Cyril and Methodius Readings “National Identity in the Context of European Mobility”: Opening >> Karazin University

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May 11, 2018

Cyril and Methodius Readings “National Identity in the Context of European Mobility”: Opening


Karazin University has held the opening of the XVIIІ Cyril and Methodius Readings National Identity in the Context of European Mobility.

The participants were the Director of the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with the Ethnographic Museum of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Petko Hristov, the leading researcher of the Department of Ukrainian and Foreign Folklore Studies of M. T. Rylsky Institute of Art Studies, Folklore and Ethnology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Oksana Mykytenko, the Director of M. Drynov Center for Bulgarian and Balkan Studies, Serhii Strashniuk, and others.

The moderator of the event was the Head of the Department of Modern and Recent History, Foreign Member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Mykhailo Stanchev.

At the beginning of the event, Mr. Stanchev read the University President Vil Bakirov’s address to the participants of the conference, “Cyril and Methodius readings at Karazin University are a tradition called to unite national and foreign specialists in the field of the Humanities, who study linguistic, literary, historical and philosophical principles of the Slavic culture, as well as its connections with the cultures of other peoples of the world.”

He also pointed out that Ukraine is cooperating closely with the Bulgarian institutions and developing international relations, in particular last year, Karazin University received a grant for creation of the language lab from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria. Thus, Karazin University created the Polyfunctional Cyril-Methodius Center where Bulgarian and other languages are being taught, classes are given within the framework of the specialized course on the history of the European idea. It also holds a variety of events organized by the newly created Slavic Dimensions Club.

At the end of the opening ceremony, the moderator stressed that the next Cyril-Methodius readings would be held through the joint efforts of M. Drynov Center for Bulgarian and Balkan Studies, the Central Scientific Library and the schools of humanitarian specialization. He also called to give suggestions on the subject of the upcoming event.

The conference proceedings came out in the compendium of research materials.