Armenia: Masterpieces from an Enduring Culture
Together with Prof. Theo Maarten van Lint, I curated the exhibition Armenia: Masterpieces from an Enduring Culture, which was shown from October 2015 until February 2016 in the ST Lee Gallery of the Bodleian’s Weston Library.
The exhibition displayed about 100 exhibits, ranging from manuscripts and early printed books over objects of worship, family heirlooms, and pigments to ancient and medieval coins. Commemorating both the centenary of the genocide perpetrated against the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire, and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Calouste Gulbenkian Professorship in Armenian Studies, the exhibition tells the story of an ancient culture, its triumphs and troubles, and foremost: its endurance.
The catalogue we published to go with the exhibition is available from the Bodleian Library Press.
For some reactions and press coverage, have a look at the Twitter hashtag #BODArmenia.
Manual of Armenian Codicology and Palaeography
In co-operation with Dr Emilio Bonfiglio I am currently working on a digital teaching tool, which strives to explain the basics of codicology and palaeography on the basis of Armenian manuscripts held at the Bodleian Library. Our project falls under the aegis of the Digital Manuscript Toolkit initiative, kindly supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
In my role as Hon. Secretary for Student Associates of the Philological Society, I was editor of the Philological Society Blog which went live in October 2016. There, we present reports on activities funded by the Society, members’ research, outlines of talks given to the Society, and short portrays of Council Members. I also used to manage the Society’s social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. In March 2019, I organised and hosted the Philological Society Early Career Researcher Forum at Wolfson College.
Outreach & Public Engagement
I regularly give Outreach talks for sixth form students and younger pupils, general public engagement talks, and teach at the Oxford UNIQ Summer School. The most recent topics of such talks include:
- ‘Older than Ancient: Mycenaean Greek at a Glance‘ (Oxford Open Day, Faculty of Classics, 2019)
- ‘What Armenian Grammar can tell us about Parthian History’ (Research in Ancient World Topics in the Modern World, Wolfson College, 2018 – pdf)
- ‘Old Persian Cuneiform‘ & ‘Iranian(s) and the Wider World‘ (Indo-Iranian Philology Day, Wolfson College, 2018)
- ‘Linguistics is fun!’ (Oxford UNIQ Spring sessions, 2018)
- ‘The Armenian Alphabet‘ (Introducing Ancient Scripts, 2017)
- ‘Armenia and the Graeco-Roman World’ (2016)
- ‘Home is where the market is – trade and print culture in the Armenian Diaspora’ (Bodleian Library, 2015)
- ‘Words and what’s behind them: an introduction to Comparative Philology’ (Oxford UNIQ summer school 2014–18)
- ‘Greeks and Persians’ (2015)
- ‘Persia and the Ancient World’ (2015)
- ‘Writing Old Persian Cuneiform’ (Ashmolean Live Friday, 2013)
Next to having edited the blog of the Philological Society, I have on occasion also contributed myself, most recently with posts about the Indo-Iranian Philology Day at Wolfson College, Oxford, and about Classical Armenian conditionals.
In summer 2019, I have recorded a video interview with OxPlore in their series of ‘Big Questions’, discussing whether school was the best place for language learning. You can find the video below.