(in Russian – here)
On May 25, 2019, a Round table “Cultural studies and global challenges of our time” was held in St. Petersburg, Russia organized on the eve of the 90th anniversary of Eduard S. Markaryan (1929-2011), one of the founders of culturology as a science.
For his long life with rich scientific achievements E. Markaryan published over two hundred scientific papers, incl. more than thirty monographs published in the CIS, England, Germany, USA, Bulgaria, Hungary and devoted to the theoretical and methodological foundations of cultural studies, the genesis of human activity and culture, the strategic problems of survival and development of humanity, humanism as the ideology of self-preservation of humanity, etc.
The co-organizers of the Round table were the Regional Armenian national and cultural autonomy (community) of St. Petersburg, the Department of theory and history of culture of the Russian state Pedagogical university after A. Herzen and the public organization of sociological and political science initiatives “Khachmeruk” (Crossroad) (Armenia). The event was held with the support of the Armenian Apostolic Church of St. Petersburg.
It is significant that the Round table being devoted to the study and promotion of the works of the world-famous Armenian scientist and thinker, was held in the conference hall of the Armenian Apostolic Church of St. Petersburg (Nevsky prospect, 40-42). This is far from coincidental, because ten years ago it was right here the meeting of Eduard Markaryan with representatives of the Armenian community of St. Petersburg. Unfortunately, it was the last visit of a scientist to the cultural capital of Russia.
At the opening ceremony of the Round table were read out the greetings from the head of the Russian and Novo-Nakhichevan Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Archbishop Yezras Nersisyan, from the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to the Russian Federation V. Toganyan, as well as from Mr. M. Aslanian, the mayor of Vanadzor, where the future scientist began his studies. The Round Table was moderated by Alexey V. Bondarev, PhD in cultural studies, associate professor, Lyubov M. Mosolova, doctor of art history, professor, Vahan Babakhanyan, deputy chairman of the Council of Regional Armenian national and cultural autonomy (community) of St. Petersburg.
In the speeches of the participants of the Round table, the contribution of Eduard Markaryan in the development of theory of culture and the study of global problems of our time, was demonstrated high scientific and social significance of his ideas, their heuristic potential for the entire system of cultural studies. During the round table were carefully considered the key problems, on whose solution the future of mankind largely depends (K. Zavershinsky, A. Konstantinov, A. Kugay, etc.) largely depended on their solution. These include the problems of scientific analysis and forecasting of the socio-cultural development of mankind in the 21st century; problems of spontaneous technocratic development, possible ways to overcome the crisis phenomena of the modern world, problems of socio-cultural design, strategic principles of the transition to humanism of the 21st century.
In a whole series of speeches, it was emphasized that in the scientist’s works was revealed and analyzed not only theoretical, but also purely practical potential of systemic and integral knowledge about society and the world of culture, of which human being is the creator and creation (N.G. Bagdasaryan, I.V. Kondakov, V.A. Konev, L.K.Kruglova, M.M. Loevskaya, S.V. Lurie, E.N. Mastenitsa, etc.).
The geography of the participants and the applicants was represented by the cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Vladimir, Irkutsk, Samara, Armavir, Stavropol, Penza, Kharkov, Khanty-Mansiysk, Yerevan. The discussion was attended by several dozen major scientists, experts, public figures, university students.
At the end, discussions were summed up and proposals were made for a final resolution, which will be sent to all participants of the Round table, as well as to interested parties. All those present expressed the general opinion that the new International symposium, dedicated to the 90th anniversary of Eduard Markarian (he was born on December 24, 1929), is important and should be hold in his beloved Motherland, in Armenia, to which he was selflessly devoted. It is the joint development of ideas by E.S. Markaryan on the part of scientists and experts from Russia and Armenia that can become an important catalyst and (with words from the greeting of the Ambassador of Armenia to the Russian Federation) “an important factor not only in Armenian-Russian relations, but also in the context of the Greater Eurasian and global partnership”.
A. Bondarev, V. Babakhanyan