Armenia: Masterpieces from an Enduring Culture

Behind “Armenia: Masterpieces from an Enduring Culture” – Dr Meyer, Prof. van Lint, Mr Manoukian, and Mr Ovenden (left to right)

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

Talking about philology to prospective Classicists at UNIQ 2017.

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.

Philological Society

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 FacebookTwitter, 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:

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.

Since December 2017, you can also hear me as the ‘philological correspondent’ on VoxPop, the Classics podcast of the Faculty of Classics.

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.