Announcement and Invitation: ReIReS School in Sofia, September 2019

The University in Sofia is pleased to announce the ReIReS School 22-27 September 2019 on the use and study of special documents. Especially – but not only – PhD students and postdocs are welcome, both from ReIReS partners and other institutions.

The school in Sofia will make scholars familiar with special, less known and remote collections like the unique collection of Greek, Arabic and Slavonic manuscripts in Center Dujcev, the digital version of the Zographou manuscripts collection, which is not accessible in situ (on the Mount Athos in Greece) to female researchers; with the history of Bulgarian Church and religious literature and the history of the oldest and biggest Bulgarian monastery and its role for preserving the religious identity of the Bulgarian population.

The school is open to scholars affiliated to the ReIReS consortium and to max. five persons from outside the consortium. Scholars from outside the consortium will pay a registration fee of € 395.00.

Common Objectives

The school meets ReIReS Common Objectives and Standards

Specific Learning Goals

The participant will:

  • know how to find, identify and analyze medieval theological fragments;
  • conduct research on the decoration of both Slavonic and Byzantine manuscripts for establishing the connections between the two traditions as well as between some selected manuscripts;
  • understand the role of Old Bulgarian (OCS) as a tool for christianization of the Slavic and Romanian populations in South-Eastern Europe;
  • detect and identify provenances, get practice on reading ownership entries, research on former owners and analysis of the results.


Go here to see the program (subject to any changes).

Application Deadline

August 31, 2019, application is closed now.


Prof.DSci Anna-Maria Totomanova
Sofia University
15 Tzar Osvoboditel blvd
1000 Sofia


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