Milena Methodieva, University of Toronto
Respondent: M. Sukru Hanioglu, Princeton University
Milena Methodieva is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Toronto. She received her PhD from Princeton, MA from Bilkent University, Turkey, and BA from the American University in Bulgaria. Her scholarship is concerned with the political, intellectual, and social transformations in the late Ottoman empire, its successors in the Balkans, and modern Turkey. She is interested in exploring history from the perspective of marginalized groups and showing their role in the historical process. Her work often looks at events in transnational context.
Milena Methodieva’s first book titled “Between Empire and Nation: Muslim Reform in the Balkans” is forthcoming with Stanford University Press in January 2021. The book tells the story of the transformation of the Muslim community in modern Bulgaria during a period of imperial dissolution, conflicting national and imperial enterprises, and the emergence of new national and ethnic identities. It explores how these former Ottoman subjects, now under Bulgarian rule, navigated between empire and nation-state, and sought to claim a place in the larger modern world.
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