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Alexander Vezenkov

Visiting Fellow
Duration of stay: March 2024

Alexander Vezenkov holds a PhD in History from the University of Sofia (2001). His doctoral research focused on "Vlastovite strukturi na Bălgarskata komunisticheska partia (1944–1989)" [The Power Structures of the Bulgarian Communist Party]" (Sofia: Ciela / Institut za izsledvane na blizkoto minalo, 2008). Prior to his PhD, Vezenkov pursued graduate studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (1999–2000), focusing on the reforms and social changes within Ottoman urban settings during the 19th century in Sofia. Additionally, he completed a MA in Central European History at the CEU, where his thesis delved into “The Policy of Socialist Urbanization: Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria.”

Since 2023, Vezenkov is part of the MACAUTH project (ERC Starting Grant), led by principal investigator Tasos Kostopoulos, at the Institute of Mediterranean Studies in Rethymno (IMS-FORTH). His research interests encompass the history and conceptual evolution of the Balkans, South Eastern Europe, and Balkan/SEE Studies, alongside his current focus on investigating the ideological underpinnings and institutional history of Bulgaria's authoritarian regime during the "non-party regime" era (1934–1944).

On 6 March 2024 at 12:00 he will give a guest talk on The Non-Party Regime(s) in Bulgaria (1934–1944) in Comparative Perspective at IOS Regensburg (Altes Finanzamt, room 017). He will also participate in a more informal Meet the Visiting Researchers session, where you can learn more about him, his research and his home institution, alongside other visiting scholars currently in Regensburg.