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The “Mesrop” Center for Armenian Studies at the Halle University celebrates its 23rd anniversary

18-09-2021, 15:13 Armenia
The “Mesrop” Center for Armenian Studies at the Halle University celebrates its 23rd anniversary


18 September 2021, 15:13 - NovostiNK
It is no secret that Armenology is one of the most significant tools at the time of current geopolitical challenges in terms of the preservation of our national identity, the accurate representation and struggle of Armenian interests on the international diplomatic arenas, and it needs a special attitude and armament nowadays. The establishment and effective activity of Armenological centers abroad have contributed to the conservation of the Armenian identity components in the Diaspora for decades.

The “Mesrop”Center for Armenian Studies at the Martin Luther University of Halle, Germany, which has been operating for 23 years, plays an important role in this regard. It was founded on September 6, 1998, with an intention to establish a chair of Armenology in Germany. In 2010, it came to reality in the city of Halle. It should be also noted that the University of Halle is the only German university with an extraordinary professorship for Armenology. The chair is also unique due to the fact that it receives funding from the German public funds. (This is rare, mainly Armenological centers are privately funded by individual Armenian philanthropists). Initially, the “Mesrop” Center for Armenian Studies was established as part of a memorandum of cooperation in science, education and culture in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt, which was signed between the Conference of the Ministers of Education of Germany and the Ministry of Culture, Science and Education of the Republic of Armenia, in 2006.

The “Mesrop” Center for Armenian Studies at the Halle University celebrates its 23rd anniversary


The founding director of the center is Herman Goltz (1946-2010), a historian and doctor of theology at the Eastern Church, who was the director of the Johannes Lepsius Archive, as well as the director of the first working group at the Martin Luther University. He was also the founder of the Lepsiushouse-Museum in Potsdam, which opened shortly after his death (2011). In 2006, the “Mesrop” Center was transferred to the Martin Luther University in Halle as an interdisciplinary research center.

Armenuhi Drost-Abgaryan, the first professor of Armenology in Germany, replaced the theologian Professor Goltz in 2010 as director of the “Mesrop” Center for Armenology. The Center’s activities are aimed at comprehensive research of Armenian culture and history. The main focus is on the fields of philology, linguistics, history, theology, and political science.

In the face of the Mesrop Center, the Martin Luther University and Saxony-Anhalt state have a unique tool in the Federal Republic of Germany for a wide range of international studies, teaching and international cooperation. During 23 substantive years of activity, the “Mesrop” Center for Armenological Studies is already widely spread and recognized both in Germany and among Armenians around the world.

The “Mesrop” Center for Armenian Studies at the Halle University celebrates its 23rd anniversary


In addition to the organization and conduct of numerous lectures, seminars and conferences for the international audience, the scientific and cultural activities of the Center include the examination of bibliographies and manuscripts of museums and libraries, as well as the publication of books on Armenian culture and language. Besides of organizing international conferences, summer schools, exhibitions, and participating in German-Armenian cultural days, the “Mesrop” Center supports the exchange programs between schools in Armenia and Saxony-Anhalt.

Through active and continuous cultural cooperation, German-Armenian relations have been successfully integrated into the extensive educational and multidisciplinary cultural networks of Saxony-Anhalt. Close cooperation has been established between research institutes in the fields of archeology, theology, German studies, comparative linguistics, as well as other academic institutions of the two countries, inter alia, Yerevan State University, Yerevan State Linguistic University after V. Brusov and The Matenadaran (the Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts).

The “Mesrop” Center for Armenian Studies at the Halle University celebrates its 23rd anniversary


The main goals and directions of the “Mesrop” Center continue to be the strengthening of
Armenological research, as well as the mutual exchange of knowledge and culture between the
two countries.

https://mesrop.uni-halle.de/

Anna Vardanyan
Yerevan-Halle


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