Experts gathered in Armenia this week for an international congress on Armenology.
five-day gathering titled "Contemporary conditions of Armenology and its
development prospects" opened September 15 at the National Academy of Armenia.
the first time scientists from around the world have been discussing Armenology
in Yerevan as an important branch of science. The conference was initiated by
Yerevan State University and the National Academy of Sciences.
convention of the congress in our republic is of historic importance," chairman
of the National Academy of Sciences Fadey Sargsyan told the opening ceremony.
"Its goal is to unite Armenologists from Armenia, Diaspora and foreign countries
and strengthen their cooperation."
President Robert Kocharyan addressed
a message to the participants and the Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin II gave
his patriarchal blessing.
More than 80 Diaspora scientists, historians and
culturologists from 25 countries have been discussing important issues concerning
Armenian history, culture and the Armenian Church. In all, 200 participants were
registered with 180 of them expected to make speeches at the congress.
the first session, Academician of the National Academy of Sciences Vladimir Barkhudaryan
said Armenology in the independent Republic of Armenia has better opportunities
for development than before under Soviet ideology.
Historian Richard Hovhannisyan
from the United States presented his lecture titled "Armenology at the Crossroads"
emphasizing the fact that despite recent successes, it was time to start seriously
thinking about future developments.
"We Armenologists, know each other's
names, especially abroad, however, we have no occasions for getting to know each
other," he said. "From this point of view I consider the possibility
of hearing each other's opinions and points of view during the congress to be
Professor Hovhannisian believes that it is very important
to make Armenian historical and cultural experiences part of world history and
Doctor of art criticism Henrik Hovhannisyan said: "Armenology
is a foundation of our science and our world view. We can say it is a cornerstone
of the national ideology. In this respect the Armenology Congress is of great
He believes it is natural for different points of view
and approaches to be expressed within the science.
"We shouldn't receive
it as a negative phenomenon, moreover, there is no reason to give a political
coloring to the congress at all," he said.
Participants of the congress
continued their work in sessions devoted to fields such as history, philology
and culture. Another group considered the relationship of the Armenian Church