The Assembly of Science and Art (official website) is a meeting that scientists and artists hold in the form of regular conferences or seminars about important issues of science, culture and art at Khazar University. Usually a specialist or expert gives a presentation on a pre-determined theme, which is then discussed by the participants of the Assembly. Topics may include very diverse areas as history, religion, philosophy, psychology, architecture, literature, new technologies, etc. The main criterion for presenting a theme is that it must be an important issue for discussion in a scholarly environment.
Specialists or experts are invited to the Assembly not only from Azerbaijan, but also from different countries of the world like Turkey, USA, Russia, Egypt, Holland, Iran, Georgia, etc.
The first meeting of the Assembly of Science and Art was held on October 10, 2006.
The founder and chairman of the Assembly is Professor Hamlet Isakhanli. He has been heading and directing the assemblies ever since.
The materials of every set of ten assemblies are published as a book. At present more than fifty assemblies have been held.
The Assembly of Science and Art intends:
Assembly of Science and Art – the Need for Communication
(By Hamlet ISAXANLI)
A scientist or artist thinks about creation of a scientific work or piece of art, develops it in their mind and heart (sometimes over a period of years) individually until one day, suddenly, he or she brings the work up to the surface and announces it to others. Sometimes, scientific or art works can be created collectively by a small group, with joint efforts of more than one person. In this case too, first, individual members of the group think about the work individually, guarantee their participation on the basis of their personal knowledge, talent and energy, and the collective result is achieved through communication, joint analysis and discussion of individual inputs.
Creative people of art and science, intellectuals in general, always need communication among them and attach great importance to it. Undeniably, we need to tell of our new inventions and discoveries, ideas and works, and our thoughts, boiling up inside us, all to like-minded people who would understand us and share our happiness as well as concerns. It is a delight to talk with a professional, to exchange ideas and let them share in the joy of your discovery of original ideas. As we make them happy with our pleasant surprises in turn we generate more positive energy, pleasure and inspiration… On the other hand, receiving criticism and advice from professionals makes us think broader and deeper, and thus, increases our chance to come closer to the truth.
Even if an issue of discussion is not connected with their professional field, looking at the issue and asking questions from different perspective, a broad-minded and creative person can affect one’s opinion and way of thinking. Of course, creative and intellectual people always inspire by sharing their new ideas with others and at the same time hear of new ideas from them. These, as well as, the need for educating and enlightening people are among the main factors bringing creative people together.
I understood the great importance of communication in scientific activity when I was a doctoral student and researcher at the Moscow State University named after Lomonosov and also at the Institute of Mathematics named after Steklov in Moscow. Weekly scientific seminars, attended by prominent scholars, researchers and students, had no equal in terms of receiving information about important ongoing scientific works and achievements worldwide, analyzing problems of our scientific interest and discussing issues with the people who opened new paths in science. We first felt and realized the phenomenon of the ‘scientific school’ in the extraordinary power these seminars generated.
The mixed feelings that came with the collapse of the Soviet Union, consolidation of the materialistic approach based on new capitalist relations and the destruction of traditional systems of moral values by the globalization process confused people, including artists and academics. Interest in scientific researches decreased and the education system became chaotic. The need for intellectuals, scholars and men of arts coming together in a “wise” place, to discuss and share their problems increased. How could we help with bringing into life our wishes that originated from the demands of our day and essence of our soul – changing from complaining to analysis and from grievances to research, revitalizing scientific-cultural environment, and becoming informed about events and developments in the world of science and culture?
During the spring and summer of 2006, we finalized our idea by establishing the Assembly of Science and Art to discuss important issues in any field without limitations. We decided to invite speakers to every meeting of the Assembly, listen to their speeches, ask questions, receive comments and hold discussions.
The first meeting of the Assembly was held on October 10, 2006. We invited specialists and prominent men of arts and sciences from both Azerbaijan and outside the country to the following meetings. Shortly, our Assembly of Science and Art became known and liked.
Materials of the meetings publish in a book, and we try to keep the text as close as possible to the original speeches and discussions.
Partial list of past meetings of the Assembly of Science and Art
Assembly 1. Philosophy and Poetry (Speakers: Hamlet Isakhanli and Jamal Mustafaev)
Assembly 2. Sufism in Islam (Speakers: Hamlet Isakhanli and Jamal Mustafaev)
Assembly 3. Translation Activity in Medieval Times. Translations of the Qur’an (Speaker: Mirza Rasul Ismailzada)
Assembly 4. The Turks in the Arabic World during Medieval Times. Afshin (Speakers: Nargiz Akhundova and Farda Asadov)
Assembly 5. Translation into Azerbaijani in Medieval Times. XV–XVI centruies (Speaker: Movsum Naghisoylu)
Assembly 6. The Turkish World Today. Turkish Minorities (Speaker: Gullu Yologhlu)
Assembly 7. The Essence and Symbols of Hurifism (Speaker: Nasib Goyushov )
Assembly 8. Soviet-America Confrontation: The Azerbaijani Crisis and th Cold War (Speaker: Jamil Hasanli)
Assembly 9. Ethno-genesis and Azerbaijani Historiography (Speaker: Suleyman Aliyarli)
Assembly10. Culture and Ethno-national Psychology of the Georgian Nation: A Comparative Analysis (Speaker: Imir Mammadli)
Assembly 11. Spiritual Inheritance of the Generations (Speaker: Jamal Mustafaev)
Assembly 12. Islam in the Globalizing World (Speaker: Mustafa Islamoglu)
Assembly 13.Huns in Eurasia. History, Culture and Identity (Speaker: Hamlet Isakhanli)
Assembly 14. Shams Tabrizi and Movlana Jalaladdin Rumi:the Myth and the Truth (Speaker: Elnur Nasibli)
Assembly 15. Culture of City. History, Today and Future (Speaker: Ismail Serageldin)
Assembly 16. About the Problem of 'Armenian Genocide' (Speaker: Norman Stone)
Assembly 17. Edward Said, Orientalism and Post-Colonial Researches (Speaker:
Assembly 18. History of Researchs on Azerbaijan Literature and Culture in Turkey(Speaker: Yavuz Akpinar)
Assembly 19. Reading of the Ancient Information about Azerbaijan-Alban History (Speaker: Firudin Agasioglu)
Assembly 20. Azerbaijan Culture in the Electronic Area (Speakers: Tariel Mammadov & Aydin Khan)
Assembly 21. Azerbaijanians in Amasya and in Istanbul (Speaker: Ibrahim Yildirim)
Assembly 22. F.Nietzsche – the Hot-tempered Philosopher of the History (Speakers: Aghalar Mammadov & Mail Yagubov)
Assembly 23. Sigmund Freud –the Founder of Psychoanalysis (Speaker: Ulkar Isayeva)
Assembly 24. Ibn Xaldun: the Great Islamic Philosopher & Sociologist (Speaker: Ahmet Arslan)
Assembly 25. Islam and Modernization (Speaker: Ahmet Arslan) 127
Assembly 26. M.A.Rasulzada and Independence of Azerbaijan (Speaker: Shirmammad Huseynov)
Assembly 27. The Problems of the Ancient Turkish History (Speaker: S.Q.Klaştornıy)
Assembly 28. The Asian Aspect of the Early History of Khazars (Speaker: S.Q.Klaştornıy)
Assembly 29. The Literary Language of Garakhanli Period & the Oghuz Turkish (Speaker: Ahmet Bijan Erjilasun)
Assembly 30. The Caucasian policy of Ottoman Empire during World War (Speaker: Michael A. Reynolds)
Photos of 55th Meeting of Assembly of Science and Art - Gory Seminary’s role in the development of Azerbaijan's culture and education.