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I am a PhD student of English and Applied Linguistics at the Cambridge University, U K. I would like to express my immense gratitude to Nataša MD, a director of Azbukum, her associates, and last but not least, the students of Serbian language...

Ivana Vidaković,
United Kingdom


Exploring the Serbian culture through lectures on history, art, literature, mythology and customs is possible if you enroll in Azbukum cultural courses. Courses on the Serbian culture, although created separately, can be combined with the language courses. Azbukum can assist participants in organizing a sensible schedule for these combined courses.

During the winter and summer, courses in culture are offered under various topics, created by their moderators. The list of topics is provided in the Main Program Schedule. However, no matter what topics are offered, Azbukum is happy to organize courses upon request.

Orthodox Christmas Program (K7)

Since 2005, the Azbukum Centre has offered a special Orthodox Christmas program. This annual event is an excellent opportunity to join in celebrating one of the most joyous holidays observed by Christians in Serbia. Visits to the Museum of Serbian Orthodox Church, Temple of Saint Sava (in Belgrade), and Christmas concerts are also planned. Program participants stay three days in Sremski Karlovci with host families that celebrate an Orthodox Christmas in the traditional way.

Every year, the Orthodox Christmas Program is organized from January 5th to 8th. No previous knowledge of Serbian is needed. English language interpretation is provided.

More about the program can be obtained by contacting Azbukum at azb@eunet.rs.

Contemporary Serbian Literature (K1-1)

Serbian literature flourished in the last few decades of the 20th and at the start of the 21st centuries, characterized by extremely rich literary works. The course will explore Serbian literary trends, Serbia’s talented writers and their works, current literary magazines, and the most prominent Serbian literary prizes. The course is taught in Serbian.

An Overview of Serbian Art (K2)

The course offers insight into the evolution of Serbian Art from the Middle Ages to the present. Special attention is paid to the circumstances surrounding the creation of primary artistic styles, especially the social and cultural conditions that led to the creation of national art under the influence of the artistic centres in the East and the West. For some of the topics, visits to museums, galleries and Fruška gora, or Central Serbian monasteries are organized. The course is taught in Serbian and English.

Lecturer:
Jelena Erdeljan, PhD, University of Belgrade
Milena Vrbaški, Gallery of Matica srpska, Novi Sad
Tijana Palkovljević, MA, Gallery of Matica srpska, Novi Sad
Milja Vuković, MA, Azbukum Centre

Modern Serbian Dynasties - Serbs in Yugoslavia (K3-2)

This course will examine the historical position of Serbs in Yugoslavia. The course will also investigate the perceptions and the powerful myths about Yugoslavia. Authentic documents, book extracts, and videos will be used throughout the course. Depending on the interests of participants, the Centre can provide individual consultations with experts from different fields (university professors, museum curators, archivists, etc.). The course is taught in Serbian and English.

Lecturers:
Biljana Šimunović - Bešlin, PhD, University of Novi Sad
Branko Bešlin, PhD, University of Novi Sad
Miloje Bjelajac, PhD, Institute for Contemporary Serbian History, Belgrade

An Outline of Serbian Culture (K5)

Nestled between the East and the West, the Serbian culture is a blend of oriental and western influences. Its richness, derived from a diverse world of legends, myths, customs and beliefs, has produced remarkable works of art and literature. A condensed review of the defining moments and people will be provided for a better understanding of the conditions and circumstances in which the Serbian culture evolved.
The course is taught in Serbian and English.

Lecturers:
Marija Kleut, PhD, University of Novi Sad
Ljubinko Radenković, PhD, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade
Jelena Erdeljan, PhD, University of Belgrade