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Lilia Topouzova

Assistant Professor at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information & Technology
Affiliated Faculty Member, CERES


Dr. Lilia Topouzova is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information & Technology at the University of Toronto. She is a historian and a documentary filmmaker whose scholarship and creative practice explore the history and legacy of political and colonial violence. Her research on the history of state repression and transitional justice in Bulgaria appears in Gender& History, Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice, and The Routledge Handbook of Memory & Place.  Her book manuscript Reclaiming Memory: The History & Legacy of the Bulgarian Gulag is forthcoming. Her “Re-Inventing Socialist Eastern Europe: Gendered Representations of the Communist Experience in Post-Communist Cinema” was awarded the 2018 Soyuz Annual Article Prize for an outstanding article in post-socialist studies. She is the writer of the critically acclaimed documentary The Mosquito Problem & Other Stories, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and TIFF, and received more than twenty-five awards, including the Human Rights Award at the Sarajevo Film Festival in 2007.  Her other films include a feature-length documentary on immigration Saturnia (co-writer, co-director, co-producer, 2012), distributed by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. She is currently in production of her third film, Anaanaga: My Mother (co-writer, co-director, co-producer).

Dr. Topouzova received her PhD from the Department of History at the University of Toronto and held fellowships at Brown University in the US, York University in Toronto, the Centre for Contemporary History (ZZF) at the University of Potsdam in Germany, and at the Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling in Concordia University in Montreal

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