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Sinem Adar and Anny Bakalian


Armenian Diaspora Tourism in Turkey: An Interview with Anny Bakalian

[Travelers wearing red, blue, and orange shirts, the colors of the flag of the Republic of Armenia, pose with Mount Ararat behind them (2014). Image by Anny Bakalian.]

[This interview explores the rising phenomenon of diaspora Armenians traveling throughout Anatolia, following their ancestors’ footprints. Specifically, it focuses on the following questions: What is the meaning of Armenian diaspora tourism to Turkey? Is it a return to the homeland? What emotions do travelers share along the trip? What are typical encounters between the tourists and the locals?] Sinem Adar (SA): You have been travelling with other Armenians from the ...

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Sinem Adar and Anny Bakalian


Sinem Adar is a Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar in Sociology at the University of South Florida. Her work has appeared in Political Power and Social Theory, Sociology of Education, New Perspectives on Turkey, Journal of European Social Policy, Al-Jazeera, and Muftah.

Anny Bakalian is Associate Director of the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC) and the Master’s Program in Middle Eastern Studies at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the author of Backlash 9/11: Middle Eastern and Muslim Americans Respond (University of California Press, 2009) with Mehdi Bozorgmehr. Her many publications on the Armenian American experience include Armenian Americans: From Being to Feeling Armenian (Transaction Press, 1993, republished 2011). She serves on the board of directors of Alwan for the Arts.