The Khachatur Abovian Armenian Pedagogical University of (KAAPU) and Haigazian University (HU) organized a joint conference titled “Armenian transitions and sociopolitical transformations in the 20th and early 21st centuries” in Yerevan on June 29-30, 2022.
After the welcoming speech of Dr. Serbuhi Gevorkian (Rector of KAAPU) and the words of greeting of President Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian, Drs. Antranik Dakessian and Edgar Hovhannissian outlined the aims and content of the conference.
All in all 20 panelists coming from Beirut, Armenia and Artsakh participated in the four sessions held during the two-day conference.
The sessions highlighted and analyzed the transformations Armenians underwent after diverse historical developments that shaped the sociopolitical, cultural and spiritual history of 20th-and early 21st-century Armenians in both the Diaspora and the Republics of Armenia and Artsakh.
The four sessions were moderated by Drs. Antranik Dakessian, Lilit Harutunian, Edgar Hovhannissian, and Khachadur Sdepanian. A fifth session was dedicated to an extensive discussion, assessment and evaluation of the whole conference.
The second stage of the conference will be held in Beirut in June 2023.
The panelists and their topics were:
Edgar Hovhannissian, “From the status of communities abroad to Diaspora: The processes of the transformation of the Armenian Diaspora.”
Hayganush Mesrobian, “The forced uprooting of the Armenians: A cause of the corruption of cultural and linguistic heritage.”
Elina Mekhitarian, “The transformation of the internally displaced and resettled refugees in the context of the Karabagh self-determination conflict.”
Nathan Bedrossian, “Transformations in Armenian political thought between 1895 and 1994”.
Hasmig Sdepanian, “Assessing the identity preservation and cultural value of Armenian-script Turkish literature.”
Khachadur Sdepanian, “Urbanisation and the transformation of urban life in Soviet Amenia in the 1920s and 1930s.”
Mekhitar Kaprielian, “Daily models and practices of identity preservation according to the lifestyle materials of the Armenians of Erzurum who were resettled in Akhalkalak in 1829-1930s.”
Kakig Jamharian and Kayane Ghazarian, “The daily life of Soviet Armenian Orthodox priests during the post-WWII period (1946-1954).”
Lilit Harutunian, “Syrian-Armenians in Armenia: Integration and Prospects.”
Tehmine Mardoyan, “Annihilation and deportation: The memory of the Smyrna-Armenians who were resettled in Greece.”
Vahe Sarksian, “Assimilation of the Armenians and their identity transformation in Georgia in the 1920s and 1930s.”
Knarig Avakian, “The relocation of Syrian-Armenians abroad (2012-2018).”
Garen Megerdchian, “The transitions and sociopolitical transformation of Iranian-Armenians in the early 21st century.”
Dikran Ghanalanian, “The periodisation of intra-Diaspora transitions (from 1945 onwards).”
Edig Minasian, “The Armenian media: Echoes of the 1920 Turkish-Armenian war and the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Kemalists.”
Yeghia Tashjian, “Proclaiming the Third Republic and molding a foreign policy: The evolution of Armenia’s foreign policy towards the Diaspora, Turkey and Artsakh (1991-2022).”
Mekhitar Kaprielian and Hayg Mekhoyan, “Communal identity: The self-defense of the Akhaltskha Armenians in 1917-18.”
Anush Hovhannissian, “Soviet ‘Paradise’: The bitter experience of Armenian repatriates to Soviet Armenia (1920-1960s).”
Antranik Dakessian, “Transitions and transformations: Some theoretical considerations.”