The University of Oregon hosted the IX Joint North American and Bulgarian Conference from May 30 to June 2. This conference was co-organized by the Bulgarian Studies Association, the University of Oregon, and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS). The American Research Center in Sofia (ARCS) was a co-sponsor of the event. During the conference, Dilyana Ivanova (ABF Program Administrative Assistant) gave a presentation on the role of The Field Museum - and the Department of Anthropology in particular - in facilitating the development of Bulgarian archaeological infrastructure by working with ARCS to create a grant administrative program that is sponsored by the America for Bulgaria Foundation (ABF).
She also prepared a poster and other promotional materials to publicize these archaeological and anthropological grant opportunities. Her brief presentation followed the speech of Professor Liliana Simeonova (BAS), who opened the conference by discussing the importance of ARCS in developing Bulgarian-American collaborative research in the humanities and social sciences. Ivanova also gave a paper entitled “Historical Transformations and Public Entertainment: A Case Study of Urban Festivities in Bulgaria (1944-1989)." The paper presented part of her PhD research, which she is doing with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Ethnology and Folkloristic Studies with Ethnographic Museum.