YEREVAN (Yerkir)–A three-day conference about Hamshen and Hamshen Armenia’s ended on October 15 in the southern Russian city of Sochi–home to over 100,000 Hamshen Armenia’s.
Currently a part of Turkey–Hamshen was a historic Armenian region that was conquered by the Ottoman Turks in 1491. Some Hamshen Armenia’s adopted Islam–while others emigrated to the Russian Empire.
The conference was organized by the History Institute of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences in cooperation with the Armenian Revolutionary Federation’s (ARF) Moscow Armenian Affairs office–with the support of Hamshen Union of the Krasnodar region–and Yerkramas Armenian news center located in southern Russia.
Scholars from Armenia–Russia–Iran–and the United States–including UCLA Professor Richard Hovannisian–participated in the conference.
ARF Bureau representative Hrant Margarian–ARF Bureau member and National Assembly Vice-speaker Vahan Hovhannisian–ARF’s Moscow Armenian Affairs Office Director Yura Navoyan–European Armenian Federation Chairwoman Hilda Tchoboyan–and ARF Bureau’s Armenian and Political Affairs Office Director Giro Manoyan–also participated.
The reports of the conference will be published in Armenian–Turkish–Russian and English.
Organizers and participants noted that the event holds not only scientific significance but that it also served as a bridge between Hamshen Armenia’s–Armenia–and diaspora Armenia’s.
There are currently 400,000 Hamshen Armenia’s–half of which are Muslims. Most Christian Hamshen Armenia’s reside in Abkhazia and the Krasnodar region of Russia.