Viktorya Abrahamyan


I hold two Master degrees: the first one in the Middle Eastern, Arabic studies with the specialization of the Contemporary History of the Arabic Countries from the Yerevan State University, received in 2008; and the second one in the European Political and Governance Studies from the College of Europe, received in 2011.

In 2004-2005, I spent a year in Damascus, Syria, studying classical Arabic language. In 2008 – 2010, I worked with the Arabic, Armenian and Russian-speaking refugees at the Belgian Red Cross in the framework of an advocacy project funded by the European Commission. In 2011 – 2017, I worked in the field of international development, managing projects of democratisation and elections, good governance and human rights first at the European Commission and then at the German Development Agency.

Since September 2017, I am a PhD student in the Department of History under the supervision of Prof. Jordi Tejel. The research, titled “Towards a Decentred History of the Middle East: Transborder Spaces, Circulations, Frontier Effects and State Formation, 1920-1946” (BORDER), is funded by the European Research Council. The focus of my research is to explore to what extent and how the Armenian refugees played at once a direct and indirect role in shaping the state building processes in Syria, in terms of defining national identity, expanding state authority and consolidating state’s borders during the French mandate (1920-1946).

Doctorante (ERC BORDER)

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Research areas

  • Contemporary history of the Middle East,
  • Discourse and identity,
  • Nationalism and state formation,
  • Displacement and refugees.


  • Master in Oriental, Arabic studies, Yerevan State University, Armenia, May 2008 With Highest Honors
  • Master in European Political and Governance Studies, Bruges, Belgium, June 2011