2012 Eugene
2012 Eugene

9th Joint Meeting of Bulgarian and North American Scholars

May 31 – June 2, 2012 Eugene, Oregon by John Leafgren

The Ninth Joint Meeting of Bulgarian and North American Scholars took place May 31 -June 2, 2012, on the beautiful University of Oregon campus in Eugene. Held by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the Bulgarian Studies Association, and cosponsored also by the University of Oregon Humanities Center, Academic Affairs Office, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Linguistics, East European and Eurasian Studies Program and Medieval Studies Program, this was a most informative and enjoyable conference. Thirty-four papers were presented in the areas of history, literature, linguistics, ethnic studies, folk and con- temporary music, art, other cultural studies, educational resources and medieval manuscripts and texts.

In attendance and making presentations were Daniela Assenova (Uppsala University), Andrey Bobev (BAS Cyrillo-Methodian Research Center), Andrej Bojadžiev (Sofia University), Frederick Chary (Indiana University Northwest), Ivan Christov (BAS Institute of Literature), Evguenia Davidova (Portland State University), Margaret Dimitrova (Sofia University), Detelina Dineva (BAS Institute for Historical Studies), Dena Fehrenbacher (Harvard University), Martha For- syth (independent scholar), Steven Franks (Indiana University), Richard Hall (Georgia Southwestern State University), Kjetil Rå Hauge (University of Oslo), Elizabeth Haw- thorne (independent scholar), Dilyana Ivanova Zieske (The Field Museum), Kalin Kirilov (Towson University), John Leafgren (University of Arizona), Claire Levy (BAS Institute of Art Studies), Traci Lindsey (UC Berkeley), Eran Livni (Indiana University), Mila Maeva (BAS IEFEM), Kate Maley (University of Iowa), Anissava Miltenova (BAS Institute of Literature), Gregory Myers (Vancouver), Gergana Panova-Tekath (BAS Institute of Art Studies), Roumiana Preshlenova (BAS Institute for Balkan Studies and Center for Thracology), Catherine Rudin (Wayne State University), Carol Silverman (University of Oregon), Liliana Simeonova (IBCT-BAS), Vania Petrova Stoyanova (BAS Institute for Historical Studies), Ivelina Tchizmarova (Simon FraserUniversity), Mariyana Tsibranska- Kostova (BAS Bulgarian Language Institute), Cynthia Vakareliyska (University of Oregon) and Alexander Yanakiev (BAS Institute of Art Studies).

The conference program also included a reception with Bulgarian piano music being played by Anna Levy and a banquet with Bulgarian folk music by Trio Slavei (Kalin Kirilov, Mark Levy, Carol Silverman and friends). It ended with a day-long excursion to Crater Lake. This conference was wonderfully organized, run and catered, and Cynthia Vakareliyska and all those who helped her plan and execute it deserve the sincere thanks of the conference participants and other attendees



  • By Dilyana Ivanova Zieske
  • By Roumiana Preshlenova
  • By Kjetil Rå Hauge