International scientific sociological readings entitled “Sociology in the Age of Socio-Economic Changes" have launched at ASPU. The readings are initiated by the Chair of Sociology and Social Work (Education Psychology and Sociology) within the framework of an international conference on sociological issues.
The two-day international conference has brought together representatives from a number of universities in Russia, Germany, Poland, local organizations, ASPU lecturers, post-graduate students and students.
Srbuhi Gevorgyan, Vice-Rector for Educational and Scientific Affairs, stressed the importance of the conference saying it will enable to interpret scientific research and discoveries in a new way in the framework of sociology. The vice-rector says sociology can answer a number of issues to which people of different professions are trying to find explanations. On behalf of the ASPU administration, she wished productive work to the conference participants. Srbuhi Gevorgyan expressed hope that the conference will provide an opportunity to raise concrete sociological issues, to outline new perspectives to determine future steps in sociology.
Ara Yeremyan, Vice-Rector for Personnel and International Cooperation, stressed the presence of representatives from other countries saying it will not only deepen scientific cooperation but will also help establish new cooperation on an international level. The vice-rector is convinced that such conferences will contribute to the solution of the problems of sociological sphere in Armenia and promote development of science.
Vice-Rector for Staff and International Cooperation Ara Yeremyan attached importance to the participation of foreign representatives not only from the perspective of scientific but also from the international cooperation perspective.
Ruzanna Petrosyan, Dean of the Faculty of Education Psychology and Sociology highlighted the role of sociology in the development of society and added that such readings may become effective in the context of socio-economic and political reforms in Armenia.
“I am confident that we will find common ground with our foreign partners: what they offer and what we do is in the interests of students,” said Prof. Armen Sahakyan, a lecturer of the Chair of Sociology and Social Work. He added that the Chair has extensive experience in organizing sociological readings. He also presented best practices of St. Petersburg University and added that many of the foreign partners have arrived in Armenia with concrete cooperation proposals. The professor says mutually beneficial cooperation will greatly contribute not only to the students, but also to the development of Sociological Science in Armenia.
Professor Marek Sokolovsky, Head of the Chair of Sociology at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland, presented the life and activity of French writer, philosopher and political scientist Guy Debord. Then the professor spoke about transformations of society.
Associate Professor Albina Mekova from the Cherepovets State University says we live in the era of changes and all strategic changes are conditioned by the fact how people accept them all over the world.
She also presented the results of her own sociological research, life in a city like Cherepovets which has a population of 318,000 and was granted city status in 1777, the social capital of the region, approaches to the social-economic crisis and ways to surmount it, focusing on the importance of an innovation class.