The Chair of Macedonian Language and Literature

The independent Section for Macedonian language and literature was founded in 1967/68 and functioned within the Slavic Institute, i.e. the former Department of South Slavic Languages and Literatures. Former section heads were Ivo Frangeš and Petar Kepeski, and the current head is Borislav Pavlovski, who has taught Macedonian literature since 1978. He is also a translator from Macedonian and a specialist for the Macedonian theatre and play. Borjana Prošev-Oliver has been working in the Macedonian Section as tenured language instructor since 1986. The study of Macedonian consists of lectures in the history of the Macedonian language and its orthographic and grammatical principles, and language exercises. In Kepeski’s time, Macedonian literature was being explained from the history of literature viewpoint and as a chronological whole. In his seminars and lectures, Professor Borislav Pavlovski managed to introduce the concept of thematic wholes, and this has remained his permanent working practice. In his translations and in his scholarly work, he primarily focuses on the systematization of different sections of Macedonian literature and on Croatian-Macedonian comparative themes. Lectors for Macedonian language were Dijana Mihajlova and Nataša Avramovska from Skopje. In the early eighties the external associate for Macedonian literature was Dragi Stefanija, PhD. from the Faculty of Philosophy in Ljubljana.External associate for grammar and stylistics of Macedonian language was Avgustina Guleska Hajdić from the Faculty of Philosophy in Zadar, and the current external associate for Macedonian language is Ljudmil Spasov, PhD. from the Faculty of Philology „Blaže Koneski“ in Skopje. Junior researcher Ivica Baković has been teaching in courses on Macedonian literature since 2007.

Translating course of Macedonian language within the new South Slavonic Studies graduate program is being organized with growing interest in drama, particularly in terms of Macedonian-Croatian theatre reception.