YSU Institute for Armenian Studies (IAS) and Faculty of History initiated this conference with the participation of scientists from YSU, Germany and California. Various applications were submitted in advance, but after the thorough selection eight participants received the opportunity to make reports.
The conference was also attended by a delegation from Archar, composed of 50 members, Commission on the Activities, dedicated to the Centennial of Musa Mount, “Musa Mount” Union, representatives of Sardarapat Memorial Complex, National Museum of Ethnography and History of the Armenian Liberation Struggle, as well as the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of NAS RA.
The conference was chaired by the Deputy Director of the IAS Mher Hovhannisyan and Chairman of the Commission on the Activities, dedicated to the Centennial of Musa Mount Yesai Havatyan. Opening speeches were made by the RA Deputy Minister of Diaspora S. Srapionyan and “Musa Mount” Compatriot Union representative Ani Pashayan.
Mher Hovhannisyan also noted about the importance of this conference among the events, dedicated to the Centennial of the Musa Mount Heroic Battle: “This is a kind of a lesson which shows that we survived and showed that it is possible to find salvation through unified resistance, which we had lost.”
It should be noted that the main speakers were the descendants of the participants of Musa Mount battles. Most of them came from Anchar. They highlighted the idiomatic issues, focusing on the core problems in their history, starting with the second half of the 19th century. The authors of the reports also analyzed the demographic and lingual-ethnographic issues, as well as the actual historical events.
Dean of the Faculty of History Edik Minasyan presented his research “The Role of Women in the Defense of Musa Mount”. Mr. Minasyan pointed out that women have played a significant role in the battles: “Owing to the volitional qualities of our women we succeeded in these battles. They supported men not only supplying food or water, but if necessary, took weapon in their hands.”
We should note that the best papers will be published in the IAS scientific journal “Armenian Studies”.