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The Armenian Genocide Looted Art Research Project

The Armenian Genocide Looted Art Research ProjectToros Roslin, Canon tables from the Zeyt'un Gospels, 1256, J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 59, fol. 7v (cropped, edited)

The Armenian Genocide Looted Art (AGLA) Research Project (AGLARP) is a multidisciplinary, collaborative research project housed within the Armenian Genocide Research Program of The Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA.

The AGLARP follows the first-ever conference to take place after Armenian Genocide recognition in the U.S. on the topic of restitution held at UCLA on March 25, 2023, and titled, “What’s Next?: Armenian Genocide Restitution in the Post- Recognition Era.” The goals of the AGLARP are (1) to foster research on Armenian art, cultural heritage, and other cultural objects that were looted, destroyed, or transferred in conjunction with the Armenian Genocide by using several disciplinary methods; and (2) to engage in critical thinking and action on the many dimensions of justice, dialogue, restitution, and repair regarding the losses of Armenian culture arising from the Armenian Genocide.

 A first step is a collective effort to create a comprehensive database of AGLA, cultural heritage, and other cultural objects wherever they may be located throughout the world today. This will allow the research team to gain a deeper understanding of the cultural losses of the Armenian Genocide, as well as identify areas of further research into aspects of the provenance and history of AGLA.

This initial work will be accomplished through open-source research executed over a four-month period. Compensation to be determined based on applicant eligibility. The research will be conducted by art history and law students that will be led and advised by a team headed by Art History Professor Heghnar Watenpaugh of University of California, Davis, Law Professor Michael Bazyler of Chapman University Fowler School of Law, and Law Professor Rajika Shah of LMU Loyola Law School. The project will be completed in partnership with the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), the Ararat-Eskijian Museum, and Christina Maranci, the Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies at Harvard University.

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Published: Wednesday, June 14, 2023