International conference entitled “The Great Charter of Liberties – 800 (Event, interpretation, reasoning)” took place
On October 12, Yerevan hosted an international academic conference entitled The Great Charter of Liberties – 800 (Event, interpretation, reasoning), organised by the Armenian Association of World History, the Department of World History of YSU with the support of Embassy of the UK in Armenia.
The opening addresses were made by Aram Simonyan, Corresponding member of the National Academy of Sciences of RA and Rector of Yerevan State University (YSU), Judith Farnworth, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the United Kingdom in the Republic of Armenia, Professor Edik Minasyan, Dean of the Faculty of History of YSU and Professor Albert Stepanyan, Head of the Department of the World History of YSU, President of the Armenian Association of World History (AAWH).
The conference brought together a number of scholars from the disciplines of history, political science and law, eminent scholars from abroad, and young researchers. The participants of the conference analysed the Magna Carta, the phases of its development, interpretations and impacts in wider historical, legalistic, political, theoretical and philosophical contexts from the Middle Ages to modernity.
With the application of particularly an inter-disciplinary approach such related issues were analyzed as social confrontation and compromised agreement, plans of constitutional amendments and innovations within various historical dimensions of time and space.
Nicholas Vincent, Professor of Medieval History from the University of East Anglia and Fellow of the British Academy, one of the biggest authorities on Magna Carta worldwide had an extensive presentation at the conference. In his talk, entitled “Magna Carta as Peace Treaty” the professor represented a detailed history of the origins and evolution of Magna Carta, analyzing the historical context of the creation of this document. During the first section of the conference presentations were made by Dr. Gagik Harutiunyan, Associate Professor of the Department of World History of YSU (“Historical and Cultural Context of Magna Carta”), Dr. Smbat Hovhannisyan, Associate Professor of the Department of World History YSU (“State and Church Centred Models of Commonality in Typological Parallels of England and Cilician Armenia (12th-13thcenturies”), Theo Maarten van Lint, Calouste Gulbenkian Professor of Armenian Studies, University of Oxford (“The Constitution for the Brotherhood of Erznka of 1280 and the Poetry of Kostandin Erznkaci”). Dr. Tigran Mkrtchyan, Lecturer at the World History Department of YSU, Head of the Press, Information and Public Relations Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of RA (“The Importance of Magna Carta During the Formation of English Conservative Ideology (18th century)”), Dr. Gabriel Balayan, American University of Armenia, Associate Professor (“Influence of Magna Carta on the Development of International Judicial Thought”).
After the discussions that followed the first section of the conference, during the second section presentations were made by Tigran Yepremyan, PhD Candidate of the Department of World History, YSU (“The Paradigm of Co-existential Consensus of Magna Carta and Hugo Grotius’ Method of the Resolution of International Problems”), Julieta Ktshanyan, PhD Candidate of the Department of World History, YSU, Secretary of the AAWH (“British Home Rule Right in the Mirror of Magna Carta”), Samson Hovhannisyan, PhD Candidate of the Department of World History, YSU (“Magna Carta and Constitutional Innovation in Greece at the turn of 19th – 20th centuries”), Mariam Margaryan, Professor of Political Science, Head of the Department of Political Administration and Political Analysis at the Academy of State Administration (“Magna Carta and the Axiology of Modern Political Developments”), Albert Stepanyan, Professor in Ancient History and Philology, Head of the Department of World History, YSU, President of AAWH and Dr. Lilit Minasyan, Associate Professor of the Department of World History, YSU, Vice President of the AAWH (“Magna Carta in the Perspective of Historical Archetypes”).
The symposium ended with a summary of results and final discussions during which various episodes of the Armenian legal history from the Medieval to Modern periods were emphasized by comparing them with the Magna Carta.
The synopses of the conference presentations can be found here.
We would like to inform that the Armenian Association of World History anticipates the publishing of the conference materials and present it to the public in the near future.