Dr Nikolai Vukov graduated from the Faculty of Bulgarian Studies at Sofia University (BA, MA, 1995) and earned a second MA in History from Central European University, Budapest (1999). In 2002 he received his first doctoral degree in the field of anthropology and folklore studies from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and in 2005 he defended his second doctoral dissertation (summa cum laude) on “Monuments between Life and Death: Memory and Representation in Monuments of the Socialist Past in Bulgaria”. Dr Vukov has been Visiting Fellow at Maison des sciences de l'homme, Paris (2002); Guest Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2003); Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Study in Sofia (2005–2006); Mellon Foundation Fellow, Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris (2007), and Returning Scholar Fellow, Academic Fellowship Program, HESP, Open Society Institute, Budapest (2006–2008), to mention a few of his academic fellowships. He has combined his research activities at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences with a teaching career, lecturing at the Department of History and Theory of Culture, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” (2008), and at the Department of Anthropology, New Bulgarian University, Sofia (2006–present). Research interests: identities, mobility and transformations; cultural policies and practices in Southeast Europe; oral history, methodologies of history. Dr Vukov has participated in a number of research projects funded by the Open Society Institute, Budapest; the Bulgarian National Science Fund; and the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science.
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