Thursday 1 November 2018

Caucasian Albania in the Historical and Cultural Space of Eurasia

Caucasian Albania in the Historical and Cultural Space of Eurasia Caucasian Albania in the Historical and Cultural Space of Eurasia

Institute of Oriental Studies, 200th Anniversary Conference

Back in 2015, a new venue for international cooperation between the scholars specializing in the history of Caucasian Albania and related issues was created at the Institute of Oriental Studies. The same year was marked by the publication of the first issue of the academic periodical “Albania Caucasica,” that included materials approved during three international forums.

The appearance of this periodical reflected a significant increase in academic and public interest in the history and culture of the most ancient state of the Eastern Caucasus, known among scholars as Caucasian Albania, which had played an important role in the region history for nearly 1000 years.

The Conference had several sections 1) The genesis and history of early statehoods of modern-day Russia 2) The spread of Eastern Christianity represented throughout the region by the Caucasian Albanian Autonomous Church 3)The interaction between various tribes and ethnic groups of Eurasia since the Hellenistic era. Caucasian Albania was a country situated at the junction of Europe and Asia, where different civilizations overlapped. It was influenced diversely by Parthia and the Roman Empire, Iran, Byzantium, and the nomadic world. Hence, the Eurasian dimension was the wide conceptual context of the Conference.

Another objective of the Conference was to generate new knowledge based on original research and to move away from a politicized approach. Various national historical schools still argued bitterly about the administrative status and ethnic composition of the different territories population. It was no exaggeration saying that every high-level forum on  the issues of Caucasian Albania during the last two decades had been influenced by ethnocentrism and historical politicization in one way or another. Thus, the hosts of the Conference made every effort to avoid politically sensitive topics and based their choice of participants on the practical significance of their works for the reconstruction of the history of Caucasian Albania.

Papers delivered at the Conference were to be included in the second issue of the almanac “Albania Caucasica.”

 List of participants:

  1. Alexander Akopyan (Russia)
  2. Zaza Aleksidze (Georgia)
  3. Alikber Alikberov (Russia)
  4. Karim Alizadeh (USA)
  5. Farda Asadov (Azerbaijan)
  6. Archil Balakhvantsev (Russia)
  7. Grigor Brutyan (Armenia)
  8. Lara Fabian (USA)
  9. Murtazali Gadzhiev (Russia)
  10. Sabina Gadzhiyeva (Azerbaijan)
  11. Ulviya Gadzhiyeva (Azerbaijan)
  12. Vasif Gaibov (Russia)
  13. Armen Ghazaryan (Russia)
  14. Evgeny Goncharov (Russia)
  15. Goshgar Goshgarly (Azerbaijan)
  16. Alexan Hakobyan (Armenia)
  17. Robert Hoyland (USA/Great Britain)
  18. Edward Khurshudyan (Kazakhstan)
  19. Yury Lander (Russia)
  20. Roman Lolua (Georgia)
  21. Timur Maysak (Russia)
  22. Velikhan Mirzekhanov (Russia)
  23. Sergey Mokrousov (Russia)
  24. Oleg Mudrak (Russia)
  25. Armen Petrosyan (Armenia)
  26. Annegret Plontke Luening (Germany)
  27. Nataliya Safonova (Russia)
  28. Wolfgang Schulze (Germany)
  29. Igor Semenov (Russia)
  30. Patimat Takhnaeva (Russia)
  31. Giusto Traina (Italy / France)
  32. Paul Wordsworth (UK)