Round Table “Chronicle of the Armenian Revolution” by Sèda Mavian
DEBATE PRESENTATION • THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2019
Muscari organizes on Thursday, May 9, 2019, from 7pm to 9pm, at Goethe Institut Lyon, a panel discussion for the release of the book “Chronicle of the Armenian Revolution” by Sèda Mavian.
On the occasion of the first anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in Armenia, we will return on both form and substance of this revolution. This panel discussion will be animated by the author Sèda Mavian and the Publisher of the book (SIGEST – Jean Sirapian).
About the book:
The Armenian revolution which, from April 13 to May 8, 2018, triumphed in less than a month of a oligarchic regime apparently irremovable without a single drop of blood being shed, appears from the outset as a major event in Armenian contemporary history. Qualified by its master builder, Nikol Pachinian, as a “revolution of love and concord” and a “democratic velvet revolution without violence”, the Armenian spring is reminiscent of the Czechoslovak revolution of 1989, while the terms “democratic” and “without violence” deliberately emphasize its peaceful, legal and constitutional character. It is this miracle of an unexpected revolution with an unusually happy ending that the British magazine The Economist wanted to distinguish by designating Armenia as the “Country of the Year” in 2018, while the readers of the Russian economic daily Vedomosti (“The News”) elected Nikol Pachinian “best politician of the year”.
To report this one of a kind revolution, we have chosen to offer the reader a one of a kind story, not linear and posterior but dynamic and concomitant, constituted by the posts that the journalist and author Sèda Mavian has published on the internet during the day-by-day and sometimes hour-by-hour events, after having decided to transform her Facebook page into a fully-fledged francophone media serving the most rigorous and diversified information available. Completing the story, documents presented in the appendix encourage the understanding of the facts as well as the apprehension of various subjects such as Armenia-diaspora relations, democracy within the diaspora and the notion of commitment, especially from artists.
Sèda Mavian is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies d’Etudes (IEP) and holds a Master of Advanced Studies in history from the School for Advances Studies in the Social Sciences in Paris (EHESS).
Author and journalist, she is a correspondent in Yerevan (Armenia) of the Nouvelles d’Arménie Magazine, the main Armenian monthly magazine in France, particularly in charge of the political, historical and cultural domains. Her knowledge of the Armenian world in time (past and present) and in space (Armenia, Diaspora, Artsakh), makes her consider today as a specialist in Armenia.