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Ceraneum Centre Team

Ceraneum member with a new research project

We are happy to announce another successful external funding application by a Ceraneum member and employee of the Department of Slavic Studies at the University of Lodz. The project entitled How deep in the past is ‘deeper’? The comparative degree in the Slavic languages – origin, evolution, typology, funded by the National Science Center (call: OPUS 17, panel: HS2), will be carried out by a research consortium formed by the Department of Slavic Studies at the University of Lodz and the Institute of Polish Language at the Polish Academy of Sciences. The principal investigator of the project, scheduled for 2020–2022, will be Dr. Marek Majer, assistant professor at the Department of Slavic Studies at the University of Lodz; the co-investigator from the Polish Academy of Sciences will be Dr. Rafał Szeptyński.

It is worth pointing out that the project by Dr. Majer and Dr. Szeptyński achieved the first place in the nationwide ranking list for the HS2 panel of the OPUS 17 call, obtaning the highest number of points of all 11 proposals qualified for funding. The international reviewers praised Dr. Majer’s research output so far remarkably highly, one of the referees pointing out that “he has all the markings of a rising star”, while the proposal itself was characterized e.g. as follows: “This is an innovative and well-prepared project which formulates a clear thesis about the nature of the comparative in Indo-European and Slavic”.

New research project of Ceraneum scholar

We are pleased to announce another research grant success of Ceraneum scholars! Among the projects qualified for funding in this year by the National Programme for the Development of Humanities (Narodowy Program Rozwoju Humanistyki), in the module Universals 2.1 (Uniwersalia 2.1), is the proposal entitled Translation and publication of I. Petrov’s monograph “From Incunabula to First Grammars. Contexts of the Development of the Bulgarian Literary Language (Late 15th – Early 17th Century)” (Przekład na język angielski i wydanie w amerykańskim wydawnictwie naukowym „Lexington Books” monografii I. Petrova „Od inkunabułów do pierwszych gramatyk. Konteksty rozwoju bułgarskiego języka literackiego (koniec XV – początek XVII wieku)”). The Universals 2.1 module of the NPDH funds projects aimed at the translation and publication of both classic works and new accomplishments in the field of the humanities, so that they may be made available to readers outside of Poland.The objective of the two-year grant is a competent English translation of the linguistic part of the above-mentioned work by Prof. Dr. Ivan Petrov of the Department of Slavic Studies, University of Lodz. The book was originally published by Lodz University Press and features an extensive annex with Polish translations of various Slavic source texts (prepared by Prof. Aleksander Naumow). The English translation of the monograph will appear as one of the fist volumes of the series entitled Studies in Slavic, Baltic, and Eastern European Languages and Cultures, published by Lexington Books – a prestigious American publishing house and an imprint of the international Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. Lexington Books specialize in the publication of high-quality scholarly works, primarily in the fields of the humanities and social sciences. One of the translators engaged in the project will be Dr. Marek Majer of the Department of Slavic Studies, University of Lodz, who has previously received awards for his English translations of scholarly works.

International Convention on Food History and Food Studies: June 6–7, 2019

It was the second time that the employees and members of  the Ceraneum Centre participated in The International Convention on Food History and Food Studies. The international, multidisciplinary symposium aims to popularise research on food history and food studies.

This year prof. Maciej Kokoszko and dr. Zofia Rzeźnicka organised four thematic sessions:

  • Culinary realia in different medieval realms,
  • Ecclesiastic writings on ecclesiastic and secular diet,
  • Alcoholic beverages across time and space,
  • Food and medicine from antiquity to modern times. Medical advice over ages,

which gathered the researchers representing University of Lodz, Jan Kochanowski University of Kielce (Branch Campus in Piotrków Trybunalski), Jagiellonian University, Opole University, and Lodz University of Technology.

The researchers associated with the Ceraneum Centre gave the following papers:

  • Szymon Wierzbiński – The role of food victualling in preparation of war campaign in 10th century Byzantium,
  • Jolanta Dybała, Krzysztof Jagusiak, Michał Pawlak – Historiae of St. Gregory of Tours as a source of information on the diet in VIth century Gaul,
  • Sławomir Bralewski, Ewelina Kostrzewska – Imaginations sur le jeûne de Daniel à la fin de l’Antiquité et aux Temps Modernes,
  • Maciej Kokoszko, Krzysztof Jagusiak – Galen on wine. Dietetic advise and consumers’ preferences in the 2nd century AD,
  • Maciej Kokoszko, Zofia Rzeźnicka – Wines for pleasure and wines for health. A short commentary on honeyed wines (Περì οἰνομέλιτoς) described in Geoponica sive Cassiani Bassi Scholastici de re rustica eclogae,
  • Magdalena Koźluk – «Lact yssu des vignes», le statut du vin dans les régimes de santé aux XVIe et XVIIe siècles en France.

The Fifth International Convention on Food History and Food Studies was organised June 6–7, 2019 by the European Institute for the History and Cultures of Food (IEHCA) at Université François-Rabelais in Tours, France.


Members of Ceraneum Centre at Humboldt University of Berlin

Prof. Maciej Kokoszko, dr. Zofia Rzeźnicka and dr. Krzysztof Jagusiak attended an international seminar devoted to the translation of the treatise De simplicium medicamentorum temperamentis ac facultatibus by Galen of Pergamum.
The aim of the seminar was to discuss the English translation of the said work by prof. John Wilkins (University of Exeter) among academics representing such research areas as the history of medicine and philosophy. The participants had also the opportunity to smell and taste some of the aromatics that were used in medicine at the time of Galen.

The seminar took place between May 20 and 21 2019 in Berlin at Humboldt University. It was organised by prof. Philip van der Eijk.

Easter Greetings

Ladies and Gentlemen,

please accept our sincerest wishes on a glorious holiday of Easter! Celebrate this wonderful time with peace, love and faith in the true rebirth.

Team of the Ceraneum Centre

Colloquia Ceranea I – the first edition of the international multidisciplinary scientific conference

The main purpose of the Colloquia Ceranea conference was to present, as wide as possible, the historic and cultural heritage of regions that were first under the influence of the Greco-Roman civilisation and later became part of the Byzantine Empire. Equally important was highlighting how the said tradition was adapted in Europe in the modern period.
Within the framework of the symposium there were given three keynote lectures:

  • Food and monasticism in Byzantium – prof. Béatrice Caseau, Sorbonne University (Paris IV);
  • The Glagolitic Script and the so called Trilinguist Heresy – prof. Anna-Maria Totomanova, University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski” (in the absence of the author the paper was delivered by dr Andrzej Kompa);
  • Jan Sajdak’s Byzantine studies – dr hab. Anna Kotłowska, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.

In the conference participated researchers from Bulgaria, France, Georgia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine and Italy.
The symposium, which was organised by Ceraneum Centre, took place on 11–13 April 2019 in Biedermann Palace.

Ceraneum member with a new research project

We are happy to announce that Dr. Agata Kawecka from the Department of Slavic Philology at the University of Łódź, Secretary of the Ceraneum Centre Advisory Board, was awarded with a scholarship 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). The institution carries out research in the field of religious studies (within the context of linguistics, history of the literature and culture) it also brings together scientific and research institutions from Belgium, Bulgaria, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and Italy as well as the prestigious academic publisher Brepols Publishers.

Within the framework of her scholarship Dr. Agata Kawecka will serve a several-week academic apprenticeship in the Center for Byzantine-Slavic Studies “Ivan Duychev” at the University of Sofia, where she will be realising the project entitled Materials for teaching the Old Church Slavic language in Bulgaria (19th–21st cent.).

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. The task 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” is scheduled for 2019 and 2020. The project will be implemented by the University of Łódź Publishing House and the Editorial Board of “Studia Ceranea”, consisting of the staff of the Department of Slavic Studies at the Faculty of Philology, UŁ and the Department of Byzantine History at the Faculty of Philosophy and History, UŁ.

“Studia Ceranea” has been indexed in the Web of Science™ Core Collectionfor for a few years.

Ceraneum members with a new research project

We are pleased to inform about the next success in obtaining research grants by the members of the Ceraneum Center.

Prof. Georgi Minczew (Department of Slavic Philology, Faculty of Philology, University of Lodz) became a member of an international and inter-territorial team carrying out a three-year scientific project entitled Bulgaria on the Edge of Christianity, Paganism and Heresies, The Old Bulgarian Translation of the Discourses against the Arians. The grant is financed by the Bulgarian government agency “Research Foundation” and will be realised in the years 2019–2021.

The project team consists of scientists representing several leading centers of Paleoslavic research in Europe, who are led by prof. Tatiana Sławowa (Department of Slavic Philology, Sofia University). The project involves publishing critical editions of texts as well as their digitalization within the framework of Cyrillomethodiana (, created in cooperation with representatives of IT sciences.

New members of the Ceraneum Centre

We are pleased to announce that on January 23, 2019 the following people have been accepted as Members of the Ceraneum Centre:

– dr hab. prof. UZ Andrzej Gillmeister, Uniwersytet Zielonogórski,

– mgr Matko Matija Marušić, Institute of Art History, Zagreb,

– dr Grzegorz Bartosz Rostkowski,

– dr Bartosz Piotr Zieliński, Wydział Fizyki i Informatyki Stosowanej UŁ.

„Wine and History” conference

On January 11th 2019 members of Ceraneum Centre participated in an interdisciplinary conference Wine and History, organised by the Club of Wine History and Wine Culture affiliated with the Branch of Warsaw Association of Art Historians in Warsaw. They gave two papers:

Maciej Kokoszko, Krzysztof Jagusiak: Galen o winie, czyli rady dietetyka i preferencje konsumentów w II w. n.e. [Galen on wine, i.e. dietitian’s recommendations and consumers’ preferences in the 2nd c. AD];

Maciej Kokoszko, Zofia Rzeźnicka: Kilka słów na temat lekarzy i pacjentów na podstawie fragmentu katalogu win leczniczych w De materia medica Dioskurydesa [A few words on physicians and their patients according to the catalogue of medicinal wines in Dioscurides’ Materia medica].