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Eberhardt Karls University Tübingen

Bucerius Ph.D. Fellow

Tremor and Change. How the Earthquake in 1988 Shaped the Transformative Trajectory of Armenia. 1980s - 2010s.


The project uses the earthquake, which struck Armenia in 1988, as a “focussing event” to gain further insights into the processes of the re-ordering of Armenian society. The catastrophe served as a forceful agent of political and social change as it on the one hand accelerated the alienation between the regional authorities and the emerging civil society and on the other hand strongly influenced the relationships between Armenia and Moscow. By using archive material, interviews and images, the historical analysis of the earthquake provides better understanding of the ambiguous trajectories of change in late Soviet and post-communist times.

Katja Doose is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Tübingen in Eastern European Studies under the supervision of Prof. Klaus Gestwa. Her Ph.D. in environmental history asks how and why the earthquake in Armenia in 1988 served as an agent of change in Armenian politics and society. She has recently completed research trips to Moscow and Armenia. Katja finished her studies in History and Slavonic studies in Dresden and St. Petersburg. Afterwards she worked as Head of office of the DAAD in Tashkent/Uzbekistan.

Conference Report: Katastrophen im östlichen Europa vom 18. Jahrhundert bis heute. [Catastrophes in Eastern Europe from the 18th century to date] 21.02.2013 - 22.02.2013, Tuebingen, in: H-Soz-u-Kult, published on 10.04.2013 at <>

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