ISECS Executive Meeting 2014

25th – 28th August 2014


Monday, 25th August
19:30 – Welcome reception by the Municipality of Sofia

Tuesday, 26th August
9:30 – 13:00 ISECS Executive Meeting

Morning Session
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:30 ISECS Executive Meeting

Afternoon Session
16:30 – 18:30 Walking Tour “City Centre of Sofia”
19:30 – Reception at the Botanic Garden of Sofia University


Wednesday, 27th August
9:30 – 13:00 Conference “River and River Spaces in the 18 th Century”

Morning Session
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 17:00 Conference “River and River Spaces in the 18 th Century”

Afternoon Session
19:30 – Reception at the Austrian Embassy


Thursday, 28th August
9:30 – 18:00 Trip to Rila Monastery
14:30 – 16:00 Lunch





Section 1 Plenary Session
Chair: Ivan Parvev
9:00 – 10:00
Angelina Vacheva (President of the BgSECS) Opening Speech
Olga Katsiardi-Hering (University of Athens) Transferring Souls and Transporting  Products. The Danube as a Bridge between South-Eastern and Central Europe


Section 2 The Danube and its
Space in South-Eastern Europe
Chair: Wolfgang Schmale
10:00 – 11:00
Maria Baramova (University of Sofia) The Danube as “River of Destiny” in the late Early Modern Balkans
Harald Heppner (University of Graz) Parallel Categories of Danube Knowledge in the Long 18 th Century
Ivan Parvev (University of Sofia) From Belgrade to Sistova. The Danube and  Habsburg Geostrategy, 1688 – 1791


11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break


Section 3
Chair: Alberto Postigliola
11:30 – 13:00
Antoaneta Petkova (University of Sofia) Le Danube dans la politique orientale de la  France (fin du XVIII e siècle)
Ileana Mihaila (Romanian Academy of Sciences) Le Danube dans la définition des Pays Roumain pour l’historiographie française des Lumières
Raya Zaimova (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) De Buda (Budapest) au sein des Balkans: le transfer culturel bulgare (fin du XVIIIe – début du XIXe siècle)

Plamen Mitev (University of Sofia) Svishtov aux 18 siècle – une ville danubienne entre paix et guerre


13:00 – 14:30 Lunch


Section 4 Rivers and Rivers Spaces in 18 th Century
Chair: Marc-André Bernie
14:30 – 15:15
Conrad Brunström (National University of Ireland, Maynooth) “And Seas but join the Regions they Divide”: Oceans as Rivers, Rivers as Oceans in Eighteenth-Century Literature
Brycchan Carey (Kensington University) From the Niger River to the Delaware River: Anthony Benezet’s Some Historical Account
of Guinea, Riparian Natural History, and the Beginnings of Transatlantic Abolitionism


15:15 – 15:45 Coffee Break


Section 5
Chair: Catriona Seth
15:45 – 16:45
Marek Dębowski (Jagiellonian University) La Vistule, l’axe commerciale et culturelle de la Pologne au XVIII e siecle

Jean-Luc Laffont (Université de Perpignan-Via Domitia) Le «moment garonnais» de Toulouse (vers 1750 – 1790)
Rossitza Tasheva (University of Sofia) On the Banks of the Rhine River in 1791 – 1792: The War of the French Emigrants against the Revolution



Final Words and Closing the Conference