Shushi: Mental Maps

“Shushi: Mental Maps” is an interdisciplinary research project on the memory of the Armenian population of Shushi, forcibly displaced after the war in Nagorno Karabakh in autumn 2020. The stories about the daily life of the urban space of Shushi are presented in the context of traumatic memory, which was revived by interviews with IDPs and their mental maps.

Editor-in-chief - Tigran Amiryan

Editorial Staff E. - Karapetyan, S .Kalantaryan

Translators - Hovhannes Galstyan, Hayarpi Papikyan, Sona Kalantaryan

Proofreaders - Mary Sargsyan, Samson Martirosyan

Cover design - Harutyun Tumaghyan

Designer of maps and digitalization of the mental maps - Harutyun Tumaghyan

Layout design - Klim Grechka

Foreword E. Karapetyan

The City of Smoking Samovars. Home in Shushi, Shushi as Home Gohar Stepanyan 
People of Shushi 
Shushi: The Landscape of Traumatic Memory (1920 – 2020) Nona Shahnazaryan 
Mental Maps 
Memory Lines: Notes on Shushi’s Mental Maps Tigran Amiryan

This book was created within the framework of a project implemented in cooperation with the “Cultural & Social Narratives Laboratory” NGO and the Heinrich Boell Foundation Yerevan Office― South Caucasus Region.

The content of the publication is the sole responsibility of Cultural and Social Narratives Laboratory NGO and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the Heinrich Boell Stiftung Yerevan Office – South Caucasus Region.  


Shushi: Mental Maps. Collective monograph ed. by Karapetyan E., Amiryan T. CSN Lab, Yerevan, 2023, 248 p.

The book explores the memory of the Armenian population of Shushi (Nagorno-Karabakh/Artsakh), which was displaced as a result of the Second Karabakh War in the autumn of 2020. The memory of urban space and everyday life in Shushi is presented in the book through the lens of traumatic memory, reconstructed through in-depth interviews and mental maps of the displaced.