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Dr Jo Laycock

Senior Lecturer in History


I am currently working on a collaborative project, planning a series of events reflecting on the centenary of the Armenian Genocide.

  • About

    My first monograph, Imagining Armenia, examined British representations of Armenia and the ways in which they shaped responses to the Armenian genocide and refugee crisis which followed in its wake. I have also written on the repatriation of diaspora Armenians to the Soviet Union in the aftermath of the Second World War. My current research addresses the history of Armenia and the Caucasus in transnational context, focusing on the aftermaths of crisis and upheaval at the start and end of the Soviet period. In particular, I am interested in refugee relief and the construction of the Soviet state in Armenia in the post-WWI period and international response to the Armenian earthquake in 1988. More broadly, I am interested in the place of the Soviet Union in emerging transnational histories of humanitarianism.

    Histories of modern Armenia and the South Caucasus
    Refugees, population displacement and diasporas
    Transnational histories of humanitarianism
    Histories of conflict, genocide and their aftermaths

  • Teaching

    Department Of Humanities

    Development and Society

  • Research

    • Humanities Research Centre
  • Publications

    ‘Repatriations in Post Second World War Armenia’, in N. Baron and P. Gatrell (eds) Warlands: Population Resettlement and State Reconstruction in Soviet Eastern Europe, 1930–1950 (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) pp.140–162

    ‘Armenia: The Nationalisation, Internationalisation and Representation of the Refugee Crisis,’ (co-authored with Peter Gatrell), in N. Baron and P. Gatrell (eds) Homelands: War, Population and Statehood in Eastern Europe and Russia, 1918–1924 (London: Anthem Press, 2004) pp.179–200.

    Review of Razmik Panossian ‘The Armenians, From Kings and Priests to Merchants and Commissars’ Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans vol. 9 (2), (2007) p.197

    LAYCOCK, Joanne (2016). Survivor or Soviet stories? Repatriate narratives in Armenian histories, memories and identities. History and memory, 28 (2), 123-151.

    LAYCOCK, Joanne (2015). Beyond national narratives? : centenary histories, the First World War and the Armenian Genocide. Revolutionary Russia, 28 (2), 93-117.

    LAYCOCK, Joanne (2012). Armenian homelands and homecomings 1945-9 : the repatriation of diaspora Armenians to the Soviet Union. Cultural and Social History, 9 (1), 103-123.

    LAYCOCK, Joanne (2009). Imagining Armenia : orientalism, ambiguity and intervention 1878 -1925. Cultural history of modern war . Manchester, Manchester University Press.

    LAYCOCK, Joanne (2009). The repatriation of Armenians to Soviet Armenia, 1945-49. In: GATRELL, Peter and BARON, Nick, (eds.) Warlands : Population Resettlement and State Reconstruction in Soviet Eastern Europe, 1930-1950. London, Palgrave Macmillan, 140-162.

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