Sofiya Zahova

    Sofiya Zahova

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Veröld – House of Vigdís, 3rd floor

    University of Iceland
    Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages
    Brynjólfsgötu 1
    IS-107 Reykjavik
    Tel: +354-5254000


    Sofiya Zahova is the first postdoc at the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute.

    Sofiya Zahova holds a PhD. in Ethnology from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (2011) and an MA-degree in Cultural studies from the Sofia University (2007). She is member of the Board of Directors of the Gypsy Lore Society. Author of “Montenegro after Yugoslavia: Dynamic of Identity” (2013 in Bulgarian, forthcoming English edition in 2017) and “History of Romani Literature” (2015), she also co-edited with Mila Maeva the collection “Ethnography of Migrations: The Bulgarian in the Mediterranean” (2014 in Bulgarian).

    Sofiya´s research interests are twofold: Romani studies on the one hand, particularly the culture, literature and identity of the Roma / Gypsy people and, on the other hand, South-East European history, i.e. communities and identity policies in former Yugoslavian countries as well as contemporary migrations from South Eastern Europe.