Open Lectures by two visiting professors from South West University «Neofit Rilski» – Blagoevgrad, Boulgaria

The Culture, Borders, Gender/LAB – Dep. of Balkan Slavic and Oriental Studies

Invites you to the organized lectures
within the «OUR FARAWAY NEIGHBORS»lecture series

by two invited professors from Bulgaria:

Ana Luleva, Professor, celebrated member of the Faculty
of Ethnology and Balkan Studies at SWU “Neofit Rilski” – Blagoevgrad, Boulgaria.

Pavlina Solachka, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Ethnology and Balkan Studies, SWU
“Neofit Rilski” – Blagoevgrad, Boulgaria.

Monday, 20/03/2023, 19.00-21:00,
classroom 4

lecture titles:
Prof. Ana Luleva: The Bulgarian Female Labour Migration and the Moral Economy of

Assistant Prof. Pavlina Solachka: Women’s narratives about work and everyday life in
the last decades of state socialism in Bulgaria (1970s and 1980s

The Bulgarian Female Labour Migration and the Moral Economy of Care
Since the early 1990s, female labour migration from Bulgaria has become a common practice and has acquired unprecedented dimensions. In this lecture I will address the characteristics of the most popular form of the Bulgarian female labour migration to Italy, namely work as caregivers of old people, sick family members and children. The specificity of work – from the decision to get employed abroad as domestic care workers – through its practice to its meaning for the families of the female migrants marks it as an intersection point of pure economic goals and relationships, on the one hand, and moral ones, on the other. This defines my research problem: to analyse the moral economy of care from the perspective of women care workers.

Women’s narratives about work and everyday life in the last decades of state socialism
in Bulgaria (1970s and 1980s)

This lecture presents some of the main topics in the biographical narratives of women – tobacco workers during state socialism. Their value as sources for the study of gender arrangements and gender order at that time will be also discussed. The collection of biographical interviews was part of my research and the writing of my PhD thesis on “The Women’s workinglifein the Pirin Tobacco Factory, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria”.

Short CVs

Dr. Ana Luleva (ID 0000-0002-7185-7867) is a Professor of Ethnology at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and at the South-west University “Neofit Rilski”, Blagoevgrad. Her research interests are in the fields of anthropology of socialism and post-socialism, gender studies, memory studies, critical heritage studies, anthropology of uncertainty and trust. She is an Editor-in-chief of the journal Antropologiya/Anthropology. Journal for Sociocultural Anthropology.
Among the recent publications are: Luleva, A. Culture of Dis/Trust in Bulgaria.
Anthropological Perspectives. 2021, Sofia: IK Gutenberg; Everyday Socialism: Promises, Realities, and Strategies. Edited by A. Luleva, I. Petrova, P. Petrov, Sv. Kazalarska, Y.Yancheva, and Zl. Bogdanova. 2022, Sofia: Acad. Publishing House ”Prof. Marin Drinov”; Luleva, A. Rethinking “Private” in State Socialist Bulgaria. – In: Everyday Socialism: Promises, Realities, and Strategies. Ed. by A. Luleva & all., 2022, Sofia: Acad. Publishing House ”Prof. Marin Drinov”, 50-79.

Dr. Pavlina Solachka is an assistant in the Faculty of Philology at the South-West University “Neofit Rilski” in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. Prior to earning her PhD in Ethnology, Dr. Solachka earned her honorary Bachelor Degree in Ethnology at SWU “Neofit Rilski”,then enrolled in Master Degree program with a specific concentration in “Ethnicity and Culture”, again at SWU “Neofit Rilski”. In 2022, Dr. Solachka defended her PhD
Dissertation which examined “The everyday life of the female working class during late socialism: a case study of the tobacco plant ‘Pirin’ in Blagoevgrad.” Dr. Solachka’s research interests are in the field of anthropology, more specifically that of socialism and post-socialism, women’s studies, as well as the development of the Tabaco industry in Bulgaria. Dr. Solachka has several publications in journals, dedicated to research of state
socialism in Bulgaria.

“Untiling” the tiles of today’s Balkan mosaic Filmmaking workshop on storytelling & film screenings


Organizing team: Balkans Beyond Borders & Culture –Borders –Gender/Lab, University of Macedonia, department of Balkan, Slavic & Oriental Studies.

Date: Friday, March 3d, Thessaloniki, Greece

15:00 – 19:00 workshop and film marathon

The workshop is funded by the Research Committee – UOM.

What does cinema, intersectionality and Haiku poems have in common?

Drawing upon the theme of the 13th Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival titled ‘Untiling the Mosaic’ we invite you to a workshop, where we will discuss and contemplate on the “gaze”, anthropology in film, how to tell stories through images, and address the multiple identities we all carry, our personal and social mosaic. We invite you to create your own short films, consisting of three acts through three shots, inspired by the structure of Haiku poems, which are made up of three verses which capture a moment in the present time, within the ‘now’, kind of like a movie.

The workshop and film marathon will be followed by a screening of selected films from the competition programme of the 13th Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival ‘Untiling the Mosaic’, consisting of films by young filmmakers from the Balkans, which thematically touch upon the experience of the coexisting multiple and intersecting identities such as gender, social class, sexuality and ethnicity. By making this ‘mosaic’ visible and deconstructing it, the possibilities of redefining it, suddenly appears.


Workshop: “Haiku Shorts: filmmaking and storytelling in three acts”

15:00 – 15:30 “Cinema and Anthropology. Saying a lot just in few words”, Eleni Sideri , Ass. Prof. BSOS-UoM

15:30 – 16:00 “’Mosaic of identities & telling stories: film form in three acts’”, Vasiliki Maltasoglou, Festival Director & co-founder of Balkans Beyond Borders.

Film Marathon 17:00 – 19:00

We wander and explore the nearby environment, the neighborhood of the university, and film with our mobile phone or any other equipment at our disposal, images, sounds and sensations that capture a mosaic of identities that coexist in a moment in time. The Haiku poem, consisting of three verses, becomes the vehicle of the cinematic composition and creation of a film, with a maximum duration of 1 minute, consisting of three shots.

  • Delivery of films and experience sharing 19:00-19:30

 Number of Participants: 15 There will be accepted in order of priority. Certificates of attendance will be given.

Registration Form:

CV’s of participants

Vasiliki Maltasoglou is Festival Director of the Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival and co-founder of the organization Balkans Beyond Borders. She has finished her studies in International Politics but professionally her expertise is in digital marketing. In Balkans Beyond Borders she directs the Festival, realizes workshops on filmmaking and storytelling, and curates all screenings and cultural events of BBB. 

Eleni Sideri

“When the Pomegranates Bleed. Stories from Nagorno-Karabakh”

Sergei Parajanov, Τhe Colour of Pomegranates, 1969

The Club for the study of Borders, Culture and Diversity and the Ethnography Club of the Lab/ Cultures- Borders- Gender in the framework of the lecture series  “Our Distant Neighbours” in partnership with the MA in Politics and Economics in Contemporary Eastern and South Eastern Europe of the Dept. of Balkan, Slavic and of Oriental Studies of UoM.

invite you to the online event
“When the Pomegranates Bleed. Stories from Nagorno-Karabakh”

Friday 19/3/2021, 15.00-17.00 (local time)
Zoom Platform

With the participation of

  • Thomas De Waal, Senior fellow, Carnegie Europe, “War or Peace in the Caucasus? After the Second Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict”

«Digital-Stories from the Field»

  • Ruzan Gishyan, multimedia production manager, CHAIKHANA.MEDIA
  • Heydar Isayev, freelance reporter
  • Ulkar Natiqqizi, freelance reporter
  • Sona Simonyan, video production manager, CHAIKHANA.MEDIA

The event is coordinated by Eleni Sideri, Assistant Professor of Social Anthropology, Dept. Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, UoM.

The event will be in English and registration at is required.