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Lilia Topouzova

Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Brown University

Education/Work Experience

2013-2014 Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender Studies, Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Brown University.

2013 Summer Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow, Centre for Contemporary History (ZZF), Potsdam, Germany.

2011 Initiated and directed a comprehensive oral history project with survivors of the Bulgarian gulag, American Research Center in Sofia, Sofia (hosted by Cornell University).

2008-2013 Ph.D. History (degree expected August 2013), University of Toronto, Department of History

2007 M.A. with Distinction, History, University of Toronto
2002 B.A. with Honors, History, University of Toronto

Fellowships/ Awards/ Memberships

2013 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Gender Studies at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Brown University.
2013 Visiting Fellowship,"Physical Violence and State Legitimacy in Late Socialism," Center for Contemporary History Potsdam/ZZF
2012 Toronto Arts Council
2012 Ontario Graduate Scholarship
2011 American Research Center in Sofia Fellowship
2009 Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship  2009 C.P. Stacey – Connaught Graduate Fellowship, University of Toronto
2009 Mariano A. Elia Chair Award,  York University
2008 Kathleen Coburn Graduate Admission Award, University of Toronto


Lilia Topouzova is a postdoctoral fellow in Gender Studies at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women in Brown University (from August 2013). She is a historian and a documentary filmmaker whose academic research explores the history and legacy of communism in Eastern Europe. She specializes in the history of the Bulgarian gulag and the post-socialist forms of memorial representation of the experience of political violence. Her research interests include transitional justice, comparative mass violence, and post-trauma remembrance, explored through the interdisciplinary lens of gender and cinema. The basis of her work is a combination between extensive archival research and years-long fieldwork of oral history interviews with former guards and survivors of the Bulgarian camp system. She is the writer of the critically acclaimed, award-winning documentary, The Mosquito Problem & Other Stories which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and received the Human Rights Award at the Sarajevo Film Festival in 2007. He second documentary feature, Saturnia, premiered at the 2012 Moving Image Film Festival where it received the Toronto Showcase Award. Her research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, and the Toronto Arts Council.