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On April 9th, the National Library hosted the round table “Francisk Skorina and Primoz Trubar, the Slavic first printers”.


The event was arranged by the National Library of Belarus, the Belarusian State University and the Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen (Germany).

The round table was dedicated to known historical figures of Belarus and Slovenia – Francisk Skorina and Primoz Trubar, and also to Belarusian-Slovenian-German cultural ties.

Francisk Skorina and Primoz Trubar are founders of national cultures who kept and developed the Belarusian and Slovenian languages. The foundation of national book publishing is the crown of their work. Both Francisk Skorina and Primoz Trubar were followers of German first printers. For them the printed book was an inexhaustible source of people’s spiritual education, the repository of lofty Christian, moral and civil qualities.

Researchers from Belarus and Germany took part in the round table. The event was held in a format of experts’ discussion during which scientists studying the history of publishing could share results of their work.

Director of the National Library of Belarus Roman Motulsky and dean of the historical faculty of the Belarusian State University Sergey Hodin made welcome speech.

Anton Schindling, Doctor and Professor of the faculty of philosophy at the Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen made a report on the life and work of Primoz Trubar. Ellen Widder, Doctor and Professor of the faculty of philosophy at the Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen read out a paper on the beginning and development of book printing in the XV–ХVІ centuries in Europe.

The event gathered historians, philologists, bibliographers, and cultural experts of the National Library of Belarus, the Belarusian State University, the Institute of History of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, the Central Scientific Library named after Y. Kolas of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, the Presidential Library of the Republic of Belarus, the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts, and also students of the historical faculty of the Belarusian State University.

At the event spoke: deputy director for research work and publishing activity of the National Library of Belarus, Candidate of Culturology Alexander Susha, head of the faculty of ancient history and the Middle Ages at the Belarusian State University, Doctor of History Victor Fedosik, senior research worker of the Institute of History of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Doctor of History Georgi Golenchenko, head of the Bibliology department of the National Library of Belarus Galina Kireeva, Associate Professor of the faculty of Belarusian philology and world literature at the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts, Candidate of Philology Igor Klimov.

An exhibition of facsimile editions of F. Skorina from the stocks of the National Library of Belarus and facsimile editions of P. Trubar from the collections of the Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen was arranged as part of the round table.

Author of photo: Andrei Torkanevsky.

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