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Field School Announcement
Sponsor: Balkan Heritage Field School/Foundation (BH) - Bulgaria, New Bulgarian University (NBU) - Bulgaria and Queen's University - Canada
Contact Information
Ms. Anna Parmakova
204 Sveta Troitsa Str
Stara Zagora 6004 Bulgaria
Phone: +359 878 441 251
The project aims to support the documentation of medieval frescoes preserved in abandoned churches and chapels in remote areas of Western Bulgaria. Their number has permanently decreased due to the lack of effort to preserve and protect them from weather damage. For the last five years the “Fresco-Hunting” Photo Expedition has been upgrading the existing database of drawn and photographic records of eleven churches and chapels in Western Bulgaria. The task of the expedition envisioned for 2013 is to enhance the database created during the previous seasons by documenting frescoes and their condition as well as collecting new data on history, architecture, artifacts and environment of the ecclesiastical buildings they belong to. The objective is: the publication of a ‘Corpus of Medieval Frescoes from Western Bulgaria’ and development of further projects to support the sites in danger through conservation,restoration, development/improvement of the site's management and fund-raising. The field school project is comprised of two parts: 1. Standard Field School Project (11 - 25 May, 2013): Fieldwork that entails the creation of both graphic (drawn) and photographic records of ecclesiastic edifices and frescos (two to three churches will be the focus of study); Educational course - specialized lectures in South East European Medieval History, Orthodox iconography, introduction to Documental Photography, Fresco Conservation and Restoration and the techniques of Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI)* and UV & Infrared Photography as well as workshops for Graphic Documentation (drawn and photographic record). Optional course in Illustration of architectural features and frescos (using graphic software); Excursions/guided tours of Sofia and the Rila Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage Site). The project will admit participants to: the Standard Field School Project from 11 to 25 May, 2013 the Extended Field School Project = Standard project + Extended Project Stage from 11 May to 1 June, 2013. Participants, who attend the Extended Project may negotiate participation in further Balkan Heritage publications. All participants will receive: Project handbook (in PDF version by e-mail and a hard copy on arrival); Balkan Heritage Field School Certificate specifying the fieldwork hours, educational modules, and sites visited. New Bulgarian University grants 6 credits to students for participation in the Standard Field School Project and 9 credits for participation in the Extended Field School Project. Transcripts are available upon request for an additional tuition fee! The project is not recommended for individuals with special illnesses that might exacerbate during the intensive outdoor activities. All participants are expected to bring individual digital cameras. The participants are encouraged to bring a laptop having at least 5 GB free disk space, a mouse and an USB flash drive. Room and Board Arrangements Full-board (including meals) accommodation in two- and three bedded hotel rooms with WC&showers will be provided. Requests for vegetarian food can also be accepted. Cost: Admission Fee - €1,399 (app. $1,799) for the Standard Project including all educational and fieldwork activities, travel to and from the fieldwork venues, full-board accommodation, administrative costs, Project Handbook, issue of Certificate of Attendance and excursions/sightseeing tours/entrance fees. Discounts off the admission fee are available in case of: 1) AIA membership; 2) Participation in more than 1 BH project or project session in 2013; 3) Small Groups (two or three people, who participate in a BH project in 2013); 4) Larger Groups (four or more people, who participate in a BH project in 2013).
This announcement will be displayed until: 04/01/2013
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