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Divna Manolova

A graduate of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” (BA in Philosophy) and Central European University (MA and PhD in Medieval Studies), Divna Manolova held pre- and postdoctoral positions at Dumbarton Oaks, the Research Center for Anatolian Civilisations, Brown University, New Europe College, and the University of Bucharest. She was the principal investigator of Polymathy and Intellectual Curiosity in Byzantine Discourses of Science and Philosophy (13th-15th Centuries), a Marie Skłodowska-Curie/POLONEZ 1 project at the University of Silesia in Katowice (2016–18). Most recently, Divna was a Postdoctoral Fellow (2018–22) at the Centre for Medieval Literature (University of York and University of Southern Denmark) and a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin (Department III: Visualization and Material Cultures of the Heavens in Eurasia and North Africa (4000 BCE–1700 CE) Working Group). She is currently a Paris Region Fellow at UMR 8630 SYRTE - Systèmes de Référence Temps-Espace (CNRS et l'Observatoire de Paris - Université PSL) where she is working on a research project entitled DyAs –Lines and Colours: Lunisolar Diagrams in Byzantine Astronomical Manuscripts (9th–15th C). Divna taught medieval intellectual history at Sofia University and at CEU, and history of medieval science at the University of York where she was awarded with the Making the Difference teaching award (2021). Her latest publications include “Space, Place, Diagram: Cleomedes and the Visual Program of Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Graecus 482” (in The Diagram as Paradigm: Cross-Cultural Approaches, edited by J. F. Hamburger, D. Roxburgh, L. Safran; 2022) and Byzantine Commentaries on Ancient Greek Texts (12th–15th C) (Cambridge University Press, 2022), co-edited with Baukje van den Berg and Przemysław Marciniak. With colleagues from the Universities of Sofia and Veliko Tarnovo, she organizes the History of Science in the Medieval World Summer School whose pilot edition took place July 2022.

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