ARMACAD is pleased to announce its third International Armenian Language and Culture Summer School in Yerevan, Armenia to take place from July 15, 2016 to August 5, 2016.
This 21 days summer school offers participants to master skills in written and oral modern Armenian, reading and interpreting Armenian texts from different periods as well as rapidly deepening their knowledge in Armenian Literature, History and Arts. During the summer school we also offer cultural trips, visits and meetings, which will transform your stay in Armenia into an unforgettable, academically oriented endeavour.
The program will be launched in Geghard Monastery (12th century), famous for the religious relics kept inside its walls. The most important of such items is the spear, which wounded Christ on the Cross. Afterwards, visiting the pagan temple of Garni, the group will travel to Yerevan, and visit Ejmiatsin on the next day to take part in the Divine Liturgy. Classes will start on July 18th and will include lectures, guided site visits, thematic explorations and seminar presentations. Everyday two classes of Armenian language will be followed by one or two lectures on different topics of Armenian literature, history, anthropology, arts and culture, linguistics, political issues, etc.
This school is designed for students, at least 18 years-old, who not only want to make well-grounded progress in their knowledge of the Eastern Armenian language, but also to deepen their knowledge of Armenian Studies and Armenia. It offers an intensive Armenian language course spanning 45 hours, divided into 15 days of instruction and focusing on grammar, reading, speaking, and writing. Another 24 hours is devoted to lectures on Armenian literature, history, anthropology, arts and culture, linguistics, etc.
The summer school will be accompanied by 6 days of tours to Tatev Monastery, Jermuk, Echmiadzin, Garni pagan temple, lake Sevan, Ijevan, Dilijan and Tsaghkadzor, as well as daily visits to Museums, cultural and academic establishments in Yerevan.
Our courses are open to anyone with elementary or intermediate knowledge of the Armenian language. The lectures are organized with the academic interests of the participants in mind to ensure that BA, MA, PhD students as well as post-docs and professors who work in Armenian Studies and relevant fields can benefit from it.
Our teachers of Armenian are all native speakers who have experience of teaching Armenian as a foreign language.
Our lecturers are well-known professionals in their respective fields and will present the most interesting and intriguing topics within the field.
Prof. Levon Abrahamian is a corresponding member of National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, Head of the Contemporary Anthropological Studies, Institute of Ethnography and Archaeology, NAS RA. He will deliver two lectures on Armenian and Caucasian identities.
Prof. Vahram Danielyan is an assistant professor at Yerevan State University, Department of Modern Armenian Literature. He will teach the whole course on Armenian literature at the summer school.
Mr. Merujan Karapetyan, who is the founder of www.digilib.am will deliver a lecture about the history of Armenian printing.
Mr. Richard Giragossian, who is the Founding Director of the Regional Studies Center (RSC) in Yerevan will introduce the modern political issues of the Republic of Armenia to the participants of the summer school.
Prof. Rouben Galichian will deliver a lecture about maps of Armenia.
Lectures will be held in Armenian and/or English.
All participants will receive the necessary readings in Armenian and English prior to the summer school dates.
- Participants may inform the organizers about their particular interests in Armenian Studies and the organizers will find a supervisor of that particular topic during the days of the summer school. - Each participant will be encouraged to write a paper on a topic of interest and consult the supervisor. - The school gives an opportunity for networking with important scholars in Armenian studies.
Participation fee is 2850 USD
Application deadline is April 15, 2016.
For Travel Grants Please Check Such Opportunities from Gulbenkian Foundation.
This price includes accommodation, all transportation costs in Armenia including from and to the airport, all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and coffee breaks), reading and writing materials, tours.
We will not cover: Visa costs, travel costs to Armenia and from Armenia, any costs of accompanying friends or family members.
Participants will be housed in comfortable double rooms, with free wireless internet service and bathroom facilities.
For registration please send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com with Summer school in the subject.
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Registered participants should send 50% of the participation fee before May 05, 2016 via a wire transfer. The remaining amount should be paid on the first day of your arrival or before via another wire transfer.
ARMACAD Armenian Studies Summer School 2014 had 4 participants from Turkey, UK and USA and in 2015 the school had 2 participants from Netherlands and Israel.
Below you will find their testimonials as well as a short movie about ARMACAD Armenian Studies Summer School in 2014
I have gained a valuable experience throughout ARMACAD’s Armenian Studies Summer School program with its academically-oriented schedule. The school has offered a wide range of topics and lectures delivered by distinguished professors. The cultural events and field trips, on the other hand, were unforgettable and full of great memories. I highly recommend this program for those who wish to gain a real Armenian experience by exploring the language, history and culture under the discipline of social sciences. As participants of the summer school, we have built strong and long-term relationships with each other. It’d be best to describe this as a challenging, yet a rewarding program.
Monika Manişak was born in Istanbul. After graduating from Getronagan Armenian High School, she received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Department of American Culture & Literature, Ege University, Izmir. Currently, she is pursuing her Master’s degree on Media & Cultural Studies at Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara.
I found the ARMACAD Armenian Studies Summer School a very rewarding experience. The program was full with classes, trips and activities that enabled me to learn a lot about Armenia’s past and present. The language classes, which we attended every week-day morning, gave us a basis of knowledge about the genealogy of the Armenian language. The afternoon lectures were informative on a variety of subjects relating to Armenian culture, religion, politics and society. After class we got to know the city of Yerevan through trips to museums, walking tours and, of course, plenty of eating. The weekends were also full with activities: we visited monasteries, natural wonders, as well as local cultural attractions and sampled different cuisines. The summer school leaders, Khachik and Gevorg, were always very kind and helpful – and they kept us thoroughly entertained throughout the three weeks. I would recommend the school to anyone who already has good knowledge of the Armenian language and who would like to spend time in Armenia developing this knowledge through exposure to an extensive program of lectures in Armenian. The participants will also benefit from learning about varied aspects of culture and society from the perspective of both experts recognized within the Armenian academic environment and speakers from outside. The intense and well-organized program is ideal for anyone who has a month to spend in Armenia with a strong determination to learn about this culture and society. However, taken less seriously, it can also be an opportunity just to spend time in Armenia, to travel, to attend lectures, to have everything conveniently organized for you, and to make new friends. It can be what you put into it! As a university professor with work and personal commitments, and with a poor level of Armenian, I found it a struggle to follow the program with the dedication that was required to gain a significant increase in my level of Armenian speaking and comprehension. However, even I, taking part without doing much homework and without being able to understand all of the lecture content, learnt a great deal and made some good friends with whom I intend to stay in close contact.
Alyson Wharton, Assistant Professor, Art History Department, Mardin Artuklu University, Mardin, Turkey.
The ARMACAD Armenian Studies Summer school 2014 has been a very exciting and productive experience for me. In the span of three weeks, with the guidance of wonderful professors and lecturers, I was able to soak up a great amount of precious knowledge in the areas of history, language, literature, archeology, art and many more. The recreational visits to different cultural landmarks were inspiring as well as educational. I wholeheartedly recommend this program to whoever is interested in such a rewarding experience.
Born in Gyumri Melanya Hamasyan Studies BA in Fine Arts at University of California Santa Cruz with concentration in inter-media: photography, video, sculpture, socially practice art.
The ARMACAD Armenian Studies Summer School was an experience I won't ever forget. I arrived in Armenia not really knowing anyone and not sure what to expect, but the Summer school staff, professors, and students made Armenia an experience I'll never forget. Not only did my Armenian improve, thanks to an environment conducive to using and learning Armenian daily, but my knowledge of Armenian history and culture expanded greatly. Unlike other summer programs that focus in Armenian language, ARMACAD Armenian Studies Summer School worked to teach us students about Armenian culture and history while actively using and improving our knowledge of the Armenian language. It was a time to remember, filled with knowledge and experiences that I will cherish for years to come.
Edward Blankenship, PhD Candidate- UCLA, MA, 2014- Harvard University
The participation in the ARMACAD Summer School for Armenian Studies will be remembered as one of my most fruitful and pleasant study experiences. To study the language in friendly and helpful environment, with strong and patient teachers is always a great factor of success. But ARMACAD Summer School was not only the language course: the lectures and other cultural activities were scheduled according to the particular interests of the participants, introducing the most wide range of subjects in various fields of modern research in Armenia, including ancient history and archaeology, classical and modern Armenian literature, ethnography, art and architecture, etc. During the field trips we learn to know the country and its residents, visiting practically every “must see” site. The voyages were not a simple sightseeing, but rather a deep immersion into the life of Armenia, its past and present. Intense and well organized program, high educational standards, good accommodation, kind and generous attitude, in short – ARMACAD Summer School is highly recommended!
Yana Tchekhanovets, Archaeologist, PhD candidate of Hebrew University of Jerusalem
I was delighted to have participated in ARMACAD's 2015 summer school. It was an excellent idea to test in advance the knowledge of the Armenian language of the participants. In this way the teacher could quickly assess their level.
The three weeks were perfectly organised. During the mornings we had a very inspiring young teacher explaining grammar, based on a wonderful grammar book. Simultaneously the teacher intertwined beautiful poems and songs in her lively lessons. This helped us as students to get accustomed to the rhythm and melody of a new language. Additional lectures by experts in the afternoons provided interesting views on a range of topics: architecture as well as Armenian literature. Due to the language lessons, to our surprise, we were able to comprehend lectures on modern Armenian poetry.
ARMACAD organised wonderful trips all over the country even to Nagorno Karabagh on request of one of the participants. This combination of language lessons, lectures about the Armenian culture, and visiting beautiful historical places make the summer course a unique event. The lessons and tours also cement warm bonds between the teacher and organisers as well as between students from various nationalities.
I warmly recommend all future students, whether they are beginners or advanced students (in small or bigger groups), to participate in the unique ARMACAD summer school concept. The secret is the set-up of the course being fully immersed in the language and culture of Armenia. Thanks to this approach I overcame my barrier and started to communicate at simple level and picking up conversations. In this way I came closer to understand the beautiful structure and suppleness of the Armenian language as well as a bit closer to the Armenian soul.
René Bekius, Amsterdam