Armenian Translation of The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge by Jean-François Lyotard has been published

In the framework of the Calouste Gulbenkian Translation Series The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge (La Condition Postmoderne. Rapport sur le savoir) by Jean-François Lyotard has been published in Armenian translation.

Translator – Shushan Makaryan

Editor in chief – Hrach Bayadyan

Editor – Smbat Hovhannisyan

Publisher – Actual Art Publishing House

Read below biographies of the translator, editors, the author, and a short information about the book. 

About the Book

The most famous postmodern existence of the 20th century French philosopher, sociologist and literary theorist Jean-Francois Lyotard (1924-1998) is included in the book The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, which popularized the aesthetic paradigm of postmodernism in the academic environment. The interview “Lessons of Paganism” and the article “Answer to the question, what is postmodernity” were also included in the book to provide some clarifications regarding postmodernity, all its aspects and relations. Lyotard’s works have been and continue to be of great importance to various fields of knowledge, from literature to philosophy, as well as to current political debate, as they consider the status of science, technology, and art, the meaning of technocracy, the ways in which global information flows are governed, and other pressing issues.

The book is completed with an extensive foreword by cultural critic Hrach Bayadyan and a glossary of basic concepts.

Jean-François Lyotard 

Jean-François Lyotard (1924-1988) was a French philosopher, sociologist and literary theorist. His interdisciplinary discourse spans such topics as epistemology and communication, the human body, modern art and postmodern art, literature and critical theory, music, film, time and memory, space, the city and landscape, the sublime, and the relation between aesthetics and politics. He is best known for his articulation of postmodernism after the late 1970s and the analysis of the impact of postmodernity on the human condition. Lyotard was a key personality in contemporary Continental philosophy and author of 26 books and many articles. He was a director of the International College of Philosophy founded by Jacques Derrida, François Châtelet, Jean-Pierre Faye, and Dominique Lecourt.

Shushan Makaryan

Shushan Makaryan was born in 1970 in Gyumri. Studied at Yerevan State University, faculty of Roman Germanic Philology, department of French language and literature. Since 2000 has been a translator at Sargis Khachents publishing house and since 2007 the editor of Printinfo publishing program. She has translated “The main problems of Byzantine history”, by Charles Diehl (2005) and The Historian’s Craft by Marc Bloch’s. Shushan is also the editor of many scientific publications.

Hrach Bayadyan

Hrach Bayadyan was born in 1957 in Yerevan. In 1973 – 1979, he studied at the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics of Yerevan State University. Hrach Bayadyan is a cultural critic. He is a lecturer of mass media and cultural studies at Yerevan State University. He also teaches at the Yerevan Institute of Contemporary Art. In 2020 he published a new book Imagining the Past: Narratives of Soviet Armenian Modernity (in Armenian).

Smbat Hovhannisyan

Smbat Hovhannisyan studied at the Faculty of History of Yerevan State University. He is a candidate of historical sciences, associate professor. He lectured on world history at the Faculty of History of YSU, as well as at Ayb High School. Now he is an associate professor of the Department of World History of YSU Faculty of History and a guest lecturer at the American University of Armenia.