Friday, April 9, 2021 (all times local Chicago CDT times)

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Symposium Program


Friday, April 9, 2021 (all times local Chicago CST times)

Organizers: Alain Bresson – Elizabeth Fagan

This event is part of the Dumanian Lecture Series in Armenian Studies


9:00 am – 9:20 am:

Opening of the Symposium:

Anne Robertson, Dean of Humanities

Richard Neer, Director of the Franke Institute

Theo Van Den Hout, Interim Director of the Oriental Institute


Alain Bresson and Elizabeth Fagan

Chair of the morning session: Hripsime Haroutunian

9:20 am – 10:00 am : Timothy Clark - Trajanic Representations of Roman-Armenian Relations 
10:00 am – 10:50 am: Lara Fabian - Crossing the Greater Caucasus: Dynastic Politics and the Evidence for Interaction between the North and South Caucasus (ca. 300 BCE–400 CE) 

10:50 am – 11:10 am: Coffee Break

11:10 am – 12:00 pm: Elizabeth Fagan and Alain Bresson - Evidence for the Christianization of Armenia: Moses Khorenatsi and Beyond

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch


Chair of the afternoon session: Sylvia Alajaji

2:00 pm – 2:50 pm:  Rachel Goshgarian - Armeno-Turkish and the Space of Language in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Worlds: Manuscript Production and the Circulation of Ideas, Literature, and People
2:50 pm – 3:40 pm:  Hripsime Haroutunian - What If She Said “Yes” To The King? The Story of One Little Maiden Who Fought Like A Man And Turned Around The Course of History

3:40 pm – 4:00 pm: Coffee Break

4:00 pm – 4:50 pm: Christina Maranci - Hard as Stone, Smooth as Wax: Interpreting Urartian Spolia in Medieval Armenian Architecture
4:50 pm – 5:40 pm: Kate Franklin - “World-rulers” and Local Worlds: Medieval Armenia and the Mongol Ecumene

5:40 pm – 5:45 pm: Short break

5:45 pm – 6:15 pm: Round table - Respondents: Clifford Ando, Katie Kearns


  • Dr. Sylvia Alajaji, Franklin & Marshall College, Dumanian Visiting Associate Professor at UChicago
  • Dr. Clifford Ando, The University of Chicago
  • Dr. Alain Bresson, The University of Chicago 
  • Dr. Timothy Clark, The University of Chicago
  • Dr. Lara Fabian, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, BaSaR Project
  • Dr. Elizabeth Fagan, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Dr. Kate Franklin, Birbeck College, University of London
  • Dr. Rachel Goshgarian, Lafayette College
  • Dr. Hripsime Haroutunian, The University of Chicago
  • Dr. Katie Kearns, The University of Chicago
  • Dr. Christina Maranci, Tufts University