Dear colleagues, the 28th SEAC meeting in Stara Zagora starts on September 6, 2021. On this day we celebrate 136 years since the Unification of Bulgaria.
The final Program is ready and we have 47 oral presentations and 9 posters.
The time allowed of each presentation is 20 min, including discussion. It will be better if your presentation is 15 in order to left 5min for the discussion. Please, save your PPT presentations to a USB flash drive so they can be easily transferred to the computer in the conference hall.
The requested size is maximum A0 format, vertical (841 x 1.189 mm, i.e. 33 x 47 inches). You can also make 10 min presentation including discussion. Please, send us your posters till the September 1st. They will be printed and displayed in the Observatory Hall.
We advise remote participants to record their PPT presentations and send them in advance, or to send the presentation as a recorded Zoom presentation, which could be used in case of a problem.
Please check the Conference website: seac2021.org for further information.
Waiting for you in Stara Zagora,
Health and kind regards:
Penka Maglova and Alexey Stoev
on behalf of the Scientific and Local Organizing Committee
The Unification of Bulgaria (Bulgarian: Съединение на България, Saedinenie na Balgariya) was the act of unification of the Principality of Bulgaria and the province of Eastern Rumelia in the autumn of 1885. The 10th Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878) ended with the signing of the preliminary Treaty of San Stefano, which cut large territories off the Ottoman Empire. Bulgaria was resurrected after 482 years of foreign rule, albeit as a Principality under Ottoman suzerainty.
The Unification of Bulgaria was co-ordinated by the Bulgarian Secret Central Revolutionary Committee (BSCRC). Principality of Bulgaria and the province of Eastern Rumelia had been parts of the Ottoman Empire, but the Principality had functioned de facto independently whilst the Rumelian province was autonomous and had an Ottoman presence. The Unification was accomplished after revolts in Eastern Rumelian towns, followed by a coup on 18 September [O.S. 6 September] 1885 supported by the Bulgarian Knyaz Alexander I.
We would like to inform you that taking into account the virus situation in the world and in order to enable the maximum inclusion of all participants who will not be able to travel due to restrictions, we plan three forms of participation:
FORM OF PARTICIPATION:
1. Physical attendance, for colleagues who have the opportunity to travel, if the epidemic situation allows it;
2. Remote participation through online video conferencing system (Zoom platform) - participation can be live or with a pre-recorded and sent video report;
3. Electronic participation with a poster, which will be uploaded and publicly available on the website of the 28th SEAC conference seac2021.org.
According to the number of talks and posters accepted for remote participation special poster sessions with short presentations will be included in the programme along with the scientific talks. Posters will be uploaded at least one week before the meeting, so that people could read them through and so at the session they may have possible questions for the debate.
CONFERENCE FEES: see seac2021.org REGISTER AND VENUE/Conference fees
Early booking (July 15th, 2021) €260
Late booking (August 15th, 2021) € 290
On-site booking (September 6th - 10th, 2021) € 290
Remote participation* € 50
For those unable to be present but wish to attend online and will be able to participate through videoconferencing. This includes a (digital) abstract book.
*In case of unexpected cancelation due to coronavirus, the presentation can be given online. Fees will be refunded, retaining only the 50 Euros fee.
It is the responsibility of those ones planning to attend on-site to insure their travel expenses against any pandemic-related cancellation of the on-site conference.
Please use Bank transfer:
BANK: UniCredit Bulbank, Branch Stara Zagora
Address: 6000 Stara Zagora, 126 Tzar Simeon Veliki blvd., Bulgaria
Phone: +359 42 696 229, +359 42 696 264
Account: Stara Zagora Municipality
PAYMENT REFERENCE: SEAC 2021, Stara Zagora, Name Surname
Please, send the payment receipt to email@example.com.
For preparing good and informative Book of Abstracts we decided to offer the following guidelines with deadline March 15, 2021:
Title, authors' names, affiliation, e-mail, State (Bulgaria, Switzerland), 1000 - 1100 words, Times New Roman 12, one figure (300 - 600 dpi for photographs and coloured images) and alphabetical list of three references, citation in the text - (Ford, 2019). Files should be in MS Word. docx or .doc format.
Everyone needs to confirm their own contribution as it was sent, to modify/update it, or submit a new one according the deadline and guidelines.
Abstracts should be sent to Penka Maglova - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please check the Conference website: seac2021.org for further information on abstract submission, payments, preliminary program, proceedings, venue, hotels and tours.
Waiting for you in Stara Zagora!
Best wishes health and kind regards:
Penka and Alexey
After 28 years, when the First SEAC conference was held in Smolyan, Bulgaria will be a host of the 28th SEAC conference again!
People have always contemplated their environment, including the sky and celestial phenomena. They acted in accordance with these phenomena, reflected them in their places of habitation and constructed their worldviews.
Cultural Astronomy - Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy - studies humankind’s perceptions and understanding of astronomical phenomena, throughout human history and among all cultures, and shows how astronomy was woven into everyday and spiritual life, revealing insights into people’s concepts of space and time.
Research in Cultural Astronomy is interdisciplinary and unites the contributions from different natural, social and formal sciences like astronomy, anthropology, history (also the history of art, science, and religions), archaeology, architecture and mathematics.
Studies, which yield evidence for the astronomical practices and beliefs of peoples from Ancient epochs links the earliest skywatchers to modern astronomers and cosmologists. Cultural Astronomy & Ancient Skywatching is the theme of SEAC 28 and researchers working in this field are welcomed at the conference.
Two special sessions during the conference will be organized: one devoted to South-Eastern Europe / Balkans and another one devoted to Methodological issues.
Abstract submissions deadline: March 15th 2021
Abstract acceptance: May 15th, 2021
Early booking deadline: July 15th, 2021
Late booking: August 15th, 2021
On-site booking during the Conference
Conference: September 6th - 10th, 2021
Post-conference tour: 11th September, 2021
Full text submission deadline: February 1st, 2022
Final paper acceptance: July 15th, 2022
Proceedings published: December 2022
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Lunch 13:00 – 15:00 and Coffee break 16:00 – 16:20
Veranda of the State Opera - Stara Zagora
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Full day post conference excursion
The megalithic sanctuary near the village of Buzovgrad
The underground temple complexes in the valley of the Thracian kings near the town of Kazanlak
The rock sanctuary "Zayci Vrah" in the area of the ancient town of Kabile near the town of Yambol
"Tatul" rock sanctuary near the town of Momchilgrad
Rock-cave sanctuary "Tangarduk Kaya" near the village of Nenkovo, Municipality of Kardzhali
Rock-cut memorial "Harman Kaya" near Dolna Chobanka, Momchilgrad Municipality
Stara Zagora's history goes way back in time to 8 000 years ago. It is filled with ups and downs, creation and demolition; however, the inhabitants of this special place always rebuild it. Life springs and is maintained with love, which allows Stara Zagora to live and to prosper.
The first signs of life date from the Neolithic era 8 000 years ago. Humans appreciated the abundant natural resources and settled in the area. Europe's best-preserved eight-thousand-year-old Neolithic dwellings can be seen even today. Their numerous ritual and everyday objects are enchanting with their aesthetics.
Europe's seven-thousand-year-old first metal mines are in close proximity to the contemporary city. According to some theories, the name of the first settlement established in that location by the Ancient Thracians in 4th century (Beroe) is related to those mines.