Projects

Humanities

Associated Task Forces

  • Media, Communication, and Languages
  • History & Anthropology
  • Philosophy & Ethics
  • International Law & Human Rights

The Humanities project includes multiple components:

⦿ School of International Law and Human Rights

To develop a school of International Law & Human Rights in Armenia.

The school would provide a framework for classes on international law taught by scholars from around the world.

The project would explore collaborations with the UCLA The Promise Institute of International Law and Human Rights, and other centers of international law outside Armenia.

The project would lay the groundwork for establishing an internationally recognized program of studies in international law.

The center can be physically located on the grounds of a local university or institution, but would necessarily have separate governance and funding sources. The American University of Armenia could be a natural site.

The proposal would provide clear assessment benchmarks and a 5 to 10 year plan. It need not be of significant size at the outset, as long as a roadmap is provided for growth over multiple years.

A mechanism for independent external auditing mechanism for the institute should be part of the proposal.

Divisions of interest in the Society membership as areas of development for this center include: preservation of cultural heritage, genocide studies.

⦿ Bauhaus in Armenia

⦿ Centre for Ethics and Public Policy

The Centre for Ethics in Public Life is a research hub for thinking about, discussing and researching key ethical issues relevant to Armenia as well as its diaspora.

AIMS

Bring together researchers in Armenia and abroad interested in questions relevant to ethics in the public and private spheres.

Support the development of research in theoretical and practical aspects of ethics in Armenia.

Provide training opportunities for younger generation Armenian researchers and students of ethics.

Encourage and develop an awareness of the role of ethical thinking in the public and professional spheres, including politics, courts business, medicine, law, biotechnology, IT, AI, banking, environmental issues, veterinary and food science and the media.

Initiate debates and encourage critical thinking about pressing ethical issues such as corruption, lies and deception, breakdown of trust, war and peace; and engage the general public, policy makers, and the media in such discussions.

To this end, the Centre:

• Hold regular symposia, online and in person, on selected topics relevant to the aims of the Centre.
• Run regular summer schools with contributions from international academics on themes relevant to ethics and public affairs.
• Develop interdisciplinary projects drawing on researchers from Armenia and the diaspora.
• Advise and assist with applications for research funding.

⦿ Center for Translations

⦿ Center for Film

⦿ Center for Media and Communications

Institute of Advanced Sciences and Technology

Associated Task Forces

  • Biological Sciences
  • Applied Health Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Applied and Computational Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences

To develop a proposal for a Science and High-Tech hub initially with four divisions: Automation and Robotics; Environmental Sciences; Physical Sciences; and Natural Sciences.

This research center would host a program of visiting scholars and postdocs, would involve researchers in teaching classes in addition to engaging in research, and could incorporate local talent through a program of graduate studies and research collaborations.

The center can be physically located on the grounds of a local university or institution, but would necessarily have separate governance and funding sources. The Alikhanian National Laboratory could be a natural location for this center. The project could use the World Bank Science Hub proposal developed at Yerphi as a blueprint.

The center would facilitate the visit of Fellows of the Society for research and teaching purposes. The project would involve a plan for formal collaboration agreements with institutes outside Armenia, and it would host international conferences as needed.

The proposal would provide clear assessment benchmarks and a 5 to 10 year plan. It need not be of significant size at the outset, as long as a roadmap is provided for growth over multiple years.

The project would also include a plan to reach out and collaborate with local industry and high-tech sectors of the economy. A public outreach component of the project that advertises the importance of the Sciences would also be a priority.

A mechanism for independent external auditing mechanism for the institute should be part of the proposal.

Institute of Social Sciences

Associated Task Forces

  • Sociology
  • Economics
  • Political Science

To develop a proposal for an Institute of Social Sciences, initially with three divisions: Economics, Political Science, and Sociology.

This research center would host a program of visiting scholars and postdocs, would involve researchers in teaching classes in addition to engaging in research, and could incorporate local talent through a new or existing program of graduate studies and research collaborations.

The center can be physically located on the grounds of a local university or institution, but would necessarily have separate governance and funding sources.

The center would facilitate the visit of Fellows of the Society for research and teaching purposes. The project would include a plan for formal collaboration agreements with institutes outside Armenia, and it would host international conferences as needed.

The proposal would provide clear assessment benchmarks and a 5 to 10 year plan. It need not be of significant size at the outset, as long as a roadmap is provided for growth over multiple years.

A mechanism for an independent external auditing mechanism for the institute should be part of the proposal.