By the initiative of the ASPU Students Council, a series of trainings and seminars were launched at the Pedagogical University.
The first topic of the seminar was about “Nationalism and Conservatism”, the speaker was the Dean of the Faculty of History and Sociology, Associate Professor Edgar Hovhannisyan.
In his report, the historian referred to the notion of “nationalism”, its provisions, principles, ideology, highlighting its important role in social- political life.
Separating nationalism from chauvinism, Edgar Hovhannisyan noticed that the national consciousness was based on historic memory and cultural traditions, while in the 21st century, in times of globalism and extreme liberalism, a levelling policy was being pursued which could lead to dissemination of national identity, and loss.
“Students are in need of listening, understanding, and getting oriented outside the classroom; and maybe it was the recent defeat that made them realise the importance of self-identification, and bring up the advantages and disadvantages, of which the enemy knew more. In our days it is extremely important to formulate a knowledgeable, conscious identity built on national ethnic background, so that the tides blowing from outside get lost or deviate their flow. Our self identity and self -knowledge lies in our history, myths, epics, and fairy tales.”
In addition, the speaker recalled a Chinese wisdom, saying when the wind blows, it is necessary to not only build a tent on it, but also a windmill. We need a generation that is extremely developed, self-educated, that prioritises national principles, which wouldn’t be subjected to all sorts of manipulations, and which would remain the bearer of the national heritage.
Later on, a debate started followed by discussions on this topic.