September 22–27, 2019


Sofia, Bulgaria

Organising Institution

Sofia University St.Kliment Ohridski


Maria Totomanova- Paneva,, T +359 888 433486


  • Anna-Maria Totomanova (History of Bulgarian & Medieval Studies).
  • Ivan Christov (Patristics & Palaeography).
  • Margaret Dimitrova (Medieval Studies).
  • Vasya Velinova (Slavonic and Byzantine Studies).
  • Prof. Anna Angelova (Librarian Studies).
  • Prof. Pavel Pavloff (Church History & Theology).
  • Ventzislav Karavaltchev (Church History & Theology).
  • Gergana Ganeva (History of Bulgarian).

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.

Unique Contribution to the ReIReS Training Programme

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 Zographou manuscripts collection, which is not accessible in situ 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.



September 22, 2019


19:00 h: Meeting, Dinner


September 23, 2019






















Sofia University, Faculty of Slavic Studies / University Library, 15 Tzar Osvoboditel Blvd., 1000 Sofia

The University Library “St. Kliment Ohridski” is the first university and the largest scientific library in Bulgaria. It offers services that combine traditional and contemporary technologies, which makes it a modern library, information, cultural and educational center.

Established simultaneously with the School of Higher Education in Sofia in 1888, the library still plays an important role in the development of Bulgarian science and education. The library possesses 2 600 000 volu-mes and a number of digital collections, the most important of them being Zographou collection that contains the manuscripts from the Bulgarian monastery on Mount Athos.

09:00 h: Prof. Dr.Habil A.M. Totomanova, Dr. G. Ganeva: The Old Bulgarian (Old Church Slavonic) as a Lingua Sacra of the Orthodox Slavonic World

Assoc. Prof. Dr A. Angelova: Introduction to the Digitalization Programme of the Library

Prof. Margaret Dimitrova, Ass. Prof. Dimiter Peev: Zographou manu-scripts, digital collection and the project on digital presentation of Zographou documents (Bulgarian, Walachian and Greek)

Training: Digital Resources for Studying the History of Old Bulgarian (Old Church Slavonic)

Review of the Day/Train-the-Trainer Course

1. Evaluation: What are the ideas and needs of the users?

2. What did you learn today? How would you train others in that matter?


September 24, 2019















Ecclesiastical Historical and Archival Institute of the Patriarchate of Bulgaria / Faculty of Theology, Sofia University, 19 Sveta Nedelya Sq., 1000 Sofia

The Ecclesiastical Historical and Archival Institute of the Patriarchate of Bulgaria (EHAI) is a research institution, designed to find, preserve and publish manuscripts, archive materials etc. historical documents related to church history. It stores 695 Old Slavonic and Greek manuscripts (the oldest of which date back to the 10th century), about 600 incunabula and more than 3000 files with Church archives. It was founded in 1986 after a reorganization of the Central Ecclesiastical Historical and Archival Museum established in 1924. EHAI is one of the main manuscript archives in Bulgaria.

09:00 h:. Prof. Hristo Temelski (Director of EHAI): Welcome and introduction

Assoc. Prof. Pavel Pavloff, Dr.Ventzislav Karavaltchev: The Choice of Orthodox Slavs between Rome and Constantinople

Training: How to identify and analyze medieval theological fragments (Prof. Ivan Christov)

Review of the Day/Train-the-Trainer Course


September 25, 2019













Centre for Slavo-Byzantine Studies “Prof. Ivan Dujčev”, 18 Prof. Ivan Dujčev St., 1618 Sofia

Centre for Slavo-Byzantine Studies “Prof. Ivan Dujčev” was established on May 14, 1986, as an independent unit at the Rector’s Office of University of Sofia on grounds of the will of the renowned Bulgarian medievalist, Prof. Ivan Dujčev. Along with the professor’s house, “Prof. Ivan Dujčev Centre has inherited his specialized library in medieval history, culture and art, his collection of manuscripts, as well as a rich scientific and personal archive.

09.00 h: Prof. V. Velinova (Director): Welcome and introduction. Slavonic Manuscript Codices between Byzantine and Western World

Training: Decoration and Paleography of Slavonic and Byzantine Manuscripts

Review of the Day/Train-the-Trainer Course

Evaluation: What did you learn today? Did the courses meet your needs and expectations?


September 26, 2019







Rila Monastery

Assoc. Prof. Pavel Pavloff, Dr. Ventzislav Karavaltchev: Rila Monastery and Monastery Library through the Centuries

Visiting Tour

Review of the Day/Train-the-Trainer Course

Discussions and Statements: Monastery collections as a source for studying the history of the religious thinking on Balkans


September 27, 2019

Accompanying Programme Tour on the ancient Serdika, Tour on the Boyana Church

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