Ph.D. candidate in History, Technical University Berlin
Tsvetan Stoyanov Junior Visiting Fellow
(November 2011 – April 2012)
The Socialist City Center of Sofia.
Disciplining Architecture and the Monumental Body (1944 – 1989)
My research explores the adoption of a socialist political ideology as manifested in the design of Sofia’s city center. Under socialism, the monumentality of the city center was rigidified not only in its architectural form but also in terms of the living body, be it a participant in a mass parade, a consumer of socialist productive abundance, or an ‘acculturated’ citizen believing in national progress. The analysis traces the changing visions of Sofia’s center, which mirrored major shifts in party politics throughout the Eastern bloc.
Previous stays at the IWM:
January – June 2010 Paul Celan Visiting Fellow
The Global City: New York, London, Tokyo (English > Bulgarian)
Introducing the concept of a “global city,” Saskia Sassen’s book is a forerunning research of economic and social processes of global reshaping based on extensive analysis of three of the largest urban economies in the world – New York, London and Tokyo. Its publication in Bulgarian language will be a valuable contribution to the scholarly literature in Bulgaria in the context of an increasing academic attention and research interest in the cross-disciplinary urban problematic.