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IMG 20230725 170842As a part of the traditionally good cooperation between the Institute of Balkan Studies and Centre of Thracology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the Embassy of the Republic of France in Bulgaria, a scholarly seminar "The Ancient Treasures of Bulgaria" was held on July 25, 2023 in "Slaveykov Hall" of the French Institute in Bulgaria with the special participation of Prof. Valeria Fol. The event was organized under the National Scholarly Program "Development of Bulgarian Studies Abroad", funded by the Ministry of Education and Science.

Prof. Fol presented gold and silver vessels, jewelry, weapons and other objects from the most famous treasures of exceptional artisanship and historical value, discovered in modern Bulgaria: the Borovo, Valchitran, Panagyurishte, Rogozen treasures, etc.

Among the guests of the scholarly forum were H.E. Joël Meyer, Ambassador of France to Bulgaria, H.E. Khalid Emara, Ambassador of Egypt to Bulgaria, Mrs. Snezhana Yoveva-Dimitrova, Director of the State Cultural Institute to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elka Traykova, Scientific Secretary of the Department "Cultural Heritage and National Identity" at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, diplomats, scholars and students.

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The ancient treasures of BulgariaThe Institute of Balkan Studies and Centre of Tracology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences requests the pleasure of your company at the scholarly seminar “The Ancient Treasures of Bulgaria” with the special participation of Prof. Valeria Fol.

The event is organized under the National Scholarly Program Development of Bulgarian Studies Abroad and will take place on 25th of July 2023 at 17:00 in “Slaveykov” Hall of the French Institute in Bulgaria.

We look forward to welcoming you.

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Заглавно табло 1 copy minThe exhibition "The Ancient Treasures of Bulgaria" was prepared by a team of the Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IBSCT-BAS) under the National Scholarly Program Development of Bulgarian Studies Abroad.

The materials of the IBSCT-BAS were created under the "Bulgariana" Project by Prof. D.Sc. Valeria Fol and Nikolay Genov, photographer.

The exhibition is shown in the central foyer of the BAS - Administration (Sofia, 15 November Street No. 1) from 17 to 31 July 2023.

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zjw 7463 53005916720 oKaloyan Konstantinov, a PhD student at the Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Tracology at the Bulgarian Acadermy of Sciences (IBSCT-BAS) was awarded the prestigious King's College London Emerging Leader Award. Since 2017, the award has been given in 12 categories to distinguished alumni of the university who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and civic leadership. Kaloyan completed his MA in Middle Eastern Studies in 2018 in London. In 2021, he enrolled in a PhD programme at the IBSCT-BAS, dedicated to the relations between Iran and the Balkans in the period 1990-2021.

He received the award for his work as an independent journalist covering hot spots and world-changing events - including the war in Ukraine from the front, protests in Iran, Iraq, Israel, Tunisia, etc.. The jury also appreciated his activities as an international lecturer on media literacy, disinformation and international relations.

Kaloyan combines his research as a PhD student at the IBSCT-BAS with fieldwork. Just days ago, on June 29, he was also awarded the Journalism for Peace Award for his on-the-ground reporting of the bloody protests in support of human rights and democracy in Iran since 2022. At the end of last year, he was also included in the prestigious "30 under 3" ranking of Forbes Magazine for influential people.

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IMG 4811On June 29-30, 2023, the Institute of Balkan Studies and Centre of Thracology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the National Archaeological Institute with Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences held a conference with international participation themed "Modern technologies and interdisciplinary approach to cultural heritage". The scholarly forum took place in the National Historical and Archaeological Reserve Pliska. For the second year in a row, the two institutes of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences collaborated in the spirit of their best traditions. The conference was held with the special participation of Acad. Draga Toncheva, who delivered a keeynote speech on the genomic heritage of ancient populations.

More than twenty scholars and experts from various fields presented reports about the possibilities of modern technologies to refine the achievements of historiography. Special attention was paid to paleogenomics as an extremely important and new direction in modern science, and the possibilities and limits of using its results in the field of history and archaeology were outlined. Results of recently conducted geophysical surveys, three-dimensional laser scans of objects, RTI and 3D studies, as well as projects for 3D reconstructions of irretrievably lost urban structures were presented.

Modern technologies for the preservation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage were presented by scientists from Komotini and Athens.

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The Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IBSCT-BAS) is pleased to invite you to the public academic lecture of Assoc. Prof. Georgi Dimov, PhD Silk production and trade in the Balkans (11th-12th centuries). The event is organized in pursuance to Art. 18 (17) of the Annex to the Regulations of the Scientific Council of the IBSCT-BAS regarding terms and conditions for acquiring scientific degrees and for holding academic positions.

The event is organised under the initiative Every Second Tuesday and will be held on July 11, 2023 (Tuesday) at 17:00 at the IBSCT-BAS (Moskovska Street No. 45).

We are looking forward to welcoming you!

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The Institute of Balkan Studies and Centre of Thracology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in collaboration with the National Archaeological Institute with Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences will be hosting a conference with international participation themed "Modern technologies and interdisciplinary approach to cultural heritage". The event will take place at NIA Pliska and is scheduled for June 29-30, 2023.

The purpose of the conference is to enhance understanding of the role that technology play in the advancement of historical knowledge. Secondly, it would address the need to popularize emerging interdisciplinary methods for studying the past. Special emphasis will be placed on topics such as paleogenetic studies, the application of new technologies to significant historical objects, and the creation and operation of modern scientific eco-systems that bring together scholars from different organizations and countries.

The possibility of remote participation via Zoom platform is provided: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83030137728

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20230615 093451On June 15, 2023, a conference "The War in Ukraine and the Balkans" was held at the Institute of Balkan Studies and Centre of Tracology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IBSCT-BAS). The event was co-organized by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

Distinguished scientists and young scholars from the  IBSCT-BAS, as well as representatives of the University of National and World Economy, the Institute of Economics and International Relations and the Bulgarian Geopolitical Society took part in the scientific forum.

The participants were greeted by Prof. Alexandre Kostov, Dr. habil., Coressponding Member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Chairman of the IBSCT Scientific Council and Mr. Jacques Paparo - Director of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung office in Bulgaria.

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352741450 177505011955673 2527757825562430124 nThe Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Tracology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IBSCT-BAS) is pleased to invite you to the public lecture of PhD student Milen Petrov (IBSCT-BAS) entitled "The Battle of Nicopolis (1396) in 15th Century Bavarian Literature".

The event will be held on June 27, 2023 (Tuesday) at 17:30 in the building of the IBSCT-BAS (Moskovska Street No. 45) and online: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86513444853

We look forward to your attendance!

This lecture is organized by the project "Going Through War: The Medieval Military Experience in the Balkans and Its Social Implications", funded by the Bulgarian National Science Fund, contract No. KП-06-М70-3/15.12.2022

 

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20230613 175211On June 13, 2023, at the Institute of Balkan Studies and Centre of Thracology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, a seminar was held on the topic "Journey to the land of archives: Through the history of bilateral relations between the People's Republic of Bulgaria and the Republic of Austria".

The event is organized under the project "Austrian-Bulgarian relations during the Cold War" funded by the Bulgarian National Science Fund of the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy through the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research. Special guest was H.E. Andrea Ikić-Böhm, Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to Bulgaria .

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DC 101On June 12, 2023, another meeting of the "Unknown Balkans" Discussion Club was held. Leading discussants were Assist. Prof. Samuil Kamburov, PhD (IBSCT-BAS) and PhD student Todor Todorov (Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", IBSCT-BAS). They presented issues related to the topic "Foreign military contingents and troops in the Balkans in the period 9th - 11th centuries". Supported by the guest discussants Assist. Prof. Mario Filipov (IBSCT-BAS) and PhD student Nikolay Zhelev (IBSCT-BAS) they started a heated discussion on armaments and military affairs of the foreign military contingents in the Balkans during the period under review. Special attention was paid to two groups of foreign troops - mercenaries and invaders from Northern Europe (Varyangs) and late nomads (Magyars, Pechenegs and Uzis). Issues related to the political, social and economic reasons for appearance of foreign armies and contingents in the Balkans, as well as their relations with the population in the First Bulgarian Kingdom, were also touched upon. Details regarding the foreign naval operations towards the Balkans and Byzantium were discussed too. Prof. Alexandre Kostov, Dr. habil., Corresponding Member of the BAS, Assoc. Prof. Zlatomira Gerdzhikova, Snezhana Goryanova, PhD student Eli Filipova, as well as all those present participated in the discussion with questions and comments.

The "Unknown Balkans" Discussion Club is organized under the project Building a supreme achievements centre "Heritage BG".

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IMG 4745The Institute of Balkan Studies and Centre of Tracology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IBSCT-BAS) and St. Kliment Ohridski University Press are pleased to invite you to the presentation of the book of Assist. Prof. Georgi Dimov, PhD "The Balkan World in the Age of the Komnenian Dynasty (1081–1185)".

The event will be held on June 20, 2023 (Tuesday) at 17h00 at the IBSCT-BAS (Moskovska Street No. 45).

We are looking forward to welcoming you!

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