MINSK, 14 April (BelTA) – The international online research conference “Belarus and cultural heritage of ancient and medieval times” will take place at Belarusian State University (BSU) on 15 April. The event, timed to the anniversary of the signing of the Roerich Pact, will be the only conference in Belarus to discuss matters of Oriental studies, BelTA learned from the BSU press service.
The online discussions will bring together around 40 scientists, teachers, postgraduate students, and researchers from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Turkmenistan, the United States, the United Kingdom, and India. They will discuss matters related to Oriental studies, classical and medieval studies of Belarus, cultural heritage, history, and religion of the East in ancient and medieval times in the historical memory of the Belarusian nation and share results of research in this field. Following the conference, the BSU will publish a collection of reports from the conference in its Digital Library.
The conference has been organized by the BSU Faculty of History.
The Treaty on the Protection of Artistic and Scientific Institutions and Historic Monuments or the Roerich Pact was signed in Washington on 15 April 1935 by representatives of 21 countries of the American continent. It was the first international legal regulation on the protection of cultural heritage, the only agreement in this field adopted prior to World War II. In 1999, on the initiative of public associations, the date of its signing was declared World Day of Culture.