Historian Svyatlana Kul-Syalvyorstava dismissed from Hrodna university

2014 2014-12-17T15:35:43+0300 2014-12-17T15:35:44+0300 en

The labour contract with Svyatlana Kul-Syalvyorstava was not extended because of “not sufficient number of publications”.

However, her fourth book in the past five years is to be published soon, Belsat informs.

The previous contract with Kul-Syalvyorstava expires on December 29. As the official reason for her dismissal “incomplete aptitude to the position held” due to a little number of publications, is stated. Last year the historian worked full time plus additionally half a day. This year she intentionally worked 0.25 a day.

“They say I do not qualify. I am glad about that. At present it’s a disgrace to meet the requirements of Hrodna university. It was a pandemonium, a GULAG there, so a sane person could not tolerate that. Professors were like slaves of the administration, there was wild red tape, the science was not respected at all. It had been happening exactly over the last two years, after Yarmusik quitted from the position of the dean, and it became simply unbearable. I was not afraid to lose that job in the university, it was not my university any more. What had been created for 35 years, was destroyed in 3 years,” Svyatlana Kul-Syalvyorstava said.

She is a lecturer in the course of Belarusian cursive writing and Belarusian historical chronology. In recent months she offered consultations to a colleague, transferring her knowledge. She hopes she has conveyed her knowledge.

For 6 years Svyatlana Kul-Syalvyorstava have been working in Bialystok for the administration department of the Polytechnic Academy.

She lectures on the history of architecture and art, history of arts, two little courses on touristic economy, she is a facilitator of candidates for a master's degree. She assures that she makes her living. The main thing for her to earn enough money to publish her books of poetry, which are published by her at her own expense.

“It’s freedom at last! I will start writing poems again. They are with me always. In spring a new poetry book will be published,” she shares her hopes for future.

Not long ago she put into print a monograph “Belarusian time. Chronology in Belarus from ancient times to the modern era.” It is the first book on historical chronology in Belarusian historiography. The scientist is interested in the topic of time.

The next book she is working on the book together with her colleague Andrei Kishtymau is relating “hours and clocks.”

This year the historian reached the retirement age, but she hopes that she will work in the Academy of Bialystok until the Polish retirement age. In the future she plans to start studying historical metrology.

Many other professors and lecturers of Hrodna university had been selected for redundancy earlier: Ina Saroka, Vyachaslau Shved, Andrei Chernyakevich, Ihar Kuzminich, Volha Sabaleuskaya.