Director of the Vigdís International Centre for Multilingualism and Intercultural Understanding
Veröld – House of Vigdís, 3rd floor
University of Iceland
Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages
Sofiya Zahova, PhD in Ethnology, is the Director of the Vigdís International Centre for Multilingualism and Intercultural Understanding. Her interests and expertise are related to Roma, minority and language policies in Europe, Southeastern Europe, nationalism and ethnicity.
Currently, Sofiya´s main research work encompasses the study of Romani writing practices in a Nordic context as part of the international research programme Romani language repertoires in an open world. Her work for the Vigdís International Centre is related to the Centre´s contribution and development within UNESCO´s initiative International Decade of Indigenous Languages, 2022-2032, and to managing the Roma in the Centre initiative.
Sofiya has published in peer reviewed collections and journals, and authored the monographs Yugoslavia after Montenegro: Dynamics of Identities (2013, in Bulgarian), History of Romani Literature with Multimedia on Romani Kids´ Publications (2014, in English), as well as the study Research on the Social Norms that Prevent Roma Girls from Access to Education (2016, in Bulgarian and English).