Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena

Professor Elena Marushiakova

Fellow Elena Marushiakova

Januar - Juni 2016
Mail studiiromani(at)geobiz(dot)net

Elena Marushiakova works at Balkan Ethnology Department at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum at of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. She was Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the University of St. Andrews, UK, in 2015; Fellow at IGK "Work and Human Life Cycle in Global History", at Humboldt University at Berlin in 2013-2014; holder of 2009 Fulbright New Century Scholars Award; in 2006-2007 she led the research program Dynamics of National Identity and Transnational Identities in the Process of European Integration under Jean Monnet Action CER 2006-051. In 2001-2004 she worked in the Complex Research Program (SFB 586) Difference and integration of the Universities of Leipzig and Halle. After 1989 she co-founded the Minority Studies Society Studii Romani and was involved in numerous national and international research projects.

Research project at the Kolleg

The main aim of the research project "Towards Modernity: Roma Organisations in the Interwar Period" is to reveal the reasons of arising, strategic visions and set of specific aims of Roma organisations in the countries of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe occurred in the period between the two world wars. The departing point of the research is the circumstance that Roma are not a hermetically isolated social and cultural system. They exist in two dimensions, both as separate ethnic communities and as a part of the macro-society in which they live within the respective nation-states and admittedly the processes of modernization of their societies exert significant influence also on them. Together with members of the macro-society they experienced breakdowns of old Empires and the establishment of national states. On the vast territories of that what would became the Soviet Union they were included in the building of a new political system. While researching the activities of the main Roma organisations and lives and writings of their activists in 20th century, through their controversial and multidimensional ideas about ways of development of their own people, the project in fact discusses the breakthrough and the negotiation of political modernity by the Roma and the notions embodied in their different national projects in cross-European perspective. Diachronic analysis of different visions will show where different national projects were interacting, thus the project is looking at Roma as an inseparable part of the mainstream history and Roma socio-political visions as part of the history of modern political thought in Europe.

Main areas of research

  • Romani studies
  • Transnational and spatial history
  • Global studies
  • Ethnic and minority studies
  • Nation building
  • Ethnography of Eastern Europe
  • Oral history studies
  • Slavic studies

Positions and memberships

  • President of the Gypsy Lore Society (founded in Great Britain in 1888)
  • Founding and Academic Committee Member of European Academic Network on Romani Studies
  • Member of International Committee for Museums Ethnography at International Council of Museums at UNESCO
  • Member of Study Group Music and Minorities at International Council for Traditional Music
  • Member of the Central Eurasian Studies Society
  • Member of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences Member of the European Association of Social Anthropologists
  • Member of editorial boards of journals and book series: Romani Studies; Studia Romologica; Bulletin Muzea romské kultury; International Journal of Romani Language and Culture; Journal of Gypsy studies, Научное обозрение, Серия 2 Гуманитарные науки; Peter Lang Book Series 'Nationalisms Across the Globe'.


Elena Marushiakova and Vesselin Popov, Gypsies in Central Asia and the Caucaus (Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Pivot) [forthcoming].

Елена Марушиакова и Веселин Попов, Цигани в Източна Европа. Курс лекции (София: Парадигма, 2012).

Елена Марушиакова и Веселин Попов,, Ромската етнокултура - минало и настояще. Каталог. (София: Парадигма, 2012).

Translations: Elena Marushiakova and Vesselin Popov, Roma Culture in Past and Present. Catalogue (Sofia: Paradigma, 2012).

Elena Marushiakova and Vesselin Popov, La cultura étnica de los Gitanos (Roma) - pasado y presente. Catálogo (Sofia: Paradigma, 2012).

Elena Marushiakova and Vesselin Popov, I Romani etnokultura - paluptnipe thaj akana. Katalogo (Sofia: Paradigma, 2012).

Elena Marushiakova, Udo Mischek, Vesselin Popov and Bernhard Streck, Zigeuner am Schwarzen Meer (Leipzig: Eudora Verlag, 2008).

Елена Марушиакова и Веселин Попов, Студии Романи. Избрано (София: Парадигма, 2007).

Христо Кючуков, Елена Марушиакова и Веселин Попов, Христоматия по ромска култура (София: Иктус Принт, 2004).

Elena Marushiakova and Vesselin Popov, Gypsies Roma in Times Past and Present. // Цигани/Рома от старо и ново време (Sofia: Litavra, 2000). [bilingual edition]

Марушиакова, Елена и Веселин Попов, Циганите в Османската империя (София: Литавра, 2000).

Translations: Elena Marushiakova and Vesselin Popov, Gypsies in the Ottoman Empire (Hatfield: University of Hertfordshire Press, 2001)

Elena Marushiakova and Vesselin Popov, Romi u Turskom Carstvu (Subotica: Čikoš Holding,2003)

Elena Marushiakova and Vesselin Popov, Osmanlı Imperatorluğu'nda Çingeneler. Istanbul: Homer, 2006); یلینا ماروشیاکوف٢٠٠٩ ا و فاسلین بو. تاریخ الغج. الغجر فی الدولة العثما نیة. وکالةسفنکس ،. [2009. Egypt.].

Elena Marushiakova and Vesselin Popov, Циганите в България (София: Клуб '90, 1993). - Elena Marushiakova and Vesselin Popov, Gypsies (Roma) in Bulgaria (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 1997).

Elena Marushiakova and Vesselin Popov, The Gypsies of Bulgaria. Problems of the multicultural museum exhibition. // Циганите на България. Проблеми на мултикултуралната музейна експозиция (Sofia: Club '90, 1995). [bilingual edititon].

Edited volumes

Elena Marushiakova, ed, Dynamics of National Identity and Transnational Identities in the Process of European Integration. (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008).

Elena Marushiakova and Vesselin Popov, eds, Roma Culture: Myths and Realities. (Munich: Lincom Academic Publisher, 2016). [forthcoming].


Elena Marushiakova and Vesselin Popov, 'European Policies of Roma Social Inclusion: Catch 22?', Social Inclusion 3, no 5 (2015): 19-31.

Elena Marushiakova and Vesselin Popov, 'Identity and Language of the Roma (Gypsies) in Central and Eastern Europe', in The Palgrave Handbook of Slavic Languages, Identities and Borders, edited by Tomasz Kamusella, Motoki Nomachi and Catherine Gibson (London: Palgrave, 2015), 26-54.

Elena Marushiakova and Vesselin Popov, 'The First Gypsy/Roma Organizations, Churches and Newspapers'. in From Dust to Digital: Ten Years of the Endangered Archives Programme, edited by Maja Kominko (Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers, 2015), 258-293.

Elena Marushiakova and Vesselin Popov, 'Gypsy Religious Revival Movement in Former Soviet Union', in Romani Pentecostalism: Gypsies and Charismatic Christianity', edited by David Thurfjell and Adrian Marsh Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2014), 41-53.

Elena Marushiakova and Vesselin Popov, 'Gypsy Musician and Performances'. In Medieval and Early Modern Performance in the Eastern Mediterranean, edited by Evelyn Birge Vitz and Arzu Ozturkmen (New York: Brepols, 2014), 327-341.

Elena Marushiakova and Vesselin Popov, 'The Shades of Incomplete: Roma Educational Policy in Bulgaria', in Roma Education in Europe, edited by Maja Miskovic (London: Routledge, 2013), 135-146.

Elena Marushiakova and Vesselin Popov, 'The 'Gypsy' groups in Eastern Europe: Ethnonyms vs. Professionyms', Romani Studies 23, no 1 (2013), 61-81.


Review of Sławomir Kapralski, Naród z popiołów. Pamięć zagłady a tożsamośc Romów. [A nation from the ashes: Memory of genocide and Roma identity] (Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar, 2012), in Romani Studies, Ser. 5, 24, no 1 (2014): 93-110.

Review of Николай Бессонов, Цыганская трагедия 1941-1945. Факты, документы, воспоминания. Том 2. Вооруженный отпор. [Nikolai Bessonov, The Gypsy's Tragedy 1941-1945. Facts, Documents, memoires. Vol. 2, Armed resistance] (Saint Petersburg: Shatra, 2010), Romani Studies, 21, no 2 (2011): 219-224.

Review of Ion Duminica, ed, Цыганские народные сказки [Gypsy fairy-tales] (Chișinău: ARS, 2012), Revista de etnografie şi folclor, no 13-14 (2014): 225-227.