It was initiated by YSU Institute for Armenian Studies with the support of YSU Commission, Coordinating the Events Dedicated to the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. This event summed up the university’s scientific sitting on the Armenian Genocide, which consisted of 3 sessions.
“We have held analogous conferences since the beginning of the year, all were quite effective, and this is a very important continuation. This is a good opportunity to move the issue to legal-political space, present the cultural genocide,” - said Dean of the Faculty of History Edik Minasyan.
About 2 dozen presentations on various topics related to the analysis of the norms of the international law prohibiting genocide in late 19th century and early 20th century, comparative analysis of the resolutions condemning and recognizing the Armenian Genocide on the state level, Turkish policy on the Armenian Genocide, the Armenian Genocide references in French and American media, Azerbaijani policy on the appropriation of the Armenian culture, etc were presented.
“An important starting point of the formation, development, and adoption of Turkey’s policy towards the Armenian Genocide may be considered 1965 – the 50th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The activities in Soviet Armenia and the Armenian Diaspora directed to the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide forced Turkey to do some counter measures. Shortly after they became the grounds of Turkey’s policy of denial,” - says specialist in Turkish Studies, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Oriental Studies Ruben Melkonyan.
Reports were made by the representatives of the faculties of Oriental Studies, Law, International Relations, History and Journalism. They all presented the issue from their professional point of view. As the participants represented various spheres, each presentation was followed by a discussion.
“By the Rector’s decision the reports will not simply be published in a collection, but the best ones will be included in the journal, approved by the Higher Attestation Commission,” - said Deputy Director of YSU IAS Mher Hovhannisyan.
YSU in cooperation with NAS RA has planned an international conference on the Armenian Genocide in October of this year.