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Conf/Prog - History and Culture of Salmast, 6 September 2019, YSU, Armenia

Publish Date: Aug 31, 2019

Event Dates: from Sep 06, 2019 10:00 to Sep 06, 2019 06:30

Conference on the History and Culture of Salmast

September 6, 2019

Yerevan State University, Academic Council Hall (Main Building, 5th Floor)


10:00-11:00 Opening Remarks

The Hon. Arayik Harutyunyan, Minister of Education, Culture & Sport, Republic of Armenia

Mr. Zareh Sinanyan, High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Republic of Armenia


His Grace Bishop Krikor Chiftjian, Primate of the Diocese of Atrpatakan

Word of Welcome

Prof. Vardan Voskanian, Chair of the Department of Iranian Studies, Yerevan State University

Prof. Ruben Safrastian, Director of the Oriental Institute, National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia


Prof. S. Peter Cowe, Narekatsi Chair of Armenian Studies, UCLA

11:00-11:30 Ist Panel: Regional Archaeology

Moderator: Prof. Peter Cowe

“The Salmast Region in the Urartian Period”

Dr. Miqayel Badalyan, Director of the Erebuni Museum, Yerevan

11:30-12:00 2nd Panel: Salmast in Persian Archives                 

Moderator: Prof. Ruben Safrastian

“Persian Documents on the History and Everyday Life of Armenians in the Salmast Region”

Prof. Vardan Voskanian, Chair of the Department of Iranian Studies, Yerevan State University and Dr. Hasmik Kirakosian, Senior Researcher, Matenadaran Institute of Manuscripts and Lecturer in Iranian Studies, Yerevan State University

12:00-12:15 Break

12:15-1:15 3rd Panel: Dialectology

Moderator: Prof. Vardan Voskanian

“Questions Regarding the Study of Armenian Dialects in the Region of Parskahayk‘”

Dr. Hrach Martirosyan, Dept. of Linguistics, University of Leiden

“Marking the Past in the Salmast Dialect: the Imperfect in –er”

Dr. Andrea Scala, Dept. of Literature, Philology and Linguistics, State University of Milan

1:15-2:30 Lunch

2:30-3:10 4th Panel: Raffi

Moderator: Prof. Peter Cowe

“Raffi’s Views on Certain Issues Concerning Armenian History and Literature”

Dr. Karen Mkrtchyan, Office of the High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Yerevan

“Raffi and his Reflections on Other Nationalities” 

Ms. Alis Hovhannisyan, Writers Union of Armenia, Yerevan 

3:10-4:25 5th Panel: Salmast and the Armenian Genocide

Moderator: Prof. Ruben Safrastian

“The Treatment of Armenians and Assyrians by Ottoman Armed Forces in the Salmast Area in 1915”

Dr. Mikael Nichanian, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris

“Archival Materials Illuminating Salmast and its Villages at the Turn of the Twentieth Century” 

His Grace Bishop Krikor Chiftjian, Primate of the Diocese of Atrpatakan

“Martiros P‘iranian and the Swiss Orphanage at Salmast”

The Revd. Dr. Abel Manoukian, Scientific Assistant at the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches and General Secretary of Swiss Council of Religions.

4:25-4:40 Break

4:40-5:30 Keynote Address

Moderator: Prof. Peter Cowe

“The Unique Typologies of Armenian Churches of the Salmast Region”

Dr. Marco Brambilla, Narekatsi Program in Armenian Studies, UCLA

5:30-6:20 6th Panel: Regional Architecture

Moderator: Prof. Vardan Voskanian

“Armenian and Assyrian churches in the Territory of Salmast and Khoy: Prospects for their Protection, Conservation and Management”

Prof. Maurizio Boriani, Instituto Politecnico di Milano

“The ‘History of Armenia’ Series and the Volume on Salmast” 

Mr. Samvel Karapetyan, Director of Research on Armenian Architecture, Yerevan

6:20-6:30 Concluding Remarks

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