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Ivo Strahilov


Ivo Strahilov is an Assistant Professor at the Department of History and Theory of Culture at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski. He holds a PhD in Cultural Studies (2019) and works in the field of Critical Heritage Studies. His research interests include contemporary uses of heritage, minorities’ heritages, environmental heritage and mobilisations. He is currently in charge of a research project investigating the historical, socio-economic, and cultural meanings of Ottoman public baths and water heritage.

Selected publications:

  • Strahilov, I. “‘Am I Doing It Well Enough?’: Roma, Racialised Heritage, and Politics of (Self-)Representation in Postsocialist Bulgaria”. In: Gönül Bozoğlu, Gary Campbell, Laurajane Smith, and Christopher Whitehead (eds.) Routledge International Handbook of Heritage and Politics. London and New York: Routledge. Forthcoming.
  • Strahilov, I. 2022. “Between the ‘Thracian Substratum’ and ‘Oriental Accretions’: Bulgarian Mumming and the National Heritage Canon”, Seminar_BG. Online Journal for Cultural Studies, Special Issue 5.
  • Strahilov, I. 2021. “Constructing Heritage, Negotiating Europeanness: Three Bulgarian Exhibitions of Thracian Legacy in Paris”. In: Yordan Lyutskanov, Benedikts Kalnačs, and Gaga Shurgaia (eds.) Series Minor, XCII, Heteroeuropeanisations: (In)capacity to Stay Marginal. Napoli: UniorPress, 279–315.
  • Strahilov, I. 2021. “National Pride: Negotiating Heritage, Gender, and Belonging in times of Illiberal Ethnonationalism in Bulgaria”, Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics 7 (4): 13–31.
  • Strahilov, I. 2020. “‘Où est notre eau?’ Dépossessions et mobilisations patrimoniales dans la Bulgarie actuelle (le cas de Pernik, 2019–2020)”. In: Valentina Marinescu and Daniela Rovenţa-Frumuşani (eds.) Communication, environnement et développement durable. Études de cas. Cluj-Napoca: Cluj University Press, 47–68.