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1Bojan Aleksov is a lecturer in the history of Southeast Europe at the University College of London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies. His research focuses on the relationship between religion and nationalism and the influence of modernization on religious institutions and popular religiosity in Central Europe and the Balkans. He works also on religious conversions, transition from Ottoman to “European” rule and the politics of history and historiography. He is the author of Religious Dissent between the Modern and the National: Nazarenes in Hungary and Serbia 1850–1914 (2006). He has published extensively in Serbian and contributed articles to a number of international journals and edited volumes.

2Bülent Bilmez is an Assistant Professor in the History Department of Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey. He completed his PhD at Humboldt University, Berlin, in 1998. He works on socio-economic, intellectual and political processes of modernization in the late Ottoman Empire, modern Turkey and the Balkans, and the history of construction of national identities and nation-states. He is the author of Demiryolundan Petrole: Chester Projesi (1908–1923) (From railways to petroleum: The Chester project [1908–1923]) published in 2000. He is currently working on a monograph on Shemseddin Sami Frashëri.

3Stefan Detchev is a lecturer in Bulgarian history and historiography at the Department of History, Southwestern University of Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. His PhD dissertation dealt with the Russophile and Russophobe ideologies in late nineteenth century Bulgaria. His research interests and publications are in the field of modern and contemporary Bulgarian history with an emphasis on political ideologies and the public sphere, Bulgarian nationalism, historiography, racial thought, history of masculinity and sexuality.

4Dessislava Lilova is Associate Professor at the Department of Cultural Studies, Southwestern University of Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. She has a PhD in Philology from the University of Blagoevgrad (1997). Her PhD dissertation entitled Perceptions of Time in the Bulgarian Culture in 18th–19th century discussed the evolution of the idea of historical time in the early modern Bulgaria culture. Her work revolves around nationalism studies, cultural transfers, and imaginary geographies. She is the author of Vâzrozhdenskite znacheniya na natzionalnoto ime (The meanings of the Bulgarian national name in the Revival period) (2003).

5Tchavdar Marinov is a lecturer in sociology at the Department of Sociology, St Kliment Ohridski Sofia University. He has a PhD in History and Civilizations from the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales – Paris (2006). His PhD dissertation was on The Impasse of the Past. The Construction of Macedonian National Identity and the Political-Historiographic Conflict Between Bulgaria and Macedonia. He works on theories of citizenship, nationalism and nation-state and has contributed articles on aspects of nationbuilding processes in the Balkans, contemporary Balkan history, and anthropological approaches to ethnicity to a number of journals and edited volumes.

6Diana Mishkova is Associate Professor in Modern History of Southeastern Europe, Senior Researcher and Director of the Centre for Advanced Study Sofia. She works on comparative modernization of Southeast-European societies and the European peripheries in the 19th and 20th centuries, problems of nationalism, modern political ideas and historiography in Southeastern Europe, and methodology of comparative historical research. She has authored, among others, Prisposobyavane na svobodata. Modernostlegitimnost v Sârbiya i Rumâniya prez XIX vek (Domestication of freedom. Modernity and legitimacy in nineteenth-Century Serbia and Romania) (Sofia, 2001). She is the editor of Balkanskiyat XIX vek. Drugi prochiti (The Balkan nineteenth century. Other readings) (2006) and co-editor of the forthcoming Discourses of Collective Identity in Central and Southeast Europe (1775–1945): Texts and Commentaries, Vol. IV. Currently she is the coordinator of “Regimes of Historicity and Discourses of Modernity and Identity, 1900–1945, in East-Central, Southeast and Northern Europe,” an international research project of CAS Sofia (2008–2010).

7Artan Puto is a PHD candidate at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy). His dissertation explores “The idea of ‘nation’ during the Albanian National Movement 1878–1912” among leading Albanian nationalist intellectuals. He is the editor-in-chief of the cultural and historical quarterly Përpjekja (Endeavour), published in Tirana. His research and publications focus on issues of Albanian and Balkan nationalism, the communist regime and nationalist politics in post-World War II Albania.

8Kinga-Koretta Sata is a lecturer in the history of political thought and political theory at the Political Science Department of Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She has a PhD in History from the Central European University, Budapest (2003). Her PhD dissertation entitled József Eötvös’s post-revolutionary political ideas and their reception, 1850–1913 discussed the political oeuvre of one of the most important Hungarian state theorists. Her research interests and publications revolve around the history of modern Hungarian and Romanian political thinking and nationalism studies.

9Levente T. Szabó is a lecturer in literary and social history, and literary sociology at the Department of Hungarian Literary Studies, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. His PhD in Social history of literature from the same university (2004) dealt with the professionalization of Hungarian literature in 19th c. His research interests are in nation-building processes in Eastern Europe, theories and history of social and literary modernization, anthropological and socio-historical approaches to literature. His book Mikszáth, a kételkedő modern (Mikszáth, the skeptical modern) appeared in 2007 with L’Harmattan Publishing House (Budapest) and discussed the overlapping strategies of social and literary modernization along the oeuvre of a major Hungarian writer. He is the editor of Összehasonlító Irodalomtörténelmi Lapok / Acta Comparationis Litterarum Universarum (Cluj University Press, 2008).

10Balázs Trencsényi is an Assistant Professor at the History Department of Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, and co-director of CEU Pasts, Inc., Center for Historical Studies. He holds a PhD in Comparative History from CEU (2004). His main areas of interest are history of political thought in East Central Europe, comparative historiography, and methodology of history-writing. He is co-editor of a number of volumes on political ideas and historiography in the region, such as Nation-Building and Contested Identities: Romanian and Hungarian Case Studies (2001); Discourses of Collective Identity in Central and Southeast Europe (1775–1945): Texts and Commentaries, Vols. I–II (2006–7); and Narratives Unbound: Historical Studies in Post-Communist Eastern Europe (2007). A collection of his studies on the history of political thought is available in Hungarian, A politika nyelvei. Eszmetörténeti tanulmányok (2007).

11Alexander Vezenkov is an independent scholar based in Sofia. He studied history in the University of Sofia (MA, 1995; PhD in 2001), in the Central European University – Budapest (MA, 1998) and in Ecole des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales – Paris (DEA, 2000). His research interests include 19th- and 20th-century urban history, institutional history of the communist regimes, as well as different aspects of the Tanzimat period in the Ottoman Empire.

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