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Julia Velkova


Julia Velkova
Alfred Nobels allé 7
Södertörns högskola
Telefon: 08-608 51 49
Fax: 08-608 46 40
PC 208 Primus

Educated as, among others, telecommunication engineer, and philosopher of Eastern cultures, my interests are to explore the intersection between technology and arts, or technology and creative cultures in the context of todays field of cultural production shaped by Internet, and dominated by visual media. In my PhD I am studying the migration of the idea of open source software/technology from the technical into the cultural domain through exploring the work of the Blender 3D and Synfig 2D graphics communities. I do this by studying the model of production and motivations for creation of a set of open-content and open-source software based animation films of industry quality. The questions I am mainly interested in are the cultures of produciton around these films, the way they create value and employ practices of craft and making combining them with principles of openness and sharing. My work is funded by the Swedish Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies (Östersjöstiftelsen), and I am part of the Department of Media & Communication Studies at Södertörn University in Sweden.

My professional background is rooted in the free software / open-source movement, but also around issues related to Internet Governance, and keeping the Internet open and free. For almost 10 years I have been working with Internet Society - Bulgaria which gave me the great opportunity to work on projects such as introducing free and open source software to governments on the Balkans, researching the Internet in Bulgaria, and working with local and central governments on a broad spectrum of ICT related issues. Since 2008 I live in Sweden where I completed a second Masters in Communication for Development at Malmö University and became later involved in the program as teaching assistant (adjunkt). In the same time I worked as an assistant webmaster, and for a short period - acting deputy director - of the Swedish South Asian Studies Network (SASNET) at Lund University. 

I constantly look for new challenges, which has led me through all from being a php-web developer in the early Internet days, through being a producer in an independent theatre in Göteborg, a traveller in India, to now getting into the academia and taking on the challenge of doing a PhD.



   Autumn 2015:
MA module on Archives and Algorithms, part of the course on Media Technologies and Literacy (main lecturer);

   Spring 2015: 
BA course on Media activism (course convenor)


2012 to present Fully Funded PhD Studentship Including Teaching Responsibilities, Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden

2012 – 2013 Teaching assistant at Master Program "Communication for Development", K3 , Malmö University (in courses on Research Methodology; New Media, ICT and Development, and Degree Project)

2011 - 2012 Yearly academic conferences for young scholars coordinator, and webmaster, Swedish South Asian Studies Network - SASNET, Lund University. (Acting deputy director in the period January - March 2011)

2011 - Project leader, consulting Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo on obtaining country code top level domain name (cctld)

2004 - 2011 International project coordinator and fundraiser, Internet Society Bulgaria. Some more significant projects include:

2006-2007 - Project "FlossWorld: Worldwide Impact Study", led by the University of Maastricht. Coordinator for collecting empirical material on open source communities from the Balkan region.

2006-2007 - Project "Tossad: Towards Open Source Software Adoption and Dissemination", led by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (Tubitak). Coordinator for Internet Society Bulgarias contribution to the project consortium activities.

2007-2008 - Project SELF (Sharing Knowledge about Free Software), coordinated by Internet Society Netherlands. Assistant to Internet Society Bulgarias contribution to the consortium activities.

2006 - Project "Enhancing service delivery, social protection and livelihood support for the poor through ICT", funded by UNDP. Technical coordinator. 

2004-2005 - Project "Support to e-Government Initiatives based on the Free/Open Source Software at the local level in the South-eastern Europe", funded by UNDP. Technical coordinator.

2002 - 2004 IT Consultant, Coordination Centre for ICT at Bulgarian Council of Ministers working on project "E-government in bulgaria". Worked on an action plan for implementing national strategy on e-governance


Mozilla Foundation – 1000 USD (6500 SEK) for participating in the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) as part of the Swedish Governmental delegation, 2012

Applicant and concept writer on behalf of Föreningen Fri Kultur och Programvara, project for Nordic Creative Commons network - "Some Rights Reserved for Nordic Artists", 550 000 SEK from Kulturkontakt Nord and Nordisk Kulturfond, 2010-2011

Applicant and concept writer on behalf of the Cultural Department of Göteborg City for project on performance art festival in Göteborg, 100 000 EUR (880 000 SEK) from the European Union Program "Culture", 2010

Applicant and project leader for project "Vocational Training on Open Source Sofitware - Needs Analysis", 10 000 USD (65 000 SEK) from Internet Society, 2009

Applicant and project leader for project "Data Retention and Digital Rights Protection in Bulgaria", 10 000 USD (65 000 SEK) from Internet Society, 2008

Applicant and consultant for project "Training in Open Source Multimedia Instruments", 100 000 EUR (880 000 SEK), Programme MEDIA of the EU, 2006


Internet Society – since 2004
ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association) – since 2012
FSMK (Föreningen för svensk medie- och kommunikationsforskning) – since 2012
European Digital Rights Initiative (EDRI) – since 2006