Tracing history: ASPU hosts conference
02.03.2023
Tracing history: ASPU hosts conference

A conference entitled "Social and political thought in Armenia at the end of the 19th century and in the first half of the 20th century: History and Current State” has been held recently upon the initiative of Armenian State Pedagogical University and the Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society.

ASPU Rector Srbuhi Gevorgyan stressed the importance of the conference, saying the mentioned period is full of significant events, the consequences of which are felt in today's developments.

Professor Gevorgyan added that theorists of social and political thought have played a decisive role in each period. "The conference focuses on the political, psychological and social crisis of the two Armenian states and the concerns about it, and we can and are obliged to provide positive developments if we retrieve exact and accurate results from it. It is important that young people, with their senior colleagues and theorists, find solutions in recurring events of history," she said.

Dean of the Faculty of History and Sociology Edgar Hovhannisyan added in turn that it is important that the educational institution regularly initiate scientific events, filling the research component.

The historian is sure that the conference will make important emphases. To have a political nation, it is important to study the political thought in Armenia and appreciate the political heritage of the past. “A community of people becomes a nation, if it has a political vision which we do not have today. A political nation has its clear vision, national aspirations, goals, and knows the way to implement them. People in the 19th century were able to leave a legacy which needs to be studied and appreciated anew,” he stressed.

Artashes Shahbazyan, a member of the Central Executive Board of Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society, says in the current stage of history when our state is in delusion, it is important to have a retrospective analysis of the turning point in the formation and development of social and political thought.

On the one hand, we had Turkey’s policy against Armenians, on the other hand, resistance by Armenians. As a result, social and political thought in Armenia experienced an upheaval, paving the way for the emergence of national liberation ideology. "As life does not stop, likewise we can't stop the development of social and political thought," he said, adding that the survival of Armenians was ensured by the historical, cultural and spiritual values of the Armenian people. The main mission of today's intellectuals is to make those values the basis of our future activities and property of next generations. He is convinced that in that sense, the conference will have its modest contribution.

Khachatur Stepanyan, Head of the Chair of World History and its Teaching Methods, says the idea of organizing the conference emerged a year ago, considering the important fact that the practical solution to any problem depends on its theoretical substantiation. Besides, today’s events are similar to the events that happened about 100 years ago.

Khachatur Stepanyan is sure that the experience and sophistication of our social and political thought will help us come out of this difficult situation and face the challenges threatening the people.
“National understanding is common, while the idea of devotion to the homeland is everyone’s property; it is true that if the nation’s vision is not formulated, instead of uniting its potential, people scatter it and often sobber up only at the most decisive moments,” said Ruzan Arakelyan, Director of the Hamazkayin Yerevan Office.

She says the conference was really important and necessary; its message once again proves that people’s aspirations should be the starting point in the process of preserving Armenian statehood and planning the policies of today’s authorities. "We should have an idea, formulate it and build our lighthouse based on it, outlining the vision of the homeland we dream of."

Dr. Rubina Pirumyan presented the transition of the Armenian social and political thought from national to state thinking in 1918-1920. Tigran Chinpashian, a Diaspora Armenian education specialist, spoke about the influence of the Western Armenian national constitution on the formation of the national liberation movement. Khachatur Stepanyan presented the reflection of Boston-based "Homeland" magazine to the social and political thought in Armenia, series of articles and authors.

The speeches were followed by discussions and a Q&A session.

 

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