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Conversations on Groong: The Armenian Diaspora Survey



July 9, 2022


     Sedda Antekelian

     Gegham Mughnetsyan


     Asbed Bedrossian

     Hovik Manucharyan



Hello and welcome to the Armenian News Network, Groong.

The Armenian DIaspora Survey



In this Conversations on Groong episode, we’ll be talking about the Armenian Diaspora Survey (ADS) which, in its current phase, is surveying Diaspora Armenians in the US and in Ontario, Canada. The survey is funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and administered by the Armenian Institute in London.



To talk about this survey, we are joined by:


Sedda Antekelian, who is a Learning and Development Specialist at the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and develops multimedia testimony-based resources for educators and learners. She is a doctoral student in USC Rossier's Global Executive Doctor of Education program. Sedda is active in the Armenian American community with organizations like the Ararat-Eskijian Museum and the ANCA-WR Education Committee.



Gegham Mughnetsyan, who is the Chitjian Researcher Archivist at the USC Dornsife Institute of Armenian Studies. He works with post-genocide archival materials of the Armenian diaspora. Gegham is a graduate of UC Berkeley and also the American University in Washington DC, with a background in International Affairs, focusing on Peace and Conflict, and US foreign policy toward Nagorno Karabakh.



In May we talked with Dr. Hratch Tchilingirian at Oxford University, who is the administrator of The Armenian DIaspora Survey Project - The current phase of which is polling Armenians in the US and Ontario, Canada. The current phase ends later this month, July 29, 2022.


Survey Resources


Sedda and Gegham, you are the Western US coordinators of the survey, can you remind us what the project is, and its goals?



About the Survey


      Can you tell us what kind of questions you ask in the survey? Why?

      How long would it take to take the survey? How many questions?

      What needs to happen for this phase to be a success?


Survey Objectives and Benefits


      What happens after the end of this phase? Who goes to work on the results, and what do they do with the data?

      Who can have access to the data?

      How will this survey provide knowledge to us about ourselves, in a manner that will tangibly improve our lot as Armenians? What’s the value proposition?




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Sedda Antekelian, Gegham Mughnetsyan, Hratch Tchilingirian, Armenian Diaspora Survey, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, University of Oxford, United States of America, Ontario, Canada,