Ceraneum in an elite group of research units DIOSCURI

13 November 2017

We are pleased to announce that the National Science Centre (NCN, Poland) and the Max Planck Society (Germany) decided to include the Waldemar Ceran Research Centre for the History and Culture of the Mediterranean Area and South-East Europe – Ceraneum in an elite group of research units in which DIOSCURI Centres of Scientific Excellence may be established.

DIOSCURI is an initiative intended to establish ‘Centres of Scientific Excellence’ in Central and Eastern Europe. The programme will enable outstanding researchers to carry out top level research at scientific institutions in this part of Europe. Ultimately, ten DIOSCURI Centres will be established in Poland, working with existing organizations specialized in various research domains. Each newly established Centre will cooperate with a German ‘Mentor Institution’, and its funding will be provided by the NCN from resources contributed by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education as well as the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The Centres will be set up by researchers selected in international calls, the first of which has already been announced (the deadline for application is 12.02.2018).

In the domain of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, only eleven Polish research units have been qualified for the establishment of a DIOSCURI Center.

Information about the programme and the ongoing competition: https://www.ncn.gov.pl/dioscuri/

Ceraneum Centre application form, including contact details for researchers interested in applying: https://www.ncn.gov.pl/dioscuri/files/dioscuri-hs3-26.pdf

The book launch

We inform about the book launch of Симеон Велики и Византия. Из историята на българо-византийските отношения през 893-927 г. by Łódź Byzantinist and a member of the Ceraneum Professor Mirosław J. Leszka.

The book was originally released by the University of Łódź Publishing House (Polish title: Symeon I Wielki i Bizancjum. Z dziejów stosunków bułgarsko-bizantyńskich w latach 893-927, Łódź 2013). Now the book  in translation of Galina Filipova is distributed by the Agata-A Publishing House in Sofia.

The book launch meeting will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday 24 October 2017 in the Rectorate of the University of Sofia. The event will be attended by the Author, the scientific editor of the translation and the President of the Ceraneum International Advisory Board Professor Georgi Minczew, and Professor Wasił Gjuzelew, the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Member, who will present the book.

Honorary Membership for Professor Vladimír Vavřínek

We are pleased to announce that the Rector of the University of Łódź, Prof. Antoni Różalski, by the decision from the 6th of October 2017, on the basis of the Regulations and at the request of the Ceraneum Center, granted Prof. Vladimír Vavřínek the Honorary Membership of our Center. The acceptance is a great honor for us — this is the first Honorary Membership in Ceraneum’s history.

Professor Vladimír Vavřínek is a byzantinologist and paleoslavist, a long-term employee of the Slavonic Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences (until 1992 Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences), a lecturer of universities in Prague, Brno and Budapest. From 1990 to 2000 he was the editor-in-chief of the “Byzantinoslavica. Revue Internationale des Études Byzantines” magazine. He is the author of numerous monographs and articles devoted to ancient and medieval history and culture, primarily the Byzantine and the Great Moravian. Prof. Waldemar Ceran, our patron, and Prof. Vavřínek were connected by a long-term cooperation and truly friendly relationship.

The diploma commemorating the Honorary Membership of Ceraneum was granted to Professor Vladimir Vavřínek by the representative of our Center, Dr Andrzej Kompa, during the 2nd Byzantine Day in Prague. The organizers of the symposium were the Slavonic Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences and the Czech National Byzantine Committee.

New research project of the Ceraneum Centre

We are proud to announce that in June 2017 Ceraneum Center received funding from the 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. The project will be implemented at Ceraneum Center by the team led by Dr Zofia Brzozowska in collaboration with the IT Department at the Faculty of Physics and Applied Informatics, University of Łódź.

Our first interdisciplinary project is worth noticing, because so far we have had implemented grants within humanities or social science. The current project combines representatives of the humanities (historians, linguists, literary scholars) along with representatives of science (mathematics, information technology). The project will be implemented from 2017 to 2019. The team consists of: Dr hab. Ivan Petrov from Slavonic Philology (Faculty of Philology, UŁ) and Ceraneum Center, Dr Bartosz Zieliński from IT Department (Faculty of Physics and Applied Informatics, UŁ) and Jan Morawicki MA, Slavonic Philology PhD student.

New project of the Ceraneum Centre

We are happy to announce that the University of Łódź Publishing House and the Ceraneum Centre received funding from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for the implementation of the project within the framework of dissemination of research results. One of the components of the project is the task 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”, scheduled for 2017 and 2018. The coordinators of the project are: PhD Agnieszka Kałowska from the University of Łódź Publishing House and 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).

“Studia Ceranea” journal has been indexed in the Web of Science™ Core Collectionfor (ISI Master Journal List) for two years.

New research project of the Ceraneum Centre

We are proud to announce, the Ceraneum Centre received a grant of the National Science Centre (the OPUS 12 program, panel HS3). The project is entitled Muhammad and the Origin of Islam – Stereotypes, Knowledge and Notions in the Byzantine-Russian Culture, and will be carried out in the Ceraneum Centre by a team led by dr Zofia Brzozowska (2017–2020). The expected results are: two book publications (an English monograph and a collection of Old Russian translations into Polish).

Studia Ceranea vol. 6/2016

We are pleased to announce that “Studia Ceranea. Journal of the Waldemar Ceran Research Centre for the History and Culture of the Mediterranean Area and South-East Europe” vol. 6/2016 is available not only in its printed version but also online in the University of Łódź Repository.

New research project of the Ceraneum Centre

We would like to announce, that in January 2017 the Ceraneum Centre received another grant for a new research project: a grant of the National Science Centre (the Harmonia 8 program, panel HS). The project is entitled Dualist Heresies in the History of South-East Europe (9th-15th century), and will be 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).

New members of the Ceraneum Centre

We are pleased to announce that on January 24, 2017 the following people have been accepted as Members of the Ceraneum Centre:

– dr. Panos Sophoulis, University of Athens,

– prof. dr hab. Marek Wilczyński, Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny im. Komisji Edukacji Narodowej w Krakowie,

– dr Michał Zytka, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.