Rik Adriaans is an anthropologist working on the politics of Armenian public culture. His doctoral research examines the interfaces between image production, technological mediation and diasporic recognition struggles in the transnational circuits that connect post-Soviet Armenia to the Armenian diaspora in Los Angeles. Besides this, he maintains an ongoing research interest in the politics of Armenian popular music, which has led to publications on patriotic music videos, folk dance performances in protests, and post-socialist debates on rabiz music.
2018. “Of Oligarchs, Orientalists and Cosmopolitans: How ‘Armenian’ is Rabiz Music?” Nationalities Papers 46 (4): 704-716.
2017. “The Humanitarian Road to Nagorno-Karabakh: Media, Morality and Infrastructural Promise in the Armenian Diaspora.” Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power (online, ahead of print).
2017. “Dances with Oligarchs: Performing the Nation in Armenian Civic Activism.” Caucasus Survey 5 (2): 142-159.
2016. “Staging Sassoun: Memory and Music Video in Post-Soviet Armenia.” Social Analysis 60 (3): 17-35.