THE RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS OF THE CERANEUM CENTRE


Projects carried out directly by the Ceraneum Centre:

– Grant of the National Science Centre (the Opus 16 program, panel HS3), entitled Eastern Roman Military Elites from Theodosius II to Anastasius I (408-518). A Socio-Political Study, carried out in the Ceraneum Centre by a team led by prof. dr hab. Mirosław J. Leszka (2019–2022). Expected results: two book publications and series of articles;

– Grant of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (National Program for the Development of Humanities, “Uniwersalia” 2.2 module), entitled The Novgorod First Chronicle – Polish Translation and Scientific Account of the Oldest Chronicle of Novgorod the Great, carried out in the Ceraneum Centre by a team led by dr Zofia Brzozowska, in collaboration with the IT Department at the Faculty of Physics and Applied Informatics, University of Łódź (2017–2019). Expected results: a book publication, preparing the electronic version of the text and making it accessible;

– Grant of the National Science Centre (the Opus 12 program, panel HS3), entitled Muhammad and the Origin of Islam – Stereotypes, Knowledge and Notions in the Byzantine-Russian Culture, carried out in the Ceraneum Centre by a team led by dr Zofia Brzozowska (2017–2020). Expected results: two book publications;

– Grant of the National Science Centre (the Harmonia 8 program, panel HS), entitled Dualist Heresies in the History of South-East Europe (9th-15th century), carried out by a team of Ceraneum workers and members led by Prof. G. Minczew from the Department of Southern Slavic Studies, Faculty of Philology of UŁ,  in collaboration with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (2017–2020);

– Grant of the National Science Centre (the Sonata Bis 1 program, panel HS), entitled Reception of the literary output and folk culture of Slavia Orthodoxa circle in Poland – history and bibliography of the translatory production, carried out in the Ceraneum Centre by a team led by Ph.D. I. Petrov from the Department of Slavonic Philology of UŁ (2013–2018). Expected result: two book publications.


Projects carried out by the members of the Ceraneum Centre:

– Grant of the international program “Transnational Access to Special Collections and Archival Documents” (TAAD) run by the Europe-wide Consortium Research Infrastructure on Religious Studies (ReIReS) entitled Materials for teaching the Old Church Slavic language in Bulgaria (19th–21st cent.), carried out by dr Agata Kawecka from the Department of Slavic Philology at the University of Lodz (2019); the project includes a several-week academic apprenticeship at a selected partner institution – Center for Byzantine-Slavic Studies “Ivan Duychev” at the University of Sofia;

– Grant of the National Science Centre (the Miniatura 2 program, panel HS), entitled Research on the morphology of early Slavic borrowings in the Albanian language,  carried out at the Department of Slavic Philology at the Faculty of Philology, University of Lodz by dr Marek Majer (2018–2019). Goals: participation in the Slavic Linguistics Society Meeting scientific conference (USA), preparation of texts to be published in international scientific journals; 

– Grant of the National Science Centre (the Harmonia 9 program, panel HS), entitled Orthodox Slavic Polemical Writings in the Middle Ages, carried out at the Department of Slavic Philology at the Faculty of Philology, University of Lodz by a team composed of: prof. dr hab. Georgi Minczew (coordinator), dr Zofia Brzozowska, dr Agata Kawecka, dr Marek Majer, dr hab. Ivan Petrov, dr Małgorzata Skowronek and dr Jan Wolski, an employee of the Ceraneum Center, University of Lodz and dr Anna Maciejewska, an employee of the Foreign Languages Center, University of Lodz. The project will be implemented in cooperation with foreign partners from universities and academic institutions of Bulgaria, Denmark and Italy on the formal rights of project co-contractors (2018–2021).


Projects in which the Ceraneum Centre or members of the Ceraneum Centre participate as partners:

– Grant of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education within the framework of funds for dissemination of research results, entitled Edition of English-language version of the “Studia Ceranea. Journal of the Waldemar Ceran Research Centre for the History and Culture of the Mediterranean Area and South-East Europe” (2019–2020), carried out in collaboration with the University of Łódź Publishing House;

– Grant of the Bulgarian government agency “Research Foundation“, entitled Bulgaria on the Edge of Christianity, Paganizm and Heresies. The Old Bulgarian Translation of the Discourses against the Arians, carried out by prof. Georgi Minczew from the Department of Slavic Studies at the Faculty of Philology, University of Łódź, a member of the project team headed by prof. Tatiana Sławowa from the  Faculty of Slavic Philology, Sofia University (2019–2021).


Finished projects of the Ceraneum Centre or of the members of the Ceraneum Centre:

– Grant of the National Science Centre (the Miniatura 1 program, panel HS), entitled Ancient and Byzantine cosmetology. Myrrh and frankincense in beauty products (1st–7th c. AD), carried out in the Ceraneum Centre by dr Zofia Rzeźnicka (2018). Goals: a few foreign queries, preparation of source texts to be published in international scientific journals;

– Grant of the National Science Centre (the Harmonia 6 program, panel HS), entitled The Bulgarian State in 927-969. The Epoch of Tsar Peter I the Pious, carried out in the Ceraneum Centre by a team led by Prof. M. Leszka from the Department of History of Byzantium, University of Łódź, in collaboration with the University of Sofia (Bulgaria) (2015–2018). Expected result: an English book publication;

– Grant of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education within the framework of funds for dissemination of research results, entitled Edition of English-language version of the “Studia Ceranea. Journal of the Waldemar Ceran Research Centre for the History and Culture of the Mediterranean Area and South-East Europe” (2017–2018), carried out at the Ceraneum Centre in collaboration with the University of Łódź Publishing House, a part of the larger grant awarded to the Publishing House UŁ. The coordinators are: dr hab. Ivan Petrov from the Ceraneum Centre (Secretary of the Editorial Board of “Studia Ceranea” and employee of the Department of Slavic Studies at the Faculty of Philology, University of Łódź) and PhD Agnieszka Kałowska from the University of Łódź Publishing House;

– Grant of the National Science Centre (the Etiuda 4 program, panel HS), entitled Christian everyday life in East according to the Church normative sources (IV-V Century), carried out by mgr A. Hołasek, a doctoral student in the Department of History of Byzantium. The project is implemented in cooperation with the Pontificio Istituto Orientale in Rome. During the project (2016–2017) mgr A. Hołasek will take a three-month research internship at the PIO in Rome;

– Grant entitled Bulgaria. History and Culture (academic monography – development and prepress), financed by the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Bulgaria in Wrocław and carried out by a team led by Prof. G. Minczew in the Department of Slavic Studies at the Faculty of Philology, University of Łódź (2015);

– International educational project within the framework of LLP-Erasmus Intensive Programme (IP), funded by the Bulgarian Human Resource Development Centre, acting as the Erasmus National Agency in this country, entitled Standards of Everyday Life in the Middle Ages and in Modern Times (3 editions: 2012, 2013, 2014); the project is being implemented by a consortium consisting of:
St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Turnovo (Bulgaria) – coordinator
St. Clement of Ohrid University of Sofia (Bulgaria)
University of Łódź (Ceraneum, as well as the Department of Byzantine History and the Department of Ethnology and Folklore – Faculty of Philosophy and History; coordinator: Dr. Hab. Prof. of the UŁ Maciej Kokoszko)
Uludag University (Bursa, Turkey)
Ankara University (Turkey)
Ovidius University (Constanța, Romania).
The program is interdisciplinary and is based on a series of lectures, seminars, talks, group work and thematic tours, which include the field studies planned for the second and third year of the IP. Its main objectives are: dissemination and application of diverse methodologies in the study of historical, anthropological and ethnological issues on an academic level; discussion on modern, interdisciplinary topics related to study of everyday life of people belonging to various social groups in different historical epochs; giving prominence to innovative approaches combining methodology typical to anthropology and ethnology, as well as multidisciplinary character of history teaching at academic level; creation of favourable conditions for direct and active contact and exchange of ideas between students and lecturers from various countries; bringing about international cooperation between universities that could aid in developing future joint projects.
The target groups of the IP are outstanding students from such fields as history, ethnology, tourism and anthropology, as well as doctoral students working on topics and problems related to those of the IP;

– Grant of the National Science Centre (the Harmony 2 program, panel HS3), entitled Byzantium and the Arabs. A meeting of civilizations in 6th-8th centuries, carried out in the Ceraneum Centre by a team led by Dr. Hab. Prof. of the UŁ T. Wolińska in collaboration with the Aristotle University in Thessalonica (Greece); the team consists of the staff of the Faculty of Philosophy and History of the UŁ and of the Faculty of International and Political Studies of the UŁ (2012-2015). Expected result: a Polish-English book publication, a website and an internet platform;

– Grant of the Humanities in European Research Area (“Cultural Encounters” cycle), entitled Defining and Identifying Middle Eastern Christian Communities in Europe, carried out by scholars from Scottland, Denmark and Poland (2013–2015); Polish part of the project is headed by Dr. Marta Wozniak from the Faculty of International and Political Studies of the UŁ;

– Grant of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (the third edition of the programme “Mobilność Plus”), entitled Ruch monastyczny w drugim carstwie bułgarskim i jego rola społeczna, carried out in the Ceraneum Centre by MA Jan Wolski, a doctoral student in the Department of History of Byzantium, University of Łódź. During the project (2014–2015) MA Jan Wolski will take an annual internship at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia;

– an NCN grant (program Preludium 2, panel HS2), entitled Sophia – Wisdom of God personified. History of perceptions in the Byzantine-Slavic culture, carried out by Mgr. Z. Brzozowska in the Department of Byzantine History at the Faculty of Philosophy and History of the UŁ (2012-2015). Expected result: a doctoral thesis, articles in Polish and in foreign languages;

– an NCN grant (program Opus 1, panel HS3) entitled Food for the body and soul. Nutrition and culinary arts of antiquity and early Byzantium, 2nd-7th centuries, carried out by a team led by Dr. Hab. Prof. of the UŁ M. Kokoszko in the Department of Byzantine History of the Faculty of Philosophy and History of the UŁ (2011-2014). Expected result: a monograph in Polish and English, articles in Polish and English, primary source translations;

– Project co-financed by the City of Łódź within the framework of the competition for the promotion of Łódź as a research and academic centre (2014), entitled Organizacja Międzynarodowej Konferencji Naukowej XI Dni Arabskie. Ciągłość i zmiana w świecie islamu. Responsible for the implementation of the task is the Department of Middle East and North Africa, Middle East Student Association “Al-Mashriq”, Faculty of International and Political Studies of the University of Lodz (Coordinator: prof. zw. dr hab. Marek Dziekan) in collaboration with the Ceraneum Centre;

– Grant of the Marshal of the Łódź Region for prominent young researchers (second edition), entitled Patronka zabytkowej łódzkiej cerkwi – święta księżna Olga. Rys biograficzny, historia kultu i polski przekład korpusu źródeł, carried out by MA Z. Brzozowska, a doctoral student in the Department of History of Byzantium, University of Łódź (2014); expected result: a book publication;

– Grant of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (National Program for the Development of Humanities, the module for dissemination of research results 3.1), entitled Translation into French and printing of the book by Prof. Waldemar Ceran, entitled „Rzemieślnicy i kupcy w Antiochii i ich ranga społeczna (II połowa IV wieku)”, (=The Scientific Committee on Ancient Culture, Philological Archive XIX), Wrocław – Kraków: Zakład Narodowy im. Ossolińskich 1969, pp. 134, carried out in the Ceraneum Centre under the direction of Dr. Hab. Prof. of the UŁ S. Bralewski and Dr. P. Filipczak (2011-2013). Result: a book publication;

– Project co-financed by the the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, within the framework of dissemination of research results (2013), entitled Publication of the second issue of the journal “Studia Ceranea. Journal of the Waldemar Ceran Research Centre for the History and Culture of the Mediterranean Area and South-East Europe”, implemented in Ceraneum Centre in collaboration with the Library of the University of Lodz (Coordinator: director Tomasz Piestrzyński) within a broader grant awarded BUŁ;

– Project co-financed by the City of Łódź within the framework of the competition for the promotion of Łódź as a research and academic centre (2013), entitled Organizacja Międzynarodowej Konferencji Naukowej Biblia Slavorum Apocryphorum. III. Varia. Responsible for the implementation of the task is the Ceraneum Center (Coordinator: Dr. Hab. Prof. of the UŁ Georgi Minczew) in collaboration with the Department of Southern Slavic Studies of the Faculty of Philology and the Department of Byzantine History of the Faculty of Philosophy and History;

– International educational project within the framework of LLP-Erasmus Intensive Programme (IP), funded by the Bulgarian Human Resource Development Centre, acting as the Erasmus National Agency in this country, entitled Syncretic Societies: Bridging Traditions and Modernity? Balkan Summer School for Religion and Public Life (2013); the project is being implemented by a consortium consisting of:
Plovdiv University „Paisiy Hilendarski” (Bulgaria) – coordinator
University of Eastern Finland (Finland)
Istanbul Bilgi University (Turkey)
University of Bucharest (Romania)
University of Milan (Italy)
University of Łódź (Ceraneum, and the Department of Southern Slavic Studies – Faculty of Philology; coordinator: Dr. Hab. Prof. of the UŁ Georgi Minczew)
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece).
The project of the Balkan Summer University began as an initiative of the Faculty of Philosophy and History of the University of Plovdiv, focused on the issue of the place of religion in society.
The inaugural session of the program “Syncretic societies – combining tradition with modernity” is scheduled for August 2013 in Plovdiv. Representatives of the universities, clergy, media and leaders of non-governmental agencies will be invited to participate. Classes will take the form of traditional academic lectures, field practices and group sessions requiring involvement of the participants.
The organizers are aiming to assist in identifying religious prejudices and enabling a reflection through transformation of common opinions which would lead to opening up to different religious traditions rather than perceiving them as a threat. This goal will also be furthered by practical teaching of tolerance and of living within the diverse global society;

– Project of the Ceraneum Centre entitled Translation and publication of the first issue of the journal “Studia Ceranea”, co-funded by the City of Łódź within the framework of the competition for implementing the project “Cooperation with universities” for the promotion of Łódź as a research and academic centre (2011). The project resulted in publication of the journal;

– Grant of the Ministry of Science and Higher Eductation, entitled: Digitized corpus of the Slavic Old Testament apocrypha. Palaeography, textual criticism and codicology, carried out by a team led by Dr. Hab. Prof. of the UŁ G. Minczew in the Department of Paleoslavistics and Folk culture of the Faculty of Philology (2008-2011). The main result of the project is the online publication on the Palaeoslavica website and the monographs: Biblia Slavorum Apocryphorum. Novum Testamentum, ed. G. Minczew, M. Skowrotnek and I. Petrov, Łódź 2009 and Г. Минчев, Слово и обред. Тълкуванията на литургията в контекста на други културно близки текстове на славянското средновековие, Cофия 2011;

– Grant of the Ministry of Science and Higher Eductation, entitled: Constantinople – the New Rome and its inhabitants from the 4th to the beginnings of the 7th century, carried out by a team led by Dr. Hab. Prof. of the UŁ M. Leszka in the Department of Byzantine History of the Faculty of Philosophy and History (2007-2010). The main results of the project are the publications: M. J. Leszka, T. Wolińska (eds.), Constantinople. New Rome. The city and the people during the early Byzantine period, Warszawa 2011 and A. Kompa, M. J. Leszka, K. Marinow (eds.) From the studies on the early Byzantine Constantinople in: “Acta Universitatis Lodziensis. Folia Historica” 87, Łódź 2011.