IMAGES OF “OUR FOREIGN FRIENDS”: REPRESENTATIONS OF STUDENTS FROM THE MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA IN THE BULGARIAN STUDENT’S TRIBUNE NEWSPAPER (1960-s – 1970-s)


Author: Desislava Pileva

Abstract: The acceptance of university and Ph. D. students from countries of five of the continents was a part of Bulgaria’s socialist concept of spreading political, social and in a way cultural influence among the ‘non-developed’ societies, especially those, newly-gained independence of Western dominion. Foreign students’ social and cultural adaptation into Bulgarian society and the interaction among themselves and others are represented into the students’ newspaper “The Student’s Tribune” („Студентска трибуна“). The object of the current research is the images of African and Middle East students, as the way they were represented by the newspaper throughout the decades of the socialist period in Bulgaria, conditionally comprised into four sections “In class”, “In the dormitory”, “Free time – among students’ community” and “Graduated” students.

Key words: foreign students, cultural interaction, socialist period, the Middle East, Africa

About Ana Luleva

Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей, БАН София 1000 Ул. „Московска“ 6А