The second conference of Art of Armenian Diaspora will take place in Gdańsk on 16 - 18 June 2016. The first meeting under that title was organized in Zamość in 2010, and yielded two publications: a catalogue of the Ars Armeniaca exhibition, and the conference materials published in volume IX of Series Byzantina. The students and young researchers participating in that event contributed to the popularization of Armenian art in Central and Eastern Europe, which was less well known at that time. The outcome of that event was not unforthcoming: further international conferences were held in Ukraine, Hungary and Belarus, as well as an excellent exhibition, organized in 2013 at the Budapest History Museum, which presented Armenian artefacts from Transylvania. The authors published a catalogue followed by materials documenting international discussion, which appeared in Leipzig in 2014. The young researchers have taken it upon themselves to describe miniature painting in Hungary and the Republic of Poland; the first monographs bringing back Armenian artefacts, often believed lost, are now starting to appear.
However, a lot still remains to be done: war damages and the series of migration waves contributed to movements of Armenian artefacts. These are the topics to which we would like to devote as much attention as possible to during the planned conference. It was in Gdańsk that Armenians from former eastern territories of Poland settled after World War II, bringing with them the most valuable and venerated paintings, church furnishings, manuscripts and library collections. The St. Peter and Paul’s Church has the miraculous painting of the Gracious Mother of God from Stanisławów, crowned in 1937. Gdańsk, a city destroyed in 1945 and reconstructed over decades, whilst simultaneously been the symbol of free Europe which emerged after the long communist rule, is a most important centre of Polish culture, which is why we have selected it as the best place for discussion of scholars from all over the world.
A separate topic group will deal with transformations of the 17th and 18th century Armenian art and iconography influenced by the union with Rome, formed by Armenians in many countries.
It is extremely important to collect the documentation of Armenian relics, especially architecture, that were destroyed over the ages. All iconographic sources such as drawings, prints and photographs, together with travellers’ accounts, may contribute to the reconstruction of such relics. This topic will be discussed within a separate panel, and the researchers are invited to seek iconographic and literary sources.
We invite historians of art, archaeologists, conservators, archivists and librarians to take part in the conference, and we hope they will visit Poland. Our host will be the National Museum in Gdańsk, located a short distance from the Armenian St. Peter and Paul’s Church, in the city of a centuries-old tradition.
Languages at the Conference: English, French
Registration fee 300 PLN
(to 30 April 2016 – 150 PLN)
For students and emeritus participating on the conference is free
Sign up and send summary of paper in English or French (c. 250 words) by 30 September 2015
Conference program announced by 31 January 2016
Conference papers submitted for publication (in English or French, 10 typescript pages, i.e.,18,000 signs with spaces, with footnotes, 5-6 illustrations) by 31 October 2016
Call for papers
Notice of papers to be sent to the Conference Organizers
by e-mail or regular post at the Polish Institute of World Art Studies address (ul. Warecka 4/6 – 10, 00-400 Warszawa):
Prof. dr. hab. Waldemar Deluga – Main Organizer
Dr. Maria Ołdakowska – Conference Secretar
Gdańsk - Warsaw, Martch 2015