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Shaban Darakchi

Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Bulgaria
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Balkan "queer wars": Emergence and development of LGBTQ activism and the anti-LGBTQ movements in post-Soviet Bulgaria
Advanced Academia Programme

Shaban Darakchi holds a Ph.D. degree in Sociology. Dr. Darakchi is a junior researcher at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. His main professional interests are gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and religion in Eastern Europe and Bulgaria. His doctoral thesis explores the changing gender roles and notions of sexuality among the Bulgarian Muslims. He has published one book and several articles devoted to the intersections of gender and sexuality. Currently, Shaban is investigating sexual minorities' activism and identities in Bulgaria and Eastern Europe. In 2014 he was a Fulbright Visiting Fellow at the University of Hartford in Connecticut, USA and in 2016 he spent six months at the Australian Centre for Sex Research as an Endeavour Fellow. Shaban has also been working as a trainer in non-formal education projects and he has participated as an invited speaker to conferences and summer schools in many European countries, Canada, South Africa, Australia, and the USA.

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