Asen Balikci

scientific adviser

Asen Balikci’s impres­sive inter­na­tion­al back­round is mir­rored in the corpus of films that he has pro­duced. Born to a Bul­gar­i­an family living in turkey in 1929 he soon moved to Switzer­land where he stud­ied eco­nom­ics and geog­ra­phy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Geneva. Later he moved to Canada and during 1954 to 1961 he worked at the Nation­al Museum in Ottawa. He gained his Ph.D in anthro­pol­o­gy at Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty. Later he taught at the 25 Uni­ver­si­ty of Mon­tréal. After his retire­ment in 1998 he moved to Sofia, Bul­gar­ia. During his entire aca­d­e­m­ic career Asen Balik­ci was a gifted teacher, a gen­er­ous net­work­er and a cre­ative insti­ga­tor in the field of Visual Anthro­pol­o­gy. Amongst other places, he has worked in Afghanistan, Pak­istan, Ethiopia, Bul­gar­ia, Moroc­co, Sene­gal, North­ern Canada, Siberia as well as in Sikkhim, both as an anthro­plo­gist and a filmmaker.