A Fish Out of Water? Armenia(ns) and the Mediterranean
La Porta challenges ways in which Armenia and Armenians have been either included or excluded from the Mediterranean discourse. He explores how the Armenian experience can expand the conversation of Mediterranean Studies and argues that essentialized notions of Armenian identity, pre-supposed both by Armenologists and scholars of the Mediterranean, should be deconstructed in order to engage in a discussion of Armenians “of” the Mediterranean, rather than just “in” it. La Porta further suggests the contested notion of Armenia as a Mediterranean analogue, and posits that Mediterranean Studies can provide Armenian specialists with methodological tools for conceptualizing the intricacies of Armenian history.