamed students of EMMIR, the European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations www.emmir.org. *** Original music score and sound editing: Abiral Khadka (Joondroid) Artistic research and performative conception: pETER Purg
Keywords: mobility, migration, hospitality, imaginary, guest, god
Published in RUNG: 15.11.2023; Views: 809; Downloads: 25
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Language and alphabet in the Armenian diaspora of Plovdiv, Bulgaria: symbolic cultivation and identitary memory
Giustina Selvelli, invited lecture at foreign university

Abstract: In this presentation I will focus on the case of the Armenian diaspora of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, describing specific mechanisms of maintenance and reproduction of identitary memory connected to the symbolic use of the community’s language and alphabet made by both cultural elites and individuals. Armenian language and alphabet are functional to the promotion of a particular type of memory, which makes the experience of the diaspora 'transnational' and 'transtemporal' at one time, challenging conventional concepts of belonging based on territoriality. In particular, by virtue of its emotional content linked to a history of distinctiveness, the alphabet becomes part of a process of collective representation, as a key symbol nourishing the links with the spiritual and cultural heritage of the historical Armenian Motherland. The latter can be considered an 'Imaginary Homeland': not corresponding to the restricted borders of contemporary Republic of Armenia, it has acquired a 'mythical value' which constitutes integral part of an emotional geography of the diaspora. Although most members of the community do not have a command of the Armenian language, its alphabet appears to be an essential tool in a process of symbolic cultivation of collective imaginary by virtue of the specific “ethno-history” it contains, and expands its role beyond the technical one becoming an object, a decoration and a distinctive sign displaying identitary memory.
Keywords: Armenian Alphabet, Armenian Diaspora, Bulgarian Armenians, Imaginary Homeland, Symbolic Cultivation
Published in RUNG: 04.01.2021; Views: 2241; Downloads: 0
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