Research: "Ghost-cities": socio-cultural study of abandoned settlements of Armenia.
Evia Hovhannisyan was born on 7 November, 1986. She holds BA (2008) and MA (2010) degrees in Culturology from Yerevan State University. Now Evia is a post-graduate student at the Department of Culturology of Yerevan State University (title of the thesis – “The Cultural Landscape of Early Christian Armenia”). Since July 2012 Evia has been working at the Codicology Department of The Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, as a junior researcher and a per-hour lecturer at YSU Department of Culturology (title of the lecture – "Medieval Armenian Culture", "Culturology"). During both education and employment she participated in the number of international, regional conferences, workshops and trainings. Her professional interests include issues of cultural landscapes, urbanization processes, territorial cultural interactions, etc.
In the framework of the Heinrich Böll Foundation Scholarship Programme, Evia’s research topic is "Ghost-cities": socio-cultural study of abandoned settlements of Armenia. The research envisages analysis of the mechanisms and patterns of the "secondary" use of abandoned settlements of Armenia and their role in the life of neighboring villages.