Event Lectures and Symposia A History of the Armenian Print Tradition in the Early Modern Period

Date and Location

  • When: Wednesday, November 8, 2023

    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

  • Where: James Madison Building - Montpelier Room (LM619)

    101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20540

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Linking far-flung locations in Amsterdam, Livorno, Marseille, Saint Petersburg, and Astrakhan to New Julfa, Madras, and Calcutta, Armenian presses published a thousand editions with more than half a million printed volumes in Armenian script. Drawing on extensive archival research, Prof. Sebouh Aslanian explores why certain books were published at certain times, how books were sold across the diaspora, who read them, and how the printed word helped fashion a new collective identity for early modern Armenians.