Music ETDs

Publication Date

Spring 4-16-2023


In this thesis, I examine a selection of music videos, from those created in 2015 at the centenary of the Armenian Genocide, to those created in response to the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War, considered by Armenians to be a continuation of the Armenian Genocide. To the Armenian people, Nagorno-Karabakh is part of their ethnic homeland and has maintained a majority-Armenian population and separatist government backed by the Republic of Armenia since the First Nagorno-Karabakh War. I apply a music-as-text approach in this thesis, examining these music videos through examination of the visual, musical, and lyrical elements. I then analyze these videos and the themes of identity construction and communicative and cultural memory. An analysis of these videos shows that the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War is a vector of memory pointing to the Armenian Genocide as a lieu de mémoire, which is mediated through the videos themselves.

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Level of Degree


Department Name

Department of Music

First Committee Member (Chair)

Kristina M. Jacobsen

Second Committee Member

David M. Bashwiner

Third Committee Member

Dennis Davies-Wilson




armenia, azerbaijan, artsakh, collective memory, lieux de memoire, armenian genocide

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Music Commons