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the fields of ethnomusicology, anthropological music studies, local ethno-cultural and music
traditions, cultural identity, collective memory, migration processes, Bulgarian communities
abroad, ethnographic urban research, and intercultural interactions. Natalia Rashkova has many
years of experience in field work in Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, and Turkey. She has published
over 120 journal articles and papers both in Bulgaria and internationally and has compiled
and edited a volume of folklore music for the series
Collection of Folklore and Folklore Studies
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Nikolai Vukov,
is Associate professor at the Institute of Ethnology and
Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum (BAS). He has Ph.D. in anthropology (2002,
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) and Ph.D. in history (2005, Central European University -
Budapest). He has held visiting and research fellowships at institutes of advanced studies in
Paris, Berlin, Bucharest, and Sofia, and has taught courses at New Bulgarian University, the
University of Plovdiv, and the University of Sofia. Nikolai Vukov has published extensively
on monuments and museum representations in Eastern Europe after 1945; communist rule
and post-communist transition; history, memory and commemorations of the dead after
the Two World Wars in Bulgaria. His most recent book (co-authored with Luca Ponchiroli) is:
Communism of Stone: Monuments in Bulgaria, 1944-1989. An Album.
(Ponchiroli editori, 2011).
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Stoyka Penkova,
Ph.D., is Principal lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the
University of Plovdiv where she teaches courses inModernity and post-modernity: philosophical
and sociological discourses and Sociology of inequality and social stratification. She is deputy
director of the Institute for Critical Social Studies at PU. Here academic interests are in the
field of sociology of discursive practices, socio-analysis and discursive practices of inheriting.
Among her most recent publications are: “Contradictions of inheritance: mechanisms of
inheriting with the successors of Thracian refugees and Bulgarian out-migrants in Edirne”
Annals of the Department of Anthropology
, vol. 4. (Sofia, NBU, 2011); “Contradictions of
inheritance: mechanisms of inheriting and discursive practices (the case of ethnicity)” in
Sociological Issues
(2011); and “Socio-analysis of liminality: two cases on both sides of the
Bulgarian-Turkish border” in
Migrations on Both Sides of the Turkish-Bulgarian Border: Inheritance,
Identities, Intercultural Interactions
, edited by V. Ganeva-Raycheva et al. (Sofia, IEFSEM, 2012).
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Valentina Ganeva-Raycheva,
Ph. D.,
is Associate professor at the Institute of Ethnology
and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum (BAS) and teaches courses in Ethnology and
Cultural anthropology at the BA and MA levels. She is a member of the National Council for
Intangible Cultural Heritage at the BulgarianMinistry of Culture. Her academic interests are in the