Promotion of Armenian Cultural Heritage Knowledge in Europe and the Role of ROCHEMP Project

The first public conference was organized on 17th December of 2019, by Armenian Centre ROCHEMP in the spectacular Frescoes Room of the National Gallery of Armenia. The invited participant thirty people of representative people, teachers, students and some of Armenian principal Institutions in relation with culture and education. The aim of the conference was to explain the purposes and necessities of ROCHEMP Centre and opening a dialogue about the experiences and the ideas, in order to create the international networks among the specialists who are interested in cooperation in Enhancement of Armenian Cultural Heritage.
After greetings and the presentation of the Center about the director, Ani Avakyan, the others made their speeches: Gaianè Casnati (CSCDA – ROCHEMP Centre), Anna Sirinian (University of Bologna, Department of History and Cultures – ROCHEMP Centre), Levon Chookaszian (History and Theory of Armenian Art – Yerevan State University), Erna Manea Shirinyan (Matenadaran – Department of Theology, Yerevan State University), Aram Isabekyan (Dean of Academy of Fine Arts of Yerevan), Sona Baloyan (Matenadaran – International Relations), Khachik Harutyunyan (Senior Researcher, Matenadaran) and Anoush Sargsyan (PhD Student, Matenadaran). The creation of the center received a lot of compliments from the audiences and during the conference, everyone proposed suggestions about diffusion of knowledge of Armenian Cultural Heritage in Europe involving the ROCHEMP Centre. Lenov Chookaszian proposed the participation of the Center in the organization of VII International Symposium of Armenian Art in Armenia on October 2020. The Dr. Khachik Harutyunyan proposed to submit a dossier to obtaining European Heritage Label at Matenadaran for the studying centers of production of Armenian manuscript in Europe, through ROCHEMP. The PhD student of ROCHEMP Center Anush Sargsyan, proposed a collaboration with Europeana project and Google to increase the digitalization of Armenian manuscript. During the discussion, most of the people said that it is important to promote exchanges between teachers, researchers and students of Armenian and European Institutions because of their  experiences, projects and collaborations, like Erasmus programs realized with University of Bologna in the last few years.     

Anna Sirinian

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