The International Conference "The Thing. Conceptual and Cultural Aspects" took place on 24-25 September 2015 at the Institute for Literature, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, in Sofia. The conference included researchers from the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Art, the New Bulgarian University, the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
Снимки: Мария Цанева
Polish-Bulgarian cooperation in the Institute for Literature: intercultural dialogue and scientific traditions in the field of literature, presented by Associate Prof. PHD Elka Traykova, Director of the Institute for Literature
On 9 th of June, within the Day of Poland in Bulgarian Academy of Sciences celebration, during the conference "The Role and Place of Science in the Countries of Transition" the Polish-Bulgarian cooperation in the Institute for Literature was presented by Associate Prof. PHD Elka Traykova, Director of the Institute for Literature in her report "Polish-Bulgarian cooperation in the Institute for Literature: intercultural dialogue and scientific traditions in the field of literature ".
On 14th of November, in the "St. St. Cyril and Methodius” National Library Conference Hall was held „Pavel Vejinov in Bulgarian Literature” National Conference, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the writer’s birth. The conference was organized by the Institute for Literature and was part of the "Days of Pavel Vejinov" program. The initiative is under the patronage of Mrs. Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia, with an Organizing Committee, composed of the Sofia City Library, the Institute for Literature, the "St. St. Cyril and Methodius” National Library, "Ciela” Publishing House, "Enthusiast” Publishing House, Bulgarian National Film Archive and the National Museum of Literature.
Strange, but true: after a marked exception in the late 19th century (precisely because of its separate significance, this period will be excluded from our field of view here) and despite a powerful re-activation after the 1990s (which will be a particular object of our interest), relations with the US have not been among the most determinative for Bulgarian literature and culture.
Some of the reasons for this are clear: geopolitical and ideological constellations during the 20th century, geographical distance and perhaps an even greater distance within the sphere of national character…
On March 31st, in the "St. St. Cyril and Methodius" National Library lobby was presented the new book of short stories by Plamen Antov - "Margins of Delay", issued by "Janet" 45 Publishing house. Prof. Boryana Hristova, Director of the National Library opened the presentation: "As the title indicates, this book should be considered slowly. It somewhat opposes the 'rapid' literature - this is a very slow prose, so slow that even its own appearance is such a dramatic act, which it would prefer to save."
On 22 November, a National Scientific forum on the occasion of 90th anniversary of Ivaylo Petrov’s Birth was held. The forum was organized by Modern and Contemporary Bulgarian Literature Department at the Institute for Literature – BAS and New Bulgarian Studies Department at the New Bulgarian University. Greetings were delivered by Dr. Tosho Donchev, director of the Hungarian Cultural Institute, who pointed some Hungarian translations of the most important works of Ivaylo Petrov, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bissera Dakova and Assos. Prof. Dr. Plamen Doynov who told about the fateful match in the two institutions’ intentions on firstly independent but subsequently combined into one forum initiatives about Ivaylo Petrov.
On 14th, 15th and 16th November 2013 at "St. St. Cyril and Methodius" National Library and at 74th and 15th halls of the Faculty for Journalism and Mass Communication at “St. Kliment Ohridski" Sofia University the National Conference "Our Modernism (Bulgarian literary modernism: authors, issues, concepts) was held.
On October 10th, in the Big Hall of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences National celebration of the 200th anniversary of St. Sophronii Bishop of Vratsa was opened. It was preceded by a solemn service of the Tiveriopolski Bishop Tikhon at “St. Alexander Nevsky" Cathedral, served with His Holiness Patriarch Neophyte blessing and St. Sofronii icon procession.
On 16th of September, in "Vassil Aprilov" primary school in Varna, "Bulgaria: Treasure of Words” Exhibition was opened. The exhibition is developed by scientists from the Institute for Literature at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and was realized with the assistance of the Bulgarian Memory Foundation.
On July 4, in the National Library "St. St. Cyril and Methodius” foyer took place the literary evening, dedicated to the 120 -th anniversary of the poetess Elisaveta Bagryana’s birth. The event was organized by the Institute for Literature and provoked great interest, it was attended by scientists and Bulgarian literature lecturers from the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski",
On May 29th , at the exhibition space of Sofia Event Center (Paradise Center – 100 "Cherni Vrah" Blvd, 3rd floor) opened the Spirit of Letters and Signs Exhibition. Organizers of the event are The City Media Group, in partnership with the Bulgarian Memory Foundation, Institute for Literature - BAS and the National Academy of Arts.
On May 26th, at the Institute for Philology Studies at the Kiev National University "Taras Shevchenko" the Center for Bulgarian Language, Literature and Culture was opened on a high academic and diplomatic level.
"Bulgaria and Russia (XVIII - XXIc.) - Stereotypes and Deconstructions" Round Table, organized by the Institute for Literature - BAS and the Institute for Slavic Studies - RAS was held on May 17th at the Conference Hall of the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research - BAS.
On April 10, 2013, in the Great Hall of the Institute for Literature the premiere of the collection in honor of Prof. Svetozar Igov "Spaces of speech" was held. The event was attended by many leading literary critics, writers, poets, teachers, students and friends of Professor Igov. Host of the event was Assos. Prof.Elka Traykova who introduced to the concept and history of the book, presented the wealth of research fields and approaches in the book, formed with a remarkable design idea. Professor Igov told precious memories of people and events of the literary life in Bulgaria, shared interesting ideas about the literary history and present.
“Even a century ago Professor Ivan Shishmanov understood that the salvation of European nations is in uniting their efforts to achieve peace and prosperity.” Vice President Margarita Popova made this statement during a lecture in Vienna, where she participated in the opening of the exhibition "Bulgaria in Europe" at the Institute for Slavic Studies at the University of Vienna. Organizers of the event were Bulgarian Embassy in Vienna and the Bulgarian Cultural Institute "Wittgenstein House."
On 27th of November, at the National Library "St. St. Cyril and Methodius" was held the national conference “Vestnik na jenata (Newspaper of the Woman) 1921-1944. Aspects of the Feminine”. It was organized by "Modern and Contemporary Bulgarian Literature" Department at the Institute for Literature and included the participation of scientists from nine research institutions, such as the Institute for Literature - BAS, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski”, Southwestern University “Neofit Rilski”, Plovdiv University “Paisii Hilendarski”, New Bulgarian University, National Museum of Literature, National Library "St.St. Cyril and Methodius ". Members of Christo and Penka Cholchevi’s family, curators and editors of the newspaper, were also present at the conference.
Form 10 to 12 of April in Ohrid (Macedonia) took place the first Bulgarian-Macedonian Scientific Seminar "European values in the works of Bulgarian and Macedonian literary artists of the twentieth century", realized within the joint project of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the Macedonian Academy of Arts and Sciences. Project leaders are Assoc. Prof Dr. Alexander Yordanov from the Institute for Literature, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Acad. Milan Gurchinov from MANU.
On December 16th, 2013, in the Conference Hall of the National Library "St. St. Cyril and Methodius" the "Poles of Critical Destiny" - part 3 Jubilee conference was held. It was dedicated to the anniversary of Vladimir Vasilev’s birth (130 years), Malcho Nikolov’s birth (130 years) and Krustio Kuyumdjiev’s birth (80 years). Prof. Boryana Hristova, Director of the National Library, opened the conference and expressed her firm belief that the National Library was the place where the memory of the greatest Bulgarian artists and literary critics was kept alive. The morning session was devoted to the work of the literary critic and publisher – the cultural strategist Vladimir Vasilev. In his report "The Genre Perfection of Vladimir Vasilev" Prof. Mihail Nedeltchev (NBU) read a statement, in which he expressed his outrage of the infamous denial of Vladimir Vasilev’s presence in our cultural life after 9th of September, the acts of humiliation, to which he was systematically subjected.
On November 21st, in the Great Hall of the Institute for Literature the Institute for Literature Day was held. Official guests were Mrs. Margarita Popova, Vice President of the Republic of Bulgaria, His Excellency, Mr. Leszek Hensel, Ambassador of Poland in Bulgaria, Corr.member Nikolai Miloshev, Vice-President of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Corr.member Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva, Advisor to the Chairman of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Corr.member Dimitar Dimitrov, Adviser to the Chairman of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, directors of humanitarian institutes, heads and representatives of various humanitarian and cultural institutions, as well as representatives of many universities in Bulgaria.
On November 4th, in the Great Hall of the National Academy of Sciences the National celebration of the 135th anniversary of Acad. Mihail Arnaudov’s birth was held. The event was opened by Prof. R. Damyanova: “To highlight the importance of Acad. Mihail Arnaudov for the development of modern Bulgarian humanitarian studies means to consider the century-old development of the humanitarian thought in Bulgaria. You could say: Acad. Mihail Arnaudov is one of Bulgarian philological knowledge builders. His scientific work covers all branches of philological pursuits.
On 1st of October in the Big Hall of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences was held the presentation of the new book by Assos. Prof. Dr. Alexander Yordanov, dedicated to Prof. Konstantin Gulubov - "Lonely and Decent. Prof. Konstantin Gulubov - Life, Work and Ideas.” Prof. Stefan Vodenitcharov, Chairman of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Prof. Ivan Ilchev, Rector of the "St. Kliment Ohridski" Sofia University, Academician Blagovest Sendov - Chairman of the 37th National Assembly, Prof. Milena Caneva, writers, scientist and journalists attended the event.
On September 12, 2013 in the Exhibition Hall of the Lithuanian "Vrublevski” Academy Library in Vilnius, Lithuania opened the Xth century Old Bulgarian Codex Suprasliensis in the Byzantine-Slavic relations context Exibition (http://www. mab.lt/lt/naujienos/1038).
"How 21st Century Reads Assen Bosev"
On June 4th , at the National Library "St. St. Cyril and Methodius " the National conference "How 21st Century reads Assen Bosev" was held. The event was organized by "Modern and Contemporary Bulgarian Literature" Department at the Institute for Literature – BAS and was opened by Prof.Boryana Hristova, Director of the National Library and Assos.Prof. Elka Traykova, Director of the Institute for Literature.
On May 24th at the Institute for Philology Studies at Kiev National University opened the unique „Treasure of Words” exhibition, dedicated to the 1150th anniversary of the Great Moravian Cyril and Methodius mission. The opening of the exhibition became a true celebration at the Department for Slavic Studies at KNU and met not only teachers and students, but also diplomats, scientists, researchers, representatives of various academic, cultural and social institutions in Kiev.
Specialists in Ancient Bulgarian, Renaissance and modern and contemporary Bulgarian literature from the Institute for Literature - BAS attended the Third International Congress of Bulgarian Studies, organized by the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" and "Alma Mater" University Humanitarian Studies Complex.
On April 16, in Hall 1 of the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" the premiere of the collection in honor of Prof. Milena Caneva,"With a Renaissance Spirit and a Modern Approach” was held, organized by the Institute for Literature,
The exhibition reveals the rich literary traditions of Bulgaria, showing the best examples of the written heritage from the late ninth to the fourteenth century. The origin of literature in the second half of the ninth century - one of the most significant events in the culture of Medieval Europe, is associated with the activity of the Slavonic brothers Constantine-Cyril and Methodius before their mission to Great Moravia in 863.
On 27.02 the exhibition “Bulgaria: Treasure of Words” was opened at the European parliament in Brussels (Yehudi Menuhin Hall). The exhibition was realised by scientists from the Institute for Literature and with the support of Dr. Andrey Kovachev’s Bulgarian Memory Foundation.