"No culture can survive, if it attempts to be exclusive."
Nationality: Bulgarian and German
I am a Professor of Linguistics and Intercultural education at the University of Silesia, Katowice, (Poland) and Director of the Roma Research Center at the same university. I have a Ph. D. in Psycholinguistics from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands (1995); Ph. D. in Education (1998) and DrSc (Dr.of Science) in Education from Bulgaria (2002). I have held visiting and honorary positions at Smith College, Northampton, MA, (USA), Beloit College, Beloit, WI, (USA), Moscow Pedagogical State University, Moscow, (Russia), Free University of Berlin, (Germany), Magdeburg-Stendal University of Social Sciences, Magdeburg, (Germany), University of Silesia, Katowice, (Poland), at the Institute of Child Psychology and Patopsychology, Bratislava, (Slovakia), International Roma Cultural University, New Delhi, (India), and Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, (Turkey).
I am a supervisor of Ph.D. dissertations in the areas of bilingualism, Romani dialectology, Turkish linguistics, intercultural education, social work, and social pedagogy.
Throughout the years was I awarded with the following fellowships: Fulbright, fellowships from the Swedish Institute (Stockholm), the University of Amsterdam, the Open Society Foundation, (New York), the Helvetia Foundation (Switzerland).
I am author of many research projects, and respectively of many publications, in the field of Romani, Turkish, Gagauz languages, in the field of psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics, education of Roma children, literacy, intercultural education of migrant and refugee children.
I established the International Journal of Romani Language and Culture (2011-2012) with Lincom Publisher (Germany) and I am editor of the book series “Roma”, “Interculturalism and intercultural education”, “Lincom Studies in Language Acquisition and Bilingualism”, “Turkic and Turkish Languages and Cultures”, “Romani Linguistics” with Lincom Publisher, Munich (Germany).
I am also author of children’s book in English, Romani, Turkish, and also bilingual Romani-English, Romani-German, Romani-Turkish, Romani-Bulgarian, Romani-Arabic, Bulgarian- German and Turkish-German children’s books.