Lewis Read



Department of History

I am originally from Edinburgh in Scotland. I completed my undergraduate degree in Medieval History at the University of St Andrews in 2019 and remained in St Andrews to study for an MLitt in Middle Eastern History and Arabic, which I completed in 2020. My research focuses on early medieval Armenia from the fifth to twelfth century, primarily examining Armenia’s historical relationship with its neighbours through the study of identity, space, social practice and representations of the ‘other’.
I am currently one of two Prae-doc researchers on RELEVEN (releven.univie.ac.at/themes/). Working with Armenian material, my PhD thesis will focus on Armenian and Turkish interactions during the eleventh century in order to critically deconstruct the Armenian community during this period and better understand its sense of identity, place and space.

Research interests: Medieval Armenia

Current research project: Turkic Encounters in Medieval Armenian Literature - Armenians in the Eleventh Century (PhD); Project staff researcher on ERC RELEVEN project | 2021- Present; Armenian material, sources and evidence for the 11th century.