Rejected Europeism

    Nikoleta Patova Rejected Europeism Summary   In the process of creation and confirmation of our national self-consciousness, the cultural and historical awareness of the people is characterized by the operation of the mechanism of identification “we – the world”. With institutionalization of the national concepts and ideals, a vacuum is created in the…

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Visions of Europe in the Nineteenth-century Balkans: A Case Study in Cultural Transfer of Knowledge

    Diana Mishkova Visions of Europe in the Nineteenth-century Balkans: A Case Study in Cultural Transfer of Knowledge Summary   The underlying intention of the paper is to interrogate the current mainstream interpretation of the historical relations between the Balkans and the ‘West’ as it has emerged from the mirror reading of the Balkanism…

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Europe as Colonial Master: he Debate about the Railways in the Bulgarian Press from the Period of the National Revival

    Dessislava Lilova Europe as Colonial Master: The Debate about the Railways in the Bulgarian Press from the Period of the National Revival Summary   The purpose of the paper is to research the debate instigated by the building of railways across Bulgarian-populated areas of the Ottoman Empire at 1870s. This was not the…

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Western Visions

    Vitana Kostdinova Western Visions Summary   The understanding of Occidentalism underlying this presentation does not fall back on the definition articulated by Ian Buruma: “Something else is going on, which my co-author, Avishai Margalit, and I call Occidentalism (the title of our new book): a war against a particular idea of the West……

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The Double Mirror: the Orient and the Occident from the standpoint of Balkan Inbetweenness

    Dimitar Kambourov The Double Mirror: the Orient and the Occident from the standpoint of Balkan Inbetweenness Summary   The text will be dealing with the Revival strategies of double differentiation with regard to the Occident and the Orient in constructing a modern regional and national cultural identity of in-betweeenness based on the adoption…

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“Handsome is, handsome does”, Or External appearance in the Cultural Antithesis East – West

    Radoslava Ilcheva “Handsome is, handsome does”, Or External appearance in the Cultural Antithesis East – West Summary   For centuries on Russia have perceived the Europeans mainly through their external appearance. Through out all Middle Ages the foreign clothing has been a serious and even a prime obstacle (together with the language) in…

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Occident versus Orient

    Jasmina Mojsieva-Gusheva Occident versus Orient Summary   This paper discusses the opposition of West and East and the terminated dialogue of the two civilizations, in particular, following the terrorist actions. Logic of the stereotype thinking of both sides contributes to this gap broadening: Edward Said’s story about “Western colonialism”, and deliberate Western manipulation…

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A Complicated Occidentalism: Colonial Desire and Disappointment in V. S. Naipaul

Leela Gandhi (La Trobe University) A Complicated Occidentalism: Colonial Desire and Disappointment in V. S. Naipaul   In recent years the question of V. S. Naipaul’s relationship to England has begun to complicate his hitherto negative reception within the postcolonial academy. While, in the 1980’s, a generation of colonial discourse analysis-inspired critics were able to…

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