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00.Title poster 1 copyOn the occasion of Bulgaria's National Day, on March 3, 2024 (Sunday) at 19:00, the exhibition "The Ancient Treasures of Bulgaria" will be opened at the Bulgarian Cultural Institute in London. The exhibition is prepared by a team of the Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Tracology 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 opening of the exhibition will be accompanied by a concert performance by prominent musicians Boyan Ivanov (clarinet), Alexander Somov (cello) and Lizien Chen (piano).

The event is organized in partnership with the State Cultural Institute to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.

We are looking forward to welcoming you!

To attend the opening of the exhibition, pre-registration at this link is required.

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Кръгла маса плакатThe Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IBSCT-BAS) organizes a round table Ancient Thrace and the East in memory of Assist. Prof. Miroslav Izdimirski, PhD. The topic is central to the researches of Dr. Izdimirski, whose interests also set the broad framework of the scholarly forum. Investigations in the field of political, cultural, demographic history in the selected historical regions in a wide chronological spectrum will be presented at the round table.

The event will be held on February 22, 2024 at 10:00 in the building of the IBSCT-BAS at Moskovska Street No 13.

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13.02.24 Маскари са до един Политическо въображаемо и карикатура в България началото на ХХ век 01The Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IBSCT-BAS) is pleased to invite you to the public lecture of Prof. Dobrinka Parusheva, PhD (University of Plovdiv/IBSCT-BAS) "They are all rotters!..." Political imaginary and caricature in Bulgaria (early 20th century).

The event is organised under the initiativeEvery Second Tuesday and will be held on February 13, 2024 (Tuesday) at 17:00 at the IBSCT-BAS (Moskovska Street No. 45).

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Political imaginary is understood by Social Sciences as the collective construct organiing the imagination and symbolism of the political, but also as the process that produces the political. Caricature as a visual materialization of images already created or currently in the making opens up great possibilities for exploring the relationship between the ideal and the material, between the imaginary and the represented. The aim of the lecture is to show what kind of image of politics and the political was constructed by cartoonists in Bulgaria at the early 20th century and through what kind of images.

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Call for PapersThe Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IBSCT-BAS) is organizing an international conference entitled "Great Strife and Bloodshed Ensued". Military History of the Balkans in the Middle Ages", dedicated to the 580th anniversary of the Battle of Varna (1444 – 2024).

For more information, see here. Submission form here.

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Иван СапунджиевOn January 23, 2024, at the Central Military Club in Sofia, the Military Historical Commission presented its Annual Awards for 2023. Hosts of the ceremony were Colonel Violina Valeva and actor Rousy Chanev.

The Deputy Chairman of the Military History Commission, Ivan Sapundzhiev, awarded Assoc. Prof. Mariyana Stamova, PhD affiliated with the Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Tracology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences for researching the Balkan military history and bringing together the states and peoples of the region. The commander of the 3rd Brigade Command - Blagoevgrad, Colonel Mitko Baltov, was awarded the honorary title "Commander - guardian of the glorious traditions of the Bulgarian Army". The award for an objective presentation of the history and current state of the Bulgarian Armed Forces was presented to Kiril Valchev, General Director of the BTA. The head of the Military Academy "G. S. Rakovski" Major General Todor Dochev presented the award for contribution to the research and popularization of the history and combat traditions of the Bulgarian Army. The distinction was awarded to Preslav Pancheliev and Dr. Kaloyan Pancheliev. The award for contribution to the study of the national liberation struggles of the Bulgarian people was awarded to Prof. D.Sc. Trendafil Mitev.

Official guests at the ceremony were their excellencies the Ambassador of the Republic of Albania to Bulgaria Enid Milo, the Ambassador of the Republic of North Macedonia Agneza Rusi Popovska, the Defense Attaché of the Republic of Serbia in Sofia Colonel Željko Simić, the President of the European Union of Senior Citizens Prof. Nikolay Andreev and others.

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PosterFrom January 24 to 26, 2024 in the New Conference (Mirror) Hall of the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" the international scholarly conference "Transfer and Adaptation: Languages and Cultures in Dialogue (The Balkans from Late Antiquity to Early Modern Times)" will be held. The event is organized by the Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Tracology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung with the financial support of the Bulgarian National Science Fund, contract No. КП-06-МНФ/21 dated 08/08/2023.

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09.01.24 Тракийската Хера vs. Олимпийската Хера в тракийските римски провинции 01The Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IBSCT-BAS) is pleased to invite you to the public lecture of Assist. Prof. Irina Shopova, PhD (IBSCT-BAS) Thracian Hera vs. Olympian Hera in the Thracian Roman Provinces.

The event is organised under the initiative Every Second Tuesday and will be held on January 9, 2024 (Tuesday) at 17:00 at the IBSCT-BAS (Moskovska Street No. 45) as well as online via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86558548593

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On December 18 and 29, 2023, Bisser Banchev, PhD affiliated with the Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Tracology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences was a guest on Euronews PrimeTime and on the show "Before All" of the Bulgarian National Radio, Program Horizont. He discussed the elections in the Republic of Serbia.

The full interview on Euronews PrimeTime is available here.

The full interview on on the show "Before All" of the Bulgarian National Radio, Program Horizont is available here.

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Изображение лекцияThe 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 Brendon Osswald, PhD (Haidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities), entitled "Theodoros Komnenos: War and Politics in the 13th Century Balkans".

The event will be held online on December 20, 2023 (Wednesday) via Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86513444853

We look forward to your attendance!

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

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Photo1On November 29, 2023, Assist. Prof. Dr. Samuil Kamburov participated in a Scholarly Workshop organized by the Center for Eastern European Studies (CEES) at the University of Zurich (Switzerland). The presentation topic was "Western European Influence on Cold Weapons and Warfare in the Balkans during the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance", which is also part of his research. There were presented individual aspects of the development and changes in warfare in the Balkans during the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The Crusades ushered in a new era of warfare in Europe and the Middle East, which led to significant changes in weaponry reflecting (from the Eastern perspective) the strong Western European influence. During his participation in the CEES scientific event, Dr. Samuil Kamburov also presented part of the initial stage of his research related to the history of the Levant and the region's relations with the Balkans.

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CouvertureThe book Impact et réception de la culture française dans les Balkans (XIXe – XXe siècles) / French culture in the Balkans (XIX – XX centuries) – interrelationships and reception has been published. The collective volume is edited by Prof. D.Sc. Raia Zaimova and is the result of the international interdisciplinary conference of the same name, held in Sofia on October 6 and 7, 2022.

The publication is realized with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of France in the Republic of Bulgaria and the French Institute in Bulgaria.

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Книга Балканските култури ИБЦТ 2023The collective volume "The Balkan Cultures: Dialogue, Transfer, Metamorphoses" brings together authors who work in various scholarly fields - history, theory and history of literature, theater and cinema. The 15 studies included in the book are placed in a wide chronological range from the Middle Ages to the present day. They are dedicated to significant issues related to the dialogue between individual cultures in the Balkans and in European context. Various perspectives have been proposed both to the transfer of cultural models and to the metamorphoses in their perception, assimilation and functioning. The research reveals unknown or understudied sides of cultural dynamics in the region and creates a mosaic image of the diverse Balkans.

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