Ohrid Summer University 2010(organized as St. Clement’s University Academic Programme 2010)


   The St. Clement’s Summer School in Conservation and Protection of Cultural Heritage(Course Director: Prof. Elizabeta Dimitrova PhD), the first of a kind organized in the frames of Ohrid Summer University, was dedicated to the task of establishment of the most appropriate forms of educational activities in the domain of protection of cultural legacy. Its main aim was presentation of the contemporary methods and techniques of reparation, conservation and preservation treatments of valuable elements of the material culture as well as artistic creativity originating in the territory of the Republic of Macedonia. It was organized as a highly specialized practicum with three simultaneous workshops: conservation of icons and fresco painting, conservation of metal archaeological artifacts and conservation of mosaics. 

Resource Persons: Prof. Elżbieta Basiul PhD, Prof. Maria Rudy PhD, Prof. Robert Rogal PhD, Prof. Katarzyna Polak, Prof. Katarzyna Wantuch – Jarkiewicz PhD, Prof. Alina Tomaszewska – Szewczyk PhD (all from Nicolas Copernicus University, Torun, Poland)

   The Summer School Reconstructing Imaginary and Real Byzantium: Historical and Cultural Legacy that Divide and Integrate Europe (Course Director: Prof. Mitko Panov Phd) explored the complex and fascinating phenomenon that is the Byzantium and its legacy, striving to go beyond the established approach in the study of Byzantine history and culture. It explored the Byzantine studies in the Western Europe in order to “put them in a dialogue” with those taking place in Southeastern Europe. Its main goal was to stimulate the critical thinking of the understanding of Byzantium and its heritage not as a factor of the East-West division, but as an integrative civilizational bridge between the Balkans/Southeast Europe and Western Europe.

Resource persons: Prof. Paul Stephenson PhD (University of Durham, UK), Prof. Koray Durak PhD (Bogazici University, Turkey), Prof. Elizabeta Dimitrova PhD (University of St. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje, Macedonia). 

  The Summer School Bogomils: A Dissident bridge of European cultural continuity (Course Director: Prof. Maja Angelovska-Panova PhD)  explored the history of Europe that is less known yet highly significant, that of the Bogomil movement and its intellectual legacy. It is a history of spirituality demonstrating centuries-long cultural and intellectual exchange between the Byzantium, Balkans and the West of Europe, establishing civilizational continuity of a Europe undivided between the East and the West. The main aim of the summer school was to present the phenomena of Bogomilism, which in circumstances of rigorous religious confrontations, represented a factor of interaction and unification between different cultures and civilizations in Europe. 

Resource persons: Prof. Andrew Roach PhD (Glasgow University, UK), Prof. Yuri Stoyanov PhD (University of London, UK), Prof. Metin Izeti PhD (State University of Tetovo, Macedonia).

  The Summer School The Universal Character of Saint Clement’s Enlightenment and of Medieval Literature and Art in Macedonia (Course Director: Prof. Sofija Grandakovska PhD) explored St. Clement’s activity as an authentic example for cultural enlightenment through the production of the original medieval literature and art, generation and conservation of the translated literature, biblical and apostolic transmitted education, Christian poetics and aesthetics in Slavic culture, literature and art.. Тhe message of the medieval literature and art has achieved its significant comparative, trans-historical, inter-cultural and original contribution towards the world culture. Therefore, the universal dimension of medieval cultural model through Slavic culture, positions itself as an open museum for the Eastern and Western world, and for the Western culture nowadays as well.

Resource Persons: Prof. Maja Jakimovska-Tosich PhD (Sts. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Macedonia), Prof. Sofija Grandakovska PhD (Euro-Balkan Institute, Skopje, Macedonia).  

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