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“The Bulgarian Language and Literature in the European Cultural Region: Traditions and Perspectives,” University of Szeged, Hungary, Application Deadline April 15

We would like to invite you and your colleagues to

an International Conference of Bulgarian Studies

“The Bulgarian Language and Literature in the European Cultural Region:

Traditions and Perspectives”

The forthcoming conference is organised by the Department of Slavic Studies of the University of Szeged, by the Local Bulgarian Government of Szeged and by the Bulgarian Friendship Society.

 

The conference will take place at the Department of Slavic Studies of the University of Szeged

26th and 27th May, 2011

(Address: 2 Egyetem utca, Szeged, 6722, Hungary)

 

The languages of the conference will be all Slavic languages, English, and German.

 

You can apply to the following sections:

  1. History of the Bulgarian Language
  2. Linguistics
  3. Literary studies
  4. Ethnology and cultural anthropology

 

To take part in the conference you will be required to:

-          complete and return the application form with a 100 word summary of your planned lecture and e-mail it to the conference coordinator, Mónika Farkas Baráthi, to farkasbm@lit.u-szeged.hu

 

-          fees are to be paid at the conference – 6000 Forints (≈ 23 euros)

 

The above fees will cover refreshments during the conference and the cost of the reception party.  Participants will also receive a conference booklet that will include the accepted lectures.

 

Applications and summaries are to be sent by the deadline of 15th April, 2011.

Accepted applicants will be informed by 20th April, 2011.

Travel and accommodation costs are the responsibility of the participants or the institution they represent.

 

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact the conference coordinator:

Mónika Farkas Baráthi

University of Szeged

Department of Slavic Studies

2 Egyetem u., Szeged 6722, Hungary

Tel: + 36 20 828 09 32, Fax: + 36 62 544 160

E-mail: farkasbm@lit.u-szeged.hu

 

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Summer Program at the American Research Center in Sofia, Bulgaria, Application Deadline March 1

AMERICAN RESEARCH CENTER IN SOFIA

ACADEMIC PROGRAM FELLOWSHIP COMPETITION,

The Program

The American Research Center in Sofia (www.einaudi.cornell.edu/arcs) offers three programs with accompanying fellowships for the academic year 2011-2012: a Fall term program (September-November 2011) focusing on the history and archaeology of Bulgaria and neighboring countries, from prehistory to the present day; a Spring term program (February-April 2012) focusing on the history of religion in Bulgaria and neighboring countries; and a nine-month program (September 2011-May 2012) which incorporates both Fall and Spring term programs. The programs combine independent research with a formal academic curriculum ARCS hosts the programs’ lectures and seminars; organizes related study trips; facilitates opportunities for taking Bulgarian and other Balkan language classes; and provides logistical support and access to local libraries, museums, and other educational institutions.

Graduate students in North American universities engaged in research on ancient, medieval, or modern Bulgaria or the Balkan peninsula or in any field of the humanities and social sciences, are eligible for all three programs.

Contact: Prof. Denver Graninger, Director of ARCS

graninger.arcs@gmail.com

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Summer Program at the American Research Center in Sofia, 2011

The American Research Center in Sofia (www.einaudi.cornell.edu/arcs), Bulgaria, sponsors a

three-week summer session on Bulgarian history and culture (July 14-August 4). The session consists of lectures at ARCS with visit sites throughout Bulgaria. Lectures and site reports are given by leading experts from Bulgarian universities and museums.

The program is open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students in North America, and college teachers, and other scholars with a serious interest in Bulgarian history and culture. The total cost for participation not including international travel is $2,000 (full room and board, use of research facilities, local travel, and lectures).

All application materials must be sent by March 1. The approved participants will receive a notification byMarch 15.

Contact: Prof. Denver Graninger, Director of ARCS

graninger.arcs@gmail.com

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Academic Fellowships: American Research Center in Sofia

The American Research Center in Sofia , Bulgaria, offers three programs with accompanying fellowships for the academic year 2011-2012: a Fall term program (September-November 2011) focusing on the history and archaeology of Bulgaria and neighboring countries, from prehistory to the present day; a Spring term program (February-April 2012) focusing on the history of religion in Bulgaria and neighboring countries; and a nine-month program (September 2011-May 2012) which incorporates both Fall and Spring term programs. The programs combine a formal academic curriculum with independent research. ARCS hosts the programs’ lectures and seminars; organizes related study trips; facilitates opportunities for taking Bulgarian and other Balkan language classes; and provides logistical support and access to local libraries, museums, and other educational institutions.

In addition, Between July 14 – August 4, ARCS sponsors a session on Bulgarian history and culture which consists of lectures and visits to sites in and near Sofia and historical and cultural excursions throughout Bulgaria.

The Center engages the participants with eminent local scholars relevant to the field of their study and makes arrangements for specialized research at local institutions. Further details about these programs are available on the ARCS webpage (www.einaudi.cornell.edu/arcs) and the ARCS facebook group page (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=106253216070705).

THE PROGRAMS

THE FELLOWSHIPS
ARCS plans to offer three fellowships for the Fall term program, three for the Spring term program, and one for the nine-month program. The fellowships include a monthly stipend ($550/month), housing in Bulgaria, language instruction, travel expenses within the academic program, and up to $1,000 for travel expenses between North America and Bulgaria.

ELIGIBILITY
Graduate students engaged in research on ancient, medieval, or modern Bulgaria or the Balkan peninsula, in any field of the humanities and social sciences, are eligible for all three programs. The Fall term and Spring term programs are also open to advanced undergraduate students with similar research interests. Non-U.S. applicants are expected to maintain an affiliation with an educational institution in the United States or Canada. School and university faculty may apply to be admitted for the Fall term or Spring term program, but are ineligible for ARCS fellowships. The American Research Center in Sofia does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, ethnic origin, or disability when considering admission to its programs.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE
A complete application consists of: the ARCS application form (available at www.einaudi.cornell.edu/arcs/annualprogram.pdf); a project proposal describing how participation in the ARCS academic program will serve your research interests (not to exceed three double-spaced pages); a current cv; academic transcripts; and two letters of reference from scholars familiar with your work. These materials must be submitted by email to Professor Kevin Clinton (kmc1@cornell.edu). Chair of the ARCS Fellowship Committee, by February 15, 2011. ARCS expects to notify applicants of the decision of the Fellowship Committee by April 1,2011.

CONTACT
Please direct any questions about ARCS academic programs, fellowships, or
application procedures to:

Professor Denver Graninger, Director of ARCS.
American Research Center in Sofia, 75 Vasil Petleshkov St., Sofia 1510,
BULGARIA
TEL: (+359 2) 947 9498; FAX: (+359 2) 840 1962
graninger.arcs@gmail.com
www.einaudi.cornell.edu/arcs/

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Art: Shared Dreams, Vassilen Vasevski and Alexander Telalim, Avram Eisen Gallery, November 5-30

Shared Dreams

Blue Angel by Alexander Telalim
“Nymph IV” by
Alexander Telalim

Paintings by Vassilen Vasevski
and Alexander Telalim

Opening: Friday, November 5th, 5-9 p.m.
Show runs through November 30th

Our November offering at the gallery features the evocative work of two accomplished artists, Vassilen (Vassi) Vasevski, and Alexander (Sasha) Telalim.

These two painters are friends and have much in common. They are both Bulgarian born and have have achieved Masters degrees from the Academy
of Fine Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria. Both have had their works exhibited widely across Europe and have shared their considerable talents broadly in the American art arena. And both of their work captures beautiful women in meditative states. Hence the name
of our show–Shared Dreams.

It has been said of Vassi’s work:
“…Delicate and discreet, his paintings stand unencumbered by multilevel symbolic messages The metaphoric expression gives away to flowing transitions of color, to a longing for tranquility and spiritual harmony….These paintings represent an intensified state, a concentration of emotion that seeks peaceful tranquility hidden behind the closed eyes of a woman.”

–Dr. Daniela Chulova-Markova, Art Critic

And of Sasha’s:
“His inherent creative freedom and his ability to reveal the internal essence of the object bring life to everything his brush touches on.  Telalim’s pictures are engendered in a peculiar meditative state – both the key to the “magic garden” and the flower that we carry away.”                 –Newspaper “L’Elsace”, France“… a dream that goes beyond reality… ” –”Literaturen Vestnik”, Sofia

Avram Eisen Gallery
5204 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL  60625

PHONE: 773-271-3008
EMAIL:  avrameisengallery@yahoo.com

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Kabile Bulgarian Bitov (folk instruments) Orchestra at Lake Street Church in Evanston, September 20

The Orchestra will perform at the Lake Street Church (607 Lake St.) in Evanston at 7:30pm on September 20.

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“disCONNECTed” Group Show of Bulgarian Artists Abroad, August 1-31

Please find a message from the Morpho Gallery and Bulgarian Artists Abroad below:

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Part-Time Editor and Research Staff, Bulgaria (www.balkanalysis.com)

CALL FOR PART-TIME BULGARIAN EDITOR & RESEARCH STAFF
posted for Chris Deliso (www.balkanalysis.com)

Following a lengthy reprogramming period which will soon be finished, the new version of the website I have directed since 2003 – www.balkanalysis.com – will be resuming publishing activities.

While much of the team is now in place, we are still interviewing candidates for certain countries, including Bulgaria. It is possible for me to personally interview select candidates in Bulgaria, probably at the end of April or beginning of May.

Here is some information about the duties involved and the qualifications required. All positions are paying, contract-based positions under the general umbrella of the website, which is US-based.

1.) Country Editor position (1): this high-visibility position is ideal for young candidates who wish to play a role in editing and writing short analytical pieces and conducting interviews with Bulgarian figures of note. The four topics generally covered by the website are: politics & diplomacy; security & defense; economy & business; culture & tourism. There will be a country-specific page on the website which will require basic routine maintenance by the editor. However, with only two unique articles expected per month, the work should not take a great deal of time and therefore can be balanced with the individual’s existing work or study obligations.
2.) Researcher position (multiple): this critical ‘background’ position involves various types of field research, interviews, data analysis and new media work. Writing opportunities are possible.
3.) Marketing/sales/promotion position (multiple): these are future planned positions for which there is not immediate need, however those with such interests are welcome to apply as well.

Benefits of the jobs: Besides collecting a regular fee for work done, the successful candidate will have ‘intangible’ yet significant rewards, such as engaging with influential persons, getting the opportunity to have your work seen on one of the foremost independent news sites covering the Balkans, undertaking a certain amount of travel, and of course, learning a professional trade.

Requirements: While candidates do not necessarily need to have a journalistic background, it is necessary to be able to think creatively and analytically, as well as to conduct interviews, and to have excellent spoken and written English (as well as Bulgarian). Knowledge of other languages is also a plus. Candidates must be objective, outgoing with a positive attitude, and capable of interacting professionally with a wide variety of people who may have strongly different ways of seeing the world. Candidates should be eager for a challenge, enjoy working hard, and capable of following deadlines. Computer skills are also necessary.

Those interested can feel free to contact me – with a CV and cover letter – at:
cdeliso@balkanalysis.com

best wishes,
Chris Deliso, Director
www.balkanalysis.com

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Summer Program on Bulgarian Language, Culture, and History; Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, Deadline: June 25

July 25 – August 14, 2010
American University in Bulgaria

The American University in Bulgaria invites high school and college students 15-20 years of age to a non-credit Summer Program on Bulgarian Language, Culture, and History (BLCH) in the town of Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria.

The program includes Bulgarian language instruction at three levels, Bulgarian literature and history classes, workshops on culture and traditions, and teacher accompanied field trips to sites of historical and cultural interest. Sports, crafts, folklore dances, movie nights, cooking, and other activities make the program intensive and entertaining. The field trips will take the students to exciting destinations such as Melnik, the smallest town in Bulgaria; the Rila Monastery, included in the UNESCO World Heritage sites; Kazanlak, situated in the Valley of Roses and the Thracian kings; Veliko Turnovo, the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom, and Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.

The BLCH Summer Program is designed in such a way that students who do not speak Bulgarian and/or have never been to the country can easily learn some basics of the language and get a first-hand experience of Bulgarian language, culture, traditions, and nature. Students who speak Bulgarian at an intermediate or higher level will improve their writing, reading, and conversational skills while gaining additional knowledge or filling some gaps in their knowledge of Bulgarian history and culture.

The Program Fee is 720 EURO, and covers:

  • Tuition and teaching materials
  • Accommodation for 16 nights in the AUBG Residence Halls with Internet access
  • Accommodation in hotels in Plovdiv, Veliko Turnovo, and Sofia
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner for 16 days in Blagoevgrad
  • Breakfast and dinner for the last 3 days of the field trip
  • Participation in selected cultural and sports activities
  • Participation in all field trips
  • Entrance fees to sports facilities and visited sites

Registration deadline:                       June 25, 2010

Additional information and Registration Forms are available at: www.aubg.bg/BLCH

Contact person : Mrs. Nadejda Afendova, Program Coordinator

Tel: +359-73- 888 212; Fax: +359-73- 888 161; e-mail: nadia@aubg.bg

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Roma Education Fund Seeks Country Facilitator for Bulgaria, Deadline: December 20

The Roma Education Fund, an international organisation supporting quality education for Roma children, seeks a country facilitator for Bulgaria to provide support to organisations requesting and implementing REF financed projects and to help in the coordination of REF country program in Bulgaria.

The candidate should possess the following:

- Speak fluent Bulgarian, and have a very good command of the English language (written and spoken). Being a Romani speaker is a strong advantage
- A university degree.
- Experience of issues in education in Bulgaria.
- Excellent organization, administration and communication skills.
- Experience in implementing and evaluating projects.
- Good knowledge of issues related to Roma education and of the NGO sector in Bulgaria
- Be reliable and accurate with a proven ability to work in team but also ready to work on its own initiative
- Driving license

What will the job provide:

- challenging and diverse tasks
- work with a dynamic team of NGO and Government officials
- competitive salary
- work and learn at the international level
- The staff will benefit from training in country and in REF head office in Budapest

CV and motivation letter in English (including proposal for wage level), should be forwarded to: bolahova@romaeducationfund.org

The deadline for applications is:  December 20,2009

For more information about the Roma Education Fund and for the full terms of reference for this position, please visit: www.romaeducationfund.org

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New International PhD Program offered at European/Eastern European Universities

The University of Bologna together with the University of Graz, The New Bulgarian University of Sofia and the University of Primorska are launching a new International PhD Programme in “Diversity Management and Governance” leading to a Joint Degree.

The Programme in a nutshell

The three-year English-taught Programme offers specialized interdisciplinary and comparative academic training in the study of various forms of diversity, be it ethnic, cultural, linguistic, regional, religious, social or sexual orientation, and its management. Conflict prevention and management theories, reconstruction and reconciliation of divided societies after violent conflicts and political tensions, integration policies and the establishment of good governance throughout Europe are in focus in this Joint PhD Programme.
To ensure the students’ highest mobility the Programme requires that PhD Candidates spend at least two semesters in one of the partner universities.

Scholarships & Grants

The Programme offers at least two study grants of about 13.600,00 € per year to students applying at the University of Bologna. Moreover, the University of Bologna guarantees enrollment to two students selected among applicants holding a scholarship from their home government, the Italian one or other Institutions. More grants will be made available for students from the South-East of Europe within the framework of the community Programme entitled Erasmus Mundus External Windows, coordinated by the University of Graz, whose deadline is 29th  October 2009. For details, see the web page in English on:                      www.uni-graz.at/joineusee

How to Apply

Interested students could apply for enrollment in the university of their choice among the four partner universities; if the application is successful the doctoral student must enroll in the university chosen for the application.
Beside the completed application form (to be expected by mid-October), interested students must submit the following documents:

  1. Research project structured with background, research presentation, methodology, expected results
  2. CV in English
  3. Diploma/Degree Certificate (plus English translation)
  4. Proof of knowledge of English (TOEFL or equivalent, diploma from a UK or US university etc.)
  5. Two letters of recommendation
  6. Transcript of university records (plus English translation)

Further Information

A website fully devoted to the PhD Programme will be soon available on line.
For the time being, interested applicants could find other information at http://www.eurobalk.net under the sections: activities/education/trainings.
Additional information might be requested to Ms Dessislava Krasteva (dessislava.krasteva@unibo.it)

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