ARYA International University (Yerevan) and the Caucasian Centre for Iranian Studies (Yerevan), in collaboration with the Armenian Association for Academic Partnership and Support, are organising an international conference entitled "Iran and the Caucasus: Unity and Diversity" on the problems of Irano-Caucasica.
The Conference will be held in June 06-08, 2008.
Venue: ARYA International University, Yerevan, Armenia.
Once being a part of Eranshahr, the Caucasus with its ethnical, linguistic and cultural diversity and uniqueness still preserves the elements of the Iranian cultural heritage. The Irano-Caucasian geographical domain covers contemporary Iran, Iraq, Armenia, the
Republic of Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Northern Caucasus, Eastern Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and those of the Central Asian countries, which have experienced the strong cultural and political influence of Iran.
The conference will address and seek to answer mainly to the following questions: What were the main principles of cultural unity and diversity in this huge area? How and in what capacity the cultural interactions were taking place? How were the literary motifs in the region reflecting on each other? What is the cultural future of the region? What are the modes of peaceful coexistence of different civilisations and cultures?
Scholars and postgraduate students are invited to submit papers and panel proposals relating to all aspects of humanities and social sciences on Irano-Caucasica, including:
1. Peoples and their Identities, Ethnic and National Diversity: Minorities and their Rights;
2. History of the Iranian and Caucasian Peoples (Ancient, Medieval and Modern);
3. Literatures and Languages, Folklore, Textology;
4. Armenia as a Bridge between Iran and the Caucasus;
5. Economic and Political Problems and Challenges, Geopolitics of the Irano-Caucasian Region: Interdisciplinary Approach;
6. History of Religion: Religion, Including Ethno-Confessional Groups (the Yezidies, Alavites, Russian Sectarians, etc.);
7. Archaeology, Anthropology, and Sociology;
8. Caspian Region: Past, Present, Future;
9. The Cultural and Political Future of the Region.
DEADLINE: Abstracts (not exceeding 500 words) are to be emailed by March 15, 2008 to: IranoCaucasica@armacad.org, firstname.lastname@example.org (please send to the mentioned two addresses simultaneously).
A brief CV including contact details is to be included in the message.
A notification about acceptance of the papers will be sent due to April 15, 2008.
Pre-organised panels should be thematically coherent and should include title, abstracts, details of panel chair and participants.
The scheduled time for each paper will be 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for discussion.
The working language of the Conference is English.
The conference papers are planned to be published in a separate volume.
For the scholars coming from the region there will be limited funding to cover some travel expenses.
Prof. Dr. Garnik Asatrian (Yerevan), Prof. Dr. Uwe Blaesing (Leiden), Prof. Dr. Aldo Ferrari (Venice), Prof. Dr. Bert Fragner (Vienna), Prof. Dr. Murtazali Gadjiev (Makhachkala), Prof. Dr. Jamshid Giunashvili (Tbilisi), Prof. Dr. Ralph Kauz (Vienna), Prof. Dr. Vladimir A. Livshits (St. Petersburg), Prof. Dr. Hayrapet Margarian (Yerevan), Dr. Mohammad Mousavi (Tehran), Prof. Dr. James Russell (Harvard), Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulze (Munich), Prof. Dr. Martin Schwartz (Berkley), Prof. Dr. Giusto Traina (Rouen), Prof. Dr. Fereydun Vahman (Copenhagen), Prof. Dr. Levon Zekiyan (Venice)
For the citizens of Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan no visa is required. The citizens of the mentioned countries can enter Armenia without any invitation.
For the citizens of European and American countries, Australia and Iran visas are issued in diplomatic missions and consular posts of the Republic of Armenia, at the border crossing points of the Republic of Armenia (“Zvartnots” airport in Yerevan, Armenia-Iran border crossing point, Armenia-Georgia border crossing point) or electronically (e-Visa, to apply click here ). No special invitation is required.
Click here for the list of countries nationals of which could apply for visitor visa only with special invitation and who can not get visa at the border crossing points of the Republic of Armenia and can not apply for electronic visa.
In case you decide to apply for visa through the consular service and there is no Armenian diplomatic mission or consular post in your country, please apply through the nearest or most convenient one for you to travel to. For a complete list of Armenian Embassies and Consulates please click here.
For more information on Armenian visa please visit: http://www.armeniaforeignministry.com/consular/visa.html
The conference participation fee is 70 Euros and reduced rate of 30 Euros for postgraduate students.
Participants from the Caucasus and Central Asia do not pay any participation fee.
Accommodation and meals:
The Organizing Committee of the conference will try to provide all the participants with accommodation for the days of the conference. More information about this will appear in the next Circulars. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided for the guests. Two coffee breaks will be possible during the conference days. For the first and the last days of the conference respective banquets will be given for the participants free of charge.
Publishers and individuals are invited to present their books during the days of the conference. A special place in the conference building will be provided for this exhibition. For more information please contact the organisers.
At the end of each conference day a small excursion will be organised for the participants. It is planned to visit the pagan temple of Garni, the Geghard monastery as well as Ejmiatsin.
Further information on the conference will appear on www.armacad.org
For any further information do not hesitate to contact:
Dr. Khachik Gevorgyan,
Secretary of the Organizing Committee
ARYA International University
Shahamiryanneri street, 18/2
Tel: +374 (10) 44-35-85
Fax: +374 (10) 44-23-07
Dr. Khachik Gevorgyan
Secretary of the Organising Committee
Department of Iranian Studies
Yerevan State University.
Armenian Association for Academic Partnership and Support
mob.:(+ 374 91) 557978
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