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ALBERT ARMENAK KHARATYAN
(Biography and Scientific Activities)

Albert Kharatyan (born in 1939, Yerevan) is one of the leading historians of the Republic of Armenia. After graduating from Yerevan State University in 1964, the faculty of Philology he devoted himself to the study of the problems concerning the history of Armenian periodicals and public thought. In 1978 Albert Kharatyan defended his candidate thesis on "The Armenian Periodicals of Smyrna of the 60s of the 19 th century".
He has worked for more than 40 years at the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, 24 years of which - at the Institute of History of NAS RA. In 1986 he defended a thesis for a Doctors degree (Ph. D) on "The Public Thought in Armenian Press of Smyrna (1840-1900)". A. Kharatyan has been the head of the department of History of Armenian Public Thought and Press since 1992.
A. Kharatyan has a great deal of research investigations of great scientific importance concerning the history of the Armenian public thought, especially the history of West-Armenian and Armenian colonial thought and press, the history of Armenian settlements of refugees of Constantinople and Smyrna.

Below is given the list of A. Kharatyans published monographs:

1. From the History of West-Armenian Public Thought and Publicism, Yerevan, RA, 1980,
2. The West-Armenian Press and Censorship in Ottoman Turkey (1857-1908), Yerevan,
NAS RA, 1989,
3. The Public Thought in the Armenian Press of Smyrna (1840-1900),Yerevan, 1995,
4. The Ottoman Censorship and West-Armenian Press (1858-1896) (documents and commentaries),Yerevan, NAS RA, 1994,
5. The Armenian Colony of Constantinople of the 15th-12th Centuries, Yerevan,2007.

A. Kharatyan is the author of more than 100 scientific articles and publications. Hes well-known not only in Armenia but also in abroad. His works have been published in the USA, Italy Lebanon, Egypt, the Ukraine.
His bulky chapters "Constantinople" (15th-17th centuries) and "Smyrna" have been published in the second volume of the trilogy "The History of the Armenian Colonial World" (Institute of History, NAS RA, Yerevan, 2003). The first volume of the two-volume edition "The History of the Armenian Press" (Institute of History. NAS RA) was published in Cairo in 2006 with A. Kharatyans co-authorship, preface and editorship. With its covering of the material and scientific-analytical shrewdness its an unprecedented phenomenon among the works dedicated to the history of the Armenian press and public thought.
Since 1988 A. Kharatyan has been the editor-in-chief of the journal "Bulletin of Social Sciences" ("Lraber Hasarakakan Guitutyunneri") which is one of the oldest social publications of NAS RA (since 1940). Its popular in Armenological circles of Armenia and abroad. Especially in recent years the journal has had its important contribution to acquainting the Armenian and foreign authors with the scientific society of Armenia. and also that of publishing their articles in Russian and European languages. The journal "Bulletin of Social Sciences" is the only multilingual scientific journal in Armenia.
Since 1974 A. Kharatyan has been lecturing at different higher educational institutes of the Republic of Armenia and for about 20 years at the departments of Journalism and Oriental Studies of Yerevan State University. For years A. Kharatyan has been a member of a number of academic councils. In 2009 he was appointed Head of the branch academic council of journalism atYerevan State University.
Under A. Kharatyans supervision five candidate dissertations have been defended. He has also participated in many international conferences on Armenology (Yerevan, Turin-Livorno, Los Angeles).
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