Saturday, January 30, 2010

Greek Language in Pontus: Romeyka in Contemporary Trebizond

The first workshop on the the Greek language in Pontus worldwide will take place in Cambridge (UK) on 13th March 2010. Groundbreaking results from fieldwork in the region will be presented, ranging from morphosyntax to methodology of data collection to language and identity. Presenters: Peter Mackridge, Ioanna Sitaridou, Hakan Özkan, Brian Joseph, Nikos Michailidis, Stergios Chatzikyriakidis, Dimitris Michelioudakis, Maria Kaltsa and Petros Karatsareas. For more details visit

Dobrogea, Добруджа

The new (76th) volume of the series SÜDOSTEUROPA-STUDIEN edited by Gernot Erler is devoted to the multifaceted discussion of this region on the Black Sea coast divided between Romania and Bulgaria and currently united within the European Union.

HELLER, Wilfried; SALLANZ, Josef (Hrsg.): Die Dobrudscha. Ein neuer Grenzraum der Europäischen Union: Sozioökonomische, ethnische, politisch-geographische und ökologische Probleme. München - Berlin, Verlag Otto Sagner, 2009. ISBN 978-3-86688-068-9.

Saturday, January 23, 2010


This is a new and exciting series of the Publishing House Otto Sagner, which promises to keep South Slavic studies in its focus.

Editor: Christian Voss

Volume 1: VOSS, Christian (ed.): EU-Bulgaristik: Perspektiven und Potenziale. Festgabe für Norbert Randow zum 80. Geburtstag. München - Berlin, Verlag Otto Sagner, 2009. ISBN 978-3-86688-089-4

Volume 2: VOSS, Christian; NAGÓRKO, Alicja (eds.): Die Europäizität der Slawia oder die Slawizität Europas. Ein Beitrag der kultur- und sprachrelativistischen Linguistik. München - Berlin, Verlag Otto Sagner, 2009. ISBN 978-3-86688-065-8.

Volume 3: CHRISTIANS, Dagmar; STERN, Dieter; TOMELLERI, Vittorio S. (eds.): Bibel, Liturgie und Frömmigkeit in der Slavia Byzantina. Festgabe für Hans Rothe zum 80. Geburtstag. München - Berlin, Verlag Otto Sagner, 2009. ISBN 978-3-86688-066-5.

Volume 4: IONANNIDOU, Alexandra; VOSS, Christian (eds.): Spotlights on Russian and Balkan Slavic Cultural History. München - Berlin, Verlag Otto Sagner, 2009. ISBN 978-3-86688-070-2.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Bulgarian Language, Culture, and History Summer Program

July 25 – August 14, 2010
American University in Bulgaria
Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

The American University in Bulgaria invites high school and college students 15-20 years of age to a non-credit Summer Program on Bulgarian Language, Culture, and History (BLCH) in the town of Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria.

The program includes Bulgarian language instruction at three levels, Bulgarian literature and history classes, workshops on culture and traditions, and teacher accompanied field trips to sites of historical and cultural interest. Sports, crafts, folklore dances, movie nights, cooking, and other activities make the program intensive and entertaining. The field trips will take the students to exciting destinations such as Melnik, the smallest town in Bulgaria; the Rila Monastery, included in the UNESCO World Heritage sites; Kazanlak, situated in the Valley of Roses and the Thracian kings; Veliko Turnovo, the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom, and Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.

The BLCH Summer Program is designed in such a way that students who do not speak Bulgarian and/or have never been to the country can easily learn some basics of the language and get a first-hand experience of Bulgarian language, culture, traditions, and nature. Students who speak Bulgarian at an intermediate or higher level will improve their writing, reading, and conversational skills while gaining additional knowledge or filling some gaps in their knowledge of Bulgarian history and culture.

Registration deadline: June 25, 2010

Additional information and Registration Forms are available at:

Contact person : Mrs. Nadejda Afendova, Program Coordinator
Tel: +359-73- 888 212; Fax: +359-73- 888 161; e-mail:

Monday, January 4, 2010


On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of Balkan Studies in Torun (Poland), the Institute of Slavic Philology of the University of Torun organizes an international conference entitled CONVERGENCE AND DIVERGENCE WITHIN THE BALKAN KEG: LANGUAGE – CULTURE – LITERATURE - HISTORY. The conference will take place in Torun on 2-4 December 2010 and will focus on theoretical and practical aspects of Balkan studies in the areas of convergence/divergence in language/literature/art, new approaches to Balkan studies, dialectology, new/unknown Balkan features, small ethnolects, Balkan conditioned problems of national identity, the image of Europe in the Balkans, translation from/into Balkan languages, teaching of Balkan languages, lexicology and lexicography of Balkan languages.

Conference languages are English and all Balkan languages. However speakers will be asked to deliver in advance English translation of the paper which will be distributed to all participants.

Conference fee: 400zł/100Euro

(Fee covers: conference materials, 2 nights in a hotel, reception)

Organization committee:

Viara Maldjieva
Irena Sawicka
Adam Kola
Anna Korytowska

Mailing address:


Instytut Filologii Słowiańskiej
Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika
Ul. Podmurna 9/11
87-100 Toruń, PL

Participants are asked to submit by 30 May 2010 the title of the paper, key words and a short summary of the paper (in any of the conference languages). Participants will be notified whether the paper has been accepted by 30 June 2010.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

New Book on Italian-Albanian History

A new book from Ines Angeli Murzaku (Click here to browse on

Returning Home to Rome: The Monks of Grottaferrata in Albania

This study establishes “the hard facts” from rare primary-source archival documents. It makes use of numerous archival primary sources including the Archive of the Vatican Congregation for Oriental Churches in Rome; the Archive of Venetian Province of the Society of Jesus in Gallarate Varese, Milan; the Archive of the Jesuit Curia in Rome; the Central State Archive of Albania in Tiranë, Albania; the libraries and archives of the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome; University of Calabria in Italy; and a number of private archives located in the Diocese of Lungro, Calabria.