Hripsime Haroutunian

Lecturer in Armenian

Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Pick Hall 213


h-haroutunian@uchicago.edu

Ph.D. Institut Vostokovedeniya, Academy of Sciences,
Moscow, 1992.
Teaching at Chicago since 2001.

Special Interests

Armenian Linguistics and Literature, Armenian Art, Religion, Culture and Traditions, Indo-European Languages and Comparative Linguistics

 

Dr. Hripsime Haroutunian grew up in Yerevan, Armenia. After receiving her M.A. in Teaching English and German Languages as Second Language from Armenian Pedagogical Institute for Foreign Languages, Yerevan, she entered graduate school at the Institut Vostokovedeniya of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. In 1992 she received her Ph.D. in Ancient Near Eastern Languages, History and Civilizations. Her dissertation was entitled: “Hittite Domestic Life. Hittite Ideas and Ceremonies Concerning the ‘House/Home’.” (Academic advisors: V. G. Ardzinba, V. V. Ivanov, L. S. Bayun)

In 1993 Haroutunian received a Fullbright Fellowship to pursue research at the Hittite Dictionary project at the University of Chicago. She has been in Chicago since then. From 1994 to 2001 she worked as a Research Associate in the above mentioned project. Meanwhile she taught a number of Adult Education Courses in Hittite History, Religion and Culture at the Oriental Institute.

In 2001 Dr. Haroutunian joined the NELC faculty and has been offering a variety of courses at the University of Chicago, including Armenian Language (Modern at 3 levels and Classical) and Literature, History and Culture of Armenia, Hittite Empire, etc.

Haroutunian's research has concentrated on linguistic and cultural-religious topics relating to Hittite texts, as well as aspects of Armenian culture like traditions and beliefs. The scope of her interests stretches from Armenian history and culture to that of neighboring Post-Soviet Independent States, as well as Indo-European Studies, Human Rights Studies, etc.

Language Skills

  • English, Russian, Armenian: excellent written and oral communications skills
  • German, Spanish: good reading, speaking and writing ability
  • Italian, Polish, French and Turkish: dictionary required in reading
  • Reading knowledge of some ancient languages: Old Armenian (Grabar), Hittite, Cuneiform and Hieroglyphic Luwian, Hattian, Latin, Hurrian, Urartian, Akkadian.

Conference Papers And Invited Lectures (Recent)

  • “Family Rituals and Ceremonies among the Armenians,” at Armenia: Custom, Culture, and Identity, a Symposium of Current Research in Armenian Studies by Scholars in the Midwest in Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Society of Armenian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, December 2004
  • “The Unfinished Story of Grigor Zohrab, Eminent Armenian Writer,” at the University of Chicago, May 2004
  • “Armenian Wedding Traditions,” at the Armenian General Benevolent Union, Chicago, IL, March 2004
  • “Some Hittite-Armenian Lexical Parallels,” at the 7th International Conference on Armenian Linguistics, Ann Arbor, MI, October 2003
  • “The Wedding Rituals: From the Hittites to the 21st Century Armenia,” a poster presentation at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honollullu, January 2004
  • “Armenian Wedding Rituals” at the St. Joachim and Anne Armenian Church, Palos Heights, IL, September 2003
  • “Armenian Folk Music,” at Musical Folklore of Central Asia (a course taught by Kagan Arik), May 2003
  • “The Wedding Rituals: from the Hittites to the 21st Century Armenia,” at the Lecture Series in Armenian Studies, University of Chicago, April 2003

Publications

Book

  • “Hittite Domestic Life. Hittite Ideas and Ceremonies Concerning the ‘House/Home’” (A synopsis of the Ph.D. Dissertation), Yerevan, Academy Press, 1992 (in Russian)

Articles

  • “Religious Personnel” in Sarah I. Johnston, ed., Religions of the Ancient World, “Anatolia,” The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (2004)
  • “Organizational Forms” in Sarah I. Johnston, ed., Religions of the Ancient World, “Anatolia,” The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (2004)
  • “Religious Practices of the Individual and Family” in Sarah I. Johnston, ed., Religions of the Ancient World, “Anatolia,” The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (2004)
  • "The Hittite Ritual Against a Curse (CTH 429)" in Gary M. Beckman, et al., ed., Hittite Studies in Honor of Harry A. Hoffner, Jr. on the Occasion of His 65th Birthday, Winona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns (2003)
  • ”A Complete Bibliography of Harry A. Hoffner Jr. 1963-2003” in Gary M. Beckman, et al., ed., Hittite Studies in Honor of Harry A. Hoffner, Jr. on the Occasion of His 65th Birthday, Winona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns (2003)
  • "Bearded or Beardless? Some Speculations on the Function of the Beard among the Hittites" in K. A. Yener and H. A. Hoffner Jr., ed., Recent Developments in Hittite Archaeology and History. Papers in Memory of Hans G. Güterbock, Winona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns (2002)
  • "Hittite Birth Rituals," Iran-Name (Armenian Scientific Monthly Journal), Yerevan, 1993/4 (in Armenian)
  • "The Hittite Ritual Dedicated to the Storm-God of Kuliwisna (KBo 15.34)," Iran-Name (Armenian Scientific Monthly Journal), Yerevan, 1993/2 (in Armenian)
  • "Some Peculiarities of Hittite Domestic Ceremonies," Vestnik Drevnej Istorii (Journal of Ancient History), Moscow, Academy Press, 1992/1 (in Russian with English summary)
  • "The Hittite Invocation Festival of the Storm-God of Kuliwisna," The 5th All-Union School of Young Scholars, Moscow, Academy Press, 1989, (in Russian)
  • "On the Term 'Master of the Household' in Hittite Texts," The 15th Research Session of Young Orientalists, Yerevan, Academy Press, 1989, 15 (in Russian)

Published Journals

  • Newsletter for Anatolian Studies, 14/1 1998
  • Newsletter for Anatolian Studies, 13/1-2 1997
  • Newsletter for Anatolian Studies, 12/2 1996
  • Newsletter for Anatolian Studies, 12/1 1996
  • Newsletter for Anatolian Studies, 11/2 1995
  • Forthcoming Work
  • Review of Andy Nercessian, ed., Old Armenian Songs: A Nineteenth Century Collection by Ghewond Alishan, Uxbridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press 2001 (JNES 2004)
  • Review of Armen Y. Petrosyan, The Indo-European and Ancient Near Eastern Sources of the Armenian Epic, Journal of Indo-European Studies Monograph 42, Washington: Institute for the Study of Man 2002 (JNES 2004)
  • “Some Hittite-Armenian Lexical Parallels,” in Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Armenian Linguistics, Ann Arbor, October 2003
  • “The Wedding Rituals: From the Hittites to the 21st Century Armenia,” in Proceedings of Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honollullu, January 2004
  • “The Cult of Ancestors among Armenians”