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HF Publications | Faraway Songs : Words and Images from the Rhodope by Margi Rousseva


The Haemimont Foundation is pleased to share news of its sustained support of the book, Faraway Songs: Words and Images from the Rhodope, by the Bulgarian photographer, Margi Rousseva. This cultural preservation project was initiated by the author during time spent in the region’s mountain communities over the course of several summers and seasons.

IMG_6925Rousseva’s personal encounters and explorations led her along winding roads, deep forest trails, and ultimately into the lives and homes of local villagers to a create a dialogue of the most genuine kind. The subsequent documentation of the Rhodope’s vanishing communities is rooted in a complex social landscape that longs to bring us home again, regardless of our familiarity with or connection to this seemingly impenetrable corner of Bulgaria’s cultural and geographic history.


The revealing and often supernatural stories shared by the individuals profiled in Ms. Rousseva’s book serve as reminders that the rhythms of a slower and perhaps more introspective life has true resonance in our fast-paced world. Like the archaic dances and polyphonic music that Bulgaria’s choirs are internationally renowned for the faraway songs preserved and recorded herein serve as vital reminders of what it is like to be part of an ancient camp or epic moment. The stillness of these seemingly barren communities stirs our curiosity and holds a mirror up to the supposed ease of modern life, while the faces and stories themselves beg us to ask what knowledge, sense of comfort, and deeper insight resides in the mountainous outposts that have been forgotten but not silenced.

– Abigail Doan and Ludmil Pandeff, The Haemimont Foundation



Since the release of the book in 2014, the author has participated in solo exhibitions and storytelling presentations in the cities of Plovdiv, Sofia, and Varna, Bulgaria, as well as the Espace Culturel Bulgare in Paris, France. She is currently preparing an upcoming exhibition at the Bulgarian Cultural Institute in London opening on 28 October, 2016.


For more information on acquiring a copy of this publication, available in both Bulgarian and English, please contact adoan@haemimontfoundation.org.

HF Publications: Academician Dr. N.I. Pirogov, A Legend in Surgery


The Haemimont Foundation is proud to have participated in financing the printing and publication of Academician Dr. N. I. Pirogov, A Legend in Surgery. The book presents a rich visual overview of the life and achievements of the internationally renowned Russian doctor and scientist, Nikolay Ivanovich Pirogov, MD (1810–1881). Dr. Pirogov is considered to be the father of field surgery. He was one of the first European surgeons to use ether as an anesthetic and the first to use anesthesia in a field operation (1847). During his celebrated career, Dr. Pirogov introduced numerous innovations to trauma medicine, which continue to be used today.


Published in 2014 by FIL Ltd. as part of its “Centuries Posts Traditions” edition-de-luxe series, Academician Dr. N.I Pirogov, A Legend in Surgery was authored by Prof. Dimitar Radenovski, MD, PhD and Boris Kalinkov. Dr. Radenovski is a member of the Board of Directors of Pirogov Hospital, one of the largest emergency surgery centers in the Balkans, and was until recently the hospital’s Executive Director. An abdominal-thoracic surgeon by training, he is a recognized expert in the field of emergency medicine. Dr. Radenovski is in the process of establishing a Department of Emergency Medicine at the Medical University–Sofia.


HF Publications: Touching America


The Haemimont Foundation is pleased to share news of the publication of “Dokosvanya do Amerika” authored by Ivan Ilchev and Plamen Mitev, lecturers at Sofia University’s Department of History. This five hundred-plus page illustrated book provides rich and illuminating insight into Bulgaria’s special and hitherto largely unexplored relations with the United States before, during, and after its liberation from Ottoman rule in 1878.

The book was published in 2003 and is divided into three parts:

Part I – American missionaries, Bulgarians and The Gospel (19th Century to the early 20th Century)

Part II – Bulgarians and American educational institutions (during the second half of the 19th Century through the early 20th Century)

Part III – “Balkan Indians” in America

“Why did we decide to call the result of our work and research, “Touching America”? Our reasoning was twofold. On one hand, the title shows our inability to cover everything. On the other hand, it shows sufficiently clearly that during the time period on which we chose to focus, the United States remained too distant a country for Bulgaria; a society whose ideas were still foreign, though not necessarily new, for many Bulgarians; an economy that, despite being one of the most powerful in the world, nonetheless had limited interaction with Bulgaria’s economy; a culture that was being lost in the bright light of English art and culture…” 

“Dokosvanya do Amerika” is currently available from the Haemimont Foundation. Inquiries can be made at adoan@haemimontfoundation.org.

HF Publications: Thracian Cult Architecture

The publishing of the book, Thracian Cult Architecture, by Malvina Rousseva, RA, PhD, was sponsored and financed by the Haemimont Foundation in 2000. Text translations were provided by Nikolina Panova.

“Thracian Cult Architecture is the first publication of its kind written by an architect. The book addresses issues such as the use and definition of terminology, classification, and interpretation of Thracian Cult Architecture. The author’s unique argument is the first attempt to read, analyze, and interpret the architectural and symbolic semantics of Thracian Cult Architecture, and of eight tombs in particular.”

This detailed study of Thracian cult studies and buildings is divided into three parts:

Part I – Studies of Thracian Tombs

Part II – Thracian Cult Architecture In Tumuli: Considerations

Part II – Cult Buildings In Tumuli

For more information, contact: adoan@haemimontfoundation.org.

HF Publications: Models of Computation in Context | 7th Conference on Computability in Europe


The Haemimont Foundation is pleased to announce its support and participation in the 7th Conference in Computability in Europe, CiE 2011 in Sofia, Bulgaria, from June 27 to July 2, 2011. A full listing of the event’s sponsors is available here.


The foundation served as a sponsor in conjunction with Astea Solutions, a custom software development company, which, in collaboration with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the University of Southern California, has developed Sophie, an open source, electronic authoring, reading, and publishing set of tools.

CiE 2011 was organized by the research group in Mathematical Logic at Sofia University’s Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics and featured an impressive roster of invited international speakers. The organizing committee included the following individuals:

“As with previous CiE conferences, the allover glueing perspective is to strengthen the mutual benefits of analyzing traditional and new computational paradigms in their corresponding frameworks both with respect to practical applications and a deeper theoretical understanding.”

*conference gathering image courtesy of the CiE 2011 website.

Sofia University hosts Logic Colloquium 2009


The Haemimont Foundation is proud to have been a sponsor of the international Logic Colloquium 2009 at Sofia University, held from 31 July to 5 August, 2009.

The Logic Colloquium is the annual European conference on logic, organised under the auspices of the Association for Symbolic Logic (ASL). The gathering provides a forum for presenting and discussing new developments in the area of logic. The conference attracts researchers from logic, with an emphasis on mathematical logic, but also includes researchers from computer science logic and philosophical logic. In previous years, the Logic Colloquium was held in the following locales:

Bern, Switzerland, 2008
Wrocław, Poland, 2007
Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 2006
Athens, Greece, 2005
Torino, Italy, 2004
Helsinki, Finland, 2003

Astea Solutions AD, an entity affiliated with the Haemimont Foundation, was also a sponsor of the Logic Colloquium 2009. Astea’s team of high level software engineers works closely with Sofia University’s Faculty for Mathematics and Informatics and Laboratory for Interactive Multimedia, especially in cutting edge research and development in electronic publishing.

Details for proceedings of the event are available at the following link.


Haemimont Foundation sponsors campus improvements at University of Sofia’s FMI

During the course of 2007, the Haemimont Foundation sponsored two campus improvement projects at the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics (FMI) of the University of Sofia “St Kliment Ohridski”.

The first project was a new ramp that allowed wheelchair access to classrooms at FMI. The surrounding area was also landscaped with rose plantings and outdoor seating for students and faculty.




The second project for 2007 was the restoration of a campus monument and its park-like surroundings. This locale has become a favorite resting and reflection spot for FMI students, faculty, and visitors to the university.





Haemimont Foundation honored by University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski”


The Haemimont Foundation is very pleased to announce that it received the Partner #1 for 2007 Award from the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics of the University of Sofia “St Kliment Ohridski”.

The awards ceremony took place at the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics on May 18, 2007, during which the Dean distributed other honors and prizes to members of the faculty and student body. The backdrop for the awards ceremony was the university’s traditional commemoration of May as the Month of Culture and May 24th as the Slavic Day of Literacy.

This honor was bestowed on the Haemimont Foundation in recognition of its recent contributions to and longstanding support of the Faculty for Mathematics and Informatics.

img_00271 Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics of Sofia University “St Kliment Ohridski”