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Elitza Stanoeva is a historian whose research interests are concentrated in the socialist history of Eastern and Central Europe, more specifically bilateral diplomacy and economic cooperation with the West; socialist bureaucracy and institutional processes; command economy and economic policies; urbanization and city development; monuments, celebrations and visual propaganda. She received her PhD from the Technical University of Berlin (2013) after completing her doctoral studies at the TU’s Center for Metropolitan Studies. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Konstanz, the Center for Contemporary History in Potsdam and the Center for Advanced Study in Sofia. She has also been a Visiting Assistant Professor at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” where she taught an MA course in Urban History.
She is author of the monograph Sofia: ideology, urban planning and life under socialism (Sofia, 2016, in Bulgarian language) and co-editor of four thematic issues of Critique & Humanism journal, the latest one dedicated to “Youth, Civic Action and Protest”. She is the translator of five books (from English into Bulgarian), among them Saskia Sassen’s The Global City: New York, London, Tokyo and Chantal Mouffe’s The Democratic Paradox.
My research within PanEur1970s project gauges the Bulgarian regime’s assessment and enactment of its opening to the West through three bilateral case-studies of Bulgaria’s political and economic relations with EEC members: the FRG, Denmark and Greece, representing three waves of European integration. Within these bilateral cases, my research focuses on two areas of economic cooperation with the West: foreign trade and international tourism. These economic sectors are studied both in the context of bilateral cooperation and in their general policies towards the West and the EEC.