Armenian Churches: Documents of a Past
In this AGBU WebTalk, Dr. Christina Maranci considers the important role Armenian church architecture can play in historical study. Reflecting the social, economic, and political contexts in which they were built, these structures can reveal much that is still unknown about the history of Asia Minor. With many Armenian churches in critical condition and on brink of collapse, Dr. Maranci argues for the importance of preserving these centuries-old monuments for their significance both to a modern culture and to historians.
Dr. Christina Maranci is the Arthur H. Dadian and Ara T. Oztemel Chair of Armenian art and architectural history at Tufts University. Her books include Medieval Armenian Architecture: Constructions of Race and Nation (Peeters, 2001), Vigilant Powers: Three Churches of Early Medieval Armenia (Brepols, 2015), and The Art of Armenia (Oxford University Press, 2018). Her articles have appeared in Revue des études arméniennes, Dumbarton Oaks Papers, Gesta, the Journal for the Society of Architectural Historians, the Art Bulletin, the Oxford Companion to Architecture, and the Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages. She is also active in the preservation of Armenian cultural heritage, particularly in the Kars/Ani region.