Hidden Treasures Unearthed: Armenian Arts and Culture of Eastern Europe

Hidden Treasures Unearthed: Armenian Arts and Culture of Eastern Europe

3-day conference with over twenty presenters

Friday, November 16, 2018 to Sunday, November 18, 2018
10:00 AM
314 Royce Hall

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The conference seeks to contribute to a longue durée approach to Near Eastern engagement with Europe with an emphasis on the early modern period (16th-18thcc.), which marked the heyday of Armenian communities as a crucial component of international trade hubs in eastern Europe, involving an interdisciplinary focus on the multifaceted role those communities played in hemispheric commerce marked by exchange in commodities, ideas, technological innovation, and sociocultural values. Exploring the evolution of those centers as settings for the symbiosis the Armenian communities entered into with their immediate host societies, it views those expanding relations under the broader impact of the large-scale, transformative sociopolitical, economic, and religious developments of that timeframe. This dynamically changing context provides the matrix for the output of the artists, architects, and artisans under discussion as they advanced beyond the confines of the known to explore new forms, media, and iconography as vehicles for Armenian creative expression.

Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, JHM Charitable Foundation, Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation of Lisbon, UCLA Dean's Discretionary Fund in the Humanities, National Association for Armenian Studies and Research, Ararat-Eskijian Museum, The George Ignatius Foundation: Hon. Michael R. Amerian, Hon. Walter J. Karabian, George R. Phillips, Sr., Trustees