ANCIENT BULGARIAN CULTURE IN MULTIETHNIC CONTEXT
(traditions, language, folklore of Bulgarian Paulicians from Serbian Banat)
The project team
Prof. Iskra Likomanova, coordinator - Faculty of Slavic Studies, Sofia University
The main goal of the project is collecting an archive (audio files, texts and pictures) about Bulgarian Paulicians from Serbian Banat (Vojvodina). Authentic data about the people who left Bulgarian territory in 17th century - about their culture and oral history, about Bulgarian values saved by the ancient language, unique traditions, rituals, mentality and self-identification will be collected and studied. Of great importance is the idea to enrich the knowledge about Bulgarian language and culture preserved in the territories outside of Bulgaria.
The team consists of well-known and young researchers from Sofia University and Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. They follow the traditions in the area of Bulgarian, Balkan and Slavic studies developed by the scientists from The Faculty of Slavic Studies.
The research will concentrate on studying Bulgarian culture via the varieties and forms of Bulgarian language, folklore, and habits of this specific, but by origin Bulgarian socium.
The data collected will be used for academic courses thought at Faculty of Slavic Studies. Publication of the data (including internet publication) will benefit the future work of researchers in the field of Slavic, Balkan and Bulgarian studies. These data will illustrate how Bulgarian culture and language live in multiethnic context.