Armenian Studies at the PLUS supporting research on Armenian cultural heritage

This year, for the first time, Armenian Studies at the Center for the Study of the Christian East at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (PLUS), under the direction of Armenologist Jasmine Dum-Tragut, awarded five young researchers with scholarships to study the spiritual and cultural heritage of Artsakh (Karabakh).

  • Shoghakat Devrikyan, PhD student at the Institute of Art History at the Armenian Academy of Sciences with a research project on the iconography of the Artsakh Gospels;
  • Ovsanna Khachatryan, research associate at the Armenian Manuscript Collection Matenadaran with her research on the colophons of Armenian manuscripts from Artsakh and their significance as historical-cultural sources;
  • Ashot Mkrian, linguist and research associate at the Genocide Museum Institute in Yerevan, with a study on the Artsakh dialect in Smyrna;
  • Dr. Nzhdeh Yeranyan, Deputy Director of the Yerevan Historical Museum and researcher at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the Armenian Academy of Sciences with a study of the archaeological finds of the 3rd-1st century BC from Artsakh; and
  • Father Athanas Sargsyan, priest, Holy See of Edschmiatisn, currently a Master’s student at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, with a field research study on Christian elements in Artsakh folklore.

The research projects will be carried out and scientifically supervised in close cooperation with Armenian Studies in Salzburg. We expect the results in the form of scientific articles and lectures – hopefully also at the PLUS – towards the end of the coming year.

With this initiative, which will be continued in 2023, Armenian Studies sustainably supports young scholars and creative projects, contributing to international relations and interdisciplinarity in both Armenian and cultural heritage studies and, last but not least, to the preservation of the endangered cultural heritage in Artsakh.

Press Release Armenian-German-English Scholarships for Artsakh Research

Ghazantchetsots Schuschi

Ulrike Grill


Paris Lodron University of Salzburg | Center for the Study of the Christian East

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Photo: Ghazantchetsots Schuschi | © Jasmin Dum-Tragut