State of emergency – the stakes: Pro Agamben

Antoaneta Koleva has been director of Criticism and Humanism since 1995. The publisher is specialised in the humanities and social sciences and is a member of the International Alliance of Independent Publishers. A philosopher by background, Koleva has specialised in contemporary French philosophy, translation, publishing management in France, the UK, the Czech Republic, etc. She […]

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“Counting” of Terms: Variations of Emergency in The Bulgarian Legislation [as of 9 May 2020]

Stoyan Stavru is a doctor of law and doctor of philosophy at St. Kliment Okhridski Sofia University, Associate Professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Lecturer in medical and bio law at Sofia University and New Bulgarian University. Founder and editor-in-chief of the ChallengingTheLaw! website. Co-organizer and participant […]

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Necessity Does Know Law

Stilian Yotov, Ph.D., is a professor of modern philosophy and philosophy of law at St. Kliment Okhridski Sofia University. Author of Justice and Respect (2000), Ethics and Multiculturalism (2003), Equality and Egalitarianism (2004), Habermas and the Claims of Autonomy (2006), Human Dignity and Rights (2016), Nobility or Charity. Reflections on the White Lie (2018). Translator […]

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About the Discussion of Rights During Emergency

Assoc. prof. Vasil Georgiev, a part-time practising attorney,  teaches legal sciences and security at the Higher School of Security and Economics in Plovdiv. Mr Georgiev is the author of a monograph titled State Sovereignty: Facing the Challenges of Globalization, Integration and Humanitarian Intervention and dozens of articles in the field of international law and security, […]

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The state of emergency: halfway between constitutional dictatorship and authoritarian impulses

Atanas Slavov (Assoc. Prof.) is a constitutional legal expert who teaches public law at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski (Public Administration Department). He holds a PhD in law (and political theology) from the University of Glasgow and a doctorate in constitutional law from Sofia University. He has been a lawyer since 2018 and prior to […]

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Giorgio Agamben: the Philosophical Risks of the Epidemic

Nora Goleshevska is an independent researcher, currently a member of a research program of the Institute for Academic Research in Bucharest and the Getty Foundation titled “Periodisation in the History of Art and Its Puzzles. How to deal with them in Eastern and Central Europe” (2019-2021). Ms Goleshevska holds a PhD in Philosophy of Culture: […]

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Human rights and the pandemic crisis

Dimitrina Petrova, Ph.D., heads BOLD (Bulgarian Community for Liberal Democracy). Ms Petrova has been the director of the international human rights organisations Equal Rights Trust (London) and European Roma Rights Centre (Budapest) since 1996. She has managed large-scale projects in Europe and over 40 countries outside Europe, e.g. Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, […]

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The State of Emergency and How It Was Implemented in Bulgaria

Krassimir Kanev is the chairman of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee. With a background and PhD in philosophy, he has taught aesthetics, sociology, history of political ideologies and international human rights advocacy at various universities in Bulgaria and overseas. Mr Kanev has authored and co-authored several books and has multiple publications on subjects like philosophy, sociology […]

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Citizens and Populations

   Alexander Kiossev is a professor of modern era cultural history, director of Sofia University’s Cultural Centre of and editor-in-chief of Piron electronic magazine. Kyosev has focused his research on reading, the cultural history of communist totalitarianism and autobiographical perspective on history. He has published several books and edited numerous collective studies in English, German […]

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Is it not the right time to talk about democracy? Communication rights and the pandemic

Prof. Nelly Ognyanova teaches media law at St. Kliment Okhridski Sofia University. Her PhD was based on a study of EU’s audiovisual policy, and she has been active in the transposition of EU media regulation into Bulgarian law since 1997. She chairs the Journalistic Ethics Commission. Author of Information Society Law and Ethics (2002), Media […]

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Notes on the Emergency

Assoc. Prof. Dimitar Vatsov teaches philosophy at New Bulgarian University, Dept. of Philosophy and Sociology. Editor-in-chief of Critique and Humanism, as well as board chairman of the Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences – Sofia, Vatsov is the author of This is true! (Sofia: NBU, 2016); Experiments on Power and Truth (Sofia: NBU, 2009), Freedom […]

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The Tacit Derogation of Citizens’ Information Rights in a Pandemic

Dimitar Stoyanov is an investigative journalist. Apart from his research for the independent website Bivol, Stoyanov is a PhD student at the Department of Political Science at Sofia University’s Philosophy Faculty. His doctoral study scrutinises the phenomenon of fake news. Stoyanov has been a journalist since 2000, having worked for the Bulgarian National Radio, NOVA […]

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Ordinary Media Diseases in Extraordinary Times

Polina Paunova is a journalist, currently working for the Bulgarian section of Free Europe. Previously, she worked for the electronic edition of Mediapool and was a permanent contributor for the Bulgarian section of Deutsche Welle. Paunova has covered domestic policy for more than 12 years and has won journalistic and human rights awards.   Polina […]

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State of emergency: attempts to redefine the role of the media

Zhana Popova, PhD, is an associate professor at Sofia University’s Journalism and Mass Communication Faculty. She is the author of Dialogue Patterns. Between Events and Media Images (2013), Entertainment Genres and Forms in Television (2015). Popova also authored the study on the history Bulgarian National Television for the collection BNR and BNT – Between State […]

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Interview from the Series “Science in an Emergency.”

Prof. Anastas Gerdzhikov teaches of Latin language and Roman literature at St. Kliment Okhridski Sofia University’s Classical Philology Department. He is the author of four monographs and over forty publications on ancient and medieval literature. Tertiary education is another area of his research. He has also carried out the first translation of Aristotle’s Politics. Between […]

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Interview from the Series “Science in an Emergency.”

Prof. Miglena Nikolchina is tenured at the Theory of Literature Department of St. Kliment Okhridski Sofia University and a member of Academia Europea. Her research focuses on the interaction of literature, philosophy, political science and feminist theory. Her publications in recent years include The Lost Unicorns of the Revolution. Bulgarian Intellectuals in the 1980s and […]

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Interview from the Series “Science in an Emergency.” It Doesn’t Work Through the Web!

Prof. Georgi Kapriev, PhD, teaches philosophy at St. Kliment Okhridski Sofia University. As a member of the International Society for Medieval Philosophy Studies (SIEPM), Prof. Kapriev chaired its Byzantine Philosophy Commission between 2002 and 2012. He is also a member of the Society for Study of the Philosophy of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance […]

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Interview from the Series “Science in an Emergency.”

Ana Proykova, Ph.D., is a physicist and scientific director of the ICT Excellence Centre at Sofia University’s Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics. She chairs the European Strategic Group on Digital Infrastructures and is Vice-Chair of the European Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) at the EU’s DG for Health and Food […]

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Interview from the Series “Science in an Emergency.”

Assoc. Prof. Hristo Hinkov is a psychiatrist with many years of experience in health reform and public health. Having specialised psychiatry in Japan, the Netherlands and Belgium, Hinkov also studies music, cinema, literature and philosophy. Apart from publications in psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology, Hinkov has a number of publications on political issues. He is currently […]

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Interview from the Series “Science in an Emergency.”

Georgi Nyagolov is a lecturer in English medieval and renaissance literature at St. Kliment Okhridski Sofia University’s Department of English and American Studies. His doctorate is on Shakespeare’s word plays. Nyagolov’s work has been focused on equal access to education providing opportunities for career development as well as attitudes and values for a conscious, active […]

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Interview from the Series “Art in an Emergency.”

Lachezar Boyadzhiev is a well-known contemporary Bulgarian artist. His artistic practice offers personal interpretations of social processes and the interaction between the private and the public. With a specific interest in urban visuality and today’s world straddling utopia and dystopia, Boyadzhiev uses installations, photography, drawing, objects, texts, videos and performance lectures. An incomplete list of […]

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Future World

Born in 1973 in Sofia, Alexander Valchev graduated sculpture at the National Arts Academy (1998) and photography at NBU (2013). In his work, Valchev uses different media, e.g. sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, etc. His works have been included in contemporary Bulgarian art exhibitions. In 2019, Valchev presented his projects at the gallery of the Institute […]

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Diary Of A Pandemic

Juliana Tekova works and lives in Sofia. Her background is Romanian philology at St. Kliment Okhridski Sofia University and a master’s degree in painting from the National Arts Academy. Her doctoral dissertation is on the innovations in the expressive language of Bulgarian painting after 1990. Tekova’s research focuses on contemporary art, particularly on female artists […]

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