Kristina Nikolovska

Contact: kn95@kent.ac.uk

I graduated in General and Comparative Literature at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje in 2007. Since 2006 I have been a Macedonian contributor to Jane’s Information Group, writing analyses on the latest political, security and economic affairs in the country. Before moving to London in 2008, I was a freelance journalist and producer in Skopje, working at foreign and local media, such as Radio Free Europe, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and New Moment Video Production.

In 2010 I graduated with an MA degree in Identity, Culture and Power from UCL (School of Slavonic and East European Studies). During my studies, I was volunteering in an oral history project that aimed to supplement the official, written history of the Kensington and Chelsea area in London with narratives coming from marginalized groups. I was particularly interested to examine the impact of historical narratives on people’s everyday lives. As a student, I was encouraged to design and conduct my own research – I explored the ways in which the 2001 armed conflict in the Republic of Macedonia lives on in the present amongst ethnically diverse group of residents living in a single apartment block in Tetovo. The essay was later published at SSEES's academic journal Slovo.

I am very excited that for the first time I am engaged in a project which aims to shed light on the more distant past – the period lasting from c. 1400 to c. 1700. My specific area of interest are ‘self-narratives’ from the Balkans (largely forgotten or underresearched), written by subject peoples of the Ottoman Empire.