Zahova, Kalina

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Assist. Prof. Dr. Kalina Zahova

Born: 1977 in Sofia
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RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  • interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary culture;
  • intertextual and intercultural interactions;
  • popular music studies;
  • critical animal studies, ecocriticism;
  • teaching Bulgarian as a foreign language.

EDUCATION:

  • 2008 PhD in Theory and History of Literature, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.
    Dissertation title: Song as Synthetic Art. Functioning of the Song Text in Contemporary Culture
  • 2001 MA in Bulgarian Philology, Faculty of Slavic Studies, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"
  • 1996 National Culture-Oriented Educational Complex with an Italian Language and Culture College – Sofia

EMPLOYMENT:

  • since 2012 – Institute for Literature, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Department of Literary Theory: Assistant Professor
  • 2011 – 2014 Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland, Institute of Slavonic Philology: Lecturer
  • 2010 – 2012 Institute for Literature, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Department of Literary Theory: Junior Researcher
  • 2008 – 2010 Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Department of History and Theory of Culture: Part-time lecturer in Cultural Studies
  • 2008 – 2009 Plovdiv University “Paisii Hilendarski”, Department of Bulgarian Literature and Theory of Literature: Part-time assistant in Theory of Literature
  • 2005 – 2010 Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Department of Theory of Literature: Part-time assistant in Theory of Literature

COURSES TAUGHT:

  • 2011 – 2014 Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland, Institute of Slavonic Philology: Bulgarian Language, Literature and Culture
  • 2008 – 2010 Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Faculty of Philosophy, Department of History and Theory of Culture, MA Arts and Contemporary Culture (20th–21st c.): Interpretation of the Work of Art [II]
  • 2005 – 2010 Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Faculty of Slavic Studies, Department of Theory of Literature: Theory of Literature
  • 2009 Bulgarian Cultural Institute, Bratislava, Slovakia: Bulgarian Language and Culture
  • 2008 – 2009 Plovdiv University “Paisii Hilendarski”, Department of Bulgarian Literature and Theory of Literature: Introduction to Literary Theory
  • 2007 – 2008 Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Faculty of Slavic Studies, Department of Theory of Literature: Lyrics Sung

RESEARCH PROJECTS:

international

  • since 2017 – Slovenian and Bulgarian Literatures and Cultures in the Context of World Literature - a joint research project of the Institute for Literature (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) and the Institute of Slovenian Literature and Literary Studies (Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts)
  • since 2010 – Literary Terms and Their Contexts - a joint research project of the Institute for Literature (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) and the Institute of Literary Research (Polish Academy of Sciences)
  • 2010 – 2018 The Progect Network for the Study of Progressive Rock
  • 2015 – 2016 Universal and Marginal Values and Identities - a joint research project of the Institute for Literature (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) and the Institute of Slovenian Literature and Literary Studies (Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts)
  • 2012 – 2015 Virtual Library "Ivan Shishmanov". Bulgarian Literature in Translation
    http://bglit.org
  • 2012 – 2014 The Text Levski - Readings in Domestic and Foreign Context

national

  • since 2019 – National Scientific Programme "Cultural Historical Heritage, National Memory, and Social Development"
  • since 2018 – Establishment and Development of the "Heritage BG" Center for Top Achievements
  • since 2017 – Bulgarian Literature since the Liberation (1878) – Personalities and Processes, Documents and Artifacts (Digital Dictionary)
    http://www.dictionarylit-bg.eu/
  • since 2010 – Methodological Problems in Literary Theory
  • 2015 – 2016 Bulgarian Literary Classics – Knowledge for Everyone. Unknown Archives and Cultural Contexts
    http://bglitarchives.org/
  • 2010 Concepts and Problems of Contemporary Literary Studies. Reference Publications and Anthologies
  • 2009 Hidden Publicity: Mapping Subcultures in Bulgaria

INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIPS:

  • 2010 – 2011 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Slavic Studies, University of Vienna, Austria. Research project: Transformations of Intercultural Memory [Slavic and Austrian Cultures – Mechanisms of Intercultural Reception]
  • 2009 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Slavistics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia. Research project: Preservation and Transformations of Socialism’s Cultural Heritage in Contemporary Post-Socialist Cultures
  • 2005 – 2006 Specialization in Vienna, Austria: ÖAD/ACM on behalf of and financed by the BMBWK. Field of research: Popular Music Studies

COMMUNITY

  • Member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music.

SELECTED INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATIONS:

  • 06/2019 International Conference Slovenian and Bulgarian Literatures and Cultures in the Context of World Literature, Sofia, Bulgaria: How to Survive Intellectually in the World of Project Humanities
  • 09/2018 International Conference Recycling in Literature and Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria: Cultural Recycling: From the Secondary Raw Materials to the Recycle Bin
  • 12/2017 International Conference Smrti živali: kritična animalistična perspektiva, Maribor, Slovenia: Hunting in Bulgarian Literature
  • 09/2015 International Conference The Thing. Conceptual and Cultural Aspects, Sofia, Bulgaria: False Friends and Varied Readings: Interlinguistic and Intercultural Homonymy
  • 05/2015 Second Bosnian-Herzegovinian Congress in Slavic Studies, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: Examples of Animal Representations in Slavic Literatures and Cultures
  • 12/2014 First International Conference of the ACADPROG Network dedicated to progressive rock, University of Burgundy, Dijon, France: Progressive Rock behind the Iron Curtain - Why Not?
  • 04/2014 Bulgarian Cultural Institute, Warsaw, Poland: Cultural Differences between Polish and Bulgarian Everyday Life
  • 09/2012 International conference Similarity and Difference (The Problem of Identity), Sofia, Bulgaria: Expectations, Requests, Demands. Examples of Reception Conditions in Contemporary Culture
  • 05/2012 International conference Obraz Świętości – Świętość w Obrazie, Szamotuły, Poland: Sacralization and Desacralization of the Recent Past.
  • 06/2011 The 16th Biennial IASPM International Conference, Grahamstown, South Africa: Intercultural Reception as Manifested in Popular Music
  • 05/2011 Wiener Osteuropaforum, University of Vienna, Austria: Transformations of Intercultural Memory [Slavic and Austrian Cultures – Mechanisms of Intercultural Reception]
  • 03/2011 Transformations in Central and Eastern Europe: before, after, in the process?, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland: Aspects of Socialist Culture as Perceived by Post-Socialist Youth of Slovakia, Poland and Bulgaria
  • 07/2009 The 15th Biennial IASPM International Conference, Liverpool, United Kingdom: Why Do Words Have Songs?

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

І. Books

ІI. Articles

in English:

  • Hunting in Bulgarian Literature // In: Pojmovanja živalskih smrti: antropocentrizem in (ne)možne subjektivitete, Annales University Press, forthcoming.
  • Examples of Animal Representations in Slavic Literatures and Cultures // Drugi bosanskohercegovački slavistički kongres, forthcoming.
  • Stray Cats in Bulgaria // In: Knjiga o mačkama: od Bastet do Catwoman, Institut za etnologija i folkloristika (biblioteka Nova etnografija), Zagreb, forthcoming.
  • False Friends and Varied Readings: Interlinguistic and Intercultural Homonymy // In: The Thing. Conceptual and Cultural Aspects, Boyan Penev Publishing Centre (Institute for Literature BAS; Instytut Badań Literackich PAN), 2018, ISBN 978-619-7372-10-6, с. 449-470.
  • Progressive Rock behind the Iron Curtain – Why Not? // In: Prog Rock in Europe. Overview of a persistent musical style. Directed by Philippe Gonin. In collaboration with Chris Atton, Sarah Hill, Allan F. Moore, Justin Williams. Éditions Universitaires de Dijon, collection Sociétés, Dijon, 2016, ISBN: 978-2-36441-175-3, pp. 21-33.
  • Expectations, Requests, Demands. Examples of Reception Conditions in Contemporary Culture // In: Resemblance and Difference. The Problem of Identity. Ed. by Teresa Dobrzyńska and Raya Kuncheva. Boyan Penev Publishing Centre (Institute for Literature BAS; Instytut Badań Literackich PAN), 2015, ISBN 978-954-8712-97-2, pp.245-256.
  • Intercultural Reception as Manifested in Popular Music // In: Situating Popular Musics, The 16th Biennial IASPM International Conference Grahamstown South Africa 2011 Proceedings: http://www.iaspm.net/proceedings/index.php/iaspm2011/iaspm2011/paper/view/54
  • А Vision of Our City (Socialist Urban Legacy as Seen Through the Eyes of Post-Socialst Youth of Slovakia, Poland and Bulgaria) // In: Vision and Cognition/Взгляд и познание, Ed. by Teresa Dobrzyńska and Raya Kuncheva. Boyan Penev Publishing Centre (Institute for Literature BAS; Instytut Badań Literackich PAN), 2011, ISBN 978-954-8712-75-0, pp. 271-289.
  • Why Do Words Have Songs? // The 15th Biennial IASPM International Conference Liverpool 2009 Proceedings, forthcoming.

in Bulgarian:

  • Literature in Electronic Audio Format: from Radio Plays to Audiobooks (Co-author: Andrey Tashev) // Electronic Magazine LiterNet, 29.07.2018, № 7 (224), ISSN:1312-2282 - https://liternet.bg/publish11/k_zahova/radiopiesi.htm
  • Derisive Literary Studies: Human Being – the Funniest Animal // Literaturna istoria, 1/2018 special edition, Sofia: Boyan Penev Publishing Centre, 2017, ISSN 0204-7756, pp. 42-51.
  • "If Slaughterhouses Had Glass Walls…" // In: The Parahuman: Grace and Gravity. In honour of prof. Miglena Nikolchina. Eds. K.Spassova, D.Tenev, M.Kalinova. Sofia: Sofia University Press, 2017, ISBN 978-954-07-4268-7, pp. 197-200.
  • Strategies of Renaming and Mystification in Bulgarian Literature (Co-author: Nadezhda Stoyanova) // In: Multiculturalism and Multilingualism. The 13th International Slavic Conference Proceedings, Sofia, 21-23 April 2016. Volume II. Anthropology. Literary Studies. Eds. D.Grigorov, R.Petrova, V.Kolev, T.Georgieva, M.Stefanov, P.Martinova. Veliko Tyrnovo: Faber, 2017, ISBN: 978-619-00-0651-0, pp. 678-688.
  • Romantic Attitudes Towards Music (Wackenroder) // In: SUB SPECIE AETERNITATIS. In memoriam Zhana Nikolova-Galabova. Eds. E.Dencheva, R.Kuncheva, B.Mirchev, B.Zlatanov. Sofia: Sofia University Press, 2015, ISBN 978-954-07-3917-5, pp. 146-157.
  • The Invisible School: Impact Factor and Literary Reactor // In: The Invisible School: Miroslav Yanakiev, Nikola Georgiev, Radosvet Kolarov. Eds. M.Nikolchina, M.Yanakieva, A.Licheva. Sofia: Literaturen vestnik Foundation, 2014, ISBN 978-954-9602-37-1, pp. 89-100.
  • Perspectives Towards Reception // In: The Literary Studies as a Possibility of Choice. In honorem Raya Kuncheva. Eds. M.Yanakieva, R.Damyanova, Y.Naydenova, E.Traykova, A.Miltenova. Sofia: Context, 2012, ISBN 978-954-8238-40-3, pp. 249-257.
  • "Childhood of Mine, Real and Magical…" (Emblematic Bulgarian Songs from Films for Children) // In: Art Readings 2010, Sofia: Institute of Art Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2011.
  • Adorno and Popular Music Reception // Critique & Humanism, Vol. 34, 4 / 2010.
  • It Grows but Does Not Grow Wiser // Electronic Magazine LiterNet, 30.05.2009, № 5 (114) - http://liternet.bg/publish11/k_zahova/raste.htm
  • “Under the Yoke” Reviewed by Zakhari Stoyanov – How Did That Happen? (Co-author: Grigor Grigorov) // In: I’m Not One of Them: The Canon of Distinction, University Press St. Kliment Ohridski, Sofia, 2009.
  • Song Texts and Contemporary Cultural Consciousness Shaping // In: The Matrix – The Power Of Equality. University Press St. Kliment Ohridski, Sofia, 2008.
  • On Popular Music in the Age of Technical Reproduction (Benjamin and Adorno) // altera Academica, year I, issue 2, Summer 2007, pp. 84-97.
  • From the Restored Wholeness of Geo Milev’s Expressionistic Calendar for 1921 towards the Astrology in Literature // Electronic Magazine LiterNet, 27.03.2007, № 3 (88) - http://liternet.bg/publish11/k_zahova/g_milev.htm
  • Poses and Positions in Song Text // Littera et Lingua, Autumn 2006, Issue №3 - http://www.slav.uni-sofia.bg/naum/en/node/1647
  • Strawberry Fields of Déjà (Intertextuality of Contemporary Popular Song) // In: Word: Images and Reflections. Plovdiv, 2008. Also on LiterNet, 15.06.2006, № 6 (79) - http://liternet.bg/publish11/k_zahova/iagodovite.htm
  • Between Showing and Telling (Interactions between Cinema and Literature in Konstantin Pavlov’s Screenplays) // In: Culture and Criticism. pt.IV: Ideology: Ways of Use. Edited by Albena Vacheva, Yordan Eftimov, Georgi Chobanov, Varna: LiterNet, 2004-2005 http://liternet.bg/publish11/k_zahova/kpavlov.htm
  • The Fictional Reality and the Real Literary Work (the Reader’s Point of View) // In: Literature and Critical Practices, Sofia, 2003.

III. Reviews

IV. Editing

  • Literary History Journal, 1/2018 special edition. Eds. Andrey Tashev, Kalina Zahova, Miryana Yanakieva, Regina Koycheva. Sofia: Boyan Penev Publishing Centre, 2017, ISSN 0204-7756.
  • Matvey Valev. Radio and Society / Eds. Andrey Tashev, Kalina Zahova. Sofia: Sofia University Press, 2017, 112 p., ISBN 978-954-07-4332-5.
  • 2012 – 2015 Poznańskie Studia Slawistyczne Journal (Poznań Slavic Studies): Proofreader http://www.pss.amu.edu.pl
  • I’m Not One of Them: The Canon of Distinction. Proceedings of the Conference in honour of Prof. Nikola Georgiev’s 70th Anniversary and 60 Years Department of Theory of Literature. Eds. M.Nikolchina, I.Alexandrova, K.Mikhajlov, K.Zahova, K.Spasova, G.Ivanova. Sofia: Sofia University Press, 2009.
  • 2006 – 2007 Electronic Magazine LiterNet: Editor of “New Humanitaristics” – a section for studies in the field of Humanities, sponsored by the National Cultural Fund - http://liternet.bg/publish/katalog/rubriki/nova.htm

V. Translations

  • Olivieri, Mario. Il Paradiso perduto (Viaggi. Persitenze e variazioni nell’idea di viaggio, 1997) // Sledva, Issue 17, 2007. Also on: LiterNet, 23.12.2007, № 12 (97) - http://liternet.bg/publish21/m_olivieri/izgubeniat.htm
  • Gandhi, Leela. A Complicated Occidentalism: Colonial Desire and Disappointment in V. S. Naipaul // Literaturna misal, 1, 2005.
  • Reis, Carlos. Ideology and literary representation (Towards a Semiotics of Ideology, 1993), with Albena Vacheva // LiterNet, 30.11.2004 - http://liternet.bg/publish12/k_reis/ideologia.htm
  • Editing of: Culler, Jonathan. Towards a Linguistics of Writing (Framing the Sign: Criticism and Its Institutions, 1988), translated into Bulgarian by Albena Vacheva. // LiterNet, 18.12.2003 -
    http://liternet.bg/publish6/jkuller/lingvistika.htm
  • Culler, Jonathan. Problems in the Theory of Fiction // Literaturna misal, 1-2, 2003.

VI. Other Articles

  • Researcher on the Move // ForscherInnen unterwegs / Researchers on the Move, 6.03.2011 - http://www.forscherinnen-unterwegs.net/?p=715
  • “I’m Not One of Them”. Nikola Georgiev and The Canon of Distinction // altera Academica, year I, issue 4, Winter 2007.
  • Spirit of Mozart // Literaturen vestnik, Issue №5, 8-14.02.2006, p.7
  • Gologan, or The Limits of Music and Poetry. // Literaturen vestnik, Issue №27, 20-26.07.2005

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