Calouste Gulbenkian Translation Series

The Armenian Communities Department of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has launched The Calouste Gulbenkian Translation Series Project, which aims to make fundamental texts in the humanities and the social sciences available in Armenian. The coordinator of the project in Armenia is ARI Literature Foundation.

 

In the framework of the project, a number of valuable humanitarian and sociological works by world-renowned authors of the 20th and 21st centuries, which have not been translated into Armenian before, will be published in eastern and western Armenian translation. The translations will be particularly useful for scholars and students to facilitate advancement of intellectual discourse in Armenia.

This initiative will also contribute to the modernisation of the Armenian language, the introduction of a new terminological vocabulary, and the expansion of the pool of translators.

The Armenian Communities Department of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has launched The Calouste Gulbenkian Translation Series Project, which aims to make fundamental texts in the humanities and the social sciences available in Armenian. The coordinator of the project in Armenia is ARI Literature Foundation.

In the framework of the project, a number of valuable humanitarian and sociological works by world-renowned authors of the 20th and 21st centuries, which have not been translated into Armenian before, will be published in eastern and western Armenian translation. The translations will be particularly useful for scholars and students to facilitate advancement of intellectual discourse in Armenia.

This initiative will also contribute to the modernisation of the Armenian language, the introduction of a new terminological vocabulary, and the expansion of the pool of translators.

At this stage the following translations of the series have been published:

  • Giorgio Agamben, Quel che resta di Auschwitz. L’archivio e il testimone (Homo sacer III), Actual Arvest, 2020
  • Jürgen Habermas, Strukturwandel der Öffentlichkeit, Ankyunaqar, 2021
  • Alain Badiou, Le Siècle, Newmag, 2021
  • Michel Foucault, L’archéologie du savoir, Zangak, 2022
  • Jean-Francois Lyotard, La condition postmoderne; Instructions Païennes et Le Postmoderne expliqué aux enfants, Actual Art,  2022
  • Antonio Gramsci, Quaderni del carcere, ARI Press, 2023
  • Post modern condition and its critics (critical pieces by J. Habermas, F. Jameson and R. Rorty), Johannisyan Institute, 2023

In 2023 Armenian editions of the following books will be published:

  • Edward Said, Orientalism
  • Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism
  • Simone de Beauvoir, Le deuxième sexe

An internationally based committee of experts has been established to select the texts for translation. The committee members are:

  • Shushan Avagyan – Literary translator and lecturer, Translation Certificate Program, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, American University of Armenia.
  • Vardan Azatyan –Lecturer, associate professor at the Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts ; Director of the Ashot Hovhannisyan Research Institute in the Humanities, Armenia.
  • Hagop Gulludjian – Lecturer in Armenian Studies, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, UCLA, USA.
  • Smbat Hovhannisyan – Lecturer at the Chair of World History, Department of History, Yerevan State University, Armenia, Ph.D in History.
  • Armine Ishkanian – Assistant Professor and Programme Director of the MSc in Social Policy and Development, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.
  • Raymond Kévorkian – Directeur émérite de recherche, Institut Français de Géopolitique, Université Paris VIII, Saint-Denis.
  • Ardashes Margosyan – Former Chief Editor of Aras Yayıncılık Publishing, Istanbul.
  • Ara Sanjian – Associate Professor in Armenian and Middle Eastern History, Director of the Armenian Research Center, University of Michigan at Dearborn, USA.

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