Call for Fellowships:
Urban & Population Exchange Between Yerevan & Baku
Duration: 3 Months (May-July 2020)
Amount: $1,000 USD
Deadline: March 10th, 2020
Ajam Media Collective (ajammc.com) is offering fellowships for scholars, journalists, community activists, and documentary filmmakers based in Yerevan and Baku for Summer 2020. The project is co-sponsored by the Mejlis Institute (mejlisinstitute.org) and Məhəllə (mehelle.org).
Project Description: For much of the nineteenth and twentieth century, Baku and Yerevan were cities of great ethno-religious, linguistic, and architectural diversity. Their historic neighborhoods not only housed people of various backgrounds, but they were also home to shared social spaces. Following the rise of inter-ethnic conflict and the outbreak of the Nagorno-Karabakh War, Armenian residents of Baku and Azerbaijani residents of Yerevan were either forcibly expelled or voluntarily relocated, leaving behind their friends, neighbors, and homes. In some cases, those who were displaced were able to contact their counterparts fleeing the other country and negotiated housing exchanges.
The aim of this project is to record and preserve the memory, oral histories, and material culture of this population transfer, especially from those Armenians and Azerbaijanis who exchanged homes during the early years of the Nagorno-Karabakh War. Working with an international team, this initiative will train fellows to utilize geo-spatial mapping software, 360-degree video, documentary footage, and digital archiving practices to build an online multimedia platform. In addition to serving as a scholarly resource, it will make it possible for former residents to explore their old neighborhoods, reconnect with old friends, as well as to understand the current and past struggles of those who replaced them.
Project Details: The project consists of a total of 6 fellowships: 2 Research Fellowships (1 in Baku & 1 in Yerevan) and 4 Urban Practice Fellowships (2 in Baku & 2 in Yerevan)
Fellowship Requirements: The Fellowships are open to all ages. In addition to their local language (Armenian or Azerbaijani), successful candidates should have a good command of English. Knowledge of Russian is also preferred. In addition to the requirements listed above, the fellows must:
How to Apply: In order to apply for the fellowship, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following documents:
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