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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.
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Summary of found: ...Genocide among the Armenian diaspora in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. I will focus on the patterns of...
Keywords: Armenian Genocide, Bulgaria, collective memory, commemorative practices, diaspora
Published: 19.06.2020; Views: 992; 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: ključnih besedah
Summary of found: ...members of the Armenian diaspora of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, in relation to what can be viewed...
Keywords: Armenian diaspora, Multilingualism in Bulgaria, Armenians in Plovdiv, Armenian institutions, Bulgarian Armenians.
Published: 19.06.2020; Views: 1068; 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: ključnih besedah
Keywords: Turkish Latin Alphabet, Turks of Bulgaria, Turkish Literacy in Bulgaria, Turkish Newspapers in Bulgaria, Arabic Alphabet
Published: 19.06.2020; Views: 987; 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: ključnih besedah
Summary of found: ...Angel Wagenstein, Elias Canetti, Bulgaria, Bulgarian Sephardic Jews, Plovdiv, Ruse, Multiethnic Cities,...
Keywords: Angel Wagenstein, Elias Canetti, Bulgaria, Bulgarian Sephardic Jews, Plovdiv, Ruse, Multiethnic Cities, Post-Ottoman Bulgaria
Published: 22.06.2020; Views: 1024; Downloads: 0
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DE BELLA ALPHABETICA. L' “IDEOLOGIZZAZIONE” DEGLI ALFABETI IN BULGARIA E CROAZIA NEL CONTESTO POST-IMPERIALE E POST-SOCIALISTA
Giustina Selvelli, 2017, doctoral dissertation

Abstract: La mia tesi analizza il rapporto fra sistemi di scrittura e coesione etnica nei processi di costruzione identitaria nazionale in Bulgaria e Croazia. Viene esplorato il ruolo svolto dalle questioni alfabetiche nel corso di alcuni momenti critici di passaggio sociopolitico in entrambi i paesi, ovvero il periodo interbellico e post-imperiale e quello più recente post-socialista. A tal fine, vengono presi in esame numerosi tesi relativi a “polemiche alfabetiche” (in riferimento alla disputa cirillico/latino, in entrambi i paesi), provenienti da esponenti del mondo intellettuale e culturale, integrati in alcuni casi con documenti ufficiali giuridici relativi a problematiche di scrittura ed inseriti nel relativo spazio di significazione a livello ideologico nazionale ed internazionale. Lo scopo è quello di evidenziare come le delicate questioni in ambito di sistemi di scrittura e le relative scelte in merito riflettano il posizionamento dei rispettivi paesi in contesti politici e culturali diversi, e rappresentino il tentativo di costruire una narrativa nazionale in linea con il momento storico e l'ideologia identitaria dominante. Inoltre, emergerà come la costruzione nazionale si serva dell'elemento dell'alfabeto per affermare in maniera altamente simbolica la sua identità in relazione ad un “Altro” di rilievo, in quello che può essere interpretato come il sintomo di un timore assimilatorio mai placato caratteristico dell'area balcanica.
Found in: ključnih besedah
Keywords: Alfabeto cirillico, alfabeto latino, ideologie alfabetiche, Croazia, Bulgaria, Jugoslavia, nazionalismo, minoranze etniche, diritti linguistici
Published: 22.12.2020; Views: 769; Downloads: 0
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The Multicultural Cities of Plovdiv and Ruse Through the Eyes of Elias Canetti and Angel Wagenstein. Two “Post-Ottoman” Jewish Writers
Giustina Selvelli, 2019, published scientific conference contribution abstract

Abstract: The aim of my presentation is to illustrate the cosmopolitan setting of the Bulgarian cities of Ruse and Plovdiv during the first half of the 20th Century, as depicted in the memoirs of two Sephardic Jewish writers: Elias Canetti (born in Ruse) and Angel Wagenstein (born in Plovdiv). Particular attention will be devoted to the role played by the Jewish communities during the Ottoman and post-Ottoman period, in terms of their contribution to the economic and cultural life of the cities. Canetti was born in 1905, in post-Ottoman Ruse, while Wagenstein was born in Plovdiv in 1922, in the after-war period. Notwithstanding these years of difference, the situation in the two cities appeared rather similar: the Sephardic Jews were still living as a distinct unity in terms of religion and language, being able to keep their own cultural identities alive. The memoirs of Canetti and Wagenstein are quite significant as they come from a later period, expressing a principle of “nostalgia” as the process of “de-Ottomanization” had almost completely been carried out. For what concerns Canetti, the memories of Ruse occupy a special place in his novel Die Gerettete Zunge (The tongue set free,1977): the writer recalls a fascinating setting, characterized by a Babylonian confusion of languages, where the most diverse nationalities crossed and met, such as Russians, Jews, Romanians, Roma and Armenians. In relation to Plovdiv, in his novel Dalech ot Toledo (Far from Toledo, 2002), apart from the Bulgarian majority, Wagenstein describes the lively presence of the Turkish, Jewish, Armenian, Greek and Roma communities, defining their patterns of daily interactions as a specific model of interethnic coexistence. By relating to the composite legacy of their home towns, Canetti and Wagenstein stand out as highly multicultural Jewish personalities, acknowledging the importance of the different cultural worlds they were exposed to, not only the Jewish and Bulgarian, but also the Turkish and in general the “Oriental” ones.
Found in: ključnih besedah
Summary of found: ...Elias Canetti, Angel Wagenstein, Plovdiv, Ruse, Bulgaria, Multiethnic cities, Post-Imperial Legacy...
Keywords: Elias Canetti, Angel Wagenstein, Plovdiv, Ruse, Bulgaria, Multiethnic cities, Post-Imperial Legacy
Published: 22.12.2020; Views: 809; Downloads: 0
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La Bulgaria in piazza in difesa del parco naturale di Pirin
Giustina Selvelli, Francesca Vaglio, radio or television broadcast

Abstract: Racconto delle proteste nelle varie città bulgare contro l'espansione dell'area edificabile all'interno del parco naturale di Pirin.
Found in: ključnih besedah
Keywords: Parco naturale di Pirin, proteste ambientaliste, movimento Verde in Bulgaria
Published: 06.01.2021; Views: 599; Downloads: 3
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