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Programme 'Each Second Tuesday'

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Плакат пролет 2018 извадка123In March, we are launching a new lecture cycle, which will take place every second Tuesday of the month at 16h30 at the Institute of Balkan Studies. The Spring Calendar includes four lectures by which we will present the broad chronological range and thematic diversity of the IBSCT's research.


PROGRAMME Spring 2018


March 13, 2018 Prof. Raia Zaimova, Dr. habil.
The Story of the Lazarist Mission in Macedonia (1839-1939) and its author

The lecture aims to present the French-language text of Father Arthur Drulez, unknown until now, of the Catholic Order of the Lazarists. A rich source of facts and events, the text reveals a number of unknown aspects of the Catholic propaganda, education and national identity of the Bulgarians.Pictures will be included in the presentation, illustrating foreign and Bulgarian communities in Thessaloniki, dating back to late 19th and early 20th centuries.


April 17, 2018 Prof. Vanya Lozanova-Stancheva, D.A.
Mystery of Creation: to the interpretation of an orphic cup

The paper offers an interpretation of a mystical orphic cup that is decorated with elaborate doctrinal scenes and verses. Although they function in vast numbers of written texts, the orphic ideas, being mysterious and therefore non-explitic, remain a system of allegories, symbols and meanings, inaccessible or rather foreign to the unacquainted. The orphic ἱερὸς λόγος is more of a visual representation of a sense system that allows movement / transcoding of the myth-ritual to the dramaturgical-performative structure as expressed through the image-word complex of this mysterious orphic cup.


May 8, 2018 Prof. Liliana Simeonova, Dr. habil.
Constantiniye, the 'Cursed city' of Mehmed the Conqueror

In May 2016, a historic re-establishment of events was organized on the occasion of the 563th anniversary of the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople (1453) in Istanbul: it was prepared by 520 consultants, with over 1,200 people involved. A little earlier, in the autumn of 2013 a Turkish TV began broadcasting the historical series Fatih (Conqueror) dedicated to Sultan Mehmed II; the film was stopped, yet after the fifth episode. Unlike today's heroisation of Mehmed II, in the Ottoman historiography of the 15th-16th centuries, the negative assessments of him are strongly dominated, and his new capital, Constantinople, is considered an accursed place. Where do these discrepancies in the evaluation of Mehmed the Conqueror come from now and then?


June 12, 2018 Assoc. Prof. Yura Konstantinova, PhD
Bulgarian education in Thessaloniki in late 19th and early 20th centuries

The lecture will present the Bulgarian educational institutions (high schools and primary schools), the curriculum they teach, and the success of the students. We will talk about the difficulties they face and the solutions they have found. Special attention will be paid to Bulgarian education in Ottoman Thessaloniki and how it is influenced by local and foreign factors.


The programme in pdf 


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