Bulgarian Dostoyevsky Society is an independent civic entity, established on 5 December 2011 in Hall No 1 of Sofia University “St. Climent Ohridski” as an initiative of Mr. E. Dimitrov and with the support of his colleagues and fellow activists from Bulgarian Academy of Science, Sofia University’s Department of Philosophy and others.
At the very Constituent Assembly, the wide thematic spectrum of the Society became evident. It comprised professionals from various domains of knowledge and admirers of the Dostoyevsky’s work, regardless of their “age, gender, occupation” (philosophers, philologists, psychologists, lawyers, medical doctors, physicists, musicologists, actors, students, etc).
Over the years, the Society has created its hallmark and archive, this is to say its own identity and history. The Society’s backbone are its regular monthly meetings (held on the first Monday of the month from October to May). At these occasions, reports on various topics related to Dostoyevsky’s work are presented. They are followed by discussions. These events are open to the wider public. It is interesting to note that Bulgarian Dostoyevsky Society is the oldest existing informal civic entity in the whole cultural history of Bulgaria.
Bulgarian Dostoyevsky Society organizes seminars, round tables and discussions, conferences and congresses.
The Society’s partners are Bulgarian and international scientific, academic and cultural institutions - Bulgarian Academy of Science, Sofia University “St. Climent Ohridski”, National Library “St. St. Cyril and Methodius”, National Literature Museum, “East-West” Publishing house, International Dostoyevsky Society, IMLI “M. Gorky” (Moscow), “Akira Kurosava” Society (Japan) and others.
Bulgarian Dostoyevsky Society is a member of International Dostoevsky Society. It maintains a good international network of scientists and researchers.B
ulgarian Dostoyevsky Society has its own press - the Almanac titled “Dostoyevsky: thought and image”.
At a meeting held on 22 February 2016, Bulgarian Dostoyevsky Society has been transformed from an informal scientific and academic community into a non-profit association. A new Statute (Articles of Association) has been put in place and a new Management Board has been elected.