Calouste Gulbenkian Postdoctoral Fellow in Armenian Studies
Faculty / College:
Faculty of Oriental Studies / Pembroke College
‘The Image of the Migrant Hamal of Constantinople: Late Nineteenth Century Representations of Migrant Workers from Ottoman Armenia’; PhD in Art History, School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London, 2019.
Social art historian working on the history of visual art production in the Ottoman Empire and the wider Middle East in the long nineteenth century. Interdisciplinarity beyond boundaries – especially along the intersections of art and cultural history with social, political and economic history and anthropology – is at the heart of my research.
I am particularly interested in:
- The history of cultural production – mainly the visual arts but also in other modes – of Ottoman Armenian and other Ottoman artists throughout the long nineteenth century;
- The social, cultural and intellectual history of Ottoman Armenians and other Ottomans;
- The social reformist literature and endeavours of the late nineteenth century Constantinople Realists (Պոլսահայ Իրապաշտ Սերունդ);
- Transnational ties and exchanges between Ottoman Armenian and other Armenian artists working across the Russian Empire, Europe and the wider Middle East;
- Representations of subaltern groups in the Ottoman Empire including of women, rural migrant workers and the urban poor.
- I am currently in the process of working on my first monograph entitled Migrant Hamals and Marauding Tribesmen: The Constantinople Realists and Late Nineteenth Century Representations of Armenians and Kurds from the Ottoman East (working title).
- I am also at the initial stages of developing a book project on the widespread nineteenth century production and consumption of portraiture among Ottoman Armenians – of elite and non-elite subjects – and questions of image, politics and identity.
- I have recently been appointed co-editor (with Boris Adjemian) of the multidisciplinary peer-reviewed bilingual journal Études arméniennes contemporaines, published by the Bibliothèque Nubar in Paris.
Towards Inclusive Art Histories: Ottoman Armenian Voices Speak Back, Special Art History Edition of Études arméniennes contemporaines (EAC), No. 6, Bibliothèque AGBU Nubar, Paris, 2015.
Treasured Objects: Armenian Life in the Ottoman Empire One Hundred Years Ago (co-edited with Susan Paul Pattie and Gagik Stepan-Sarkissian), Armenian Institute, London, 2012.
‘’His eyes, as if magnets, pull my glance towards them’: Realism, Allegory and the Intimate Portrait of the Rural Migrant from Ottoman Armenia’, Houshamadyan, Vol. II, (forthcoming, Berlin, 2020).
‘Image of an Atrocity: Ivan (Hovhanness) Aivazovsky’s Massacre of the Armenians in Trebizond, 1895’, EAC No. 11, 2018.
‘Reframing Ottoman Art Histories: Bringing Silenced Voices Back into the Picture’, EAC No. 6, 2015.
‘Portrait of an Ottoman Armenian Artist of Constantinople: Rereading Teotig’s Biography of Simon Hagopian, EAC No. 4, 2014.