Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yordanka Bibina

Yordanka Bibina is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Balkan Studies & Center of Thracology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia. She is head of the Department of “Cultural History of Balkan Nations” She graduated in Turkish philology at the “St. Kliment Ohridski” University of Sofia. Previously Y. Bibina worked at the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency as a full-time reporter/journalist. Since 1984 she has been affiliated to the Institute for Balkan Studies. Her fields of interest include the history of Turkish culture and literature, Modern Turkish Arts; literature of Turkish Minority in Bulgaria, Bulgarian-Turkish diplomatic relations, Balkan identities, comparative literature and others. Yordanka was a Fulbright scholar at the History Department, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. Her habilitation work was on “The History of Turkish Literature from the beginning to Tanzimat”, she also has published with over 80 articles in Bulgarian, Turkish, German academic journals. She has been a lecturer in the history of Turkish literature at the University of Shoumen, “Neofit Rilski” South-West University of Blagoevgrad, New Bulgarian University and at Sofia University.

Yordanka is also a translator of Turkish literature and teaches this course on the Theory of translation at the University of Shoumen and New Bulgarian University. She is a co-founder and member of a number of professional associations, such as “AKSLIT” - Association for Comparative Literary Studies, CLIO Association of Bulgarian Historians, “South Eastern Europe” Association, Bulgarian Society for 18th Century Studies, Bulgarian Fulbrighters Alumni Association. Since 2012 to present time she was a founder and Chair of the Balkan Cultural Institute Association. Yordanka has been led two of Balkan Cultural Institute’s EU projects: Erasmus++ Youth Mobility Project: 2014-2-BG01-KA105-001356, Cultural Entrepreneurship in the Balkans. Kavarna, Bulgaria; Erasmus Youth Mobility: 2013 - BG12/A1.1/385/R3 – “Balkan Youth” – Open Stages, Kavarna, Bulgaria, June 20-28, 2013.

Yordanka was also a leader of a number of academic projects such as: Balkans in the European Cultural Space - Project of “Cultural History of Balkan nations”, Department at the Institute for Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology (2016-2019); Globalisation and Culture, Educational and Cultural Politics in the Balkans (2010 – 2013); Balkan Cultures Facing Global Change (2013-2016); Turkey and Russia in the Balkans, International Project with Russian Academy of Sciences.



Bibina, Y. The Cultural Policy of Post-War Turkey, 1945-1960), Sofia, 1988, 450 p. (Ph.D. thesis, original in Bulgarian language – Културната политика на Турция след Втората Световна война, 1945-1960).


  • Bibina, Y. History of Turkish Literature. Vol I. From the Beginning to the Tanzimat. “Marin Drinov” Academic Publishing House, 2000, 353 p. (Original in Bulgarian language – История на турската литература. Част I. От началото до Танзимата. Академично издателство „Марин Дринов“. София, 2000, 353 стр.).
  • Bibina, Y. Bulgaria and Cyprus: Pages from History. Faber Publishing House. 2010. 178 p. (Original in Bulgarian Language – България и Кипър. Страници от историята. Изд. Фабер).
  • Bibina, Y. Turkish Language for the Peace Corps Volunteers, 1998, 98 p. Peace Corps in Sofia.
  • Roads and Paths of Europeism in the Balkans. 2014. 422 p. Editors: Y. Bibina and A. Balcheva (in Bulgarian).
  • The South-eastern European City and the Present of the Past. Scientific Studies in honour of Prof. Lilia Kirova. Editors: A. Balcheva. Y. Bibina and P. Danova. 2013, Faber, ISBN: 978-954-400-650-1 (in Bulgarian).
  • Cultural Corridors in South Eastern Europe: Challenges to Capacity Increase. Collection of papers from the International Conference held on February 9, 2007 in Boyana, Sofia, (organized by the Bulgarian Heritage National Movement under the patronage of President Georgi Parvanov). These were financially supported by UNESCO and included a CD in English Language. Ed. Y. Bibina.



  • Selim Ileri. The Blue Wings of Love (Original in Bulgarian – Сините Криле на любовта). Sofia, 2017, Vessela Luckanova Publisher. 280 p.
  • Selim Ileri. Dzemil Shevkett Bey and Two Shots in the Mirror Cabinet (Original in Bulgarian – Джемил Шевкет бей и два изстрела в огледалния шкаф), Sofia, 2017, Vessela Luckanova Publisher, 336 p.
  • Ahmet Umit. Marionette. (Марионетка), Kolibri Publishing House, 2016. (Original in Bulgarian – Марионетка . 528 р.
  • Ahmet Umit. Murders on Beyoglu. Oprozorets Publishers. 2015. (Original in Bulgarian – Убийства в Бейоглу). 448
  • Hakan Bichakchi. Lost Time. Vessela Lutzkanova Publisher. 2015. (Original in Bulgarian— Изгубено време). 142 р.
  • Onur Behramoglu. Songs Learned from You. Small Station Publisher.2015. (Poetry) - (Original in Bulgarian- Песните, научени от теб), 141 р.
  • Ahmed Hamdi Tanpinar. Five Cities. (Original in Bulgarian - Ахмед Хамди Танпънар. Пет града. София, 2015, изд. „Прометей – .И.Л.“, 342 стр., ISBN:978-954-9461-09).
  • Ahmet Umit. Memory of Istanbu. (Original in Bulgarian – Ахмед Юмит. Паметта на Истанбул. Колибри. 2014). 560 р.
  • Iskender Pala. Death in Babylon, Love in Istanbul, (Original in Bulgarian- Смърт във Вавилон, Любов в Истанбул. Еднорог, 609 p ., 2010).
  • Pinar Kur. The Woman to be Hanged.(Original in Bulgarian – Пънар Кюр, Жена за обесване, Letera Publishing House, ,2008, 152 p.).
  • Young Turkish Poets. Special issue of KRUG literary Magazine, No 26, 2006, р. 108. (Original in Bulgarian - Млади турски поети. Списание “КРЪГ”, № 26, 2006 г. 108 м.с.).
  • Orhan Kemal, This Vain World, (Translation into Bulgarian: Лъжовен свят) First edition, Sofia, 1984, “Narodna Kultura” Publishing House, 326 p; Second edition: Delakort Publishing house, 2013, 326 p.


September 1-10, 2015:
Colours and Shades from the Balkans. Exhibition of Contemporary Croatian artists from Ernestinovo “Petar Smaich” Naïve Art School, Croatia, held at the main building of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The exhibition featured 25 artists with 43 paintings and 11 wooden sculptures inspired by the faces, colours and spiritual light of the people in this extremely vital part of Eastern Europe with its rich historical and cultural heritage. Printed Catalogue of the Exhibition (complied and designed by Y. Bibina). Concomitant to 11th International Congress of South East European Studies Sofia, 31st August – 4th September 2015.


May 14 – 21, 2014:
50 Years of Institute for Balkan Studies. Exhibition of 45 posters presenting the decades of the Institute for Balkan Studies past. Exhibition held at the main building of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Posters are the author’s work (Y. Bibina).



October 14 – November 15, 2015:


Visions from Croatia. Exhibition of Contemporary Croatian artists from Ernestinovo “Petar Smaich” Naïve Art School, Croatia, held at the “Mission” Gallery of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


June 17 – September15, 2014:
Balkan Traces. Exhibition of artist Antonia Duende, held at the Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology. Poster is author’s work (Y. Bibina). The Exhibition concomitant to 9th Balkan Readings on “Traditions, Achievements and Perspectives of Balkan Cultural Studies”, June 17-18, 2014.



May 7 – June 7, 2013:
Byzantine - Constantinople - Istanbul. Photo Exhibition of Prof. Dr. Plamen Shulekoff, “Ep. K. Preslavski” University of Shoumen, Faculty of Journalism, at the “Arts, Architecture and Design Gallery” (private). Exhibition is concomitant to the International Conference on “Constantinople 1453: Changing Worlds?” May 7-8, 2013, Sofia, Institute for Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology. Sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey and Cultural Attaché of Turkey.



15 May – August 30, 2012:
Glagolitic Alphabet Reinterpreted. Exhibition of Amntionia Duende, Institute for Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology. Poster is the author’s work (Y. Bibina). Exhibition is concomitant to International Conference on “Globalization and Culture: Educational and Cultural Policies in South Eastern Europe”, May 30-31, 2012, Sofia, Institute for Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology.



17 - 31 May 2011:
Touching the Words. Exhibition of the artist Spartak Paskalevski at the Red House, a cult intellectual and freedom thinking place in Sofia, on the occasion of the visit of the Nobel Prize winner Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk in Bulgaria.



18 May – 18 June 2011:
Having Croatia in My Heart. Exhibition of the artist and professor at the New Bulgarian University Iva Vladimirova, accompanying Croatian-Bulgarian symposium held at the Institute for Balkan Studies & Centre for Thracian Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.



March 16-30, 2010:
21 Artists of 21st Century, with the participation of 23 Turkish Artists whose ethnic roots were in Bulgaria. Featuring the prominent Bulgarian Sculptor living in Turkey Maria Kiliclioglu – Baraz, aiming to create cultural/intellectual bridges between the two countries and pursuing the expansion of the cultural dialogue of ideas/creative messages between artists of the two neighbouring states. Devrim Erbil, a leading artist from Turkey, known as “Artist of Istanbul” for his amazing and impressive paintings curated the Exhibition at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia. That exhibition was in parallel with the announcement of Istanbul as European Capital of Culture in 2010.





  • Member of editorial Board of “Bibliotheca Balkanica”
  • SOSYOLOGCА - ISSN: 2146-5207// ISBN: 977-214-6520-00-1//
  • International Review of Turkology, ISSN 1308-0105, 2008-2010.
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Collection – „The Balkans: Multicultural Dimensions of European Culture”, Faber Publishing House, Institute of Balkan Studies, 2010 г, ISBN: 978-954-400- 2.
  • Editorial Board of: Tamara Stoilova. The Majesty of The Rulers. Peter I. Between the denial and the enthusiasm of the Europeans at the end of the 17th century - the first quarter of the 18th century, Association Clio-96, Sofia, 2008.
  • Series of CLIO Association - Research and Documents, Vol. I, 2004 (published in 2005).
  • Series of Association "CLIO" - Research and Documents, Vol. II, 2005.
  • The South-eastern European City and the Present of the Past. Jubilee collection in honour of Prof. Lilia Kirova. “Studia Balkanica” No. 29. Faber, Sofia, 2012.