Harutyun Marutyan is a leading researcher at the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia. He received a D.Sc. (History) in social anthropology from the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, and a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the Institute of Ethnography, Academy of Sciences of the USSR. For his Diane and Howard Wohl Fellowship, Dr. Marutyan conducted research for his project “Memory Based on Politics: Comparative Study of Jewish and Armenian Experience.”
Dr. Marutyan is the author, co-author, and editor of several books, including, Iconography of Armenian Identity. Volume I: The Memory of Genocide and the Karabagh Movement (Gitutyun Publishing House, 2009), which will appear in both Armenian and English; Stories on Poverty: Book 2 (The Hazarashen Armenian Center for Ethnological Studies, 2007); and The Role of Memory in the Structure of Identity: Theoretical Questions (Noravank, 2006). The latter two volumes are published only in Armenian. The recipient of many awards, Dr. Marutyan was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the recipient of an IREX Regional Scholar Exchange Fellowship at the University of Michigan. He received a Red Diploma for academic excellence from Yerevan State University and the award for Best Young Anthropologist of the Institute of Ethnography, Academy of Sciences of the USSR.
One of the distinctive characteristics of the Karabakh Movement was that in less than three years, it drastically changed how the Soviet value system was perceived. The visual and verbal manifestation of this was evident through the transformation of the language and texts of the posters and signs used during the Movement.
Harutyun Marutyan writes that the Karabakh Movement was not only the first of the Eastern European revolutions, but it played a considerable role in the democratization of Soviet society, was pivotal in the deconstruction of the Soviet Union and consequently in the elimination of the threat of communism.
Հարություն Մարությանը գրում է, որ Ղարաբաղյան շարժումը ոչ միայն Արեւելյան եվրոպական հեղափոխություններից առաջինն էր, այն նաեւ մեծ դեր է խաղացել խորհրդային հասարակության ժողովրդավարացման, Խորհրդային Միության ապակենտրոնացման եւ հետեւաբար կոմունիզմի սպառնալիքի վերացման գործում: