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;
- Social, cultural and intellectual histories of, and cross-cultural interactions and exchanges between, Ottoman Armenians, Kurds, Turks, Greeks, and others;
- 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 women, rural migrant workers, the urban poor and sexual minorities.
- Monograph in preparation for Hamals from Moush, Beggars from Van: Subalterns in Constantinople and the Visual Arts.
- Preliminary preparations for monograph 'Marauding Tribesmen' and 'Noble Savages': Armenian Representations of the Kurd in the Ottoman East in the Late Nineteenth Century (working title).
- Portraiture and projections of power among Ottoman Armenian elites.
- Preparation of a critical art-historical bibliography of Teotig’s encyclopaedic Amenoun Daretsouytse (Ամէնուն Տարեցոյցը, 1907-1929).
Co-Editor-in-Chief (with Boris Adjemian) of the multidisciplinary peer-reviewed bilingual journal Études arméniennes contemporaines, published by the Bibliothèque Nubar in Paris (from Sept. 2020).
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.
‘Transforming Invisible Street Types into Subjects Worthy of Attention: Representation of the Migrant as Agent for Social Reform in Late Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Armenian Realism’, Houshamadyan, Vol. II, (forthcoming, Berlin, 2021).
‘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.