Public Lectures


The American Research Center in Sofia hosts many public events during the academic year (September - May). The schedule is quite rich with lectures ranging from neolithic settlement patterns to daily life in Socialist Bulgaria. Given our location in Sofia, most of our lecturers are scholars based at public and private universities, museums and institutes in Bulgaria. A small number of lecturers are from North America and western Europe. All lectures, in English, are open to the public - please see the news&events section of this website for upcoming events. Past lecture schedules and summaries of some lectures can be viewed below in PDF format.


Spring 2017 Lectures


Feb. 7              Andrew Bernstein (American University in Bulgaria) The Nature of Heroism (EUGENE SCHUYLER LECTURE), NB! Lecture starts at 6.00 pm.


Feb. 16            Emil Nankov (American Research Center in Sofia), Introducing Molybdenology and the Importance of Being a “Glandophile”


Feb. 21            Julia Valeva (Professor Emerita, independent scholar), Late Roman Serdica – A Brief Archaeological Review


Feb. 23            Alexander Panayotov (Aarhus University), Jewish Communities in the Early Byzantine Balkans and the Aegean. Everyday Life and Communal Structure


March 14        Grigor Boykov (Sofia University, “St. Kliment Ohridski”), Assembling a Skeleton: Bulgaria’s Demographic History in the Ottoman Period


March 16        Ivo Topalilov (Shumen University, “Episkop Konstantin Preslavski”), Early Christian Transformations at Philippopolis



April 19, 2.00 pm

John Gorzcyk (Cornell University and ARCS Pre-Doctoral Fellow), Beastly spaces: humans, animals, and the creation of place in Neolithic Bulgaria

Agata Chmiel (University of Illinois and ARCS Pre-Doctoral Fellow), The Geography of Conversion: Religious Changes in the Ottoman Balkans

Stanimir Panayotov(Central European University and ARCS Pre-Doctoral Fellow),Towards a Theory of Disembodiment



April 20, 2.00 pm


Andrea-Roxana Iancu (Independent Researcher, ARCS SE European Fellow),

The negotiation of the inheritance rules in a multi-normativity context  (North and South of Danube at the end of the 18th and the beginning of 19th century)

Yana Yancheva (Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum and ARCS SE European Fellow), Youth Culture in Bulgaria in the Second Half of the 20th century. Introductory Work


Kalin Chakarov (University of Veliko Tarnovo “St. Cyril and St. Methodius” and ARCS SE European Fellow), Nicopolis ad Istrum:Territory of the Roman, Late Roman and Early Byzantine City(2nd–7th century)