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Fellow Seminar

13 December 2018

Dr. Stefan Detchev will present his research proposal on the topic: "Nikolai Genchev (1931-2000) - Between Nationalism and Liberalism, Between Power and Dissidence, Pseudoscience and Science" on 13 December 2018 (Thursday) at 16:30h.


This presentation will be an attempt to problematize the political and scientific routes of one of the most prominent figures among the Bulgarian intelligentsia in the period of communist rule - Nikolai Genchev (1931-2000). The published commemorative volumes (2002,2012), memoirs, documentaries (2011) as well as Iv. Znepolski's research (2016) do not cancel the growing need to speak about N. Genchev's heritage critically and analytically, with the tools and horizons of modern historiographical analysis. That is why in this presentation I will try to answer many questions that were not answered in the mentioned publications, including some important issues that were just sketched in some previous studies.

The first group of questions concerns Genchev's political and intellectual formations in 1950s and 1960s. Special attention will be put to Genchev and his role for the legitimization of a sacred national narrative. One of the main focuses of the presentation will be the very specific and often self-restrained dissident thinking of Genchev. The last part of the presentation will cover the analysis of highly debatable and contestable N. Genchev's memoires. His break-up with the Faculty of History and the journey to the Faculty of Philosophy will be the final step in my analysis.


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