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Alexandra Milanova

IMG Alexandra MilanovaAlexandra Dimitrova Milanova

Scientific degree and current position:
Doctor of Philosophy, Assistant Professor
Scientific Coordinator of the Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology

Areas of academic interest:
Modern and Contemporary History of the Balkans, International Relations in the 19th-20th centuries, Cultural Diplomacy, Urban Culture and Cultural Heritage.


Education and fellowships:

Education
2016 PhD in History and Archaeology, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Faculty of History
2012 Master’s degree in International Relations: International Organizations and Multilateral Diplomacy - with distinction, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Faculty of Law
2010 Bachelor’s degree in Southeast European Studies and History teacher - with distinction, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Faculty of History

Fellowships
2023 Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3
2014 University of Geneva, Switzerland
2014 Yale University, USA
2011–2012 African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), Kenya
2009 Dilmer Language Teaching Center, Turkey
2007 Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece


Participation in scholarly projects:

2023–2026 Project Manager "Cultural diplomacy in the Balkans in the 20th and 21st centuries: Achievements, challenges, and the way forward", funded by the National Science Fund, Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Bulgaria
2021–2024 Project Manager of the IBSCT-BAS project "Lecture series "Every Second Tuesday"
2019–2022 Project Manager "European influences in modern urban music culture in the Balkans. Bibliographic research", funded by the National Science Fund, Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Bulgaria
2019 Project Manager "Les Tsiganes/Roma dans les Balkans ottomans : problèmes de méthodologie historique", funded by the Embassy of the Republic of France in Bulgaria and the French Institute in Bulgaria
2020–2021 Coordinator of the Bulgarian team working on project "Visual Culture, Piety and Propaganda: Transfer and Reception of Russian Religious Art in the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean (16th-early 20th c.) – RICONTRANS", funded by the European Research Council (ERC)
2023–2025 Project team member in the IBSCT-BAS project "Ethnic, religious and minority problems in the Balkans, 20th-21st centuries"
2023–2025 Project team member in "Bulgarian and Croatian cultural routes in Southeast Europe. Intersections and interactions", joint project between IBSCT-BAS and the Institute for the History of Croatian Literature, Theatrе and Music, HAZU
2022–2025 Member of the team of IBSCT-BAS in the National Scholarly Program "Development of Bulgarian Studies Abroad"
2021–2024 Project team member in the IBSCT-BAS project "Socializing the cultural heritage of the Balkans"
2020–2022 Project team member in "Vectors of historical development and national identity in the Balkans", joint project between IBSCT-BAS and the Institute for Slavic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
2020–2022 Project team member in "Serbian (Yugoslav)-Bulgarian relations and the interests of the Great Powers in the Balkans (19th-20th Centuries)" joint project between IBSCT-BAS and the Institute for Balkan Studies at the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
2019–2023 Member of the team of IBSCT-BAS in the National Interdisciplinary Research E-Infrastructure for Resources and Technologies for the Bulgarian Language and Cultural Heritage, integrated within the European Infrastructures CLARIN-ERIC and DARIAH (CLADA-BG), funded by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Bulgaria
2019–2022 Member of the team of IBSCT-BAS in the National Scholarly Program "Cultural Historical Heritage, National Memory and Social Development", funded by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Bulgaria
2013–2017 Project team member in "Cities in Southeastern Thrace: Continuity and Transformation", funded by the Center of Excellence in the Humanities “Alma Mater”. Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"
2010–2013 Project team member in "RELIGARE: Religious Diversity and Secular Models in Europe - Innovative Approaches to Law and Policy", funded by the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation



Teaching:

2015 Modern History of Southeastern Europe - lectures and practice of the specialty "Past and present of Southeastern Europe", Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Faculty of History
2010 History teacher at the 32nd Secondary School St. Kliment Ohridski



Selected publications:

Books:

Milanova, Alexandra. From Constantinople to Ioannina. Everyday Life in the Balkans through the Eyes of François Pouqueville. Sofia: Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2020, ISBN 978-619-7179-16-3, 400 p. [Миланова, Александра. От Константинопол до Янина. Всекидневието на Балканите през погледа на Франсоа Пуквил. София: Институт за балканистика с Център по тракология – БАН, 2020, ISBN 978-619-7179-16-3, 402 с.].

Milanova, Alexandra. Touched by a Muse. Europe and urban musical culture in the Balkans, 19th – first half of the 20th century. Sofia: Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2022, ISBN 978-619-7179-32-3, 462 p. [Миланова, Александра. Докоснати от муза. Европа и градската музикална култура на Балканите, XIX – първата половина на XX век. София: Институт за балканистика с Център по тракология – БАН, 2022, ISBN 978-619-7179-32-3, 462 с.].

Editorial:
Preshlenova, Roumiana, Alexandra Milanova and Belin Mollov – paintings. 101 Paintings from Bulgaria. Sofia: Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Professor Marin Drinov Publishing House of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2021, ISBN 978-619-7179-23-1, ISBN 978-619-245-184-4, 258 p. [Прешленова, Румяна, Александра Миланова и Белин Моллов – рисунки. 101 картини от България. София: Институт за балканистика с Център по тракология – БАН, Издателство на БАН „Проф. Марин Дринов“, 2021, ISBN 978-619-7179-23-1, ISBN 978-619-245-184-4, 258 с.].

Preshlenova, Roumiana, Alexandra Milanova and Belin Mollov – paintings. 101 Paintings from Bulgaria. Sofia: Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Professor Marin Drinov Publishing House of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2022, ISBN 978-619-7179-26-2, 224 p.

Articles and papers: 

Milanova, Alexandra. Politics of an Empire, Diplomacy of a Republic: The Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey in the Great European and World Conflicts (1853-1945). In: History, 1/2011, pp. 26–46. [Миланова, Александра. Политика на империя, дипломация на република: Османската империя и Република Турция в големите европейски и световни конфликти (1853-1945). В: История, 1/2011, с. 26–46].

Milanova, Alexandra. An Ottoman Captive in Constantinople: François Pouqueville's Daily Life in the Seven Towers (1799–1801). In: Doctoral and Postdoctoral Readings 2014. Sofia, 2014, pp. 82–91 [Миланова, Александра. Един османски пленник в Константинопол: всекидневието на Франсоа Пуквил в Седемте кули (1799–1801). В: Докторантски и постдокторантски четения 2014. София: 2014, с. 82–91].

Milanova, Alexandra. Le tigre de Janina – The image of Ali Pasha Tepelena in the works of François Pouqueville. In: History, 2/2015, pp. 119–125 [Миланова, Александра. Le tigre de Janina – образът на Aли паша Тепелена в произведенията на Франсоа Пуквил. В: История, 2/2015, с. 119–125].

Milanova, Alexandra. Women in the Ottoman Empire Through the Eyes of a Western European: The Works of Lady Mary Montague. In: History, 5/2015, pp. 504–514 [Миланова, Александра. Жените в Османската империя през погледа на една западноевропейка: произведенията на лейди Мери Монтегю. В: История, 5/2015, с. 504–514].

Milanova, Alexandra. In the shadow of Constantinople: the unpublished memoirs of Adrianople by François Pouqueville. In: Stoyanova, Daniela, Grigor Boykov and Ivaylo Lozanov (eds.) Cities in South Eastern Thrace: Continuity and Transformation. Sofia: St. Kliment Ohridski University Press, 2017, ISBN 978-954-07-4275-5, pp. 209–220.

Palikova, N. and A. Milanova. The 3D animation of cultural heritage objects as an innovative instrument for vocational training and education, In: ICERI2018. 11th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation. 2018, ISBN 978-84-09-05948-5/ISSN 2340-1095, pp. 849–856.

Palikova, N., A. Milanova and E. Kovatcheva. Contextualization of cultural heritage objects through an interactive platform as a tool for research and education. In: ICERI2018. 11th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation. 2018, ISBN 978-84-09-05948-5/ISSN 2340-1095, pp. 1032–1037.

Milanova, Alexandra. Opera and Modernization: The Case of Bulgaria. In: Etudes balkaniques, 2/2020. Sofia: Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2020, pp. 435–454.

Milanova, Alexandra. 120 years since the birth of Prof. Dr. Vesselin Beshevliev, Corresponding Member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences – one of the founders of the Institute of Balkan Studies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. In: Papers of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 4/2020. Sofia: Professor Marin Drinov Publishing House of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2020, pp. 40–43 [Миланова, Александра. 120 години от рождението на чл.-кор. Веселин Бешевлиев – един от основателите на Института за балканистика. В: Списание на Българската академия на науките, 4/2020. София: Издателство на БАН „Проф. Марин Дринов“, 2020, с. 40–43].

Milanova, Alexandra. The impact of French classical music on works by Lyubomir Pipkov and Marin Goleminov and creation of the Bulgarian national music style. In: Visual Arts and Music, 2/2020. Sofia: Faculty of Educational Studies and Arts, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, 2020, pp. 82–92 [Миланова, Александра. Значението на френската школа за творчеството на Любомир Пипков и Марин Големинов. Във: Визуални изкуства и музика, 2/2020. София: Факултет по науки за образованието и изкуствата, Софийски университет „Св. Климент Охридски“, 2020, с. 82–92].

Milanova, Alexandra. 120 years since the birth of Prof. Dr. Vesselin Beshevliev, Corresponding Member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. In: Balkani, 9/2020. Sofia: Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2020, pp. 181–185 [Миланова, Александра. 120 години от рождението на чл.-кор. проф. д-р Веселин Бешевлиев. В: Балкани, 9/2020. София: Институт за балканистика с Център по тракология – БАН, 2020, с. 181–185].

Milanova, Alexandra. Opera theatres and modernization of Bulgarian towns. In: Preshlenova, Roumiana (ed.) Cities in the Balkans: Spaces, Faces, Memories. Sofia: Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2021, pp. 649–674 [Миланова, Александра. Оперните театри и модернизацията на българските градове. В: Прешленова, Румяна Ил. (ред.) Градът на Балканите: пространства, образи, памет. София: Институт за балканистика с Център по тракология, Българска академия на науките, 2021, с. 649–674].

Milanova, Alexandra. Austrian Influences on the Urban Music Culture of the Romanian Principalities (1821–1859). In: Peykovska, Penka, Yordanka Gesheva, Mila Maeva, Nadya Filipova and Stefan Dimitrov. Migrations, communities, and cultural-historical heritage. Sofia: Institute for Historical Studies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Professor Marin Drinov Publishing House of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2021, pp. 173–183 [Миланова, Александра. Австрийски влияния в градската музикална култура на Румънските княжества (1821–1859). В: Пейковска, Пенка, Йорданка Гешева, Мила Маева, Надя Филипова и Стефан Димитров (ред.) Миграции, общности и културноисторическо наследство. София: Институт за исторически изследвания при Българската академия на науките, Издателство на БАН „Проф. Марин Дринов“, 2021, с. 173–183].

Milanova, Alexandra. Reflecting Europe: Presenting the Project “European Influences in the Modern Urban Music Culture in the Balkans. Bibliographic Research”. In: Sikimić, Biljana, Branko Zlatković and Marija Dumnić Vilotijević (eds.) Savremena srpska folkoristika 9. Belgrade: Uduženje folklorista Srbije, Beograd; Univerzitetska biblioteka “Svetozar Marković”; Centar za kulturu “Vuk Karadžić”, Loznica; Naučno-obrazovno kulturni centar “Vuk Karadžić”, Tršić”, 2021, pp. 231–242 [Milanova, Alexandra. Reflecting Europe: Presenting the Project “European Influences in the Modern Urban Music Culture in the Balkans. Bibliographic Research”. In: Сикимић, Биљана, Бранко Златковић и Марија Думнић Вилотијевић (уред.) Савремена српска фолклористика IX. Београд: Удужење фолклориста Србије, Београд; Универзитетска библиотека „Светозар Марковић; Центар за културу „Вук Караџић”, Лозница; Научно-образовно културни центар „Вук Караџић”, Тршић”, 2021, с. 231–242].

Milanova, Alexandra. Opera and Modernization: The Case of Bulgaria. In: Preshlenova, Roumiana (ed.) Cities in the Balkans: Spaces, Faces, Memories. Sofia: Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2021, pp. 237–257.

Milanova, Alexandra, Galya Grozdanova-Radeva and Georgi Yuri Dikin. Vocational music education in the Balkans: The example of Bulgaria, Greece and Romania. In: Minalo, 1/2022, pp. 75–84 [Миланова, Александра, Галя Грозданова-Радева и Георги Юри Дикин. Професионалното музикално образование на балканите. Някои примери от България, Гърция и Румъния. В: Минало, 1/2022, с. 75–84].

Umerle, Tomasz, Giovanni Colavizza, Elżbieta Herden, Rindert Jagersma, Péter Király, Beata Koper, Leo Lahti, David Lindemann, Jakub Maciej Łubocki, Vojtěch Malínek, Alexandra Milanova, Róbert Péter, Nanette Rißler-Pipka, Matteo Romanello, Marcin Roszkowski, Dorota Siwecka, Mikko Tolonen, Ondřej Vimr. An Analysis of the Current Bibliographical Data Landscape in the Humanities. A Case for the Joint Bibliodata Agendas of Public Stakeholders. DARIAH-EU, 2022, 48 p.

Milanova, Alexandra. Opera and the creation of a national pantheon of heroes in nineteenth-century Romania. In: Volokitina Tatiana, Ksenia Melchakova, Marina Frolova (eds.) The Balkans, familiar and unfamiliar: Events, personalities, narratives. The 18th–21st centuries. Moscow: Institute of Slavonic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, 2022, pp. 229–240 [Миланова, Александра. Опера и формирование национального пантеона в Румынии в XIX в. Във: Волокитина, Татьяна, Ксения Мельчакова, Марина Фролова (съст.) Балканы знакомые и незнакомые: события, личности, нарративы. XVIII–XXI вв. Москва: Институт славяноведения, Российская академия наук, 2022, с. 229–240].

Milanova, Alexandra. Russian emigrants and the evolution of Serbian/Yugoslav opera art in the interwar period. In: Georgieva, Tina and Yura Konstantinova (eds). Russia: Balkan perspectives (19–20 cc.) Sofia: Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2023, pp. 343–351 [Миланова, Александра. Руските емигранти и развитието на сръбското/югославското оперно изкуство в периода между двете световни войни. В: Георгиева, Тина и Юра Константинова (съст.) Русия: погледи от Балканите (XIX–XX в.). София: Институт за балканистика с Център по тракология – БАН, 2023, с. 343–351].

Milanova, Alexandra. L'importance des récits de voyages de François Pouqueville sur la libération de la Grèce, Etudes balkaniques, 4/2023, pp. 736–751.

Milanova, Alexandra. L'importance des récits de voyages de François Pouqueville sur la libération de la Grèce. Zaimova, R. (ed.) Impact et réception de la culture française dans les Balkans (XIXe – XXe siècles) / Френската култура на Балканите (ХІХ – ХХ в.) – взаимовръзки и рецепция. Sofia : Institut d’études balkaniques & Centre de thracologie, 2023, pp. 77–90.

Миланова, Александра. Будителството като призвание. В: Списание на Българската академия на науките, 6/2023, с. 11–13.

Reviews:

Milanova, Alexandra. Round table “Romani people in the Ottoman Balkans and in contemporary Bulgaria. French-Bulgarian cooperation in the field of history and sociolinguistics”. In: Balkani, 9/2020, Sofia: Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2020, pp. 138–139 [Миланова, Александра. Кръгла маса на тема „Ромите в османските Балкани и в съвременна България. Френско-българско сътрудничество в областта на историята и социолингвистиката“. В: Балкани, 9/2020. София: Институт за балканистика с Център по тракология – БАН, 2020, с. 138–139].

Milanova, Alexandra. Lecture cycle of IBSCT-BAS “Every Second Tuesday”. In: Balkani, 9/2020, Sofia: Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2020, pp. 139–141 [Миланова, Александра. Цикъл лекции на ИБЦТ–БАН „Всеки втори вторник“. В: Балкани, 9/2020. София: Институт за балканистика с Център по тракология – БАН, 2020, с. 139–141].

Milanova, Alexandra. Project “European Influences in the Modern Urban Music Culture in the Balkans. Bibliographic Research”. In: Balkani, 9/2020, Sofia: Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2020, pp. 149–150 [Миланова, Александра. Проект „Европейски влияния в модерната градска музикална култура на Балканите. Библиографско изследване“. В: Балкани, 9/2020. София: Институт за балканистика с Център по тракология – БАН, 2020, с. 149–150].

Milanova, Alexandra. Public lecture “Multiculturalism in the Cities of the Habsburg Empire 1880–1914” presented by Catherine Horel, Ph.D. In: Balkani, 10/2021, Sofia: Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2021, pp. 114–115 [Миланова, Александра. Публична лекция на д-р Катрин Орел на тема “Multiculturalism in the Cities of the Habsburg Empire 1880–1914”. В: Балкани, 10/2021, София: Институт за балканистика с Център по тракология, Българска академия на науките, 2021, с. 114–115].

Milanova, Alexandra. Lecture cycle of IBSCT-BAS “Every Second Tuesday”. In: Balkani, 10/2021, Sofia: Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2021, pp. 118–120 [Миланова, Александра. Лекционен цикъл „Всеки втори вторник“. В: Балкани, 10/2021. София: Институт за балканистика с Център по тракология, Българска академия на науките, 2021, с. 118–120].

Milanova, Alexandra. Exhibition “The City in the Balkans: Spaces, Faces, Memory in postcards” in Rousse. In: Balkani, 11/2022, Sofia: Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2022, p. 108 [Миланова, Александра. Изложба „Градът на Балканите: пространства, образи, памет в пощенски картички“ в Русе. В: Балкани, 11/2022, София: Институт за балканистика с Център по тракология, Българска академия на науките, 2022, с. 108].

Milanova, Alexandra. Exhibition “Balkan Studies, Diplomacy and Politics. 100 years since the birth of Acad. Nikolai Todorov”. In: Balkani, 11/2022, Sofia: Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2022, p. 109 [Миланова, Александра. Изложба „Балканистиката, дипломацията и политиката. 100 години от рождението на акад. Николай Тодоров“. В: Балкани, 11/2022, София: Институт за балканистика с Център по тракология, Българска академия на науките, 2022, с. 109].

Milanova, Alexandra. Exhibition “The Heart of Bulgaria. Masterpieces from the Rila Monastery”. In: Balkani, 11/2022, Sofia: Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2022, pp. 109–110 [Миланова, Александра. Изложба „Сърцето на България. Шедьоври от Рилската света обител“. В: Балкани, 11/2022, София: Институт за балканистика с Център по тракология, Българска академия на науките, 2022, с. 109–110].

Milanova, Alexandra. Lecture cycle of IBSCT-BAS “Every Second Tuesday”. In: Balkani, 11/2022, Sofia: Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2022, pp. 110–114 [Миланова, Александра. Лекционен цикъл „Всеки втори вторник“. В: Балкани, 11/2022. София: Институт за балканистика с Център по тракология, Българска академия на науките, 2022, с. 110–114].

Milanova, Alexandra. Presenting the album “101 paintings from Bulgaria” in Sofia and Plovdiv. In: Balkani, 11/2022, Sofia: Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2022, pp. 114–115 [Миланова, Александра. Представяне на албума „101 картини от България“ в София и Пловдив. В: Балкани, 11/2022. София: Институт за балканистика с Център по тракология, Българска академия на науките, 2022, с. 114–115].


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