Dr Lusine Margaryan
School of History
Lusine Margaryan is a Historian, interested in Early History of Christianity. After completing her master’s degree at the Yerevan State University (Armenia, Yerevan), she did her PhD at the Russian State University for Humanities (Russia, Moscow). She spent two years lecturing at the Russian-Armenian University (Armenia, Yerevan) in the subjects ‘Armenia in Context of Global Process’ and researching Early Eastern Christianity as a member of the Research Laboratory of the World-System and Geocivilization Analysis at the same university.
Currently she is postdoctoral researcher with the School of History, University College Cork, working under the mentorship of Dr Damian Bracken in frame of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship. The focus of research is comparative analysis of the History of Early Christianity beyond Eastern and Western Borders Pax Romana, that is, in Armenia and Ireland.
CHRISTIAN FRONTIERS is a comparative research project focusing on the early history of Christianity in Armenia and Ireland, the furthest reaches of Christendom east and west. The spread of Christianity to the remote frontiers of the Pax Romana undoubtedly differed from that in the Empire. The aim of this project is to investigate the singularities of the process of Christianisation in the frontier countries and how the Armenian and Irish Churches on the remote frontiers of the Roman world identified themselves vis-à-vis the Roman Papacy as well as how they, in turn, were perceived by Rome.
Another focus of scholarly attention are frontier people and their particular type of thinking as well as the bright personalities who were able to succeed in evangelising these inhabitants of the margins and who played a crucial role in the formation of a national identity for both the Irish and the Armenians. The frontiers tend to produce, or attract, certain types of personalities who become a reflection, or symbol, of a frontier society. Shining examples include Gregory the Illuminator, St Patrick, Mesrop Mashtots, Columbanus, Columba and Kardost. The way in which the sources represent the missionaries as reliable and friendly towards the indigenous people is analysed.
To date, the history of early Irish Christianity has not been researched in the context of Eastern Christianity, nor has Armenian Christianity been considered in the context of Western Christianity. This scholarly project aims to fill this gap by presenting the results of its research to a broader European academic audience and to increase interest in the history of the margins of the Christian world. However, the project not only studies the history of the two nations but uses this to examine the process of Christianisation in other frontier countries. The study presents a comprehensive approach using a wide range of interdisciplinary and innovative methods.