Dienstag, 25. April 2023, 18:00 - 20:00 iCal

7th Gunnar Hering Lecture

Prof. Dr. Yura Konstantinova: A Hundred Shades of Blue:

Bulgarian Ideas about Greece and the Greeks

Auditorium of the Archive of the University of Vienna
Postgasse 9, 1010 Wien


The lecture discusses the subject of mutual perceptions of neighbouring nations. Following the lead of Gunnar Hering’s research on Bulgarians in the works of Greek intellectuals in the first half of the 19th century, Yura Konstantinova now reverses the point of view to focus on the Bulgarian perceptions of Greece from the second half of the 19th century until the Second World War. She presents the views of Bulgarian scientists, artists and diplomats, which differ significantly from the propaganda messages imposed on the society because of political reasons. However, the Bulgarian perceptions of Greece and the Greeks can not be fully elucidated without their relation to the Greek perceptions of Bulgaria and the Bulgarians, which are a necessary background for the presentation. The lecture raises the question about the role of intellectuals in the mutual perception and better understanding between the nations that are often considered as age-old enemies.



Prof. Dr. Nenad STEFANOV


Institut für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik der Universität Wien, Österreichische Gesellschaft für Neugriechische Studien


Carola Korn
Institut für Byzantinisik und Neogäzistik