what do i write about, anyway?
good question. a cursory glance at my portfolio will show that my range of interests is quite eclectic. But there’s a few main themes, and there’s a couple guiding questions i tend to follow. here’s a quick & dirty list.
what does it mean to be a woman? in different countries, different situations, different contexts? what are the different ways that the complexity of gender can affect our day-to-day lives?
how can we resist? how does inequality reproduce itself in our societies, and more importantly, who can stop it and how?
what information do we absorb? who creates and controls it? who gets to speak, and why? what dynamics does our media reinforce? how can we be better at listening to each other?
without further ado — the portfolio, as promised.
features, profiles & interviews.
what we talk about when we talk about gender in armenia. open democracy russia, december 2018. written from yerevan, armenia.
on the politicized manipulation of gender discourse in armenia.
heard but not seen: how women became the unrecognized architects of the velvet revolution. open caucasus media, may 2018. written from yerevan, armenia.
on women's unrecognized leadership in the armenian velvet revolution of may 2018.
former afghan women’s soccer captain kicking down barriers in toronto. the toronto star, june 2017. written from toronto, canada.
on zahra mahmoodi, a fierce & fearless hazara woman who has been striving to give marginalized women access to sports since she was a child. she has played three world cups.
a model for success: the AGBU Alex-Manoogian school pioneers a welcome program for syrian-armenians. the agbu insider magazine, march 2018. written from montreal, canada.
on the success of chahé tanachian's model for integrating newcomers through education.
la benevolencija and the saviour of sarajevo: the role of judaism during the siege. balkan diskurs, april 2017. written from sarajevo, bosnia.
on jakob finci, a jewish man who, during the siege of sarajevo, helped thousands of bosnians of all ethnicities escape the siege and find access to food, medication, and education.
culture & reviews.
aziz ansari, cat person, and expecting more of men. the a.side, january 2018. written from lausanne, switzerland.
on the aziz ansari debacle and how to be better at holding men accountable for their actions towards women.
the spice girls are dead. the a.side, november 2017. written from toronto, canada.
on the spice girls, technically - but more on cultural displacement & missing out on common cultural references.
the most toronto film on earth. the newspaper, april. written from toronto, canada.
on i'm okay, the independent film industry, and depression.
enrico dagnino's archives under fire. balkan diskurs, october 2016. written from sarajevo, bosnia.
co-authored with laura feehs. on a photography exhibit that made me realize i'm a journalist.
photography that humanizes. balkan diskurs, september 2016. written from sarajevo, bosnia.
co-authored with bridget granger. on a talk with andrew quilty during which i understood the use of photography for political self-expression.
creative & misc.
10:01pm on a sunday night. pressed magazine, december 2018. written from toronto, canada.
a vulnerable ode to a city that has become home. (unavailable online.)
for the worms. the a.side, december 2017. written from middlebury, vermont.
i'm more of a writer than i am a dancer so this is an ode to both.
thank you note & letter to a dear friend. the uc review, january 2017. written from barcelona, spain.
before i decided letters were their own genre, i thought i was a poet for a hot minute. this is a remnant from that time.
i also write creative & misc stuff right here on this website.
academic & research.
lessons from month thirteen: next steps in the resettlement sector. welcomehometo, december 2016. written from toronto, canada. (co-written and co-edited with the rest of the whto team.)
on best practices for the resettlement of newcomers to toronto.
neither failed nor sufficient: successes and shortcomings in multi-cultural policy-writing in the canadian environmental assessment act. landmarks: the undergraduate geography journal. volume two, august 2016. written from toronto, canada.
on how far canadian legislation has come in regards to indigenous rights & how much further we need to go.