Conference on “Armenian Trans-nationalism and the Modern Age of Communications” at Haigazian University
Organized by the Armenian Diaspora Research Center at Haigazian University, the conference titled “Armenian Trans-nationalism and the Modern Age of Communications” took place from May 16 to May 17, 2013.
A group of 17 specialists composed of scholars, media anchors, and young bloggers, coming from Armenia, Lebanon, the US, and Europe, had their interesting presentations on the classical and modern means of communication, as well as inter-communication in the Armenian Diaspora, thoroughly examining and assessing their efficacy and impact, and discussing the prevailing constraints and challenges.
Following the official opening on May 15, 2013, in the presence of the Armenian Ambassador to Lebanon, Mr. Ashod Kocharian, the President of the Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East, Rev. Megrdich Karageozian, Archbishop Kegham Khatcherian, and University President Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian, the conference included four sessions comprising 14 presentations over two consecutive days.
After the introductory lecture of President Haidostian on “Armenian Networking: Issues, Language, and Future”, the audience listened to Vatche Proudian on “the Archives of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF): Achievements and Future Strategy”, Dr. Vahe Tashjian on “Armenian Collective Memory and Networking: The case of “Houshamadyan” website, Hilda Tchoboian on “the Establishment and Vision of the European-Armenian Political Community’, Vaghinak Vartanyan on “The role of the Diaspora Ministry Internet-Based Projects and the Armenia-Diaspora Relations”, Father Varant Kortmossian on “The Communications Network of the Great See of the Cilician Catholicossate”, Artoun Hamalian on “The AGBU Educational Network and its Virtual College Project”, Dr. Antranik Dakessian on “ A Unique Communications Network in the 1940-1980s: Simon Simonian and the Armenian Textbooks”, Harout Sassounian on “The Effective Humanitarian Aid of the US-based United Armenian Fund to Armenia without any Modern Communications Means”, Arthur Bakhdamian on “Armenian TV: Going in Circles”, Dr. Armen Urneshlian on “The Communicative Power of Culture: the Case of the Kohar Ensemble”, a group of young students and fresh graduates of Haigazian University, Bedros Torossian, Vahakn Keshishian, Yeghig Tashjian and Raffi Chilingirian on “Armenian Youth Blogs and Other Social Media”, Lorig Sabounjian-Dzadourian on “The Experience of the Lebanon Chapter of the Executive Body of the Hayasdan all Armenian Fund”, and Dr. Mher Hovhannissian on “The Core Issues of Armenology on the Internet”.
Presentations and sessions were moderated by Vera Yacoubian, Dr. Levon Avedanian, Katia Peltekian and Shaghig Kandaharian-Hudaverdian.
Deliberations and conclusions followed each of the sessions, whereby participants underlined the vital role of communications and networking, in areas covering a vast array of Armenian issues, such as the Armenian Cause, Education, Religion, Youth, Welfare, and Culture.
It is worth noting that the Diaspora Center’s conference topic next year will be “The Armenians of Lebanon”, and preliminary preparations have already started.
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