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IMG 4708The Institute of Balkan Studies and Centre of Thracology 'Prof. Alexander Fol' – BAS organized an academic conference with international participation 'The City in the Balkans: Spaces, Faces, Memory'. The event took place in the period 2-4 October 2019.

During the official opening of the event on October 2, 2019 in 'Prof. Marin Drinov' Grand Hall of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Prof. Vasil Nikolov, Dr. habil., corresponding member of the BAS, Vice-President of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Coordinator of the National Scholarly Program “Cultural historical heritage, national memory and social development” and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Todor Chobanov, Deputy Mayor of Sofia greeted the participants and guests of the conference. Prof. Dr. Joanna Spassova-Dikova, Scientific secretary 'Cultural-Historical Heritage and National Identity', greeted the attendees on behalf of the President of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, acad. Julian Revalski.

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glam lab coverOn October 11, 2019 at 16h00 at the Institute of Balkan Studies and Centre of Thracology–BAS, located on Moskovska Street No. 45, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Milena Dobreva, UCL Qatar, will present the first book of its kind:

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Plakat 2 OKThe Institute of Balkan Studies and Centre of Thracology 'Prof. Alexander Fol' at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in cooperation with Sofia Municipality is organizing an exhibition 'The City in the Balkans: Spaces, Faces, Memory in Postcards', which will be held at the Outdoor Gallery in the Crystal Garden from 21st to 27th of October 2019.

The official opening of the event is on October 21 (Monday) at 17h00 at the Outdoor Gallery in the Crystal Garden. The exhibition is organized under the National Scholarly Program 'Cultural historical heritage, national memory and social development', funded by the Ministry of Education and Science.

The exhibition is part of the celebrations marking two major anniversaries of fundamental importance for the Bulgarian statehood and culture - the 140th anniversary of the proclamation of Sofia as the capital of Bulgaria and the 150th anniversary of the founding of BAS.

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Thracia 24 PokanaOn October 9, 2019 (Wednesday) at 17h00 the Institute of Balkan Studies and Centre of Thracology 'Prof. Alexandre Fol' at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IBSCT–BAS) will present the new edition of the Centre of Thracology THRACIA 24: ΕΠΟΠΤΕΙΑ. A COLLECTION COMMEMORATING THE 85TH ANNIVERSARY OF PROF. ALEXANDER FOL, DR. HABIL., SOFIA, 2019. The event will take placeat the Sofia History Museum, Retro Café Hall (2nd floor), located on Banski Square No. 1.

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A7C1E5F8 8CF2 4683 85AF 485580628069By decree of the President of the Italian Republic Prof. Dr. habil. Alexandre Kostov, Corresponding member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, from the Institute of Balkan Studies and Centre of Thracology 'Prof. Alexander Fol' (IBSCT–BAS) was awarded the Order of the Star of Italy (Ordine della Stella d'Italia). He was honored for his contribution to the development of relations between the two countries in the fields of science and culture. The order was handed over by H.E. Stefano Baldi, Ambassador of Italy to Bulgaria.
Corresponding member Alexandre Kostov has various publications on the modern and contemporary history of the Balkans and in particular on the development of Italy's relations with the countries in the region. For ten years he has been the head of bilateral research projects of the IBSCT–BAS with the Roma Tre University (Rome), and more recently - with the Institute of Studies on Mediterranean Societies (Naples) at the National Research Council.

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Poster Convegno 140ITBGOn September 27, 2019 at 9h00 at the Grand Hotel Sofia /Gen. Gurko Street No.1/ an international forum will be held to mark the 140th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Italy and Bulgaria. The event is organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Italy in Sofia and the Institute of Balkan Studies and Centre of Thracology 'Prof. Alexander Fol' at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IBSCT – BAS).

The forum is organized under the research project 'Exchange of Economic, Political and Cultural Models and Ideas between the Balkans and Italy (18th-20th c.)', implemented by the IBSCT – BAS and the Department of Political Science at Roma Tre University.

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плакатFrom 3rd to 5th October 2019 an International scholarly conference “Late Antique Christianity in Southeastern Europe” will be held in Yambol. 56 scholars from 11 countries will attend the event. The conference is organized under the project "LABedia: Encyclopedia of the Late Antiquity of the Balkans, 4th Century", funded by the Scientific Research Fund and organized by the Institute of Balkan Studies and Centre of Thracology 'Prof. Alexander Fol' at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in partnership with the Regional History Museum - Yambol.

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Baner2 220x180 2The Institute of Balkan Studies and Centre of Thracology 'Prof. Alexander Fol' – BAS organizes an academic conference with international participation 'The City in the Balkans: Spaces, Faces, Memory', to be held in Sofia in the period 2-4 October 2019.

The official opening of the event is on October 2, 2019 (Wednesday) at 13:00 in the Grand Hall 'Prof. Marin Drinov', BAS, located on 15 November Street No. 1, Sofia.

More than 60 scholars from Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia, Turkey and Croatia will participate in the conference.

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69397510 2846584415420169 4033789647535472640 oThe 12th International Balkan Congress, the highest scholarly forum for Balkan studies, was held in Bucharest (Romania) from September 2 to September 6, 2019. It was attended by over 400 people from 25 countries.

The Institute of Balkan Studies and Center of Thracology 'Prof. Alexander Fol' – BAS (IBSCT–BAS) was presented with the most participants from Bulgaria. They delivered 12 papers about the history, culture and education in the Balkans from Ancient times to the present day. Scholars from other institutes of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, universities and regional history museums also attended the forum and delivered papers.

During the congress, Prof. Alexandre Kostov, Dr. habil., corresponding member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, was re-elected president of the International Association of Southeastern European Studies (Association Internationale d'Etudes du Sud-Est Europeen - AIESEE), and Prof. Roumiana Preshlenova, PhD became a member of the International Committee. 

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Плакат Силистра 25юлиOn July 25, 2019 at 17h00 as part of the Academic Thursday initiative organized by the Regional Museum of History - Silistra, Assoc. Prof. Zlatomira Gerdzhikova, PhD will present the scientific and publishing activities of the IBSCT - BAS in her lecture The Institute for Balkan Studies and Center of Thracology: 55 years of Balkan Studies.

At the same event, Assist. Prof. Kalin Stoev, PhD will deliver a lecture 'Facing the Rising Storm: Durostorum and Lower Moesia at the time of the Emperor Maximinus Thrax' presenting his newly published book Providentia Imperatoris. Biography of Emperor Maximinus Thrax.

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