Call for Papers | International Conference: U.S. Declaration of Independence – 240 (Armenia)

The Armenian Association of World History and the Department of World History of Yerevan State University, in cooperation with the College of Humanities & Social Sciences of American University of Armenia, with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Armenia, are organizing an international conference dedicated to the 240th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the USA.

Conference date
October 17 
Abstract submission deadline
September 16
Conference venue
American University of Armenia
Conference language
English & Armenian
Please see below for details.


Conference aims

The United States of America is celebrating the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, one of the biggest contributions of American political culture to world history.

In declaring a new sovereign nationstate independent from Great Britain, the Founding Fathers expressed principles of human rights, freedom, and popular sovereignty, which became fundamental elements of the American identity and people.

The Declaration of Independence is one of those documents which have far exceeded its initial intent. It has become a symbol of the struggle for liberty. It reaffirms the principle that no one can be above the law. Alongside the U.S. this event is celebrated not only by those peoples and states on the formation of which the Declaration has had a direct impact, but also by those for whom democratic principles and human rights are highly valued. The Declaration of Independence is one of the benchmark documents for freedom-aspiring peoples all over the world.

This conference aims at addressing the U.S. Declaration of Independence’s development, comments and influences in wider historical, constitutional, political contexts from the late 18th century to the present day. Comprehensive study of the Declaration is an inter-disciplinary approach. Therefore, the conference organizers expect not only the participation of historians, but also of legal and political scientists, philosophers and others.

Dr. Jack N. Rakove, Pulitzer Prize winner, Professor at Stanford University and Dr. Robert Allison, Professor of History at Suffolk University Boston will be keynote speakers.

Participant presentations will be published in a separate proceedings book.

Conference language: English and Armenian.

Important dates

  • September 16 – Deadline for submission of abstracts.
  • September 23 – Publication of the list of participants.
  • October 5 – The program of the conference will be published in the website of the Armenia Association of World History. Follow the link:
  • October 17 – Conference date.

Presentation abstract

Those interested may submit their abstracts (300-500 words in Armenian or English) and CVs using the following email address: Please also underline 5-7 key words, the name(s) of author(s), institutional affiliation and email address(es).

Conference Organizing Committee

  • Prof. Albert Stepanyan, Head of the Department of the World History, Yerevan State University, President of the Armenian Association of World History.
  • Ambassador Tigran Mkrtchyan, Visiting Lecturer at the Department of the World History, Yerevan State University.
  • Dr. Thomas Samuelian, Dean and Professor, the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, American University of Armenia.
  • Dr. Lilit Minasyan, CEO of the Armenian Association of World History, Associate Professor at the Department of the World History, YSU.
  • Julieta Ktshanyan, Lecturer at the Department of the World History, YSU, Secretary of the Council of the Armenian Association of World History

Venue: The Alex and Marie Manoogian Hall,
Paramaz Avedisian Building,
American University of Armenia.
Address: 40 Marshal Baghramyan ave, Yerevan, Armenia.

In case of any inquiries please call (+374 41) 30 50 56.

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