The Centre’s second seminar, which addressed internal matters, was devoted to discussing the directions of research undertaken within the Centre and in cooperation with other institutions. Of the several group projects, the greatest importance is to be attached to further work on the Monuments of the History of the Polish Armenians series, which is proceeding in cooperation with the Foundation for the Culture and Heritage of Polish Armenians in Warsaw and with the support of a grant from the National Humanities Development Programme. Other priorities include editing the “Lehahayer” yearbook (with the assistance of the Lanckoroński Foundation), devising and developing a set of electronic research tools, and scanning sources relevant to the history of the Polish Armenians in the collections held in Lviv and Venice, and at the Vatican.
The Research Centre for Armenian Culture in Poland welcomed Dr Svante Lundgren of Sweden, who was in Poland at the invitation of Professor Ara Sayegh, who is a member of the Centre’s Council and also president of the Armenian National Committee of Poland. At six p.m., in the Karolina Lanckorońska Room at the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences at ul. Sławkowska 17 in Kraków, Dr Lundgren gave a lecture entitled From Tsitsernakaberd to Hollywood: My Armenian Journey. Extracts from a documentary film, which Dr Lundgren helped make, were shown during the lecture. The musical setting was provided by GoArm, a duet made up of the brothers George Sayegh and Aram Sayegh. The reading was followed by a discussion, which was moderated by Dr Jakub Osiecki.
The inauguration ceremony for the work of the Research Centre for Armenian Culture in Poland (under the auspices of PAU: the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences) was held on Saturday, 21 September, 2019 in the Library of Collegium Maius (the Jagiellonian University’s museum and the oldest university building in Poland). The guests were welcomed by the museum’s custodian, Professor Krzysztof Stopka, who is director of the Museum and co-founder of the Research Centre for Armenian Culture in Poland.