RAU Hosted "Historical and Cultural Relations between Iran and the Caucasus" International Conference
On May 26-27, Russian-Armenian University hosted the 1st International Conference “Historical and Cultural Relations between Iran and the Caucasus”, organized in cooperation with the University of Guilan (Rasht, Iran). More than 70 scholars from Iran, Georgia, Russia, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands gathered at RAU to discuss issues related to the Iranian and Caucasian Studies.
RAU Vice-Rector for Science Prof. Pargev Avetisyan opened the conference with words of welcome and highlighted the significance of the subject matter in the face of current challenges, “Today’s complicated world demands new approaches to adequately interpret the historical heritage and current events in the region”.
Head of RAU Institute of Oriental Studies Prof. Garnik Asatryan in his turn greeted the guests and wished everyone fruitful work in an academic environment of mutual respect and amity. In his address, he mentioned that studies of the Caucasus have the potential to become the leading research area for the Armenian scholars of Oriental Studies, as both ethnicities have more in common than one would think, which opens a path for further research.
Vice-President and Spokesman of the Government of Islamic Republic of Iran Mr. Mohammad Bagher Nobakht sent an official address to the conference organizers and guests. Vice-President expressed his gratitude to the organizers of the conference “Historical and Cultural Relations between Iran and the Caucasus”. Considering the centuries-old cultural and historical relations between Iran and Armenia, Mr. Mohammad Bagher Nobakht welcomed the cooperation between Russian-Armenian University and leading scientific and educational institutions of Iran and expressed his hope that the cooperation will go on and contribute to the strengthening of Iran-Armenia relations and overall stability in the region.
The two-day multi-aspect academic event comprised 16 sessions of Linguistics, Literature, Politics, History, Ethnography, Folklore, Culture and Art of the region. The conference participants discussed a wide range of issues concerning the historical, cultural and linguistic relations between Iran and the Caucasus, the role of the Russian language in cultural relations between Iran and the Caucasus, bilingualism in Iran and the Caucasus, the role of translation in strengthening the cultural relations between Iran and the Caucasus, comparative Studies in the fields of mythology, folklore and literature, etc.