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The language of the event is English. The translation is provided.
Professor Seppälä will present his latest study on the System of a Down rock band (SOAD) as the most important Armenian voice of our times in terms of popularization of the Armenian Genocide. He will show how the Armenian Genocide topic is expressed in the lyrics of SOAD songs and how they represent the genocide-based identity of the Armenian Diaspora. He will also introduce his newly published book "Silenced voices".
Serafim Seppälä is a Professor of Systematic Theology and Patristics at University of Eastern Finland and an Orthodox monk. He has written a number of books on Armenian culture and history in Finnish, among them "East of Ararat" (2007) - a 500-page book on Armenian culture, history, art and religion; "Cultural heritage of the Armenian Genocide" (2011) - Genocide in literature, philosophy, theology, music and paintings; "Silenced voices" (2015)- on Armenian life and culture prior to Genocide.
Studying Armenia for many years and having visited many tirnes, Prof. Seppala calls Armenia the home of his soul and considers it the last corner of the Middle Eastern cultures where the old Christian tradition is still preserved.