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8.6.15

Two Book Awards for Armenian Studies

Dr. Sona Aronian Book Prizes for Excellence in Armenian Studies (NAASR)
The National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) recently announced the creation of the Dr. Sona Aronian Book Prizes for Excellence in Armenian Studies. The prizes will be awarded annually to an outstanding scholarly monograph in the English language in the field of Armenian studies and, in alternating years, to a translation from Armenian into English of a work of literature or of an academic book within the field of Armenian studies.
The prizes were established through the generosity of Dr. Aronian, and the first awards, for works published in 2014, will be announced in fall 2015.
“We are thrilled that Dr. Aronian, a scholar and a longtime member of NAASR, has established these prizes that will provide encouragement to scholars,” said NAASR Academic Director Marc A. Mamigonian.
Aronian is Professor Emerita of Russian, Comparative Literature, and Women’s Studies at the University of Rhode Island. She has a B.A. in comparative literature from Boston University and a Ph.D. in Slavic languages and literatures from Yale. She has taught at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Pennsylvania, and at the University of Rhode Island, where she established and directed the program in Russian studies and participated in the creation of the comparative literature and women’s studies programs. She has done archival research in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Prague, and Paris on the Russian modernist writer Alexei Remizov with the support of grants from the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX). Aronian served as contributing editor of a two-volume set of the Russian Literature Triquarterly devoted to the life and works of Remizov as well as a separate volume of his Selected Prose. She has also presented papers on Remizov at several international conferences in the United States and in Russia. In retirement she has become engrossed in the study of the Armenian language, literature, and culture, and the book prizes are her symbolic participation in the advancement of Armenian studies.
For more information, contact NAASR by calling (617) 489-1610 or e-mailing hq@naasr.org.

SAS Armenian Studies Book Award
The Society for Armenian Studies (SAS) is inviting nominations for the 2015 SAS Armenian Studies Book Award, established this year to recognize outstanding publishing in Armenian Studies. The deadline to receive books is September 1, 2015.
Nominations can be made by either the publisher or the author. Although there is no limit to the number of titles that authors or publishers may submit, it is asked that they exercise discretion in
the selection of books nominated.
Below is a list of criteria that should be met:
1. Nominations can be made by either the publisher or the author.
2. Books must be non-fiction scholarly monographs based on original research published in English between April 1, 2013, and April 30, 2015. Authors need not be SAS members. Works translated from other languages into English will also be considered, but will be judged by the same rigorous standards as those for works originally in English.
3. Subject matter must deal with Armenian Studies and the work must seek to advance knowledge and scholarship on Armenian society, culture, and history from ancient times to the present. The work should both demonstrate substantive knowledge of Armenian people and their civilization, as well as
further Armenian scholarship through comparative and transcultural analysis that considers and argues for the role of Armenians beyond national, geographic, and traditional disciplinary boundaries.
4. Works not eligible include edited collections and compilations, proceedings of symposia, new editions of previously published books, bibliographies, dictionaries, and textbooks.
The author of the winning book will receive $1000 and a certificate of award. Honorable mentions also receive a certificate of award. The results will be announced in publications as deemed appropriate by SAS.
All submittals should be sent to:
Society for Armenian Studies
Armenian Studies Book Award
c/o Armenian Studies Program
5245 N. Backer Ave. PB4
Fresno CA 93740-8001
Electronic versions of the publications can be sent, in pdf format, to: Barlow Der Mugrdechian (barlowd@csufresno.edu)

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