January - June & October - December 2015
2000- present: Director of the Centre for Advanced Study Sofia
2000-2005: Associate Professor in Modern and Contemporary History of Southeastern Europe, Department of Southeast-European History (Faculty of History), Sofia University
1988-2000: Senior Assistant Professor in Modern and Contemporary History of Southeastern Europe, Department of Southeast-European History (Faculty of History), Sofia University
Selected Fellowships: Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (1999; 2014); Collegium Budapest (2005); Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Vienna (2000); Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington (1994)
Visiting/Guest Professor: University of Fribourg, Switzerland; University of Athens, Greece; University of Crete, Greece; University of Uppsala, Sweden; Pittsburgh University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA.
Spatial Configurations in East-Central Europe in the 20th Century
The project will explore the spatial imageries East Central European intellectuals and academics have operated with since the turn of the nineteenth century. This implies, firstly, taking into account the spatial embedment of temporal terms (like development, progress, delay) and the historicization and politicization of spatial terms (east, west, north, south, centre, periphery, borderlands). It also involves looking into various modes of spatialization: territorial vs. non-territorial (e.g. ‘cultural-lingusitic’- Slavic Europe); alternative spatial configurations to the national space (e.g. federalist or pan-ideologies; trans- or supranational configurations); the conceptualization of ‘liminal’ spaces (as captured by notions or metaphors like ‘bridge’, ‘in-betweenness’, ‘cultural synthesis’); and the discourses of othering through spatialization (Orientalism, Occidentalism, Balkanism, etc.). The contestations and semantic shifts implicated in the crystallization of these spaces are the third direction of research.
Methodologically the project implies taking into consideration: (i) Entanglements and mutual reinforcement, but sometimes also disjunctions and counterpoising of external and internal spatial constructions as well as between political and scholarly regional representations; (ii) The relational character of spatial constructions (each region being defined in view of another one), implying attentiveness to cross-regional conceptualizations; (iii) The relationships and permutation of regional imageries and national agendas; (iv) Divergent maps produced by different disciplinary cultures and epistemological transformations.
Приспособяване на свободата. Модерност-легитимност в Сърбия и Румъния през XIX век. [Domestication of Freedom. Modernity-Legitimacy in Serbia and Romania in the Nineteenth Century], Sofia: Paradigma, 2001.
Балканският XIX век. Други прошити [The Balkan Nineteenth Century. Other Readings], Sofia: Centre for Advanced Study Sofia & RIVA Publishers, 2006 (in Bulgarian) (including editorial chapter).
We, the People. Politics of National Peculiarity in Southeastern Europe (ed.), Budapest and New York: Central European University Press, 2009.
Българският комунизъм - дебати и интерпретации [Bulgarian Communism - Debates and Interpretations] (co-edited with M. Gruev) Sofia: Centre for Advanced Study and RIVA Publ., 2013
Entangled Histories of the Balkans. Vol.II Transfers of Political Ideologies and Institutions (co-edited with Roumen Daskalov) Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2014.
"Regimes of Historicity" in Southeastern and Northern Europe: Discourses of Identity and Temporality, 1890-1945 (co-edited with Balázs Trencsényi and Marja Jalava), London and New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2014.
Discourses of Collective Identity in Central and Southeast Europe (1789-1945). Texts and Commentaries. vol. 4: Anti-Modernism: Radical Revisions of Collective Identity (co-edited with Marius Turda and Balázs Trencsényi), Budapest, New York: Central European University Press, 2014.
"Symbolic Geographies and Visions of Identity: A Balkan Perspective", European Journal of Social Theory, SAGE, 11(2), 2008, 237-256. "What Is in Balkan History? Spaces and Scales in the Tradition of Southeast-European Studies", Southeastern Europe (Brill), 34/1, 2010, 55-86. "Liberalism and Tradition in the Nineteenth-century Balkans. Toward History and Methodology of Political Transfer", East European Politics and Society 26/4 (2012), 668-692.
"Politics of Regionalist Science: Southeastern Europe as a Supranational Space in Late Nineteenth - Mid-twentieth Century Academic Projects," East Central Europe, 39 (2012), 1-38.
"Balkan Liberalisms: Historical Routes of a Modern Ideology", in Roumen Daskalov and Diana Mishkova (eds.), Entangled Histories of the Balkans. vol.II Transfers of Political Ideologies and Institutions, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2014, 99-198.
"Regimes of 'Balkan Historicity': The Critical Turn and Regional Time in Studies of the Balkans Before the First World War", in D. Mishkova, B. Trencsényi and M. Jalava (eds.), "Regimes of Historicity" in Southeastern and Northern Europe: Discourses of Identity and Temporality, 1890-1945, London and New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2014, 21-42.
The full list of publications can be viewed at: www.cas.bg/en/Prof-Diana-Mishkova.html