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Elitza Stanoeva


Elitza Stanoeva holds a PhD in History from the Technical University of Berlin (2013). She has been a Visiting Fellow in Vienna, Konstanz, Potsdam and Sofia. Her latest position was at the European University Institute in Florence as a Research Associate in the ERC project “Looking West: The European Socialist Regimes Facing Pan-European Cooperation and the European Community” until September 2020 and then as a Visiting Fellow until July 2021. She is author of the book (in Bulgarian) Sofia: Ideology, Urban Planning and Life under Socialism (Sofia: Prosveta, 2016).

Her latest publications include: “Balancing between Socialist Internationalism and Economic Internationalization: Bulgaria’s Economic Contacts with the EEC”, in A. Romano and F. Romero (eds.), European Socialist Regimes’ Fateful Engagement with the West: National Strategies in the long 1970s (London: Routledge, 2021); “Squeezed between External Trade Barriers and Internal Economic Problems: Bulgaria’s Trade with Denmark in the 1970s” (European Review of History: Revue européenne d’histoire 27:3/2020); “Exporting Holidays: Bulgarian International Tourism and the Scandinavian Market in the 1960s and 1970s” in S. B. Pedersen and C. Noack (eds.), Tourism and Travel during the Cold War: Negotiating Tourist Experiences across the Iron Curtain (London: Routledge, 2020).

Her ongoing research is focused on urban history and memory politics in socialism and post-socialism; détente and East-West economic cooperation; Cold War tourism.