Naum Trajanovski is a memory scholar. He got his PhD degree from the Institute for Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. He holds BA degrees in Political Science and Philosophy, and MA degrees in the regional (SEES, Skopje) and nationalism studies (CEU, Budapest), both defended with distinction. He was affiliated with the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity as a local project coordinator for the “In Between? Searching for Local Histories in Borderlands of Europe” in 2017. Currently, he is part of the Executive Committee of the Philosophical Society of Macedonia. He has reviewed and edited academic books and published his work in Macedonian and international academic journals.
Period of affiliation:
2023 - 2024
Polish Academy of Sciences
26 July 2023 will mark the 60th anniversary of the calamitous earthquake that struck the Socialist Republic of Macedonia’s capital city of Skopje in 1963, taking the lives of 1070 persons and destroying more than two-thirds of the urban fabric. Building upon the memory- and critical disaster studies, I recently published several papers in which I argued that the natural disaster shattered not only the material reality of Skopjans but also the symbolic worlds they inhabited, thus influencing much of their imaginaries of the city and its future urban development.The present proposal aims at discussing the Bulgarian political and societal responses to the 1963 Skopje earthquake. In the midst of the present-day bilateral quarrel over history and memory, I postulate that the mid-1960s episode of multilevel solidarity and support – such as, inter alia, the Bulgarian calls for aiding Skopje within the framework of the UN as well as the citizen-to-citizen help – challenges the prevailing understandings of shared history and memory in both the societies: as exclusivist, politically-driven notions. I will develop this research into a working paper after researching at the Sofia archives, conducting several interviews with experts and history witnesses, and discussing it with the colleagues at CAS.