Svetoslava Toncheva is assistant professor at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. She holds a PhD in anthropology (2012) and has specialized at Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, Germany (Institute of Slavonic Studies) and Wageningen university (Forest and Nature Conservation), Netherlands. Her major interests are address towards the fields of religion and environment, most recently the problematic relationship between humans and nature.
Selected recent and forthcoming publications:
- Toncheva, S. Redefining human-nature dichotomy: the voice of spiritual-ecological movements in environmentality debate. Антропология/Anthropology. Journal for Socioсultural Anthropology, forthcoming.
- Toncheva, S. 2019. On the path of the Buddha – specifics and distribution of Buddhism in Bulgaria. – Yearbook of Balkan and Baltic Studies, Vol. 1, 91-107.
- Toncheva, S. 2017. Inventing religion – New Spirituality and Sacred Places in Bulgaria. In: Darieva, Ts., Kahl, T., Toncheva, S. Sakralität und Mobilität im Kaukasus und Südosteuropa. Verlag der ÖAW. 157-179.
- Toncheva, S. 2015. Out of the New Spirituality of the Twentieth Century. The Dawn of Anthroposophy, the White Brotherhood and the Unified Teaching. Frank & Timme, Berlin.
- Тончева, С. 2015. Из новата духовност на 20-ти век. Антропософия, Бяло Братство, Единно учение. София, Парадигма.
The project presents a novel for the Bulgarian anthropological field research on a relevant for the Bulgarian environmental policy problem - the human-bear conflicts in the Region of Rodopi mountains, Bulgaria. Mitigation of human-carnivore conflicts is a major challenge to conservation efforts worldwide as well as priority matter in the context of the most relevant debates regarding the development of new conservation models - the so called “convivial” conservation, based on the notion of cohabitation of humans and animals in the context of the new European (and global) realities. The project undertakes these calls by proposing a research on human-carnivor conflicts in a region where people and bears share a common space, failing to find mechanisms for succesful coexistance. It aims to outline the core reasons for the conflicts, asses the inadequacies of the applied conservation policies and contribute to the current conservation debates, boosting the conservation efforts of the Brown bear and Bulgarian conservation policy in particular.