Author and host: HaykHambardzumyan
TOPIC hosts men of culture, clergymen, renowned filmmakers and actors, Armenian and foreign scientists, scholars of Armenian studies, young specialists, writers and journalists residing in and outside Armenia.
How much do the contemporary Armenian art and literature relate to the development trends of world art? What new Armenian studies are currently underway in Armenia and Diaspora? Does the modern art educate or it rather entertains? These and other questions are voiced and answered in the pavilion of TOPIC.  
Frequency: Every Friday, at 21:50
Rerun: Saturday, at 13:30

Text-books and Modern Education

When talking about the problems of education system, often the quality of school text-books is raised as an issue of concern, Who and how are these text-books created, what are the undelying criteria, how compliant these criteria are to the modern education criteria, who is in charge of overseeing the contextual and publishing quality? Is it ever possible to create a text-book that will satisfy both teachers, pupils, parents and education experts? Hayk Hambardzumyan spoke about these issues with Sokrat Mkrtchyan – General Director Zangak Publishing House.

Armenian Medieval Art Presented Anew: between Journalism and Science

To make the rich medieval Armenian culture accessible in this modern world replete with aggressive information and advertisements, the now traditional tools, such as scientific media, book publications, etc. are not sufficient. There is a need for internet websites, digital databases, and of course new professional approach. Are these resources effective, how should our art in general be presented, if ever? Hayk Hambardzumyan talked about these issues with PhD in History Karen Matevosyan. 

Armenian Music Art and the World

Many public and private programm are presently implemented to proclaim Armenian music both within, as well as outside of Armenian, concerts and festivals kick off. How effective are these steps, hos is it ever possible to most attractively present high-art music in the light of poor-quality music marches of the modern world? Hayk Hambardzumyan spoke about these issues with Hasmik Movsisyan, the founding manager of Music of Armenia organization. 


Contemporary Poetry and Prose of Reality

How does contemporary literature see and picture reality, how should contemporary poetry respond to the numerous problems and questions of ours? What are the mechanisms that the society uses to upraise a writer and to make him/her heard? Why those mechanisms are not working today? Hayk Hambardzumyan spoke about these issues with poet Ara Husik. 

Electronic Publishing in Armenia

Although the grave predictions about the death of the traditional book did not come true, a vast number of readers prefer reading books in digital format using a variety of e-book readers. What is the status of electronic publishing in Armenia, how are the relations regulated in this sphere?   Hayk Hambardzumyan spoke about these issues with Marat Yavrumyan, founder of “Yavruhrat” electronic publishing house. 

Book Publishing without State Support

The sphere of book publishing is anticipating big changes: state support programs aimed at book publishing will be reviewed, and the available resources will be directed towards book publicizing projects, libraries, and translations of Armenian books into other languages. What will these changes bring to the development of the sphere of book publishing? What impact will they have on the publishing and publicizing of contemporary Armenian literature? Hayk Hambardzumyan spoke about these issues with Khachik Vardanyan, director of “Bookinist” company.

Black, White, Tricolor

What is a photograph – a documentary, or an image of “an eternally repeated rite of existence”, how is the history documented, how and to what extent does the photograph transfer the signs or marks of time; does it depict the reality or carves a legend? And lastly, what color does independence bear? Hayk Hambardzumyan hosts photographer Zaven Khachikyan. 

National Identity in Diaspora

The questions referring to national identity are among the most discussed topics in modern ethnography. These issues become even more pressing in the case of nations with large diaspora. Who is an Armenian in diaspora, what are the compound elements of his/her national identity, how is it ever possible to preserve in modern world? Hayk Hambardzumyan talked about these issues with ethnographer Harutyun Marutyan.

Treasury of St. Gregory of Narek

Modern Statuary Art between High Art and Commerce

Around two dozens of individual and group exhibitions in Hungary, Germany, France and elsewhere. His works are at display in Hungarian museums, they decorate the streets of Budapest, hotels and individual collections. Hayk Hambardzumyan spoke about the European path crossed by the Armenian sculptor, as well as the meaning and tendencies of modern statuary art with famous Hungarian Armenian sculptor Mamikon Yengibaryan. 

The Timeliness of Shahan Shahnour’s Compositions

Shahan Shahnour is one of the most unique and at the same time the most disputed authors in the Diasporan literature. The works of Shahnour are published and explored quite sufficiently both in Diaspora and in Armenia, however there is a lack of an academic or a complete collection of his works. Hence, partly to fill this gap, the three-volume collection compiled and edited by Diasporan intellectual, literary critic Grigor Shahinyan was published in 2016 in Yerevan. 

“Gretert” and Youth Literature

Offically called “Literary Youth Paper”, other interpretations – “Gretert” meaning paper of writings, and more playful and straight-forward – “almost paper”. The comments on the title of this periodical called “Gretert” indicated its direction and lack of high ambitions. This may come to explain the fact, that it’s been 10 years since “Gretert” in most loved environment and platform for literary youth, bringing forth a number of presently famous names in the Armenian literature.