ACOS ‘18

Yerevan, 09-10 November


 Yerevan State University

Academic Council Meeting room, Central Building, 5th floor

1 Alex Manoogian


dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Faculty of Oriental Studies

09:00 – 10:00 – Registration of participants

10:00 – 10:10 – Opening of official ceremony. Welcome speech by Dr., Prof. Aram Simonyan, Rector, Yerevan State University

10:10 – 10:20 – Welcome speech by Dr. Armen Sarkissian, President of the Republic of Armenia

10:20 – 10:30 – Welcome speech by Dr. Arayik Harutyunyan, Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia

10:30 – 10:35 – Welcome speech by Davit Tonoyan, Minister of Defense of the Republic of Armenia

10.35 – 10:40 – Welcome speech by Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia

10:40 – 11:00 – Special report by Dr., Prof. Ruben Melkonyan, Dean, Faculty of Oriental Studies, Yerevan State University

11:00 – 11:15 – Welcome speeches by partner institutions

Dr. Vahan Ter-Ghevondyan, Director, Scientific Research Institute of Ancient Manuscripts named after Mesrop Mashtots

Dr. Ruben Safrastyan, Director, Institute of Oriental Studies, National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia

Dr. Vitaliy Naumkin, Director, Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences

11:15 – 11:30 – Awards presentation

11:30 – 12:15 – Official lunch provided (will be served at the venue of the conference)




All panel sessions on 9th of November will be held in Academic Council Meeting room

Session I – 12:15 – 13:45

World War I and Formation of the New Middle East

Sarah Irving (Linnaeus University, Sweden), moderator

David Hovhannisyan (Yerevan State University), “The results of WWI and the logic of current developments in the Middle East”

Svante Lundgren (Lund University, Sweden), “Why did the Assyrian lobbying at the Paris Peace Conference fail?”

Ruben Melkonyan (Yerevan State University), “Young Turks-Kemalists: ideological and cadre continuity”

Sarah Irving (Linnaeus University, Sweden), “Excavating the Subaltern: studying the lives of Palestinian peasant women pre-WWI”

Lusine Sahakyan (Yerevan State University), “The archive of the Jerusalem Patriarchate on Armenian Genocide and World War I: the unique path of unique documents”

Ivana Lazaroska (State Archive of Macedonia, Macedonia), “After the War: The Caliphate and the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, 1923-1926”

Angelika Pobedonostseva Kaya (St. Petersburg State University, Russia), “The First World War and the Russian Empire’s Policy Towards the Kurds: Path Dependence?”

Q&A, discussions

Coffee break – 13:45 – 14:00

(will be served at the venue of the conference)

Session II – 14:00 – 15:30


Hayk Kocharyan (Yerevan State University), moderator

Vasili Kuznetsov (Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences), “The paradoxes of the development of civil society in the Arab countries”

Ebrahim Meraji (Islamic Azad University, Iran), “Explaining Security variables in the Middle East”

Levon Hovsepyan (Nation Academy of Sciences of Republic of Armenia), “The weakened role of military and foreign policy: transforming Turkish security identity”

Sergey Melkonian (Russian Diplomatic Academy, Russia), “The Middle Eastern military alliance: the formation prospects”

Gigi Manukyan (Woodbury University, USA), “In Pursuit of Oil: A Marxist Analysis of U.S. Intervention in Iraq Before and After the Collapse of the Soviet Union”

Anush Brutian (Yerevan State University), “The Perspectives for Russia-Iran Cooperation after the JCPOA”

Sona Ikilikyan (Southern Federal University, Russia), “Arab-Iranian Relations in the Context of the Persian Gulf Naming Dispute”

Q&A, discussions 

Coffee break – 15:30 – 15:45

(will be served at the venue of the conference)


Session III – 15:45 – 16:45

Notorious Perpetrators, Imperial Humanitarians, and Defiant Allies:

Invisible Consequences of the Great War and the Armenian Genocide

Harutyun Marutyan (The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute), moderator

Burçin Gerçek (Clark University, USA), “What influences the choice between participation and resistance during the genocide? The different paths of Dr. Reshid and Emir Pasha”

Asya Darbinyan (Clark University, USA), “Imperial Humanitarianism? Russian Empire’s Relief Efforts for the Armenian Refugees of the War and Genocide”

Ani Ohanian (Clark University, USA), “Fervent Nationalism: Armenian and Kurdish responses to Kemal in the Great War’s Aftermath”

Q&A, discussions


Visit to Matenadaran – Scientific Research Institute of Ancient Manuscripts named after Mesrop Mashtots

Bus will be provided at 17:00.



All panel sessions on 10th of November will be held in the 5th building of Yerevan State University (Faculty of Oriental Studies)

Session IV – 09:30 – 11:30 


Yerkanyan Hall (2nd floor)

David Hovhannisyan (Yerevan State University), moderator

Arax Pashayan (National Academy of Sciences or Republic of Armenia, Armenia), “Wahhabism and fighting Islam: the Saudi trace”

Merih Erol (Özyeğin University, Turkey), Evangelical Fervor in Western Anatolia in the 19th Century: American Missionary Work among Armenians and Greeks in the Ottoman Empire

Olga Bernikova (St. Petersburg State University, Russia), “Modern Islamic Studies in Classical University”

Sona Tonikyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia), “On the problem of organ transplantation in Islam according to Yusuf al-Qaradawi ’ s  fatwas”

Azam Ghasemi, Arya Younesi (Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies, Iran), “On Fakhr al-Din Razi’s “The Sects: a treatise on Muslim and non-Muslim sects ” (al-Feragh al-Muslimin wa al-Mushrekin) and Its Role in Islamic Theology Tradition”

David Hovhannisyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia), ““Maaruf” and “Munqar” in Ibn Abi Shaybah’s Musannaf”

Mariam Elmasyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia), “Ibn Al – Mukafaa’s system of ethics based on “Al – adab al saghiyr” and “Al – adab al  kabiyr””

Siranuysh Vardanyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia), “The religious situation in the Tallish-populated territories of Azerbaijan in 2010-2018)

Tereza Amryan (Yerevan State University, Armenia), “The idea of secret, mystical knowledge in Yezidi religious hymns”

Shushan Kyureghyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia), “The Devil’s Deceptions in the relevance of Reading the Quran according to ‘Ibn Jawzī’s “Talbīs Iblīs””

Q&A, discussions


Iranian Department Office (3rd floor)

Vardan Voskanyan, Alexandr Safaryan (Yerevan State University), moderators

Alexandr Safaryan (Yerevan State Univesity), “The reflections of Ziya Gökalp’s views on linguistics, literature and culturology in the works by the Armenian authors”

Oleg Redkin (St. Petersburg State University, Russia), “The department of Arab philology of St. Petersburg State University: 20 years of work”

Elmira Khabibulina (Kazan Federal University, Russia), “The linguistic analysis of literary translations from Tatar language into Turkish”

Elena Oganova (Moscow State University, Russia), “Problems of translating complement clauses with objective meaning from Russian into Turkish (media discourse)”

Vardan Voskanyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia), “The problem of the Iranian Substratum in the Turcophone Area of the northwestern Iran”

Lilit Movisyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia), “Comparative analyses of vocabulary features of Armenian and Azerbaijani modern press languages”

Zaruhi Khachatryan (Yerevan State University, Armenia), “The horse names of Turkic origin in the Persian language”

Hasmik Kirakosyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia), “On the Lexicography of the Armeno-Persian text of the 18th century”

Sona Davtyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia), “Motivational feature as the main means of plant nomination in Persian and Armenian phytonyms”

Aharon Vardanyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia), “The problem of the Phoneme “h” in the New Azari dialects of Xalxāl: Retrospective analysis”

Artyom Tonoyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia), “On the names of seasons of the year in Caucasian Persian”

Kristina Raphayelova (Yerevan State University, Armenia), “Psycholinguistic peculiarities of the formation of the comparatives, characterizing physical qualities, states and the social status of a person in Arabic and Armenian language culture”

Setrak Hovsepyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia), “CLT (Communicative Language Approach) vs CBI (Content – Based Instruction) in Higher  Education 21st Century Classroom”

Q&A, discussions


Egypt Hall (3rd floor)

Naira Poghosyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia), moderator

Lilit Safrastyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia), “Diasporic Experiences: Mediating Memory, Identity and Time in Iranian and Armenian Literature: An Analysis of short stories by Goli Taraghi and Leonardo Alishan”

Akhlaque Ahmad ‘Ahan’ (J. Nehru University, India), “Anti-war Persian Poetry: Tradition and trends”

Hasmik Bianjyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia), “Sayyed Mohammad- Ali Jamalzadeh’s role in renovating the Persian literary language at the end of 19th and at the beginning of 20th centuries”

Astghik Geghamyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia), “Nizami Ganjavi’s love poems and the Armenian literature”

Naira Poghosyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia), “The “Gastarbeiters” theme in the Turkish literature of 1960-1990s”

Mariam Melkonyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia), “The Problem of Emancipation in Mihri Hatun’s «Tazarru‘-nâme»”

Shushan Khachatryan (Yerevan State University, Armenia), “The play “Khan Kene” by Mukhtar Auezov”

Amalya Petrosyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia), “The Turkmen literature of the 18th century”

Alice Eloyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia), “The classification of khabars based on their content and form in “Ansāb al – Ashrāf” by  Al – Baladhur I”

Q&A, discussions

 Coffee break – 11:30 – 12:00

(will be served at the venue of the conference)

 Session V – 12:00 – 14:00


Yerkanyan Hall (2nd floor)

Vahram Ter-Matevosyan (American University of Armenia, Armenia), moderator

Javad Morshedloo (Tarbiat Modares University of Tehran, Iran), “Armenians’ Contribution to the Socio-Economic Life of South Caucasia in 18th Century: The Case of Karabagh and Shirwan”

Farideh Talebpour (Alzahra University, Iran), “A comparative study of Safavid and Indian Mongol fabrics during 9th and 11th centuries”

Tatevik Sargsyan, (Istanbul University, Turkey), “The role of the Armenian Patriarch of Istanbul in Turkish State-Armenian community relations: the last Ottoman patriarch Zaven effendi”

Mher Abrahamyan (Yerevan State University), “The policy of the Young Turks on the forcible Islamization of the Armenians”

Tatevik Hakobyan (Yerevan State University), “The modern tendencies of reappraisal of the image of sultan Abdulhamid II in the Turkish historiography (on the basis of the works by Selim Deringil)”

Gor Gevorgyan (Yerevan State University), “Egypt-US relations and First Gulf war”

Hayk Darbinyan (Yerevan State University), “The Combination of Soft Power with Hard Power: Institutionalization of Public Diplomacy in Turkey”

Husam Mohamed (University of Central Oklahoma, USA), “U.S. Policy and Israeli-Palestinian Relations”

Q&A, discussions

Session will be continued after the coffee break

Coffee break – 13:30 – 14:00

(will be served at the venue of the conference)

Liana Petrosyan (Yerevan State University), “The discourse on the Iranian nationalism under the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (2005-2013)”

Garik Misakyan (Yerevan State University), “The attestations of Shushi in Iranian sources from 18th to 19th centuries”

Aren Petunts (Yerevan State University), “The debut of new nationalist party in the Turkish parliamentary elections of 2018”

Gayane Mkrtumyan (Yerevan State University), “The role of Muslim agreements in the life of Christian population”

Hovhannes Khorikyan (National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, Armenia), “On the one Achaemenid Military-Administrative Position”

Nshan Kesecker (Yerevan State University), “Historical Royal Ideology in the Epic of Gilgamesh”

Q&A, discussions

Anthropology and Cultural Studies

Yerkanyan Hall (2nd floor)

Varuzhan Geghamyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia), moderator

Victor Bocharov (St. Petersburg State University, Russia), “Revolution and the East. Anthropological aspect”

Konstantin Vasiltsov (Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography “Kuntskamera”, Russia), “Imaginative Geographies of Islam in Central Asia: The Case of Badakhshan”

Ekaterina Aloyants (St. Petersburg State University, Russia), “The history and prospects for the development of studies in Indian History in Saint Petersburg”

Pavel Basharin (Russian State University for the Humanities, Russia), “Ismaili Sayyids of Wakhan in the Beginning of the 20th Century”

Anastasia Sergeeva (St. Petersburg State University, Russia), “Change of Power and Leadership Succession: the case of Tanzania”

Mohammad Reza Sargolzaee, Zohreh Farkhondi Sorkhabi (Independent researchers, Iran), “Review of “Zahhak Story” in “Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh”: Political sociology of Iranian people”

Varuzhan Geghamyan (Yerevan State University), “Netnography: digital humanities and Oriental Studies”

Q&A, discussions

Session will be continued after the coffee break

Coffee break – 13:30 – 14:00

(will be served at the venue of the conference)

Garnik Gevorgyan (Yerevan State University, Armenia), “The transformation of the notion of the eastern noble bandit in the Armenian reality”

Fariba Seyedan (Alzahra University, Iran), “Iranian Popular Culture, Women and Narrative structure: looking at woman, fertility and water in Lori‘s tales”

Yaghoon Foroutan (University of Mazandaran, Iran), “Democratic Socialization vs. Politicization: A Case Study from the Middle East”

Noonik Darbinian (Yerevan State University, Armenia), “The Saqqa-khana tradition: in the contemporary Iranian art”

Arman Safaryan (Russian-Armenian Slavic University, Armenia), “On propaganda of the Armenian philosophy in USSR and EAEU countries”

Q&A, discussions


Visit to Tsitsernakaberd – The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute

Bus will be provided at 16:00.