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Mariya Plamenova Ivancheva

MA Student, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Central European University, Nador ut.9, 1051 Budapest, Hungary 

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Obtained degrees:

MA in European Studies from University College London (UCL), United Kingdom

BA in Philosophy from the University of Sofia “Sv. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria

Education Timeline:

09.2006-06.2007 MA in Sociology and Social Anthropology, Central European University, Budapset, Hungary

09.2004-09.2005 MA in European Thought at the Centre for European Studies, University College London, United Kingdom; Marie Curie Fellow, grade 2.1

10.2003-04.2004: specialization in philosophy at the University of Saarland, Saarbruecken, Germany;  Socrates/Erasmus Scholar, 28 ECTS

10.2000-07.2004: Bachelor degree in Philosophy, at the University of Sofia, Bulgaria; graduated with a grade of 1.1

1995-2000: I-st English Language Highschool, Sofia with a grade of 1.1

Foreign Languages and Communication skills:

Bulgarian: mother tongue, profound knowledge;

English: excellent oral, written, and editing skills - 270 CBt TOEFL certificate;

German: written and spoken - DSH Certificate;

I am also read and understand French and Russian

Computer skills: In command of MS Office applications: Word and Excell; confident Internet user and researcher.

Working experience: 

09-11.2005: Full-time work internship at the research department of the London based organization school works, active in involving communities in participation in issues of school design. During the internship I have carried out my own online research and created a database about the way of operation of the European Union in general, and the potential funding opportunities for School Works in particular.

07.2005: Part-time research assistant at a project for research of the personnel economics carried out by the Economics Department of LSE, University of Essex, and University of Chicago.

04.2003-09.2003: Translator and interpreter from and into English on the Education Modernization Project, Loan of World Bank, No: 4576- BG, Component 2: Improving the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Resource Allocation in Higher Education Sector, carried out by the Helsinki Consulting Group;

11.2001-03.2002: Subeditor, translator and office manager at the publishing house of the “EuromodelXXI” magazine, Sofia;

12.1999-08.2001: International relations coordinator of the National Scout Organization of Bulgaria “St.George”; Leader of the Scouts in Sofia;

2000 and ever after: Honorary translator from and into English of specialized literature, projects, as well as interpreter for foreign groups and at conferences.

Awards of Excellence: 

11.2006-03.2007 Fellow Marie Curie Series of Events, “Social Movements Since the Cold War” (University of  Halle, Heidelberg & Zurich)

09.2006: Full Fellowship George Soros Foundation, Open Society Institute for MA Studies at the Central European University Insitute

08.2004: Marie Curie Fellowship for graduate study;

05.2004: Annual Award for an Excellent Student given by the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Sofia “Sv. Kliment Ochridski”;

10.2003-03.2004: Specialization at the University of Saarland, Saarbruecken, Germany, with a Socrates/Erasmus scholarship;

24.05.2001: First award at the Essay contest “My idea about Bulgaria”, initiated by the Bulgarian government.

Conference Participations and Extracurricular Activities: 

11.2006 Participation with a paper “The Languages of Civil Society: The Case of Central European Intellectuals,” Marie Curie Series of Events “Social Movements since the Cold War”, University of Halle, Germany;

07.2005: Participation with a paper “Awakening from the Collective Dream: Utopian Motives in the Philosophy of Walter Benjamin” at the annual conference of the European Utopian Studies Society, University of Tarragona, Spain;

07.2005: Participation with a paper “Utopia. Hope. Responsibility.” at the annual conference of the European Utopian Studies Society, New Lanark, UK

03.2005: Participation with a paper “Utopia and Allegory: Walter Benjamin” at the Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies, University of Limerick, Ireland;

04.2004: Participation with a paper at the annual conference in Philosophy “Giuletchica”, Bulgaria;

08.2003; 08.2004: Participation with papers at the annual seminar in Medieval philosophy, “Elena”, Bulgaria;

1995 and after I have been chosen for a representative of Bulgaria in various Scouts's and Youth conferences, workshops and seminars, as such using creative methods for dealing with the problems of racism, intolerance, national identity, amongst which:

10.2002 “Exploring Europe” with the CommunityArts group Berlin. 08-09.2001 “Volunteers against Racism”, conceptualization and performance of a musical, performed in 12 towns in Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany; a performance encouraging youth activism and opposing right-wing radicalism in the area;08.1995 “Conference on the problems of Youts” 20th World Jamboree, Dronten, Flevoland, the Netherlands.


(forthcoming) in 2007: Strawberry Fields Forever? The Bifurcation of the UK Labour Market and the New Member States of the EU, in Focaal, journal for critical anthropology, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands

(forthcoming) 01.2007: “On some Utopian Motives in the Philosophy of Walter Benjamin”, submitted, approved and expected to be published in the e-journal “Spaces of Utopia”: an on-line publication, edited by the members of the research group “Mapping Dreams: British and North American Utopianism” of the Institute for English Studies of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto, Portugal, issue 3, Winter 2006, politics of Utopia;  

06.2003: “Literaturen Vestnik” newspaper, Sofia; translation of Theodor W.Adorno's study “Kulturkritik und Gesellschaft”;

05.2003: “Ontology of the Scout's Scarf”, published at “Studies in ontology”, Edition of the Sofia University Print;

04.2002: “Belgium: History and Society” an editorial block published at the “Euromodel XXI” magazine, Sofia;

12.2001: “Volunteering for Me”, an article, published at the “Posoki” magazine, organ of the United Nations Development Programme in Bulgaria.