Ana-Teodora Kurkina, M.A.


Graduiertenschule für Ost- und Südosteuropastudien
Universität Regensburg
Landshuter Str. 4
D-93047 Regensburg
Tel: +49 (0)941 / 943 - 5487


Intelligentsia in Exile. Bulgarian Revolutionary Emigration in the Second Half of the XIX Century and the Projects for a Balkan Federation

The proposed research reconstructs the interconnected paths and destinies of the Bulgarian emigration of the second half of the 19th century with a special focus on several individual fates and relations as well as the émigrés’ state and nation-building ideas of reshaping the Balkans. Following idea transfers and the development of social networks in the Balkans, I attempt to find out how the mobile lives of the emigrants as well as the political and social reasons that pushed them towards exile influenced their political imagination allowing them to create grand-scale federative schemes.

 As their identity can be considered regionally fixed, the Bulgarian emigrants represent a perfect example of both united groups and separate individuals establishing and expending a complicated system of social connections. The aim of the research is to map the trajectories of the emigrants while producing their collective biography, relying on common cohort experiences, however focusing also on micro-cases. The idea of the “Balkan federation” and its development will be viewed as one of the main issues, not only expressed and elaborated by Rakovski and Karavelov and their circle, but regarded, argued and approved from Serbian and Greek sides and thoroughly scrutinized by European powers.

The reconstruction of the Balkan social networks in the second half of the 19th century will not only prove the extraordinary tight liaisons between the neighboring nations to be influential in shaping their political and social plans, but also explain how these networks can define and predict the future conflicts and discourses.

Siehe auch die Projektskizze in Newsletter Nr. 9, Wintersemester 2017/18, der Graduiertenschule

Curriculum Vitae

Geb. in Moskau.

seit 11/2014 Doktorandin der Graduiertenschule für Ost- und Südosteuropastudien in Regensburg
2012 - 2013 Master-Studium der Geschichte des südöstlichen Europas an der Central European University in Budapest, Ungarn, Titel der Abschlussarbeit: "The Problem of the Appurtenance of Dobruja Region, 1913-1940: Bulgarian and Romanian Methods of Claiming Rights Over the Territory"
2007 - 2012 Diplomstudium der Geschichte und Kunstgeschichte an der Staatlichen Universität Moskau in Russland

Funktionen und Mitgliedschaften


Aufsätze in Zeitschriften und Sammelbänden

Mobile Elites: Bulgarian Emigrants in the Middle of the Nineteenth Century and the Accommodation of Difference in the Balkans. In: Hungarian Historical Review 6 (3), S. 543-565.

Accommodating a Semi-Other: Federative Ideology and Statehood Claims of the Hungarian Political Emigrants, 1848-1867. In: Střed / Centre 8 (1), S. 76-108.

Anna Teodora Kurkina, Foto: Kathleen Beger