What to do and what not to do while implementing research projects? A methodological seminar in EPF

On July 8 Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) held a methodological seminar for the winners of the research competition entitled: “The Manifestations of Tolerance and Intolerance in Armenian Literature”. During the seminar the EPF CEO Gevorg Ter-Gabrielyan highlighted the importance of conducting research papers of this kind within the context of literature, culture and more globally - international development. Afterwards, EPF Program Director Isabella Sargsyan presented the project implemented by EPF, the Foundation’s expectations in regard to results of research papers and their format as well as addressed the internationally recognized possible structural forms for the research studies. Expert interventions were made by members of the Jury Nune Dilanyan (a philologist, translator, lecturer at Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University), Nvard Manasyan (an expert in human rights, language and gender issues, guest lecturer at Yerevan State University), Ara Nedolyan (a publicist, theater critic), Tigran Paskevichyan (a publicist, journalist, script writer and poet), followed by active discussions with the winners of the competition.

To note, EPF had announced a research competition entitled: “The Manifestations of Tolerance and Intolerance in Armenian Literature” within the “Promotion of religious tolerance and Non-discrimination” project implemented by EPF since 2015 with support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Armenia and Georgia.

An independent professional Jury had granted awards to six research proposals, however, given the large number and a high quality of applications three more applications were granted an opportunity to conduct proposed research due to additional funding provided by the Embassy of  the Kingdom of the Netherlands:

  1. Arqmenik Nikoghosyan, Ashot Gabrielyan: “Kyartu” personality as a means of intolerance in modern Armenian prose;
  2. Mary Yeranosyan: Reference to (in)tolerance in works of female Armenian writers;
  3. Hayk Hambardzumyan: The manifestations of tolerance and intolerance in Armenian “Sasna Tsrer” medieval epic legends;
  4. Gayane Mkrtchyan: Surprising and unprecedented tolerance in Hakob Mndzuri’s literature;
  5. Sona Melikjanyan: The manifestations of tolerance and intolerance in literature textbooks of Armenian secondary schools;
  6. Mher Kumunts and Lusine Nersisyan: Manifestations of tolerance and intolerance in Armenian literature with folklore root;
  7. Armine Davtyan and Karine Khojayan: The themes of tolerance and intolerance in 9, 10, 11 grades’ textbooks on Armenian literature, History of Armenian Nation and History of Armenian Church
  8. Lilit Avdalyan and Narine Hovsepyan: The manifestations of tolerance and intolerance in modern and contemporary literature
  9. Valeri Mirzoyan: A Tolerant speech


The proposed studies will be accomplished and presented to public in Fall, 2016.