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Part-Time Editor and Research Staff, Bulgaria (

posted for Chris Deliso (

Following a lengthy reprogramming period which will soon be finished, the new version of the website I have directed since 2003 – – 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:

best wishes,
Chris Deliso, Director

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Balkan Dance Workshop with ensemble Balkanski Igri, March 7

Balkan Dance Workshop March 7, Ida Noyes

2:30-3:30pm – Ida Noyes Library – workshop w/ John Kuo and
ensemble Balkanski Igri.

3:30-5:30pm –  Ida Noyes Library –  all are invited to watch
as the ensemble rehearses their program

This is an event for my Balkan Folklore class, but everyone is
welcome to come. Balknski Igri will teach us the steps to some
folk dances. In previous years, almost all of my students were
able to dance the basic ones by the end of hour.

Founded in 1964, the Ensemble Balkanske Igre was an outgrowth
of the University of Chicago Folk Dancers and is dedicated to
the research, teaching, and performance of the folk music and
dance of all regions of the Balkansand Eastern Europe. The
ensemble also produces concerts and provides logistical and
community outreach support for concerts of such major artists
as Esma Redžepova the “Queen of Romani (‘Gypsy’) Music”, Boban
Marković “Golden Trumpet of the Guca Festival”, Goran
Bregović, Ivo Papazov, Orchestra “Kal,” and others. The
Ensemble co-sponsors an annual Spring Festival at the
International House at the University of Chicago.

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Balkan Film Screenings on Campus

Angelina Ilieva, lecturer in Balkan and South Slavic Literature, invites interested students to attend the film screenings of her courses. The complete schedule with times and locations is available below:

6 to 9pm, Cobb 107
Thur, Oct 22, Fri Oct 23, Balkanisateur (Greece, 100 min)
Thur Oct 29, Fri Oct 30, Underground (160 min!!)
Tue Nov 10, Wed Nov 11, Before the Rain (113 min)

4:30 to 7:30 Cobb 430 (smaller classroom)
Tue, Oct 20, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days (Romania)
Thur, Oct 22, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Romania)
Tue, Oct 27, 12:08 East of Bucharest (Romania)
Thur, Oct 29 How I Spent the End of the World (Romania)
Tue, Nov 17 Grbavica
Thur Nov 19 Ulysses’ Gaze (Theo Angelopoulos)
Tue Nov 24 Eternity and a Day (Theo Angelopoulos)

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