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PRESERVING THE POSTMEMORY OF THE GENOCIDE: THE ARMENIAN DIASPORA’S INSTITUTIONS IN PLOVDIV
Giustina SELVELLI, 2018, original scientific article

Abstract: This paper intends to shed light on the memory of the Armenian Genocide among the Armenian diaspora in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. I will focus on the patterns of promoting remembrance found in the local Armenian press and literature, on initiatives of the Armenian General Benevolent Union/Parekordzagan (AGBU) to celebrate the ninetieth and hundredth anniversaries of the Genocide, and on analyzing the cityscape of Plovdiv in terms of the monuments, the museum, and the cemetery of its Armenian community. To that end, I will employ information collected during interviews, articles from Plovdiv’s main Armenian newspaper, and data I gathered while visiting the community’s public spaces. I will demonstrate the importance of collective memory and remembrance of the Genocide to the preservation of the internal cohesion of the Armenian community of Plovdiv and its ethnic identity. Taking a socio-anthropological approach, I will argue that the maintenance and promotion of a specific “postmemory” of the Genocide depends heavily on the activities and initiatives of the main diaspora organization, the AGBU, on its selection of specific symbols, and on the emotional content of its communications.
Found in: osebi
Keywords: Armenian Genocide, Bulgaria, collective memory, commemorative practices, diaspora
Published: 19.06.2020; Views: 253; Downloads: 0
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OD PREPUSTNIH MEJA V REGIJI ALPE-JADRAN DO VIZIJE VEČPLASTNE EVROPE
Giustina SELVELLI, 2020, polemic, discussion, commentary

Abstract: Sto let po koncu prve svetovne vojne in po tem, ko so bile večplastne identitete, večjezičnost in kulturna hibridnost s trdo roko izkoreninjene s tega območja, si še nismo prišli povsem na jasno o nacionalnih ambicijah in etičnih omejitvah naše „jedrske“ družbe ter z njimi povezani potrebi po kritičnem vrednotenju naše vojskovanja polne zgodovine, ki nam je danes še ni uspelo pozabiti.
Found in: osebi
Keywords: Alpe-Jadran Mirovni Manifest, Meja Gorice/Nove Gorice, Večjezičnost, Kulturna Raznolikost
Published: 19.06.2020; Views: 299; Downloads: 0
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REFLECTIONS OF A VANISHED TIME
Giustina SELVELLI, original scientific article

Abstract: In this paper, I focus on the role played by material objects in the evocation of a specific imaginary of the recent past (mainly the 1970s and 1980s) in the literary works of Bulgarian writer Georgi Gospodinov (in the novels “The Physics of Sorrow” and “Natural Novel”) and of Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk (in “The Museum of Innocence”). I analyze the presence of feelings of melancholy and loss accompanied by a fixation on objects in the fictional works and describe their possible overcoming through an externalization in the form of museum exhibitions in the city of Sofia and Istanbul such as the “Inventory depository of Socialism” and the “Museum of Innocence”. By viewing objects as actors capable of creating meaningful social networks, I consider their use in the narration of personal and collective histories and their transformation as powerful symbols of a bygone era.
Found in: osebi
Keywords: melancholy, objects, socialism, Georgi Gospodinov, Istanbul, Orhan Pamuk, Physics of Sorrow, The Museum of Innocence
Published: 19.06.2020; Views: 297; Downloads: 0
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L’IMPATTO DELLE IDEOLOGIE SOVIETICHE DI LATINIZZAZIONE NEI DIBATTITI BULGARI DEL PERIODO INTERBELLICO
Giustina SELVELLI, 2018, independent scientific component part or a chapter in a monograph

Abstract: In questo articolo, tratto brevemente il tema legato al dibattito sull'opportunità di adottare un alfabeto su base latina per la lingua bulgara, emerso durante il periodo tra le due guerre in relazione alle nuove politiche linguistiche e alfabetiche dell'Unione Sovietica. A tal fine, analizzo il contesto post-imperiale alla fine della prima guerra mondiale, con riferimento alle ideologie di alfabetizzazione sono diffuse nella più ampia area eurasiatica ed esaminano le posizioni di intellettuali ed esperti apparse nel sondaggio condotto dalla rivista Bălgarska Kniga nel 1930. Questa indagine mostra che la latinizzazione fu vista in modo ambivalente dai bulgari, rappresentando per alcuni un mezzo di modernizzazione, mentre per altri un rischio di perdita della millenaria tradizione di scrittura del paese.
Found in: osebi
Keywords: Alfabeto latino, Alfabeto cirillico, Latinizzazione sovietica, Alfabeto bulgaro, Sistema di scrittura universale
Published: 19.06.2020; Views: 238; Downloads: 12
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Bosnia and Herzegovina, the influence of the Gulf states on economics and politics
Giustina Selvelli, 2017, treatise, preliminary study, study

Abstract: The growing presence of wealthy investors and tourists from Gulf States in Bosnia and Herzegovina since the 2010s has become a quite discussed topic in the Balkan country, catalyzing the attention of many articles in local and international i media over the last couple of years. The arrival of Gulf Arab visitors is encouraged by favorable conditions such as the lift of most visa requirements, the establishment of several direct flights with Sarajevo airport, as well as long-term investment perspectives.
Found in: osebi
Keywords: Gulf Arab Investors, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Gulf Arab Tourists
Published: 23.09.2020; Views: 159; Downloads: 0
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THE CLASH BETWEEN LATIN AND ARABIC ALPHABETS AMONG THE TURKISH COMMUNITY IN BULGARIA IN THE INTERWAR PERIOD
Giustina Selvelli, 2018, original scientific article

Abstract: In this article, I will address the topic of the Turkish minority in Bulgaria in the interwar period through the interpretive lens of the “linguistic” or better “alphabetic” rights, 1 placed in the context of the “Latinization” processes taking place in the wide Eurasian space, as well of the post-imperial sociopolitical dynamics. To this aim, I describe the interesting and little known case of the writing practices of the Turkish community in Bulgaria in the period between the two world wars. In particular, I take into account the repercussions of Atatürk’s alphabetical reform in Bulgaria, demonstrating how the adoption of the Latin alphabet in Turkey represented a significant challenge for the country, triggering the fears of both the Bulgarian authorities and of the more conservative factions of the local Turkish community. In this context, I analyze the attitudes towards the Arabic and the Latin alphabet employed to write the Turkish language in the Balkan country, illustrating the reasons for the prohibition of the Turkish Latin alphabet, in an unprecedented combination of interests between Bulgarian authorities and Islamic religious leaders. I will try to show how in that specific historical moment, writing systems, far from being “neutral” communication elements, lent themselves to various manipulations of an ideological and political nature.
Found in: osebi
Keywords: Turkish Latin Alphabet, Turks of Bulgaria, Turkish Literacy in Bulgaria, Turkish Newspapers in Bulgaria, Arabic Alphabet
Published: 19.06.2020; Views: 255; Downloads: 0
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THE ROLE OF THE NEWSPAPER PAREKORDZAGANI TZAIN AND ITS RELATED INSTITUTIONS IN THE PRESERVATION OF LANGUAGE AND IDENTITY IN THE ARMENIAN COMMUNITY OF PLOVDIV
Giustina Selvelli, 2018, original scientific article

Abstract: This paper describes the linguistic and identitary challenges faced by the members of the Armenian diaspora of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, in relation to what can be viewed as an irreducible multicultural context. Through the consideration of the community’s main cultural institutions embodied by the AGBU organization, the related press organ Parekordzagani Tzain and publishing house Armen Tur, I highlight the Armenian diaspora’s ability of combining different resources from a transnational perspective, while keeping alive a fixed sense of collective identity. In such process, I show how language reveals itself as the main chore of the community’s value systems, embracing different domains of the diaspora social and cultural life.
Found in: osebi
Keywords: Armenian diaspora, Multilingualism in Bulgaria, Armenians in Plovdiv, Armenian institutions, Bulgarian Armenians.
Published: 19.06.2020; Views: 249; Downloads: 0
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THE SIEGE AND URBICIDE OF LENINGRAD AND SARAJEVO: THE TESTIMONIES FROM LIDIYA GINZBURG AND DŽEVAD KARAHASAN
Giustina Selvelli, 2017, published scientific conference contribution

Abstract: In this paper, I will present a comparison between the experience of the siege of Leningrad and the one of Sarajevo through the analysis of the works of two writers: Lidiya Ginzburg's “Zapiski blokadnogo cheloveka” and Dževad Karahasan's “Dnevnik Selidbe”. My contribution will focus in particular on the topic of the relationship between citizens and their city, viewed as an attempt to overcome the opposition between individualism and commonality and the manifestation of the collective resistence to practices of “urbicide”. The latter will be treated as an issue of crucial importance in understanding the symbolic dimension of city's destructions. In their works, both of the authors depict with accuracy the agony of the isolated city, trying to find out what remains of the human being and their environment after complete destruction and disillusion. Through the analysis of these works on the siege we can identify the traces of a humanity that does not surrender, continuing to carry on essential cultural and social values notwithstanding the extreme war circumstances. From this point of view, the siege reveals itself as an incommensurable experience allowing both of the authors to reflect on the fundamental principle of “staying human”.
Found in: osebi
Keywords: Siege of Leningrad, Siege of Sarajevo, Dževad Karahasan, Lidiya Ginzburg, Urbicide, Dnevnik Selidbe, Zapiski Blokadnogo Cheloveka
Published: 22.06.2020; Views: 250; Downloads: 0
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IDENTITY AND MULTIPLICITY IN CANETTI'S AND WAGENSTEIN'S BIRTHPLACES : EXPLORING THE RHIZOMATIC ROOTS OF EUROPE
Giustina Selvelli, 2017, original scientific article

Abstract: The aim of this article is to present some commonalities between the works of two writers who share the same Bulgarian and Jewish origin: Elias Canetti (1905–1994) and Angel Wagenstein (1922–). Both writers can be considered as highly multicultural personalities: they both came from Sephardic Jewish backgrounds, and were influenced and fascinated by different cultural worlds such as the Bulgarian one, the Jewish one, the Central- European one, and even more. This paper will explore the contribution of their birthplaces, respectively, Rustschuk (today, Ruse) and Plovdiv, to the development of what I will define as a particular kind of sensibility for multiplicity which was central to their subsequent cultural and social undertakings.
Found in: osebi
Keywords: Angel Wagenstein, Elias Canetti, Bulgaria, Bulgarian Sephardic Jews, Plovdiv, Ruse, Multiethnic Cities, Post-Ottoman Bulgaria
Published: 22.06.2020; Views: 251; Downloads: 0
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INSCRIBING A NEW SPACE. WRITTEN EXPRESSIONS OF UTOPIA AND RESISTANCE DURING THE GEZI PARK PROTESTS IN ISTANBUL
Giustina Selvelli, 2016, original scientific article

Abstract: In this paper I consider examples of urban public inscriptions which appeared during the Gezi Park protests of Istanbul in 2013. I consider them both as a form of expression permitting the creation and circulation of utopian messages of resistance, and as relating to the inclusion of a multiplicity of identities in the protest arena, such as Kurdish, Armenian and LGBT identities. I insist on the role the written word plays in forging a specific and non-exclusivist imaginary of the protest, positioned within complex power dynamics and national narratives. I view the physical presence of specific graphic expressions referencing “marginal identities” as part of a set of revolutionary actions, which demonstrate the importance of written-in spaces and surfaces in processes of “symbolic reterritorialization”. This theme emerges as one of the central questions in interpretations of events relating to the Gezi resistance.
Found in: osebi
Keywords: public inscriptions, reappropriation of space, protest, Gezi Park, minorities
Published: 22.06.2020; Views: 263; Downloads: 0
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