Literary Critic, Editor and Cultural Historian Irina Prokhorova Visited RAU
On March 12-15, literary critic, editor and cultural historian, Head of New Literary Observer magazine and publishing house, Irina Prokhorova, Ph.D. visited Russian-Armenian University.
First, she led a roundtable discussion “Writing a Nation’s History after the Empire’s Collapse”, where she touched upon the history of the post-Soviet states, issues of national identity, nationalism, values.
“Scholars all over the world are trying to find new frameworks and ways to reinterpret the history. For me, the new popular science series of the New Literary Observer publishing house was a way to engage leading Russian historians to write a version of history that would be more comprehensible to the general reader. Professional historiography and the society’s beliefs, have drifted far apart. On the other hand, for me this was a research project, as history scholars encounter many problems when writing for the general reader”, she highlighted.
The second roundtable discussion “New Humanities and Issues of Educational Institutions” gathered representatives of the leading Armenian universities and higher education specialists, who shared experience in tackling the key issues in education in the context of globalization and emerging trends.
Irina Prokhorova is Founder and Head of New Literary Observer magazine and publishing house, which publishes more than 80 books a year on literary criticism, philosophy, history, cultural studies, contemporary prose and poetry. Throughout the career, her prominent work has been recognized in various awards. In 2002, she received a Russian National State Award for New Literary Observer magazine, the independent American award 'Liberty' for her contribution to the development of Russo-American cultural relations in 2003. In 2005, Irina Prokhorova became Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France, and in 2006 received the Andrey Bely prize for Literature. Later, in 2012, she became Chevalier of the Order of the Legion of Honor of France.
Photos: M.G. Sarkisov.