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Schwäbisches Tagblatt, 22.02.2016

MyScience, 18.02.201

Radio-interview with Hamlet Melkumyan on Soviet icons, 29.10.2016

In this radio interview broadcasted on Public Radio of Armenia Hamlet Melkumyan and Harutyun Marutyan discuss why Soviet icons and artifacts – like portraits of Stalin and Lenin, the USSR flag, and coats of arms etc. – are still popular among different groups of people in post-Soviet Armenia. In the framework of our project, Hamlet Melkumyan conducts fieldwork on two local marketplaces: “Vernissage” in Yerevan and “Mshrali Khidi” (Dry Bridge) in Tbilisi. In this places Soviet icons are presented as a part of social memory on the one hand, and as exotica on the other. From these marketplaces, symbols travel from the Caucasus to Germany, the U.S. and other places.

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