Nina Garsoïan

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Nina Garsoïan

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Born(1923-04-11)April 11, 1923
DiedAugust 14, 2022(2022-08-14) (aged 99)
Alma mater
Scientific career
FieldsArmenian history, Byzantine history
Institutions
Dean of
Princeton University Graduate School
In office
1977–1979
Preceded byAlvin Kernan
Succeeded byTheodore Ziolkowski

Nina G. Garsoïan FBA (April 11, 1923 – August 14, 2022) was a French-born American historian specializing in Armenian and Byzantine history.[1][2][3] In 1969 she became the first female historian to get tenure at Columbia University and, subsequently, became the first holder of Gevork M. Avedissian Chair in Armenian History and Civilization at Columbia.[4] From 1977 to 1979, she served as dean of the Graduate School of Princeton University.[5][6][7]

Biography[edit]

Nina G. Garsoïan was born in Paris on April 11, 1923,[8] to Armenian parents from Nakhichevan-on-Don (Rostov-on-Don) and Tbilisi. She moved to New York in 1933. She received a Bachelor of Arts in classical archaeology from Bryn Mawr College in 1943 and both Master of Arts degree and PhD from Columbia University in Byzantine, Near Eastern, and Armenian history.[9] She received Fulbright Fellowship to study at the Mekhitarist monastery of San Lazzaro degli Armeni on San Lazzaro Island in Venice.[6]

Garsoïan began teaching at Smith College in 1956[6] and Columbia in 1962.[4] In 1969 she became the first female professor to receive tenure at Columbia's Department of History.[4] Garsoïan became the first female dean of the Princeton University Graduate School when she was appointed to the position in 1977.[10] She served in that position until 1979.[5][6]

In 1979, she became the first holder of Gevork M. Avedissian Chair in Armenian History and Civilization at Columbia University.[9] She retired in 1993 and was subsequently professor emerita of Armenian History and Civilization.[4]

Garsoïan was the director of the Paris-based Revue des Études Arméniennes and a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.[9][11] She participated in a Byzantine Studies Symposium at Dumbarton Oaks, twice serving as a co-director.[6]

Garsoïan died on August 14, 2022, at the age of 99.[12][13]

Publications[edit]

Garsoïan published numerous books and journal and encyclopedia articles on Armenian, Byzantine, and Sasanian history.[9] In her publications she emphasized the Iranian/Persian influence on Armenian history.[4][9]

Books
  • The Paulician Heresy. Mouton, 1968.
  • Armenia between Byzantium and the Sasanians. Variorum Publishing. 1985.
  • L'Église arménienne et le grand schisme d'Orient. Peeters Publishers. 1999.
  • Church and Culture in Early Medieval Armenia. Ashgate, 1999.
  • De Vita Sua. Mazda Publishers, 2011. (memoir)[6][4]
Articles
  • "Byzantine Heresy. A Reinterpretation." Dumbarton Oaks Papers 25 (1971): 85–113.
  • "Secular jurisdiction over the Armenian church (fourth-seventh centuries)." Harvard Ukrainian Studies 7 (1983): 220–250.
  • "Byzantium and the Sasanians." Cambridge History of Iran 3.1 (1983): 568–592.
  • "The problem of Armenian integration into the Byzantine empire." Studies on the internal diaspora of the Byzantine Empire (1998): 53–124.
Translations

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yuzbashian, Karen (1968). "Nina G. Garsoian. The Paulician Heresy. A Study of the Origine and Development of Paulicianism in Armenia and the Eastern Provinces of the Byzantine Empire. The Hague-Paris, 1967, 293 էջ+1 քարտեզ։ Նինա Գ. Գարսոյան. Պավլիկյան աղանդը. Ուսումնասիրություն նվիրված Հայաստանում և Բյուզանդական կայսրության արևելյան գավառներում պավլիկյան շարժման ծագմանն ու զարգացմանը". Patma-Banasirakan Handes (in Armenian) (4): 243–248.
  2. ^ Zekiyan, Levon (2016). "Նինա Գարսոյեանի "Հայոց Եկեղեցին եւ Արեւելքի մեծ բաժանումը" մենագրութիւնը". Etchmiadzin (in Armenian). Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. 73 (2): 127–139. ISSN 1829-4243.
  3. ^ Nersessian, Vrej (1987). "Nina G. Garsoian : Armenia between Byzantium and the Sasanians. (Collected studies.) viii, 332 pp. London: Variorum Reprints, 1985 32". Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies. 50 (2): 430. doi:10.1017/S0041977X00049880. S2CID 162612413.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "1962". history.columbia.edu. November 13, 2017. Archived from the original on May 14, 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Nina Garsoian, Professor of Near Eastern Studies and History; Dean of the Graduate School 1977–1979". artmuseum.princeton.edu. Archived from the original on May 14, 2021.
  6. ^ a b c d e f McKee, Gabriel (March 16, 2016). "ISAW LIBRARY RECEIVES COLLECTION OF NINA G. GARSOÏAN". isaw.nyu.edu. Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University. Archived from the original on May 14, 2021.
  7. ^ "History". Princeton University Graduate School. Archived from the original on June 27, 2021.
  8. ^ Avdoyan, Levon (2005). ""Magistra Studentorum per Armeniam et Byzantium"". In Chance, Jane (ed.). Women Medievalists and the Academy. University of Wisconsin Press. ISBN 9780299207502.
  9. ^ a b c d e "De Vita Sua". Mazda Publishers. Archived from the original on May 14, 2021.
  10. ^ "Coeducation: History of Women at Princeton University". libguides.princeton.edu. Archived from the original on August 12, 2021.
  11. ^ "Professor Nina Garsoïan FBA". thebritishacademy.ac.uk. British Academy. Archived from the original on May 14, 2021.
  12. ^ Der Matossian, Bedross (August 15, 2022). "The Society for Armenian Studies is sorry to bear the sad news of the passing of the preeminent Armenian Studies scholar, Prof. Nina Garsoïan". Society for Armenian Studies. Archived from the original on August 16, 2022.
  13. ^ "Eminent Armenologist Nina Garsoïan Passes Away". The Armenian Mirror Spectator. August 16, 2022. Retrieved August 16, 2022.