Theo Maarten van Lint

Position:

Calouste Gulbenkian Professor of Armenian Studies 

Fellow of Pembroke College 

 

Faculty / College Address:

Oriental Institute / Pembroke College

Email:

theo.vanlint@orinst.ox.ac.uk 

 

Research Interests:

  • Armenian poetry
  • Medieval Armenian literature
  • Armenian literary and intellectual life in Iran, the Ottoman Empire and Russia in the 17th-19th centuries
  • Modern Armenian literature and its international context from the 19th century onward

 

Current Projects:

  • The Letters of Grigor Magistros Pahlavuni (985-1058): translation and commentary. Grigor Magistros Pahlavuni (985-1059) was an erudite layman, whose epistolary is a mine of information on theology, literature, mythology, politics and other matters. The language of the letters is often complex, and represents an example of Grecising Armenian. Their translation and commentary is a desideratum in Armenian studies and is of importance for adjacent fields as well.
  • The reception of the throne vision of Ezekiel in Armenian literature and art. Apart from various of its aspects addressed in separate publications I am working on two larger works: 
    Vardan Anec‘i’s Panegyric on the Divine Chariot (10th-11th c.): Translation and commentary; 
    Esayi Nč‘ec‘i’s Commentary on the Book of Ezekiel (1303): Critical edition, translation, and study.
    The prophet Ezekiel's vision at the river Chebar in Babylon has given rise to mystical and political interpretations in Armenia, expressed in biblical commentaries, poems, manuscript illuminations and other works of art for over a millennium.
  • Ashough Poetry and Storytelling: Asli and Kearam. In cooperation with Ms Vergine Gulbenkian, a storyteller from Oxford.
  • Kostandin Erznkac’i (13th-14th c.): his poems, their function, and his environment.
  • Grigor Tghay, poet and Katholikos (1133-1193).
  • Editing, together with Dr Emilio Bonfiglio (British Academic Post-Doctoral Fellow and Junior Research Fellow, Pembroke College, Oxford) of the volume on Literature in the Handbook of Armenian Studies of the Association Internationale des Etudes Arméniennes, published by Brill, Leiden.

 

Courses Taught Academic Year 2018-2019:

MSt in Classical Armenian Studies (with Dr David Zakarian)

 

RECENT ACTIVITIES

Prime time interview as part of broadcast on Narekatsi Readings in Amsterdam on Armenian Television Channel 1, 16 April 2019:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXeV-QBSG-A&list=LLbg-HpXdFoOD9xWDLGGDNQg&index=3&t=0s

 Armenia & Byzantium. Perspectives on Cultural and Political Relations. Graduate and Early Career Workshop. Radcliffe Humanities Building, University of Oxford, 22-23 March 2019. Organised by Dr David Zakarian and Prof Theo Maarten van Lint in collaboration with Dr Emilio Bonfiglio (University of Vienna) and Prof. Claudia Rapp (University of Vienna and Austrian Academy of Sciences). Keynote Lecture: Three Thought Experiments in Armenian and Byzantine Art by Professor Christina Maranci (Tufts University). 

Laudatio, 1998 – 2018 | DAS DOPPELJUBILÄUM 20 Jahre Kulturabkommen zwischen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (vertreten durch das Land Sachsen-Anhalt) und der Republik Armenien sowie Armenologische Arbeitsstelle MESROP an der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg (18-10-2018):

https://mirrorspectator.com/2018/11/08/two-decades-of-armenian-studies-i...

Interview with Yerkir TV, Armenia (Dec 2017, broadcast 19 January 2018) : https://youtu.be/i_790RcIRFg

Interview with Artsakh TV, Armenia (Dec 2017, broadcast January 2018) : https://youtu.be/qW1FMRekGmo

XIVth General Conference, Association Internationale des Études Arméniennes (AIEA), Humanties Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter and Pembroke College, University of Oxford 10-12 August 2017

Chair, Organising Committee 

Organising Committee Members, University of Oxford:

Dr Hratch Tchilingirian, Dr David Zakarian, Mr Nik Matheou, Ms Alex MacFarlane 

Organising Committee Members, AIEA:

Prof Valentina Calzolari (Geneva, President), Dr Irene Tinti (Geneva, Treasurer), Prof Bernard Coulie (UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve), Prof Armenuhi Drost-Abgarjan (Halle), Prof Alessandro Orengo (Pisa), Prof Marco Bais (Roma) 

Guest class Sint Grigor Narekatsi School, Amsterdam (14 May 2017)  https://narekatsi.nl/gastles-prof-theo-van-lint-oxford/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pPaqRtij1U

 

 

INVITED LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS

22-05-2019 Erevan. "Գերունական է այս կուսածին բոլոր բանս. Գրիգոր Պահլաւունոու Մագիստրոս երկու նամակ հաւատքի և փիլիսոփայութեան մասին" (More excellent than all is the Word Born from a Virgin. Two letters by Grigor Pahlawuni Magistros on Faith and Philosophy) Sen Arevshatyan 90. International Armenological Conference, 22-23 May 2019, Matenadaran, Erevan.

03-05-2019 Gent. "Erecting a Monument Stronger than Bronze: Faith and Culture in Grigor Pahlawuni Magistros' Epistolary", Henri Pirenne Institute for Medieval History, University of Gent.

16-04-2019 Amsterdam. Narekatsi Lezingen, Begijnhofkapel, Amsterdam. "Grace and Saint Gregory of Narek's Book of Lamentation", public Introduction to the Dutch translation of Grigor Narekatsi's Book of Lamentation (see under publications 2018and reading of the Dutch translation of Prayer 12. (See you tube link under recent activities).

14-03-2019  Budapest. "A Funeral Lament for Sparapet Vahram Pahlawuni. Grigor Pahlawuni Magistros' Eleventh Century Christianization of Armenian Commemorative Ritual"Grigor Narekac‘i Lecture. Public Lecture Series of the Department of Armenian Studies. Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest.

05-03-2019   Oxford. "On Poetry, Poetics, and the Gift of a Crosier: An 11th Century Letter by Grigor Pahlawuni Magistros to Katholikos Petros Getadarj". Eastern Christianity Seminar, University of Oxford.

13-11-2018    London. "Taner Akçam. Turkey's Denial Defines its Present. A Reading of his Speech to the Swedish Parliament on the Occasion of the 103th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide". Latymer Upper School, London.

12-10-2018    Prague. "For Whom the Bell Tolls. Prayer 92 in the Book of Lamentation by Saint Gregory of Narek and John Donne's Devotions upon Emergent Occasions". Strahov Monastery, Prague. Lecture accompanying the Exhibition "Treasures of the Earliest Christian Nation. Spirituality, Art and Music in Mediaeval Armenian Manuscripts

26-06-2018    Washington, D.C. Library of Congress. Vardanants Day Armenian Lectures "New Topics in Armenian History and Culture": Poetry, Patria and Pedigree: Yeghishe Charents' Monument and the Muse's Discontents.

14-06-2018   Jerusalem. The Sts James Armenian Patriarchate. Եզեկիէլի գահակարքը Հայաստանի մէջ. 1269 թ. Երզնկայի Աստուածաշնչի նկարազարդում (Երուսաղէմ, ձեռագիր հմ. 1925) Ezekiel's Throne Chariot in Armenia: The Erznka Bible Illumination Jerusalem, Armenian Patriarchate MS no 1925) of 1269. 

04,06,11-06-2018   Jerusalem. Hebrew University of Jerusalem Series of three Lectures Armenian Literature Around the Turn of Millennium in its International Cultural Context

    1. 04-06-2018  Grigor Narekatsi's Book of Lamentation and the School of Narek

    2. 06-06-2018  Vardan Anetsi's Contemplative Poem on the Divine Chariot

    3. 11-06-2018  Grigor Magistros: Cultural Autonomy theough Hellenisation and Christianisation

08-05-2018    Oxford. University of Oxford. "Christianising Laments for the Fallen in 11th c. Armenia: Grigor Pahlawuni Magistros on Vahram Pahlawuni, Sparapet of the Kingdom of Ani". Pembroke College, Eastern Christianity Seminar. 

16-01-2018    Istanbul. Հրաչեայ Աճառեան (1876-1953)` լեզուաբան – հայագէտի ձևաւորումը (Hračeay Ačaṙean - The Formation of a Linguist and Armenologist. Սահակեան-Նունեան Հայկական Դպրոց Sahakean-Nuneyan Ermeni Lisesi. 50 Years Jubilee. Celebration devoted to Hracheay Acharean.

 

EXHIBITION AND BOOK LAUNCHES

Book Launch, Matenadaran Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts Erevan, 7-11-2018, International Workshop Fourth Narekatsi Readings, of Grigor Narekatsi. Het Boek Der Weeklaging. Gebeden 1-15https://niderlandakan.livejournal.com/295960.html

 

KRIKOR MOMDJIAN'S Armenian Poems Translated into English - Booklaunch of Wanderings Պանդխտութեան մէջ  &  

KRIKOR Salt Room Wanderings When Night Falls  

Exhibition in the Pembroke College Art Gallery, 13 October -25 November, opening: 13 October, from 5pm, Pichette Theatre, Pembroke college

http://www.pmb.ox.ac.uk/content/art-gallery-exhibition-opening-salt-room...

Invitation to PMB Gallery opening Oct 2016.pdf

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

  • "The Magna Carta and the Constitution for the Brotherhood of Erznka of 1280: Texts and Protagonists", in Albert Step‘anyan (ed.), Պատմության Հարցեր 5, Ազատությունների Մեծ Խարտիա - 800 Տարեգիրք Միջազգային գիտաժողովի հոդվածների ժողովածու. Problems of History 5, Magna Carta Libertatum (The Great Charter of Liberties) - 800. Annual Proceedings of International Conference, Erevan: Armenian Association for Global History 2019, 94-138.

  • Grigor Narekatsi, Het Boek der Weeklaging. Gebeden 1 tot en met 15 vertaald en van een inleiding en nawoord voorzien door Theo Maarten van Lint met een Voorwoord van Eddy Reefhuis. Jerevan: Tigran Mets - Amsterdam: Sint Grigor Narekatsi Stichting 2018, 103 pp.

  • "Verworpenheid, terugkeer en transformatie in Grigor Narekatsi, Boek van Weeklaging, gebed 39 en 40", Liber amicorum Albert ten Kate. Bergen op Zoom 2018, 28-40. 
  • "De Armeense Apostolische Kerk", in H.G.B. Teule en A. Brüning (eds.), Handboek Oosters Christendom, Leuven: Peeters 2018, 245-266. 
  • 24 entries in Oliver Nicholson (ed.), The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2018.
  • "For Whom the Bell Tolls. Մատեան ողբերգութեան ՂԲ բանը եւ Ջոն Դոնի «Ում համար է ղօղանջում զանգը» (Աղօթքներ անսպասելի դիպվածներու առթիւ, XVII) (Prayer 92 of Grigor Narekac‘i's Book of Lamentation and John Donne's For Whom the Bell Tolls, Devotions upon Emergent Occasions, XVII), Բանբեր Մատենադարանի 23 (2016), 37-55. 
  • "Armenian Colophons in Verse, 1641-1660", in Anna Sirinian, Paola Buzi, Gaga Shurgaia (eds.), Colofoni armeni a confronto. Le sottoscrizioni dei manoscritti in ambito armeno e nelle altre tradizioni scrittorie del mondo mediterraneo. Atti Del Colloquio Internazionale Bologna, 12-13 Ottobre 2012 (OCA 299). Roma: Ponteficio Istituto Orientale 2016, 73-84.
  • Krikor Momdjian, Wanderings. Պանդխտութեան մէջ In de Diapora բանաստեղծութիւններ. Poems Gedichten Poèmes. Alphen aan den Rijn: Momdjian Stichting 2016 - editor, workshop joint-leader and co-translator of 43 poems from Armenian into English. 
  • "Luminous Words Seeking the Taste of Paradise", in Krikor Momdjian, Wanderings. Պանդխտութեան մէջ In de Diapora բանաստեղծութիւններ. Poems Gedichten Poèmes. Alphen aan den Rijn: Momdjian Stichting 2016, 13-15.
  • "Prefiguring: Markers on the Road to Eden", in Krikor Momdjian, Wanderings. This is all We. Alphen aan den Rijn: Momdjian Stichting 2016, 13-15.
  • "Among Others: Greek in Context in the Letters of Grigor Magistros Pahlawuni (eleventh century)", in Francesca Gazzano, Lara Pagani, and Giusto Traina (eds.), Greek Texts and Armenian Traditions. An Interdisciplinary Approach (Trends in Classics - Supplementary Volumes, 39) Berlin / Boston: De Gruyter 2016, 197-213.
  • "Sis. The Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia", in David Wallace (ed.) Europe. A Literary History 1348-1418. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2016, Vol. II, 259-281. 
  • "Tracce di una civiltà. L'Armenia alla Bodleian Library", Alumina 52 (2016), 28-36.
  • Armenia. Masterpieces from an Enduring Culture Oxford: Bodleian Library University of Oxford 2015 (Eds. Theo Maarten van Lint & Robin Meyer)
  • "Վաղ շրջանի պատմագրությունը Գրիգոր Մագիստրոսի ստեղծագործություններում" (Historiography of the Early Period in Grigor Magistros's Works), Բանբեր Մատենադարանի 21 (2014), 97-103 (published April 2015).
  • Thomas F. Mathews with Theo Maarten van Lint, "The Kars-Tsamandos Group of Armenian Illuminated Manuscripts of the 11th Century", in Neslihan Asutay-Effenberger & Falko Daim (Hrsg), Der Doppeladler. Byzanz und die Seldschuken in Anatolien vom späten 11. bis zum 13. Jahrhundert. Mainz: Verlag des Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseum Mainz 2014, 85-95.
  • "Armenian Merchant Patronage of New Julfa's Sacred Spaces", in Mohammad Gharipour (ed.), Sacred Precincts. The Religious Architecture of Non Muslim Communities across the Islamic World, Leiden - Boston: Brill 2014, 308-333. (With Amy Landau)
  • "La cultura armena nella visione del mondo di Grigor Magistros Pahlawuni", in Carmela Baffioni, Rosa Bianca Finazzi, Anna Passoni Dell'Acqua, Emidio Vergani (eds.), Storia e pensiero religioso nel Vicino Oriente. L'Età Bagratide - Maimonide - Afraate. III Dies Academicus, Milano: Biblioteca Ambrosiana Bulzoni Editore 2014, 3-22.
  • "Medieval Poetic Texts", in Valentina Calzolari (ed.) with the Collaboration of Michael E. Stone, Armenian Philology in the Modern Era. From Manuscript to Digital Text. Leiden-Boston: Brill 2014, 377-413. 
  • "Geometry and Contemplation: The Architecture of Vardan Anec'i's Vision of the Throne-Chariot. Theosis and the Art of Memory in Armenia", in Kevork B. Bardakjian and Sergio La Porta (eds.), The Armenian Apocalyptic Tradition. A Comparative Perspective. Leiden - Boston: Brill 2014, 217-241.
  •  "The Armenian Poet Frik and his verses on Arghun Khan and Bugha", in Robert Hillenbrand, A.C.S. Peacock and Firuza Abdullaeva (eds.), Ferdowsi, the Mongols and the History of Iran. Art, Literature and Culture from Early Islam to Qajar Persia. Studies in Honour of Charles Melville. London - New York: I.B. Tauris, in association with the Iran Heritage Foundation 2013, 249-260.
  • Walters Art Museum Armenian Manuscript Colophons: Digital Input and Translation at http://www.thedigitalwalters.org/01_ACCESS_WALTERS_MANUSCRIPTS.html  (with Amy S. Landau, Associate Curator of Islamic Art, Walters Art Museum, 2013)
  • "Sacred and Religious Objects", in Sylvie L. Merian, Lucy Ardash, and Edmond Y. Azadian (eds.), A Legacy of Armenian Treasures. Testimony to a People. Southfield, MI: The Alex and Marie Manoogian Museum 2013, 234-289 (with Amy S. Landau)
  • "Cigarette Cases", in Sylvie L. Merian, Lucy Ardash, and Edmond Y. Azadian (eds.), A Legacy of Armenian Treasures. Testimony to a People. Southfield, MI: The Alex and Marie Manoogian Museum 2013, 306-311 (with Amy S. Landau)
  •  "Gregory the Illuminator", in Roger S. Bagnall, Kai Brodersen, Craige B. Champion, Andrew Erskine, and Sabine R. Huebner (eds.) The Encyclopedia of Ancient History(First Edition). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell 2013, 2992–2993.
  • “Սիամանթոյի Սուրբ Մեսրոպին նվիրված բանաստեղծությունների շուրջ” (On Siamant'o's Poems Dedicated to St. Mesrop), Միջազգային գիտական նստաշրջան նվիրված Մեսրոպ Մաշտոցի ծննդյան 1650 ամյակին, Մաշտոցի անվան Մատենադարան, Երևան 20-22 սեպտեմբերի, 2011 թ., Երևան: Բանբեր Մատենադարանի vol. 19, 2012, 65-71.
  • "Grigor Magistros Pahlawuni: Die armenische Kultur aus der Sicht eines gelehrten Laien des 11. Jahrhunderts", Ostkirchliche Studien 61, 2012, 66-83
  • "Making Sense of Ezekiel’s Throne Vision? An Armenian Interpretation from the Bodleian Library", in Dali Chitunashvili (ed. in chief), Nikoloz Aleksidze and Mzia Surbuladze (eds.), Caucasus between East and West. Historical and Philological Studies in Honour of Zaza Aleksidze. Tbilisi: National Center of Manuscripts 2012, 422-428.
  • "From Reciting to Writing and Interpretation: Tendencies, Themes, and Demarcations of Armenian Historical Writing", in Sarah Foot and Chase F. Robinson (eds.), The Oxford History of Historical Writing. Volume II400-1400. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2012, 180-200.
  • "Եղիշե Չարենցի 'Աքիլլե՞ս, թե՞ Պյերո' ստեղծագործության մի քանի հարցեր" (A Few Questions about Eghishe Charents’ 'Achilles and Pierot'), in А.К. Егиазарян (ред.), Егише Чаренц и его время (Azat Yeghiazaryan [ed.] Eghishe Charents and his Time), Ереван: Издательство РАУ, 2012, 95-106.
  • "I Mongoli nella poesia armena medievale", Bazmavep 168 no 3-4, 2010, a cura di Marco Bais e Anna Sirinian (publ. 2012), 457-480.
  • "Symbolic Thought in Armenian History", in Gabriella Uluhogian, Boghos Levon Zekiyan, Vartan Karapetian (eds.), Armenia. Imprints of a Civilization, Milano: Skira 2011, 165-171.
  • "A Symbolist Poet Reading Narekats‘i. Misak Medzarents‘ at the Crossroads of Modernism and Tradition", in Anna Briskina-Müller, Armenuhi Drost-Abgaryan, Axel Meißner (eds.), Logos im Dialogos. Auf der Suche nach der Orthodoxie. Gedenkschrift für Hermann Goltz, Berlin: Lit 2011, 43-61.
  • "Armenian Apostolic Church", in George Thomas Kurian (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, Vol. I, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell 2011, 114-120.
  • "Vardan Anetsi’s Poem On the Divine Chariot and the Four Living Creatures, 10th -11thCentury", in Richard G. Hovanissian (ed.), Armenian Kars and Ani, Costa Mesa: Mazda Publishers 2011, 81-99.

Further Info:

Eastern_Christianity_Lecture_Series_TT2017.pdf

27032017PosterLectSofiaUniv.pdf

EasternXntyLectureSeriesPoster (1).pdf 

 

Associates in Armenian Studies

Dr Hratch Tchilingirian
Faculty Associate MT 2012 – TT 2016
Modern Armenian Culture, History, Politics; Armenian Diaspora 
http://www.orinst.ox.ac.uk/staff/ec/htchilingirian.html

 

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr David Zakarian

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow 

Junior Research Fellow, Pembroke College 

  

DPhil CANDIDATES CURRENTLY SUPERVISED

Ms Alex MacFarlane 

Ms Gizem Pilavci  (joint supervision with Professor Laurent Mignon) 

Ms Ani Shahinyan (joint supervision with Dr Hratch Tchilingirian and Prof Phil Booth)

Mr Yervant Kutchukian (joint supervision with Prof David G K Taylor)

 

Former Visiting Scholars and Post-Docs 

Prof Thomas F. Mathews

The John Langeloth Loeb Professor of the History of Art, Emeritus Institute of Fine Arts, NYU

Leverhulme Visiting Professor in Early Christian, Byzantine and Armenian Art 

Visiting Fellow, Pembroke College (HT & TT 2010)
TT 2010 Lecture Series: Armenian Art on the International Stage
HT 2010 Lecture Series: Cultic Paintings from Antiquity to the Renaissance

 

Dr Irene Tinti

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow 2013 and 2014

“The Armenian Translation of Plato’s Timaeus: Language and Ascription”

(http://www.orinst.ox.ac.uk/staff/ec/itinti.html)

 

Dr Federico Alpi

Visiting Research Scholar, Hilary Term 2016: jointly teaching Grigor Magistros' Letters to the Tondrakians; Grigor Aknerc‘i, History of the Nation of the Archers
PhD Candidate (University of Pisa), Visiting Researcher, Trinity Term 2013 & Trinity Term 2014
Thesis subject: Grigor Magistros - A life's Chronology
Thesis supervisor: Dr Alessandro Orengo (Pisa)  

 

Dr Belçim Özlem Galip

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow 2015-2016

Faculty Associate 2013-2015

Research interests: Kurdish literature, novelistic discourse, Kurdish Women Intellectuals in Europe,  Armenian Studies, Diaspora Studies.

Marie Curie Fellow, 2018-2020, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford

 

Dr Nikoloz Aleksidze (2014-2018): Armenia & Georgia

The Cult of Saints European Research Council Research Project - Principal Investigator Dr Bryan Ward-Perkins

http://cultofsaints.modhist.ox.ac.uk

Junior Reseach Fellow, Pembroke College

 

AFFILIATIONS

Pembroke College
http://www.pmb.ox.ac.uk/

 

AIEA (Association Internationale des Études Arméniennes)
http://aiea.fltr.ucl.ac.be

 

Member of:
Accademia Ambrosiana
http://www.ambrosiana.it

Society of Armenian Studies
http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/armenianstudies/sas/

Associazione Padus-Araxes
http://www.padus-araxes.com

Deutsch-Armenische Gesellschaft
http://www.deutsch-armenische-gesellschaft.de/

Oxford University Armenian Society (Oxford Armenian Students Society)
http://www.oxarm.com

Armenian Institute (London)
http://www.armenianinstitute.org.uk/

 

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