History

The Hellenic Association for Slavic Studies, since 2011 Hellenic Association of Slavists (HAS) was founded in 1975  by a group of professors in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki to fill a gap, so that Greek Slavic studies could be represented on the International Committee of Slavicists and at official international academic meetings and conferences.

It has 86 members at present, including young and promising scholars. For the terms and conditions of membership, see the relevant link on the Association’s website.

The Association’s aim was, and remains, to make a scientific approach to the Slavic world and to inform its members about Slavic studies and research all over the world. Its activities include research programmes, publishing, and seminars for the purpose of studying and understanding the spiritual, cultural, and other active presence of the Slavic element in Europe and the world from the Middle Ages onwards. Slavic studies in Greece focus especially on the relations between the Greek and the Slavic world down the ages, which is why Greek research gives priority to the study of texts, cultural monuments, objects, and anything else that is the product of, or sheds light on, these relations. More specifically, Slavic studies in Greece are concerned with collecting, preserving, recording, studying, and publishing historical material relating to questions of theological, philological, linguistic, legal, archaeological, ethnographic, and artistic interest that relate to, or are the product of, this age-old relationship.

In the furtherance of this aim, the Association collaborates with other similar associations, institutes, and university departments and with individual scholars who can contribute to its scientific research.

The HAS is a non-governmental, non-profit-making learned society, and its expenses (for publications, symposia, conferences, etc.) are therefore covered by membership fees and by private donations.

Until 2000 the HAS was based in rented premises at 158, Egnatia Street. Since then it has been located in the Faculty of Theology of the Aristotle University (the office of Assistant Professor Ilias Evangelou). The annual general meeting is held in May and a new administrative board is elected every five years (for further information, see the constitution).

Its achievements to date may be briefly summed up as follows.

A. Conferences

– Thessaloniki, 21–24 May 1979, Symposium International, “Littérature moyenne grecque et littératures slaves: correlations dans les recueils manuscripts”

– Thessaloniki, 26–28 November 1988, International Congress on the Millennium of the Conversion of Rus’ to Christianity, “The Legacy of Saints Cyril and Methodius to Kiev and Moscow”

– Thessaloniki, 16–19 October 1997, International Conference, “Thessaloniki Magna Moravia”

– Thessaloniki, 2nd June 2005, One-day conference in memory of Cyril and Methodios, “Κυρίλλου και Μεθοδίου Οικουμενικά Μηνύματα. Από την Κωνσταντινούπολη στη Ρώμη” (The oecumenical messages of Cyril and Methodius: From Constantinople to Rome)

– Thessaloniki, 22nd May 2006, One-day conference in memory of Cyril and Methodios, “Η εικόνα της Θεσσαλονίκης στον σλαβικό κόσμο” (The image of Thessaloniki in the Slavic world)

– Thessaloniki, 12th June 2007, One-day conference in memory of Cyril and Methodios, “Η συμβολή της κυριλλομεθοδιανής κληρονομιάς στη συνάντηση των πολιτισμών και των θρησκειών” (The contribution of the cyrillomethodian heritage to the meeting of cultures and religions)

– Thessaloniki, 5–6 May 2008, International Symposium in memory of Cyril and Methodius, “Η συνάντηση Ανατολής και Δύσης στο έργο των θεσσαλονικέων αδελφών Κυρίλλου και Μεθοδίου” (The meeting of East and West in the work of the Thessalonikian brothers Cyril and Methodius

– Thessaloniki, 15th June 2010, One-day conference in memory of Cyril and Methodius, “Η συμβολή της ελληνικής επιστήμης στην πορεία της σλαβολογικής έρευνας” (The contribution of the Greek research to the progress of the Slavic studies)

As well as organising conferences in Greece, the Association has been officially represented on the organising committees of international meetings and has taken part with reports and papers in many conferences abroad.

 

B. Publications

I. The Association’s periodical

Cyrillomethodianum, vols. I (1971) – XVII–XVIII (1993–4)

II. Individual publications

1. É. Τurdeanu, Le dit de l’ empereur Nicéphore II Phocas et de son épouse Théophano, (EESM, 1) Thessaloniki 1976

2. Charalambos Papastathis, Τὸ νομοθετικὸν ἔργον τῆς κυριλλομεθοδιανῆς ἱεραποστολῆς ἐν Μεγάλῃ Μοραβίᾳ (EESM, 2), Thessaloniki 1978

3. Phaedon Malingoudis, Die Mittelalterlichen kyrillischen Inschriften der Hämus-Halbinsel. Teil I, Die bulgarischen Inschriften, (EESM, 3), Thessaloniki 1979

4. Anthony-Emil N. Tachiaos, The Slavonic Manuscripts of Saint Panteleimon Monastery (Rossikon) on Mount Athos (EESM and Center for Russian and East European Studies, University of California), Thessaloniki and Los Angeles 1981

5. Ioannis Tarnanidis, The Slavonic Manuscripts Discovered in 1975 at St Catherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai (St Catherine’s Monastery, Mount Sinai, No. 3, and EESM), Thessaloniki 1988

6. Anthony-Emil Tachiaos, Το εφήμερο κράτος του Σαμουήλ (976–1018). Προβλήματα και ερωτηματικά, Thessaloniki 1990

7. The Legacy of Saints Cyril and Methodius to Kiev and Moscow: Proceedings of the International Congress on the Millennium of the Conversion of Rus’ to Christianity, Thessaloniki, 26–28 November 1988, Thessaloniki 1992

8. Thessaloniki Magna Moravia: Proceedings of the International Conference, Thessaloniki, 16–19 October 1997 (EESM and SS Cyril and Methodius Center for Cultural Studies), Thessaloniki 1999

9. Αφιέρωμα στη μνήμη του Σωτήρη Κίσσα, Thessaloniki 2001

10. Σπαράγματα Βυζαντινοσλαβικής κληρονομιάς. Χαριστήριος Τόμος στον Καθηγητή Ιωάννη Χρ. Ταρνανίδη, εκδ. Αφοι Κυριακίδη, Θεσσαόνίκη 2011

For further information about our publications, see the relevant link on the Association’s website.