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Screening and discussion seminar. Topic: “Gastronomic Culture as a Metaphor of the Greek-Turkish relations (as witnessed in the Greek-Turkish coproduction A Touch of Spice and the Greece and Turkey at the Same Table publication)”.

On 30.10.2014 the Department of Ethnology and Balkan Studies held its departmental seminar. The seminar was organized as a film screening and follow-up discussion and its theme was “Gastronomic Culture as a Metaphor of the Greek-Turkish relations (as witnessed in the Greek-Turkish coproduction A Touch of Spice and the Greece and Turkey at the Same Table publication)”. Guest-lecturer at the event was Zdravka Mihaylova – translator and journalist, who was honored with the Greek State Literary Translation Award in 2010. A Touch of Spice – one of most popular and beloved Greek films was presented to an audience of academic staff and students of Balkan Studies, English and Ethnology, Applied Linguistics. In her talk about the film Zdravka Mihaylova said:

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“Where Does the Fourth Estate Begin?” Project

On the 23-24 May, 2014 a workshop was held as part of the “Where Does the Fourth Estate Begin?” project at the Murite Hotel in Bansko. Participants in the event were members of the academic staff of the Faculty of Philology at the Southwest University in Blagoevgrad, students and doctoral candidates.

On the first day of the workshop the young scholars met the director of the Southwest University Press, Assoc. Prof., d-r Kostadin Samardzhiev. He was the first speaker at the workshop and in his talk he introduced the participants to the history of printing and outlined the phases through which a book goes before it is published. In the follow-up discussion Assoc. Prof. Samardzhiev went on to further detail the particularities of the book production process.

The second speaker on the workshop programme was Prof. Magdalena Panayotova. The lecture she gave, titled Media Nostalgias, focused on the complexities accompanying the process of writing the texts for a newspaper in Bulgaria and then publishing the same newspaper in the USA. The talk was attended to with genuine interest on the part of the workshop participants. In her talk Prof. Panaytova placed strong emphasis on the fact that the smooth functioning of this newspaper production mechanism was guaranteed by the high level of expertise and coordination among the team members involved in the process. These two talks comprised the lecture part of the workshop programme for the first day.  On Sunday the participants attended the talk given by Assoc. Prof. Antony Stoilov, titled “The Media Presence of the Journalist”.  He introduced the participants to a range of journalistic approaches dependent on the specifics of broadcasting as well as the nature of the media – print or electronic.  In his talk he also revealed a number of interesting off air details regarding several radio and TV programmes and talked about the different was of editing written texts. The talk was followed up by a lengthy discussion in which the participants went on to expand the scope of the media formats talked about.

The three lectures and the other activities on the programme made up the content of the first workshop within the “Where Does the Fourth Estate Begin?” project. More meetings are scheduled for the autumn of 2014 which are to be followed by the publication of collected papers by the project participants.

The Department of Germanic and Romance Studies to host the 23rd BETA-IATEFL Annual International Conference

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Enjoy the latest E-Newsletter issue (January-February 2014) of BETA (Bulgarian English Teachers' Association, IATEFL Affiliate), where the South-West University of Bulgaria and its EL teaching alumni from Bulgaria and Blagoevgrad have a considerable share of activities.  


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Prof. Magdalena Kostova – Panayotova’s newly published book

It is with great pleasure that we present to you Prof. Magdalena Kostova – Panayotova’s newly published book Близки непознати (Familiar Strangers).  This is not a systematically arranged work. It is not a textbook on Balkan literatures, nor is it a survey of the images of Otherness on the Balkans: ethnic, national, religious, gendered, social etc.

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First Academic Lecture for Members of the PhD Centre for Studies in Philology

Ministry of Education and Science,

PhD Centre for Studies in Philology,

European Social Fund,

Operational Programme Human Resources Development 2007 – 2013,

Investing in Your Future!,

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“Support to the development of PhD Students, postdoctoral students, postgraduate students and young scientists”


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On the 22 and 23 of November 2013, the Southwest University hosted the first academic lecture within the “Human Resources Development” Operational Programme aimed at supporting the development of doctoral programmes. Guest lecturer was Prof. Tsvetana Georgieva from the University of Library Studies and Information Technologies. She talked about the philosophical ideas of Modernism, the Hyperion journal and the poetics of expressionism. The focus of the lecture fell on some of the philosophical works of Emanuil Popdimitrov and Theodor Trayanov. The issues discussed provoked a discussion which involved both doctoral students and academics. The lecture was attended by the doctoral students participants in the “PhD Centre for Studies in Philology” project,  prof. Magdalena Kostova – Panayotova ,director of the project,  and the project coordinators assoc. prof. Antoni Stoilov and assoc. prof. Elena Tacheva.

The Seventh Tsar Shishman Days

Seventy-seven was the number of the participants in the Seventh Tsar Shishman Days which took place on 04-06 October 2013 in Samokov. The title of this year’s international scholarly symposium was “Ethnology of the Name”. The symposium commemorated the 220th anniversary of Neofit Rilski’s birth and the 150th anniversary of Lyubomir Miletich’s birth. The event was supported by the generous assistance and help of Samokov Municipality, the Samokov history museum, “Ekip 123” Ltd. and the Impresario and  Publishing Agency “Rod”.

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Doctoral public lecture

The last in the series of doctoral public lectures at the Faculty of Philology took place on 18th October 2013. The lecture series were held within the academic project “Fostering and Development of Academic Potential”, led by Prof. Magdalena Panayotova,. Pavel Filipov presented his doctoral thesis, centering his talk on the war theme in Leo Tolstoy’s novellas and short stories.

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