Zhanna Ter-Zakaryan is an MPhil candidate for Socio-Legal Research, under the supervision of Professor Linda Mulcahy. Her project focuses on cultural heritage ownership claims and the role of law in the resolution of such disputes. She is looking at the advantages and the limitations of law in the restoration of justice, and its function in navigating the tensions between past injustices and today’s demands. She is paying particular attention to the Armenian cultural artefacts currently housed in cultural institutions worldwide. She is conscious of the passionate debate now underway in many countries about whether justice demands that all cultural property should be returned to its rightful owner, and she dares to hope that whatever she may discover in her research will provide evidence that will help to illuminate that debate within the context of Armenia.
Prior to joining the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Zhanna graduated with distinction (SAIC Scholar) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she majored in Art History, Theory, and Criticism. Her undergraduate research included the ethics of art collecting, as well as intellectual property challenges that museums face in the 21st century.
Zhanna’s research at Oxford has been made possible through the generous support of the Armenian International Women’s Association and the Armenian General Benevolent Union.