JOURNAL OF THE TRAVELLING LECTURE COURSE PAISSIADE – PASS IT ON! 

 
 
Translated into English:
Associate Professor Yordan Kosturkov, PhD
 
Dear zealous reader, visiting our website!
 
Please do join us in our travels in virtual space and you will come to know that the idea of conceptualizing the travelling lecture course PAISSIADE – PASS IT ON! was born:
 
1) In conformity with our desire to continue the activity launched already in 2012 for exploring, preserving and passing on the cultural and spiritual heritage of Paissii and the copyists of his History. As is well-known, related to the agenda of the International Scientific Conference 250 YEARS THE SLAVONIC-BULGARIAN HISTORY (Plovdiv, 2 – 3 November 2012), whose conceptualizer and organizer was Associate Professor Mila Krasteva, PhD, carried out a travelling seminar IN THE STEPS OF FATHER PAISSII OF HILENDAR following the route: Plovdiv - Kragujevac – Novi Sad - Sremski Karlovci – Kragujevac – Bansko – Assenovgrad – Plovdiv (22-27 October 2012). In the travelling seminar the following representatives of the team of the present project took place, viz.: Associate Professor Mila Krasteva, PhD, Assistant Professor Atanaska Tosheva, PhD, Assistant Professor Fanny Boykova, PhD, Doctoral Student Galina Dimitrova. Vd.: 
As we travelled in the steps of Paissii, we, the participants in last year's travelling seminar, voiced our wish to complete the storyline of the Grand Narrative THE PAISSIADE KINGDOM AND THE PEOPLE-STORIES already begun, and we created, conceptualized, organized and carried out to that effect the travelling lecture course PAISSIADE – PASS IT ON!, whose initial idea was enlarged and overlapped the narrow geographical boundaries of Plovdiv and Bulgaria. Thus in addition to the single lecture scheduled at the University of Plovdiv and two more lectures scheduled in secondary schools in Plovdiv, our team delivered altogether four public lectures at universities in Bulgaria and abroad and two public lectures delivered in secondary schools in Plovdiv.  
 
2) With regard to the huge interest in the activities of our present project whose ideas, we have promoted it through:
  • public lectures;
  • media events;
  • designing a website;
  • participation  in sientific conferences in Bulgaria and abroad;
  • сpublications of articles, studies and monographs on topics of the project.
We are communicating to the zealous readers on our website that Bulgarians from all parts of the country (with their diverse social and intellectual experience) demonstrate their desire to render their support to the national cause of the project in order to pass on the spiritual endowment and messages of Paissii and his disciples.
 
The activities in our travelling lecture course generated the following calendar agenda:
 

 

LECTURE №1

29 October 2013, 15:00 hrs.
Lecture Hall 11 (Ground Floor) Chancellor Office's Building of Plovdiv University
Bulgaria - Plovdiv

Associate Professor Mila Krasteva, PhD delivered a public lecture on the topic of PAISSII OF HILENDAR, THE SLAVONIC-BULGARIAN HISTORY, ITS TRANSCRIPTS, REHASHES AND MARGINAL NOTES – PASS IT ОN! The event was announced well in advance in the Internet space at the following electronic addresses: : 
Posters were prepared and posted in different institutions in Plovdiv.
Despite the protest actions occupation of Lecture Hall 5 which started late in the afternoon on 28 October 2013, the one-month organizational efforts of Assistant Professor Atanaska Tosheva, PhD, Assistant Professor Ivanka Gaydadzhieva, PhD, Assistant Professor Mariana Kurshumova, Doctoral Student Tencho Derekyuvliev, the student Sanuil Dabov were not wasted because the lecture was attended by university and secondary school students, teachers, employees of Plovdiv University, citizens of Plovdiv and the Italian Roberto Adinolfi, PhD – a distinguished expert on the Bulgarian Revival period.
The public lecture, supported by the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Languages and Literature of Plovdiv University was dedicated to the Day of the leaders of the Bulgarian national revival. In her address the lecturer emphasized on little known details of the manuscript culture of the Bulgarian National Revival. The account included descriptions of the production of the Bulgarian National Revival handwritten transcripts and rehashes after Paissii, on the craft of the Copyists and the Binders, on calligraphy and the training of calligrapher clerks, on the methods of oral, handwritten and print form distribution/circulation of Paissii's book during 18th – 19th century. A presentation, created by Assistant Professor Dimiter Peev of Sofia University, was shown and submitted at the disposal of the project goals. It is precisely during the dialogue that ensued after the end of the lecture that the idea was born to proceed with the printing of a public lecture course on the topic of PAISSII OF HILENDAR, THE SLAVONIC-BULGARIAN HISTORY, ITS TRANSCRIPTS, REHASHES AND MARGINAL NOTES – PASS IT ON!, which was rinted in each consecutive issue of Plovdivski Universitet Newsletter. 

LECTURE №2

З0 October 2013, 10:30 hrs.
The Ana Mai Vocational Garment Making Secondary School
Bulgaria - Plovdiv

Doctoral student Galina Dimitrova conducted preliminary talks with the schoolmaster of The Ana Mai Vocational Garment Making Secondary School in Plovdiv for the provision of an audience for the first lecture to secondary school students from Plovdiv as scheduled in the agenda for year one of the project. The lecture was delivered by Associate Professor Mila Krasteva, PhD in the classes of the teacher of History and Geography Mr Assen Dimitrov. The lecture was appreciated and followed with great interest by the students because its topic THE ADVENTUROUS TRAVELS OF THE SLAVONIC-BULGARIAN HISTORY, ITS TRANSCRIPTS, REHASHES AND MARGINAL NOTES DURING THE 18TH – 19TH CENTURY IN OUR COUNTRY AND ABROAD! was in conformity with the age and the psycho-mental school frame of mind of the children at the secondary school. The lecture was accompanied by a presentation, created by Assistant Professor Dimiter Peev of Sofia University. Our partners – the school management, the teachers and the students of The Ana Mai Vocational Garment Making Secondary School provided us with complete assistance and became our long-term associates. We thank them most affectionately!

LECTURE №3

30 October 2013, 17:00 hrs.
The Taras Shevchenko House of Culture
Ukraine – Melitopol

Due to the enormous interest in the travelling lecture course PAISSIADE – PASS IT ON! a number of public lectures have been delivered abroad as well. Assistant Professor Antoinetta Dzhelyova received an official invitation to deliver a public lecture at the Melitopol Society for Bulgarian Culture ‘Balkani' on the topic:  SLAVONIC-BULGARIAN HISTORY AND ITS LIFE OUTSIDE THE BORDERS OF BULGARIA.  The lecture inspired an interesting discussion among the descendants of the Bulgarian immigrants to the Ukraine.

LECTURE №4

31 October 2013, 9:30
The Paissii Hilendarski Secondary School of General Education
Bulgaria ‒ Plovdiv

Assistant Professor Fanny Boykova, PhD, who is a university professor of teaching methods in Bulgarian and is well versed with reliable professional background of working with students held preliminary negotiations with the headmaster of The Paissii Hilendarski Secondary School of General Education in Plovdiv, for the provision of an audience of an audience for the second lecture to secondary school students from Plovdiv as scheduled in the agenda for year one of the project. The lecture on the topic of  THE ADVENTUROUS TRAVELS OF THE SLAVONIC-BULGARIAN HISTORY, ITS TRANSCRIPTS, REHASHES AND MARGINAL NOTES DURING THE 18TH – 19TH CENTURY IN OUR COUNTRY AND ABROAD! was delivered by Associate Professor Mila Krasteva, PhD, on the day the school celebrated its annual festival (2 school hours). The lecture was video recorded completely by Mr Stefcho Stoyanov for the archives of the project. Our partners – the school management, the teachers and the students of The Paissii Hilendarski Secondary School of General Education provided us with complete assistance and became our long-term associates. I would like to emphasize that the school which is named after Paissii of Hilendar, with its classes of humanities and bright, well-educated students, has been working for a long time to preserve the cause of Paissii by buying out old editions of The Slavonic-Bulgarian History and published handwritten transcripts and hashes after Paissii. In this sense our partnership which will intensify during the year two of the work on the project – based on an invitation on behalf of the school itself, – will promote intensely and permanently the academic knowledge of the members of the team of our academic project among the secondary school audience in Plovdiv.

LECTURE №5

5 November 2013, 12:45 hrs.
The Bohdan Khmelnytsky University of Melitopol, Annex ІІ, Office 94
Ukraine – Melitopol

Due to the huge interest in the travelling lecture course PASS IT ON! public lectures were delivered also abroad. Assistant Professor Antoinetta Dzelyova was invited to deliver a lecture at The Bohdan Khmelnytsy University of Melitopol on the topic of PAISSII OF HILENDAR AND HIS SLAVONIC-BULGARIAN HISTORY IN BULGARIA AND IN THE UKRAINE. TRANSCRIPTS, HASHES, RESEARCH. The lecture was accompanied by a presentation, created jointly with the research associate at the Bulgarian Studies Centre Maria Pacheva (student at The State Pedagogical University of Melitopol). The lecture session was announced in the Internet space as well:

LECTURE №6

6 November 2013, 11.00 hrs.
The State Pedagogic University of Berdyansk, Lecture Hall 5, 6202
Berdyansk – Ukraine

Assistant Professor Antoinetta Dzhelyova held preliminary negotiations with the following institutions: The Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, the Institute of Philology and Social Science of Ukraine, on the one side, and the Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria, on the other side, on the occasion of the forthcoming lecture on the topic of PAISSII OF HILENDAR AND HIS SLAVONIC-BULGARIAN HISTORY IN BULGARIA AND IN THE UKRAINE. TRANSCRIPTS, HASHES, RESEARCH. The lecture was delivered at the announced time and venue.

 

LECTURE №7

12 November 2013, 9:00 hrs.
National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts (NATFA)
Bulgaria ‒ Sofia

On an invitation from Professor Svetlana Stoycheva, PhD, professor at NATFA, Associate Professor Mila Krasteva, PhD, delivered a public lecture to students from the programmes of Theatre Studies and Film Art on the topic of MICRO AND MACRO PLOTS OF THE GRAND BULGARIAN NATIONAL REVIVAL NARRATIVE THE PAISSIADE KINGDOM AND THE PEOPLE-STORIES.

LECTURE № 8

11 March 2014, 10:00 hrs.
Saint Petersburg State University
Russia - Saint Petersburg

On 11 March 2014 Associate Professor Mila Krasteva, PhD, delivered a public lecture at St. Petersburg State University. The topic of the lecture was Slavonic-Bulgarian History: Text and Context and it was attended by undergraduate and graduate students of Bulgarian Studies, as well as by their professors, Bulgarian Studies scholars. A presentation was also delivered on Bulgarian Revival handwritten transcripts and rehashes of Paissii's History, that have reached us, kept today in book depositories in Bulgaria and abroad. The public lecture is part of the academic programme of project No. NI 13 FLFO 14 of 20 March 2013 and 24 April 2013 which also stipulates also participation of members of the team of the project in international academic events. In pursuance of that the following papers were delivered:
  • The Genealogy of the First Hariton Rehash' (Zmeevo, 1831) by Associate professor Mila Krasteva, PhD
  • The Journey of Slavonic-Bulgarian History In and Beyond, Before and After The School' by Assistant Professor Fanny Boykova, PhD.
The papers were delivered during the 19th Derzhavin Readings, whose opening took place on 13 March 2014 in the reading room of the Slavonic Fund of the Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg. The conference is traditionally organized by the Department of Slavonic Philologies of St. Petersburg State University.
The Derzhavin Readings took place within the framework of the XLIII International Conference of Philology, 11-16 March 2014, organized by the Faculty of Philology of St. Petersburg State University. At the conference opening the vice-rector Sergei Igorevich Bogdanov informed that in the 45 sections 823 scholars from 249 universities and cultural organizations were taking part, of them 120 people were representing foreign countries. The International Conference of Philology opened with several plenary sessions allowing scholars from various schools to become acquainted with the most recent achievements of the philological science.
The contemporary and the historical problems of Bulgarian Studies and Slavonic Studies outlined the thematic diversity of the Derzhavin Readings. The145th Anniversary of the creation of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences was celebrated with an exhibition which opened in the Slavonic Fund. The host of the event, the director of the Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg, Valerii Pavlovich Leonov, extended personally his congratulations with best wishes for productive work of the conference. Petya Nestorova, General Consul of republic of Bulgaria to St. Petersburg attended the opening and congratulated the organizers and participant's in the event.
Scholars from St. Petersburg State University, the M. V. Lomonosov State University of Moscow, St. Petersburg State University for Cinema and television, the Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Kliment Okhridski University of Sofia, the Russian Museum of Ethnography, The State Hermitage, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation presented their research in the field of Bulgarian culture, history, literary theory, linguistics.
Associate professor Krasteva and Dr. Boykova bestowed on the Faculty of Philology of St. Petersburg State University, the Library of the Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg, the M. E. Saltikov-Shchedrin State Library, and the Library of the Museum of Ethnography in the city the books:
  • Gerov's Transcript of Slavonic-Bulgarian History, Plovdiv, the Paissii Hilendarski UP, 2012.
  • Second Hariton Rehash of Slavonic-Bulgarian History, (Chirpan, 1831). Plovdiv, Janet 45, 2013.

 

LECTURE № 9

2 May 2014, 10:00 hrs.
The Tomáš Masaryk University
Czech Republic, Brno

Associate professor Mila Krasteva, PhD, was invited to deliver a lecture on the topic ‘The Slavonic-Bulgarian History in the Context of Its Bulgarian Revival Transcripts and Rehashes' related to the work programme of the project ‘From the Idea of History Towards the National, the Cosmopolitan, and the Global: the Transcripts and Rehashes of the Slavonic-Bulgarian History and the Cultural Identification Models of 18th  – 19th  Century', envisaging the delivery of public lectures abroad during 2014. The lecture was followed closely with great interest by the Czech students of Bulgarian Studies whose level of command of the Bulgarian language is highly professional. Associate Professor Krasteva received exceptional assistance in the organization of the delivery of the public lecture from her Czech colleagues in Brno Dr. Elena Kraicheva and doctoral student Maria Rakova.

LECTURE №10

16 May 2014,
Berdyansk State Pedagogical University
Ukraine – Berdyansk

Assistant Professor Antoinetta Dzhelyova delivered a public lecture at the Third International Academic-Methodological Seminar  for Bulgarian language, literature, culture and history, organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Ukraine, the Berdyansk State Pedagogical University (BSPU) and the Institute of philology and Social Communications of BSPU, presenting the project ‘From the Idea of History Towards the National, the Cosmopolitan, and the Global: the Transcripts and Rehashes of the Slavonic-Bulgarian History and the Cultural Identification Models of 18th  – 19th  Century'.
The presentation promoted a phototyped edition of the Second Hariton Rehash of the Slavonic-Bulgarian History. Chirpan 1831. Plovdiv, Janet 45 Publishers, 2013
 

LECTURE №11

23 May 2014, 13:00 hrs.
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev
Ukraine - Kiev

The invitation for delivering a lecture was extended to Assistant Professor Antoinetta Dzhelyova by Associate Professor Olena Chmir, Director of the Centre, and by the lecturer of Bulgarian language Associate Professor Marietta Ivanova-Griginova. The Lecture was delivered to Ukrainian students and professors of Bulgarian Studies.

Assistant Professor Antoinetta Dzhelyova presented to this same audience the first phototyped edition of the Second Hariton Rehash of the Slavonic-Bulgarian History (Chirpan 1831). The author of the book is Associate Professor Mila Krasteva, PhD, the academic consultants are Assistant Professor Antoinetta Dzhelyova and Professor Nadezhda Dragova, PhD, and the reviewers of the edition are Professor Nadezhda Dragova, PhD, and Professor Elena Nalbantova, PhD. The book was published by Janet 45 Publishers in Plovdiv, in 2013. This unique edition was bestowed to the Centre of Bulgarian Language, Literature, History and Culture on the occasion of the anniversary of its creation.
An academic conference was held and students delivered their papers on Bulgarian authors. At the meeting problems related to the life of the author, the reader, the patron and the educator in the cultural-historical space were discussed.
This ceremonial event was attended also by the Councillor of education and culture of the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Kiev Mr. Petar Tanev.

Information on the delivered lecture can be found in the electronic site http://instpres.univ.kiev.ua/node/608

LECTURE №12

18 June 2014, 10:00 hrs.
Bertolt Brecht Language School
Bulgaria - Pazardzhik

In pursuance to the agenda of the travelling lecture course of the project ‘From the Idea of History Towards the National, the Cosmopolitan, and the Global: the Transcripts and Rehashes of the Slavonic-Bulgarian History and the Cultural Identification Models of 18th – 19th Century' (Project No. NI 13 FLFO 14 of 20 March 2014 and 24 April 2014, Associate Professor Mila Krasteva, PhD, delivered a lecture at the Bertolt Brecht Language School, Pazardzhik, on the topic ‘Bulgarian Revival Transcripts and rehashes of Paissii's Slavonic-Bulgarian History – Cultural Historical Context and Spiritual Messages. 
The schoolchildren presented a handwritten transcript of the Slavonic-Bulgarian History, created by them, which shall be kept at the secondary school.
The organization of the lecture was carried out by Assistant Professor Fanny Boykova, PhD, member of the project team, and my the headmasters of the Bertolt Brecht Secondary School Mrs Fanny Popova and Mrs Assia Guncheva.

LECTURE №13

23 June 2014, 14:30 hrs.
St. St. Cyril and Methodius Ecclesiastical Seminary
Bulgaria - Plovdiv

Associate Professor Mila Krasteva, PhD, from The Paissii Hilendarski University of Plovdiv, delivered a lecture on the topic ‘The Spiritual Journeys of Slavonic-Bulgarian History, its Bulgarian Revival Transcripts and Rehashes in Our Country and Round the World during the 18th – 19th Century'. The lecture ensuing from the agenda of the project ‘From the Idea of History Towards the National, the Cosmopolitan, and the Global: the Transcripts and Rehashes of the Slavonic-Bulgarian History and the Cultural Identification Models of 18th – 19th Century' (Project No. NI 13 FLFO 14 of 20 March 2013 and 24 April 2013). The lecture provoked justified increased interest among the schoolchildren. One schoolboy on his own accord read to the audience selected pages from the transcripts and the rehashes.
The lecture was organized by Assistant Professor Fanny Boykova, PhD, from the Paissii Hilendarski University of Plovdiv with the assistance of Dimitar Mirchev, vice-rector of St. St. Cyril and Methodius Ecclesiastical Seminary and Mr. Boris Paskov, teacher of Bulgarian and Literature.

 

Лекция №14

21 октября 2014,
Коммунальное предприятие „Приморский региональный украинско-болгарский многопрофильный лицей ІІ-ІІІ степени", Приморский районный совет Запорожской области
г. Приморск, Украина

По приглашению директора "Приморского регионального украинско-болгарского многопрофильного лецея II-III степени" г. Приморска Запорожской области Украины В.О.Вишневецкого и лектора болгарского языка, литературы и культуры Росицы Николовой, гл. асс. Антоанета Джельова представила ученикам 10 класса презентацию проекта и прочитала им лекцию на тему: "Паисий Хилендарский, "История славяноболгарская" - ее списки и переработки".