Date of Submission
Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
2022 Hailey A Wilson
This thesis adopts an interdisciplinary approach to analyze Ani, an Armenian cultural heritage site located in Turkey, in order to identify critical gaps within international protections to preserve cultural heritage and explore potential avenues for Turkish-Armenian reconciliation. Ani is used to explore definitions of cultural heritage, international instruments to address cultural destruction, and culture’s connection with group and individual identity. An overview of cultural diplomacy, norm diffusion, and heritage governmentality is provided to inform Ani’s complex political layers and inform how proper restoration of Ani can help build diplomatic relations between Turkey and Armenian. This thesis also interweaves Armenian voices to provide a holistic understanding of Ani’s symbol to Armenians and reinforce the necessity for international bodies to reform cultural heritage legislation and codify cultural genocide.
Wilson, Hailey, "The Implications of the Politics of Ani's preservation for the International Community and the Geopolitics of Turkish-Armenian Relations" (2022). CMC Senior Theses. 2968.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.