Academic Seminar “Serindipity”, 23 October 2018, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russia-Armenian University, Yerevan

Russian - Armenian University

Event Date:

October 23, 2018, 16:00 - October 23, 2018, 18:15

Opportunity Cover Image - Academic Seminar “Serindipity”, 23 October 2018, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russia-Armenian University, Yerevan

Institute of Oriental Studies, Russia-Armenian University, Yerevan

Open new Orientalistic  space



Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian-Armenian University (IOS RAU) opens its new space. The official opening ceremony will be followed by the academic seminar “Serindipity”, launching a Series of academic lectures in various fields of science.

We aim at creating the atmosphere of academic and cultural partnership, and hope that the Institute’s space will become a solid platform for the development of humanities in Armenia and wider in the region.


16:00  - 16:40  Opening speeches

- Prof. Dr. A.R. Darbinian, Rector, RAU

- Prof.Dr. Vardan Sahakian, Deputy Chair, Committee of Science, RA

- Prof. Dr. P.S. Avetisian, Pro-Rector, RAU

- Prof. Dr. Garnik Asatrian, Director, IOS, RAU

- Mr. Seyed Mohammadreza Heydari, Head of the IRI Cultural mission  in Armenia

16:40 – 18:00  - Coffee-break

17:00 – 18:15 Seminar Chair: Victoria Arakelova

- Levon Yepiskoposian. My Neanderthal Great-great-grandmother.  

- Ara Marjanian. Serendipity: From Amir Khosrowо Dehlevi to the April War.

- Victoria Arakelova.  Serendipity: in the Orient and in the Oriental Studies.

- Garnik Asatrian.  On an Unknown Pagan Ritual  in Ancient Armenia.

Time: October 23 2018

Venue: Library of the Institute of Oriental Studies, RAU (123 Hovsep Emin St., RAU building, right wing, 3d floor)


Established less than two years ago, IOS RAU has organized several international conferences under the aegis of “Iran and the Caucasus” (Brill, Leiden-Boston), currently associated to this academic structure.

Apart from “Iran and the Caucasus”, the Institute publishes the monograph series “Yerevan Oriental Series”, the international annual “Caucaso-Caspica”, “Iran-nameh: Armenian Journal of Oriental Studies”.

Institute of Oriental Studies, RAU offers BA and MA levels in Oriental and Areal Studies (Iranian Studies, Arabic Studies, Turkic Studies and Indology) , as well as PhD in Ethnography and General and Comparative Linguistics.  

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October 22, 2018