Diocesan Centre Hosts Book Presentation of “Monuments and Identities in the Caucasus”

On May 8th, the Armenian Diocesan Centre hosted a compelling book presentation with Dr Igor Dorfmann-Lazarev, Professor of the School of Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics at SOAS University of London and editor of “Monuments and Identities in the Caucasus.”

The evening was filled with insightful discussions on the poignant topics of ethnic cleansing and cultural heritage. It was joined by community members and scholars from SOAS, enriching the dialogue with diverse perspectives. The passionate discussions addressed how the Soviet Union staggeringly impacted our histories, the consequences of which we still feel today, and how challenging it is to face Azerbaijani nationalism.

Dr. Dorfmann-Lazarev has an extensive academic background with qualifications from the EPHE and Sorbonne, as well as a history of teaching and research at various prestigious institutions across Europe​ (SOAS)​​ (Uni Regensburg)​​ (Prabook)​. He and his colleague Haroutioun Khatchadourian co-edited this comprehensive multidisciplinary volume with a focus is on the barely accessible highlands between Armenia and Azerbaijan and their invaluable artistic heritage.

As stated in the succinct summary of the presented book on its publisher’s website, “Numerous ancient and mediaeval monuments of Artsakh/Karabagh and Nakhichevan find themselves in the crucible of a strife involving mutually exclusive national accounts. They are gravely endangered today by the politics of cultural destruction endorsed by the modern State of Azerbaijan.”

“This volume contains seventeen contributions by renowned scholars from eight nations, rare photographic documentation and a detailed inventory of all the monuments discussed. Part 1 explores the historical geography of these lands and their architecture. Part 2 analyses the development of Azerbaijani nationalism against the background of the centuries-long geopolitical contest between Russia and Turkey. Part 3 documents the loss of monuments and examines their destruction in the light of international law governing the protection of cultural heritage.”

You can purchase “Monuments and Identities in the Caucasus” volume at this link.

Thank you to everyone who participated and contributed to this important conversation. We look forward to future educational talks at our Diocesan Centre.