2 May 2023



For another year, the Institute of Art Studies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences hosted the traditional Art Readings international conference, this time with a thematic key – metamorphoses. Between 27 and 29 April, the meetings of the New Art Module were held.
The event was dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Institute.
In her inaugural speech Prof. Dr. Yoana Spasova-Dikova, Director of the Art Studies Institute welcomed the participants in the forum, wished them fruitful work and stressed that this is the first conference with participation in person after the pandemic. “We have all gone through a difficult period that has changed not only our personal relationships but also our scientific lives. A number of worrying circumstances were added, such as ongoing wars and global crises. But I think that your presence here today is a small success and yet another reason to celebrate, which will mark another step towards returning to normalcy", Prof. Spasova said.


More than 60 scholars, including 13 foreign authors from Albania, Great Britain, Greece, North Macedonia, Slovakia, Ukraine and the Czech Republic, took part in this forum. There were representatives of both the Institute of Art Studies and Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski"; National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts "Krastyo Sarafov"; National Academy of Arts; New Bulgarian University; South-West University “Neofit Rilski”, Blagoevgrad; University of Forestry; Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts "Prof. Asen Diamandiev" – Plovdiv and others


Within the topic, reports with a wide range of studies of various trends in the arts and numerous talking points were presented: traditions and transformations; sound changes, transformations of musical themes and narratives in dance productions; various aspects in folklore music; transformation of cinema after the introduction of sound, new animations and photographs; changes in film distribution; changes in films, performances and works for children; metamorphosis of characters; metamorphosis in the original texts compared to the present; metamorphosis of content, perception and ideas; metamorphoses in popular music; the new actuality of classical dramatic texts; transformations in dramaturgy, scenography, and acting; ideological and personal transformations; metamorphoses in new arts and artistic practices; transformation of exhibition life and reflection of artistic criticism; metamorphosis of the “I”; metamorphosis of visual identity; metamorphoses in interpretations of works… as a whole – metamorphoses of identity.
The proceedings of the conference will be published in a thematic collection, indexed and referenced in the Web of Science.
We thank all participants in the forum!
Photos: Yosif Astrukov