Nazli Müge Önder


Project title

Diaspora Organisations and Diaspora Nationalism: The Case of the Armenian Diaspora in Canada and the U.S

Project overview

My research project aims to understand how Armenian diaspora organisations in the east coast cities of Canada and in the United States, where the majority of the community members are the second and third generation Armenians, influence and shape notions of ethnic identity, belonging and nationalism among community members. I mainly focus on the community members who are actively involved in the cultural and political events, activities and programmes hosted by the organisations. The project intends to present a comparative approach by exploring the experiences of the Armenian communities in two different settings in the context of their relations with the organisations, the host country and each other. In the light of their affiliations with different Armenian national and transnational networks, the homeland and their relations with other community members, I attempt to highlight different perceptions and insights of the Armenian community members in question about how they negotiate the multiple local and transnational identities. My research study also analyses the changing trends of the organisations’ policies on the homeland, Armenia and the growing interest in the homeland among younger generations. Therefore, the main purpose of the research is to present the generation-based comparative analysis of identity imagination among the diasporic Armenians.


  • Prof. Louise WAITE (Main Supervisor)
  • Dr Martin Purvis (Co-supervisor)

2015-2016 (Master of Arts) in the Department of Psychosocial Studies (Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity MA), Birkbeck College, University of London, London.

Thesis Title: The Discourse Analysis of the Issue of Normalisation between Turkey and Armenia in the context of an Armenian Newspaper AGOS’s titles.

2005-2010 (Bachelor’s Degree) in Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences (Public Administration), Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir.

Onder, N.M.; Cegin, G. (2016) '1915' as a Biopolitics Paradigm: An Essay on Production of Naked Life and Camp Practices, Dusunen Siyaset, 32, pp.151-168.