Dear colleagues,

The Faculty of History at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, The European Coin Find Network (ECFN) and the project are pleased to announce the call for papers for the international conference

10th Joint ECFN and Meeting &
2nd Bulgarian Numismatic Readings:
Traditional Numismatics and Digital Perspectives

The 10th Joint Meeting of the European Coin Find Network and will be held in conjunction with the Second Bulgarian Numismatic Readings in Sofia, Bulgaria, on June 19-23, 2023. It will be hosted by Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.

The focus of the conference is on traditional numismatic studies of coin finds (Greek, Celtic, Roman, Medieval) and their interactions with modern digital technologies. The program will include four working days, organized in several consecutive sections with breaks for short trips to local points of interest within the city of Sofia (ancient Serdica). Also, a full-day trip to the archaeological site of Heraclea Sintica, the Blagoevgrad Museum of History, and the Rila Monastery is planned.

The participants may choose between the following program sections:

Posters are also very welcome (accepted format A0: 841 x 1189 mm, portrait).

The official conference languages are English, German, French, Italian, and Bulgarian (for the BulgNR participants).

To submit your application, please use the online form on the conference webpage

The deadline for submitting your proposal is 31/10/2022.

All proposals will be peer-reviewed and the applicants will be notified about acceptance within the deadlines announced on the conference webpage.

Information for travel and accommodation possibilities will be provided in due course on the conference webpage.

No fee is required for participating in the conference.

In case further information is needed, please contact us at:

Steering Committee:

Rahel C. Ackermann (Inventar der Fundmünzen der Schweiz, Switzerland)

Dilyana Boteva (Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria)

Mirjana Vojvoda (Institute of Archaeology, Belgrade, Republic of Serbia)

David Wigg-Wolf (Römisch-Germanische Kommission des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Germany)

Ulrike Peter, (Corpus Nummorum, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Germany)

Andrew Meadows, (University of Oxford, UK)

How to install Cisco Webex

1. Connect in advance the periphery devices that you intend to use during the live session and check if they function properly (for example mobile phone headset). If you use laptop you could use its internal microphone and speakers.

2. Follow the link to the virtual room which you have received.

3. You will land at the following webpage (see Fig. 1). There you will be prompted to download installation file.

Fig. 1

4. Open the default download folder and run the installation file webex.exe.

5. The following window (Fig. 2) will show you the process status.

Fig. 2

6. After finishing the installation, you need to enter your name and e-mail, no preceding registration is needed.

Follow the links to install Webex App on iPhone and Android.

BulgNR is shifting to web conference

Dear colleagues,

Due to the pandemic situation, the BulgNR conference will take place exclusively online as anncounced so far 10th-12th November 2020. There will be no attended sessions in Sofia. We are convinced that our live discussions in the virtual space are going to be fully active and fruitful for knowledge and experience exchange on key research subjects!

Fourth circular letter

Dear colleagues,

in prompt response to multiple queries and concerns of the participants about tense timetable to prepare video contributions, the Organizing Committee decided to reschedule Bulgarian Numismatic Readings to

10th-12th November 2020.  

In times of Covid-19 pandemic in Europe and political uncertainty in Bulgaria as well as potential difficulties to access host institution halls, the digital format of the Readings provides an appropriate platform to overcome various challenges facing our forum.   

The Organizing Committee is convinced the extended timetable will enable the participants to prepare video records of their contributions prior to 20th October

In the coming weeks you will be contacted by your individual coordinator concerning technical matters. 

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us. 

Technical instructions for video recording of the lecture

Dear colleagues,

As previously announced, all authors are required to submit a pre-recorded video of their presentation or poster. We will be happy to receive the video of your presentation not later than 20th September 2020 at our contact email:

The presentation can be recorded by the author or any of the co-authors, and should be with duration up to 15 minutes.

The recording should consist of a voice over slides, or also include a visual representation of the speaker within the frame. For optimal quality, we suggest the use of MP4 video file format.

It is possible to make an easy and stress free record of your presentation using some of the available video conferencing tools. If you prefer, you can show your face via webcam and display your slides as you talk. 

To perform the video record you may use the most popular platforms, like Cisco Webex or Zoom, but any other meeting software is acceptable as long as you get a good quality recording and your final file is in the MP4 format. 

Both platforms are providing on their webpages instructions for recording a meeting: for Zoom, and for Cisco Webex, but probably you may like some shared experience of the common users worldwide struggling with the same issue, e.g. here for Zoom (valid for recording in Webex). Another good possibility is the voice over slides option provided by Microsoft PowerPoint. More information how to use it, you may find here:

Create Voice Over Powerpoint and convert to MP4.

Guidelines for the video lecture:

  • Duration: up to 15 minutes
  • Video file format: mp4
  • Due date: 25 October 2020 

Tips for recording:

  1. Use quiet area if possible. Avoid areas that have echo.
  2. Use a headset with microphone if available. Avoid using default built-in microphone on computer.
  3. Do a test recording of a couple of minutes and review the sound and picture quality.

If you need further technical support, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Third Circular letter

Dear colleagues,

We hope our third circular letter finds you well!

The Bulgarian Numismatic Readings team continues the preparations for the conference “History and Society in Numismatic Perspectives”. 

At present, we have received applications from colleagues from more than 10 countries. We would like to thank you all for the high interest towards the conference making this scientific forum possible! 

With respect to the current uncertain situation worldwide, the Organizing committee is aware of possible changes in the conference performance and shifting to a hybrid online event. For this purpose, and to allow all the registered colleagues who would be able or not to attend the conference in person to participate actively despite of the local time differences, we would like to ask you to create a video record of your presentation. The duration of the record should not exceed 15 minutes. We will follow up with more information about technical details for its preparation, also available soon on our newly created website:

The Organizing team offers also live support to make the recording process easy and enjoyable!

Please send us your video record at the conference mail not later than 20th September 2020.

The video records will be uploaded in a controlled environment in the conference YouTube channel, according to the conference program, which is in preparation.  They will be available to the all registered attendees of the conference after 5th October, during the original dates of the conference, and on-demand after the conference concludes.

During the conference dates 9th-11th October 2020, we will have LIVE online key lectures, round tables, and discussions. They will be accessible by a stable virtual room for the event with controlled access for presenters and registered participants. Thus, all the participants – attending the conference in person in Sofia or connected remotely – will have the chance to be fully active and enjoy our common meeting.

Due to the pandemic situation, at this point we are not able to suggest making travel reservations or accommodation bookings. In case the situation in early October 2020 allows it, we would of course support logistically the colleagues that will be able to travel, and suggest an uncomplicated short-term hotel booking. We believe that despite the hard times, only together we will be able to maintain our scholar community and continue our research!