March 25, 2009 - 16:38 AMTPanARMENIAN.Net
- The Armenian Progressive Students Union demands that the grossly falsified textbook The Armenian People from Ancient to Modern Times is removed from academic circulation.
From March 26-28, 2009, Richard Hovannisian has organized an "Armenological conference" which will include more than 40 speakers from many countries, including several from Turkey. There will be only one speaker from Armenia. This is simply Armenian Studies conference without Armenia, which is the center of Armenology
. Imagine, Armenologists from Armenia will not be present during this conference. The only one speaker from Armenia will present a lecture, and that will be about AIDS in Armenia. The title of the speech is HIV/AIDS in Armenia: Migration as a Socio-Economic and Cultural Component of Women's Risk Settings. First of all, this lecture is not within the scope of Armenology. And secondly, in Armenia HIV is not a cultural crisis. This is simply distortion of truth.
One of the opening speakers during this conference is the notorious falsifier of Armenian history and culture, Robert Thomson. The conference will also include other falsifiers like Peter Cowe who claims that medieval Armenian poetry is influenced adoption of Seljuk Turk, Persian and other Islamic works.
Furthermore, several of the Turkish presenters have entitled their lectures by using common Turkish terminology for Armenian Highland by falsely calling it "Anatolia." Here is the title of one of the presenters from Turkey - "Ottomanism among the Anatolian Armenians after the 1908 Revolution." Now this unscientific and anti-Armenian Turkish terminology has entered the field of "Armenian Studies."
This conference is far from being "Armenological" or even academic.
On December 19, 2001, the faculty board of the Armenian History Department of the Yerevan State University made a public declaration and strongly criticized some of the representatives of the Armenian Studies chairs in the US by rightfully calling them the False Armenological School, APSU reported to PanARMENIAN.Net
From March 26-28, 2009, the False Armenological School (headed by R. Hovannisian) will hold a conference at UCLA campus. The Armenian Progressive Students Union calls upon all Armenians to show their protest by boycotting this False Armenological conference by abstaining from the event altogether and not participating at the "fundraising."