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EGIPET posterThe bilingual collective volume "The Egyptian cults in Serdica" is coming out soon as a result of a project implemented by the Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology "Prof. Alexander Fol" at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IBSCT-BAS) in cooperation with the French Institute in Bulgaria. It includes 5 articles that trace the spread of Egyptian cults in the Greco-Roman world, their appearance in Hellenistic Thrace and their implantation in the ancient Roman city of Serdica. Its chronological framework covers the period from the beginning of the Hellenistic period (i.e. the end of the 4th - beginning of the 3rd century BC) to the end of the Roman Empire (4th century AD). The authors are experts in different academic areas, including historians, numismatists and archaeologists:

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Patuvane kor 3 3 1The Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology published the collective volume "Culture of Travel in the European Southeast". Compiler and editor: Antoaneta Balcheva. Editorial Board: Elena Supur, Croatia Hrvojka Mihanović - Salopek, Hristina Marcu. Sofia: ed. of IBSCT, 2020, 536 pages, ISBN: 978-619-7179-13-2.

The book is a result of a large-scale scholarly project implemented by the Department "Cultural History of the Balkan Nations". The edition includes 33 papers and articles by distinguished Bulgarian and foreign researchers. The publication incites the consideration of new aspects of travelling and travel related literature in the Balkans, which is susceptible to changing socio-historical and cultural-aesthetic models, reflecting both the philosophical moods of the time and current notions of travel, adventure, searching, self-affirmation and self-construction.

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Document 1 Reshenie na MSOn May 12, 1972, by Order № 185 of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Institute of Thracology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences was established with a founding director Prof. Dr. habil. Alexander Fol. According to this Order, the institute started its activities on May 15, 1972. Therefore, the anniversary of the institute is being celebrated between these two important dates. The decision was initiated by a group of extremely talented generation of young scientists, such as: Prof. Alexander Fol, Acad. Vladimir Georgiev, Prof. Velizar Velkov, Prof. Georgi Mihailov, Prof. Ivan Venedikov, Prof. Hristo Danov, Prof. Vasilka Tapkova-Zaimova, Prof. Zlatozara Gocheva.

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The documentary "Ancient Thrace - A Door to Immortality" was created under the project "Monitoring of Ancient Cultural Monuments in Bulgaria on the Internet", funded by NET Heritage and implemented by the Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology "Prof. Alexander Fol" at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IBSCT-BAS).

The documentary was made by Prof. Valeria Fol, Dr. habil. and Assist. Prof. Ruzha Popova, PhD from the IBSCT-BAS, Marin Karavelov - Operator and Director, and Alexandra Fol, PhD - Music.

The documentary is available here.

 

 

 

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Solun i balgarite koritsa OK 1The project “Thessaloniki and the Bulgarians: History, Memory, Present” funded by the Bulgarian Science Fund is the first to be honored in the new section of the Fund called "Successes and achievements".

The significant scientific results and achievements of the team, led by Assoc. Prof. Yura Konstantinova, Dr. habil. from the IBSCT-BAS, are:

  • The project offers new perspective on the history of Bulgarians and Greeks beyond nationalist tendencies;
  • It allows the descendants of Thessaloniki families to accept their painful past and to reconcile with it;
  • Its sight to present day illustrates the intense exchange between Bulgarian and Greek communities, which is at stake in overcoming the existing prejudices on both sides of the border;

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Cover 1 1The book "140 years relations between Bulgaria and Italy. Diplomacy, Economics, Culture (1879–2019)" was published. Compilers and editors are Prof. Alexandre Kostov, Dr. habil., Corresponding member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, from the Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology, and His Excellency Stefano Baldi, Ambassador of Italy to the Republic of Bulgaria. The book was published by Tendril Publishing House.

The book came as a result of а long-standing cooperation between the IBSCT and Roma Tre University, with special contribution of the Embassy of the Republic of Italy in Sofia. The edition is dedicated to the 140th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Italy and Bulgaria, and includes 12 papers (6 in Bulgarian and 6 in Italian language) by distinguished Bulgarian and Italian researchers. The book introduces various historical aspects of the relations between the two countries from 1879 to this day using diplomacy as main link between the different issues presented. The research also highlights important aspects in the bilateral relations in politics, economy and culture. The edition is supplemented by chronology of main events characterizing the two countries during the period under review.

"140 years relations between Bulgaria and Italy. Diplomacy, Economics, Culture (1879–2019)". Compilers and editors Alexandre Kostov and Stefano Baldi (Tendril Publishing House: Sofia, 2019), 281 p., ISBN (book) 978-619-91496-0-7; ISBN (pdf) 978-619-91496-1-4.

Table of contents and preface in Bulgarian and Italian in pdf

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IMG 5250The Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences traditionally celebrated the 14th of February organizing Balkan Book Fair.
The third edition of the emblematic event was met with great interest. We welcomed the most impatient guests even before the opening time. All visitors left receiving gift for the holiday - publications of the institute. In return, they wished us a recent new edition of the fair.

The next Balkan Book Fair will be held on November 1, 2020.

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Plakat Gerdzhikova 2020We are pleased to invite you to the lecture "The Church's hierarchy, 4th - 5th Centuries" delivered by Assoc. Prof. Zlatomira Gerdzhikova, PhD. The event will be held on February 18, 2020 (Tuesday) at 17h00 at the Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology - BAS, located on Moskovska Street No. 45.

This lecture is organized under the project 'LABedia: Encyclopedia of Late Antiquity in the Balkans', funded by the National Science Fund of the Ministry of Education and Science.

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Logo Single BG 01"European influences in the modern urban music culture in the Balkans. Bibliographic research" of the Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences is the only project in the filed of Humanities that has been selected for funding based on the Bulgarian Science Fund 2019 Competition for financial support for fundamental research projects of junior researchers and postdoctoral fellows. This is an interdisciplinary project featuring representatives of the Institute of the IBSCT-BAS, the National Music School “Lyubomir Pipkov” and the Institute of Musicology at the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. It will create a bibliographic corpus covering different types and genres of materials and documents on the topic of scholarly research, through collection, digitization, systematization, classification and cataloguing of documents and materials.

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Taini obshtestva na trakite koritsaТhe Institute of Balkan Studies and Centre of Thracology 'Prof. Alexander Fol' at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences is pleased to invite you to the presentation of the latest book of Prof. Valeria Fol, Dr. habil. "Thracian secret societies".

The event will be held on February 25, 2020 (Tuesday) at 16h00 in the main building of the Institute of Balkan Studies located on Moskovska Street No. 45.

We are looking forward to welcoming you!

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06.02.20 Orphism Italian Renaissance smallWe are pleased to invite you to the first public event for 2020 organised under the initiative Every Second Tuesday - a lecture delivered by Prof. Vanya Lozanova-Stancheva, D.A. The topic of her presentation is "Orphism and the Italian Renaissance". 

The event will be held on February 11, 2020 (Tuesday) at 16h00 in the main building of the Institute of Balkan Studies located on Moskovska Street No. 45.

We are looking forward to welcoming you!

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BALKAN BOOK FAIR Poster 14.02.2020 smal newDear colleagues and friends,

On February 14, we celebrate three important feasts: the Assumption of St. Cyril Slavic Bulgarian, the feast of St. Trifon Zarezan (old style), celebrated as the Day of the vine grower, and St. Valentine. The Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences traditionally celebrates this day organizing Balkan Book Fair. We give away our old printed editions (one publication per person) and offer new editions at reduced price.

The third edition of the traditional Balkan Book Fair will be held on February 14 (Friday) from 15h00 to 17h00 in the main building of the Institute of Balkan Studies, located on Moskovska Street No. 45.

We are looking forward to welcoming you!

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