Prof. Dr. Diana Mishkova


Curriculum Vitae


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.


Research Project at the Kolleg


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.


Main areas of research


  • modern and contemporary history of Southeastern Europe
  • comparative modernization of Southeast-European societies and the European peripheries 19th – 20th centuries
  • history of modern political ideas
  • European intellectual history
  • historiography and theory of history
  • methodology of comparative (historical) research



Positions and Memberships


2000- present: Director of the Centre for Advanced Study Sofia


2003-2008: Member of the Board of Eminent Scholars, Centre for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe, Thessaloniki, Greece.


Since 2005: Member of the Editorial Board of Currents of History (Journal of the Institute of Contemporary History, Belgrade, Serbia).


Since 2007: Member of the Jury of the Paul Celan Fellowship programme of the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Vienna, Austria.


2007-2010: Member of Social Sciences and Humanities Panel (SH6) of the European Research Council.


Since 2009: Member of the editorial board of the European Conceptual History book series


Since 2010: Member of the Board of International Commission for the History and Theory of Historiography (ICHTH)


Since 2011: Member of the Scientific Council of NISE (National movements & Intermediary Structures in Europe) project.


Since 2012: Member of International Advisory Board of Historein journal.


Since 2014: Member of the editorial board of the East European Politics & Societies