Mirela Ivanova is a intellectual and cultural historian of Byzantium and Central and Eastern Europe, and currently a final year doctoral student at Balliol College and the History Faculty. Her thesis focuses on the earliest texts concerned with the invention of the Slavonic alphabet.
She is interested in texts produced during key processes of group formation, how textual monuments reflect on, and structure their representations of such processes, and how these processes have then been reflected and repurposed in the nineteenth and twentieth century historiography and nation building in Central and Eastern Europe. More broadly still, she is interested theoretical underpinnings of textual analysis, the boundaries of text and context, and the agentic qualities of texts as utterances, declarations or socially symbolic acts.
She holds a BA in Modern History from Wadham College, Oxford, and an MSt in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies from Balliol College Oxford.