The Bulgarian Studies Association (BSA) is a non-profit scholarly organization which promotes the study of and exchange of knowledge about all aspects of Bulgaria, Bulgarian Lands and Bulgarians: language, literature, culture, history, archaeology, politics, economics and international relations. BSA is an affiliate organization of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES).
Compiled by Martha Forsyth
The Bulgarian Studies Association was started under the name of Bulgarian Studies Group, in the Spring of 1971 at the Convention in Denver of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). It was an informal group, with no officers. Marin Pundeff acted as the first leader (Coordinator) of the group and Thomas A. Meininger was the compiler of its first Newsletter. In the Spring-Summer of 1972, the newsletter was received by 100 persons and about 15 institutions in the U.S. and Canada, about 20 institutions and persons in Bulgaria, and 15 Bulgarianists in England, France, and the Federal Republic of Germany. The organizations had no formal officers until the annual meeting on October 10, 1975. The name of the group was changed to Bulgarian Studies Association at the annual meeting on October 13, 1978. The first Constitution of the organization was approved in the fall of 1980. It was further amended on November 16, 1996, and again on November 12, 2000.
Historical Overview Table
|Year||President||Vice-President||Secretary-Treasurer||Newsletter Editor||Honorary President||Conferences|
|1971||Bulgarian Studies Group formed in Denver||Thomas A. Meininger|
|1972||Marin Pundeff, “ad hoc coordinator”||Thomas A. Meininger|
|1973-76||Charles A. Moser||Ernest Scatton||Thomas A. Meininger|
|1976-78||Charles A. Moser||Philip Shashko||Ernest Scatton||Thomas A. Meininger||#1 (May 3-6, 1973), University of Wisconsin, USA|
|1978-80||James F. Clarke||Lubomir A.D. Dellin (until 1980); then Frederick Chary||Thomas Butler||Frederick B. Chary||as of 1979: Irvin T. Sanders||#2 (June 1978) Varna, Bulgaria|
|1980-82||James F. Clarke||Frederick B. Chary||Ernest A. Scatton||Frederick B. Chary||Irwin T. Sanders; Albert B. Lord||#3 (October 11-13, 1982) Hellenic College and Harvard University, USA|
|1982-89||Frederick B. Chary||Ernest A. Scatton||Martha Forsyth||Roger Whitaker||Irwin T. Sanders; Albert B. Lord; James F. Clarke (d. 12/6/82)||#4 (June 22-26, 1987) Smolyan, Bulgaria|
|1990-92||John D. Bell||Howard I. Aronson||Martha Forsyth||Charles A. Moser||This category dropped.|
|1992-94||Dennis Hupchick||Donald L. Dyer||Martha Forsyth||Donald L. Dyer||#5 (May 26-27, 1994), University of Pittsburgh, USA|
|1995-97||Katia McClain||Grace Fielder||Martha Forsyth||L.C.J. Jacobson (10/95); Bonka S. Boneva (10/96)|
|1997-2001||Cynthia Vakareliyska||Ernest A. Scatton||Martha Forsyth||Bonka S. Boneva (-2000); In 1998, Donald L. Dyer was appointed Academic Editor; other person is Editor-in-Chief – Philip Murphy||#6 (May 30-June 3, 1999) Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria|
|2002-04||Charles E. Gribble||Kjetil Rå Hauge||Martha Forsyth||Philip Murphy (Editor-in-Chief) & Donald L. Dyer (Acad. Ed.)||#7 October 9-11, 2003 Ohio State University, USA|
|2004-06||Christine Holden||Kjetil Rå Hauge||Martha Forsyth||Murphy, then Emilia Zankina (2004) & Donald L. Dyer|
|2006-08||Mari Firkatian||Kjetil Rå Hauge||Martha Forsyth||Emilia Zankina & Donald L. Dyer||#8 (June 13-15, 2008) Varna, Bulgaria|
|2009-12||Cynthia Vakareliyska||Anissava Miltenova||Martha Forsyth||Donald L. Dyer (Editor); Blake Shedd (Associate Editor); Sam Shingleton (Book Review Editor)||#9 (May 31-June 2, 2012) University of Oregon, Eugene, USA|
|2013-18||Vessela Warner||Donald L. Dyer||Martha Forsyth||Donald L. Dyer (Editor); Cammeron Girvin (Associate Editor; later Journal Editor)||#10 (June 27-29, 2016) Sofia, Bulgaria|
|2019-22||Markus Wien||Vessela Warner (2019-20); Daria White||Traci Speed||Sanja Ivanov (Journal Editor)||#11 (June 9-10, 2022) Library of Congress, Washington, DC|
|2022-present||Dilyana Ivanova Zieske||Daria White||Traci Speed||Sanja Ivanov (Journal Editor)|
Dilyana Ivanova Zieske
Dr. Dilyana Ivanova Zieske is a Research Associate at The Field Museum in Chicago, IL where she is conducting oral history research of Bulgarian immigration to Chicago. Dilyana obtained her Ph.D. in Ethnology from the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia.
Dr. Daria White’s work has been focused on individuals who have experienced personal and communal, current and transgenerational trauma. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling and Supervision at James Madison University, where she received the Women and Gender Studies Feminist Scholarship Award for her work with Bulgarian elderly women.
Dr. Traci Speed is an Assistant Professor of Bulgarian-English Translation at the Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski in Bulgaria. Traci obtained her Ph.D. Degree in Slavic Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Sanja Ivanov is a scholar of contemporary literature and culture, with a focus on legacy of socialism in Central and Southeastern Europe. Her other academic interests include internationalization of higher education and graduate student teaching development. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto.
Newsletter of the Bulgarian Studies Association
Please consider sending your contributions to the BSA Newsletter.
The Bulgarian Studies Association Newsletter is issued annually in PDF format and carries news of the association and topics related to Bulgarian studies. Please submit your
- News items, announcements for conferences, events, activities, etc.;
- Brief articles, which should be kept short and topical
- Award recognitions;
- Profiles and short biographies of BSA members; and
- Resources that may be helpful to members.
Guidelines for Contributions
- All submissions must be in Word format and should include a proposed title.
- Photos, images, or graphics are encouraged, and may be resized for placement.
- Please include links (URLs) to additional information.
- Word count:
- News items, reports, and announcements – 50 to 200 words
- All articles have a limit of up to 500 words.
Please submit your contributions to our Editor, Sanja Ivanov at email@example.com.
Note: Submissions are accepted from the Bulgarian Studies Association current members.
Membership Application / Renewal
Membership in the Bulgarian Studies Association costs only $25.00 per calendar year ($5.00 for members living in Bulgaria) and is open to any person interested in any aspect of scholarship dealing with Bulgaria and Bulgarians. Membership in the BSA will help you keep apprised of developments and trends in the field and will foster professional contacts with other scholars active in Bulgarian Studies.
- Our membership is based upon a calendar year of January 1 – December 31.
- If you join in January through October, your membership will expire on December 31 of that year.
- If you join in November or December, your membership will extend through the following year.
The purpose of the BSA discussion list is to serve common professional, academic and cultural interests in the area of Bulgarian studies. The BSA mailing list is open for members, donors and friends of the organizations.
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