Armenia and Neighbors: Armenia-Turkey

Constitutional changes took place both in Armenia and Turkey: Turkey shifted to presidential administration, and Armenia – to parliamentary. What new realities might be brough about by these changes in terms of relations of two countries and what new challenges might arise? The topic is discussed by Bagrat Estukian, Armenian Language Editor of the Istanbul-based “Agos” newspaper and Anush Hovhannisyan, expert in Turkish studies and political analyst Anush Hovhannisyan. 

The Church and Social Role of Woman

How is the issue of equal gender rights expressed in theology, in church and public life? How can self-discrimination hinder the realization of equal rights of men and women? The issue is discussed by Bishop Gevorg Saroyan and Director of German High Schools Armenia Branch Lusine Kharatyan.


Psychological Overcoming of Disaster Consequences

The earthquake of 1988 turned the North of Armenia into a disaster zone. Unfortunately, this is the third decade since we fail to get rid of the mentality of the aggrieved despite of numerous attempts to assess and analyse the effects of disaster on our own lives. How to overcome the consequences of disaster, how does it separate from us? 
The topic is discussed by psychologist Mels Mkrtumyan and Father Smbat Sargsyan.

The 350th anniversary of the first printed Armenian Bible

The request of the RA Ministry of Culture to include the 350th anniversary of the first printed Armenian Bible in the UNESCO Calendar 2016-2017 was accepted. 
The first printed Bible in Armenian language was published in 1666 in Amsterdam with the efforts of Archimandrite Voskan Yerevantsi. Who were ther first Armenian publishers and what was the cost of their labor? 
The topic is discussed by Vardan Devrikyan, PhD in Philology and Father Ararat Poghosyan, Director of the Mother See Library.


Feast of St. Sarkis: the Gap between the Form and Content

The events dedicated to the Feast of St. Sarkis tend to make the feast as appealing as possible. However, oftentimes the rendering of the feast sacrament is packaged in such a way as to make it fully unidentifiable. And no matter how intense the striving is, the form often doesn’t get to the point of turning into a content. The topic is discussed by Father Yesayi Artenian and ethnographer Ruzanna Tsaturyan. 

National Identity in the World of Globalization

Why is the world in the process of globalization concered with the issues of national identity? What will be the outcome of a politics that emphasized the importance of national identity? How can various elements of identity serve to build national authority? Vahagn Vardanyan, expert in international studies and psychologist Hrachya Hovhannisyan discuss social-psychological issues of national identity. 

Life on the Border

Bishop Bagrat Galstanyan, Primate of Tavush Diocese and the Head of Chinari village Samvel Saghoyan talk about the specifics of spiritual care of borderland villages, about bolstering economic, social and cultural activities of communities. 

Armenia and Neighbors: In Search for Peace

Religious, cultural and civilizational diversity is the wealth of humankind, which helps peoples to mutually enrich each other and develop. Peace is a precondition for sustainable development. Metropolitan Nikoloz Pachuashvili, Ali Mohammad Shajaan, and Bishop Bagrat Galstanyan discuss peace as a fundamental value in the family education system. 

Questions on Armenian Studies

A dozen of Armenian Studies centers are at work around the world to fight against anti-Armenian propaganda, to develop scientific-cultural ties, to train experts in Armenian studies and implement Armenological researches. However, the problems in the mentioned areas seem to add instead of diminishing. The threats to the Armenian studies are discussed by the Librarian of Haigazian University of Beirut and the member of Mkhitarian Congregation in Vienna - Rev. Father Vahan Hovakimyan. 

Questions on Moral Ethics

Violence exercised against physicians, cases of mortality as a result of inappropriate fulfillment of professional duties of doctors, unhealthy doctor-patient relations. How are the cases of violating medical ethics evaluated? Are norms of medical ethics sufficient for regulation of doctor-patient relations? The topic is discussed by the expert of bio-ethics Hayarpi Sahakyan and Father Smbat Sargsyan. 

Halloween or Barekendan?

As per the specialists, celebration of foreign holidays has to do with the communication to the values of a more civilized world. Halloween which penetrated to non-English speaking countries from English-speaking countries, has now settled in Armenia. There are different events arranged in the streets and entertainment spots of the city on this day. Why is it in this Celtic feast that attracts Armenian youth and do we have a similar feast in our culture? The topic is discussed by ethnographer Ruzanna Tsaturyan and Father Dajad Davidian. 

Digitizing Handwritten and Printed Legacy

There is around 40 000 officially registered Armenian manuscripts in the world, and the archive documents, printed press and literature count with millions. The topic of digitizing handwritten and printed legacy is discussed by Haykanush Ghazaryan, Deputy Director on the Public Library and Gurgen Gasparyan, Coordinator of Digitization and Web Services Department of Matenadaran.