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Conference dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the Armenian national liberation movement activist Nikol Duman, which was held today, was among the regular events dedicated to the jubilee of the great son of Artsakh.

Nikol Duman's acitivites in different periods, his role in the history of Armenia and Artsakh was focused on by the professors and students of YSU and Artsakh State University. Representatives of ASU’s Center for Armenian Studies were also present at the conference.

“We recently held a conference at Artsakh State University dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Nikol Duman. Our faculty has very close cooperation with Artsakh State University, we are going to sign a memorandum of cooperation with them, which implies conferences and exchange of students, tutors’ training, methodological support and so on,” - said Dean of the Faculty of History Edik Minasyan .

A special attention was drawn on Nikol Duman’s Military Handbook “Draft of People’s Self-Defense”, his role in Khanasor assault and Baku self-defense.

After the speeches, the participants watch the documentary “Nikol Duman”.

Nikol Duman was born in January 1867 to an Armenian family in the Ghshlagh village of Nagorno-Karabakh. His father was a priest. In 1887, he graduated from the Shushi diocesan school. He then taught in Armenian schools in the North Caucasus until 1891, when he moved to Tabriz, where he was a teacher and also the treasurer of the circle of local Armenian national figures.

Beginning with 1893, he taught at the school in the village of Galasar, Salmas (modern Iran), where he took an active part in the Armenian national and political life as a member of the Union of Armenian revolutionaries.

In 1914, he became ill with tuberculosis and went for treatment in Kislovodsk. At the same time, the First World War was beginning. Feeling that he would not be able to participate with the other Armenian fedayi, Duman committed suicide with a pistol shot on the evening of 23 September, 1914.

The conference was organized by “Armenian Historians Union” NGO with the support of the State Committee for Science of the RA Ministry of Education and Science in cooperation with YSU Institute for Armenian Studies, Armenian National Academy of Sciences, Armenian State Pedagogical University, Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University, the RA National Archive, International Relations and History faculties of YSU, Vanadzor and Artsakh state universities.

YSU Rector Aram Simonyan, Director of the IAS made opening speech. He said that the historical issues that require new approaches are contradictory, should be discussed in round tables, conferences and get some answers.

“Thank you for responding to our call and demonstrated interest in the topic of the conference. This problem is always of interest to us all. There have always been different approaches, ranging from the ancient world, ancient Greek and Roman historians, people who seem to have nothing to do with history, such as Pythagoras, who also commented on the problems,” - said Aram Simonyan.

Papers presented during the conference were 6. The topics related to the medieval period of the Armenian history, as well the Hellenic features in the Armenian history.

The conference was followed by a discussion during which participants had the opportunity to clarify issues of concern through questions and answers.

The conference will continue tomorrow, during which the remaining 4 reports relating to Soviet Armenia and the Third Republic of Armenia will be made. A separate report will be devoted to the Diaspora history.

This is the fourth edition of the already traditional conference. The organizer is the Chair of Cross-cultural Communication of the English Language at the Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology of YSU. This time the organizers set a goal to promote the use of the newest methods of teaching a foreign language, based on the interconnection of language and culture.

The conference, devoted to the study of various aspects of language teaching and cross-cultural communication, was opened in the hall after Yeghishe Charents. Participants of the conference are students and lecturers, as well as invited guests. They were welcomed by the Scientific Secretary of YSU Menua Soghomonyan and the Dean of the Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology of YSU Samvel Abrahamyan.

“The issues addressed at the conference are relevant and very useful for our students. This conference always raises questions aimed at the correct perception of the foreign language and the choice of the effective teaching methods,” - Mr. Abrahamyan said.

Mr. Soghomonyan commented on the concept of “cross-cultural communication” from the point of view of his specialty - international relations.

The conference was attended by English language specialists from different universities, training centers, representatives of the US Peace Corps in Armenia and others. The Chair of Cross-cultural Communication of the English Language closely cooperates with the Armenian Association of English Teachers, whose director Anna Arakelyan also attended the conference and spoke about the organization, its activities and plans for future.

Topics covered in the reports of the participants of the conference concerned mainly the application of various methods of teaching English with the help of modern technologies, teaching English for Armenians, developing communication skills, etc.

The conference was organized by the Chair of History and Theory of Political Science of the Faculty of International Relations of YSU and the Ural State University of Communications in Yekaterinburg (RF).

The conference, which is held for the third year in a row, was attended by tutors, PhD students and students of two universities. The goal is to consolidate the cooperation between universities.

At the beginning of the conference, the Head of the Chair of History and Theory of Political Science of the Faculty of International Relations, Professor Ashot Yengoyan made a welcoming speech. He said that the publication of a collection of conference materials is foreseen.

During the conference, 14 reports were made, which touched upon the issues such as the process of international integration, cooperation between the two countries, and also raised the problems arising from the economic and political point of view.

A student of the 2nd year of the Master’s Degree of the Faculty of International Relations of Yerevan State University Gayane Ananyan noted in her report “Armenia in the process of international integration” that in this context it should be noted in what relations Armenia is with the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union.

“As a result of the study, we came to the conclusion that Armenia has the potential to establish relations with both the EU and the EurAsEC, thereby cooperating with the two international structures,” - Gayane Ananyan said.

Associate Professor of the Chair of Philosophy and History of the Ural State University Alexey Konov noted that Armenia is a bridge between East Asia and the European region: “Armenia is a very important region, both from a military and economic point of view.”

After the presentation of the reports the participants discussed the presented topics.

The three-day conference was organized by the above mentioned chair and the SSS of this faculty. Participants were students, lecturers, PhD students and alumni not only from university, but also various educational institutions. The conference consisted of three divisions. A total of 30 reports will be made.


Dean of the Faculty of History, Professor Edik Minasyan welcomed and congratulated the participants of the conference and then made a brief presentation of the history and activities of this chair. He highlighted the role of alumni of this chair who work in different cultural spheres. Dean also said that the tutorial staff of the chair regularly participates in national and international conferences.


“The chair was created in the years of independence and in very difficult conditions. Founder of this chair Professor Levon Chugaszyan has significantly contributed to this all. It should be noted that every year about 60 students choose this profession,” - said Mr. Minasyan.


Head of the UNESCO Chair of Art History and Theory Levon Chugaszyan, speaking about the difficulties of establishing the chair, said that the problems and challenges of the sector have been taken into account when opening it. He also highlighted the role of young people who are facing serious challenges.


“We have to recognize us, and if we do not, then we become a faceless mass. For better understanding this all we should study art. Our art is scattered in museums around the world. All countries face the lack of specialists in the Armenian art,” - said Levon Chugaszyan.


Chairman of the SSS of YSU Faculty of History Gegham Asatryan said that the conference is the result of the mutually beneficial cooperation between this student structure and the chair: “Best reports, made during the conference, will be published with the support of the SSS.”


In the framework of the conference participants will visit Makaravank on April 15 to hold a campaign-pilgrimage.