Dr Daniela Koleva
Daniela Koleva holds a PhD in Sociology. She is associate professor at the Department for History and Theory of Culture (Sofia University), academic associate at the Centre for Advanced Studies Sofia, member of the Academic Board of New Europe College, Bucharest and of the Advisory Board of the Institute for the Study of the Recent Past, Sofia. Her research interests are in the fields of oral history and anthropology of socialism and post-socialism, biographical and cultural memory, politics of memory and heritage. Daniela has lectured at the universities of Fribourg, Jena, Tübingen, Regensburg, Lund, Nottingham, AUBG. She has published a monograph on the ‘normal life course’ in socialist Bulgaria and a number of book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed international journals. She is the (co)editor of 20 Years after the Collapse of Communism: Expectations, Achievements and Disillusions of 1989 (2011), Negotiating Normality: Everyday Lives in Socialist Institutions (2012), Ageing, Ritual and Social Change: Comparing the Secular and Religious in Eastern and Western Europe. (2013), From Literature to Cultural Literacy (2014). Her last book (in Bulgarian), resulting from an oral history project of the Institute for the Study of the Recent Past, is a collection of life stories of Bulgarian Jews born before WWII, which sheds some light on the influence of public memory cultures on personal remembering.