Russian Armenian Diocese is 300 Years Old


Violence


One of the measures to prevent violence is the reform of social-cultural norms, transfer of necessary communication skills through education, and from theological viewpoint - full perception and acceptance of the identity created in the image of God. How can we build a society which will decline violence? The pavilion of “Option” hosts Director of Social Concepts Office in the Mother See Bishop Bagrat Galstanyan and psychologist of the NGO “Dialogue” Armine Vahanyan.

Vacant Higher Education Institutions


The results of 2017-18 academic year saw 11 375 vacancies out of 18 000 places. The specialists of the sphere declare that there is nothing extraordinary. The forecast of the next year is even worse: there will be less applicants, and the share of GDP to be allocated to the sphere of education will be reduced by the 2018-2020 midterm expenditures program of the Government. What do the experts have to offer? 

“Protected by the State”


Euthanasia: Between the Philosophy of Life and Death


Legal evaluation of euthanasia is closely linked to the specifics of medical, moral ethical, philosophical and religious views.  In certain countries it is criminal offense, while it is legally allowed in other countries.  Euthanasia is legally prohibited in Armenia. What ethical issues does it cause globally, and does the Christian standing help overcome these issues? The topic is discussed by the Head of the Armenian Unit of UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Very Rev. Father Zakara Baghumian from the Mother See. 

Post-Golden Apricot


Golden Apricot Film Festival is often accompanied with fervent discussions on films.  Even after the closing of the festival are characterised by inertial fluctuations after which everyone leaves the “cross-roads of cultures and civilizations” back to their normal life. The panorama of this year’s Golden Apricot is discussed by Davit Matevosyan, the Director of “Hrant Matevosyan” Foundation and journalist Nune Hakhverdyan.

The Clergy and Opressed Protest


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. 

Identity Disruptions as a Result of Genocide


Many Armenians who survived the Genocide declined their identity in order to get rid of inferiority and integrate in new environment with more ease. According to specialists, identity disruptions such as these are considered to be one of the consequences of genocide. What behavioral consequences did identity disruptions lead to, and what can become the basis for revaluation and enhancement of Armenian identity? The topic is discussed by philosopher Silva Petrosyan and ethnographist Harutyun Marutyan

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.
 

 

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.