Balkan Ethnology Department
Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum – BAS
Bulgaria, 1000 Sofia, 6A Moskovska str.
E-mail:; Yelis Erolova ORCID iD icon


Roma / Gypsy groups, Islam, Muslim communities, ethnic and religious identity, migrations, cultural heritage, syncretism, religious conversions.


  • SLAVKOVA, M. – MAEVA, M. – EROLOVA, Y. – POPOV, R. (Eds.) (2019). Between the Worlds: People, Spaces and Rituals. Sofia: IEFSEM-BAS & Paradigma.
    ISSN 2683-0213 (forthcoming).
  • AHMED, V. – EROLOVA, Y. (Eds.) (2018). Sveshteni mesta na myusyulmanite v Bulgariya
    [Sacred Places of the Muslims in Bulgaria]. Sofia: Vish Islyamski Institut.
    ISBN 978-619-7406-07-8.
  • EROLOVA, Y. – SLAVKOVA, M. (Eds). (2013). Etnichnost, religiya i migratsii na tsiganite v
    [Ethnicity, religion and migrations of the Gypsies in Bulgaria]. Sofia: Paradigma. ISBN 978-954-326-206-9.
  • EROLOVA, Y. (2010). Dobrudzha – granitsi i identichnosti [Dobrudzha – Borders and
    Identities]. Sofia: Paradigma.
    ISBN 978-954-326-125-3.


  • EROLOVA, Y. (2019). Etnicheska identichnost i brachen izbor pri turcheeshtite se tsigani/
    romi v Bulgaria [Ethnic Identity and Marital Choice among Turkifying Gypsies/Roma in
    Bulgaria]. In: Annual of the Faculty of History of Veliko Turnovo University ‘St. Cyril and
    . Veliko Tarnovo: University Press. (forthcoming).
  • EROLOVA, Y. (2013). An Ethnological Study of the Crimean Tatars, Roma/Gypsies and
    Old Believers in Northern and Southern Dobrudzha. In: Revista de Etnografiei si
    folklore/Journal of Ethnography and Folklore
    , Vol. 1-2: 237–260.


  • EROLOVA, Y. (2017). Religious Trends among Muslim Roma in Bulgaria. In: H.
    Kyuchukov, W. New, (Eds), Languages of Resistance: Ian Hancock’s Contribution to
    Romani Studies
    . Munich: Lincom, (pp. 301–317).
  • EROLOVA, Y. (2017). Contemporary development of the Akyazılı Baba tekke/St Athanasius in Bulgaria. In: E. Anastasova, M. Kõiva, (Eds), Balkan and Balticum. Current Studies in the
    Postsocialist Space
    . Tartu, (pp. 73–93)-Available at: DOI:10.7592/Sator.2017.18.04.
  • EROLOVA, Y. (2017). Bulgaristan’dan Polonya’ya Roman Göçü [Roma Migrations from Bulgaria to Poland]. In: E. Atasöy, J. A. Wendt, (Eds.), Sosyal Bilimler Işığında Polonya Cumhuriyeti. Istanbul: Beta, (pp. 333–346).
  • EROLOVA, Y. (2013). Tsiganite myusyulmani: ‘tsigani’, ‘turtsi’ i/ili ‘milet’? [Muslim Gypsies: ‘Gypsies’, ‘Turks’ or / and ‘Millet’]. In: Y. Erolova and M. Slavkova (Eds.), Etnichnost, religiya i migratsii na tsiganite v Bulgariya. Sofia: Paradigma, (pp. 25–46).
  • EROLOVA, Y. (2010). Cultura materială şi identitatea ţiganilor din Dobrogea. In: Şt. Şerban
    (coord.), Teme in antropologia sociala din Europa de sud-est. Volum in memoriei Profesorului Paul H. Stahl. Bucureşti: Paideia, (pp. 333–358).
  • EROLOVA, Y. (2002). Imotna, sotsialna i religiozna raznorodnost na romskata obshtnost v nyakoi kvartali na gradovete Sofia i Sliven [Property, social and religious heterogeneity of the Roma community in some quarters in Sofia and Sliven]. In: Ethnologica Academica 2: 38–42.

Conference proceedings

  • EROLOVA, Y. (2018). ‘Nepozvoleni’ praktiki na nyakoi sveshteni mesta za myusyulmanite v
    Bulgariya [‘Unallowed’ Practices in Some Sacred Places among Muslims in Bulgaria]. In: V. Ahmed, Y. Erolova, (Eds.), Sveshteni mesta na myusyulmanite v Bulgariya. Sofia: Vish Islyamski Institut, (pp. 58–82).
  • EROLOVA, Y. (2012). Identity and religion of the Muslim Roma/so-called Turkish Gypsies. In: Т. Varady, G. Basic Г. Башић, (Eds.), The Change of Roma Identity, Culture and Language
    Conditioned by Planned Socio-Economic Integration
    . Conference Proceedings. Belgrade: SANU, (pp. 239–249).

Book reviews

  • EROLOVA. Y. (2017). Review of ‘Muslims and Christians in the Bulgarian Rhodopеs.
    Studies on Religious (Anti) Syncretism’, 2015 (by M. Lubanska). In: Bulgarska Etnologiya
    4: 485–489.
  • EROLOVA, Y. (2009). Review of ‘Ромската жена – пространства и граници в живота й’
    [The Roma Woman – spaces and boundaries of her life], 2008 (by E. Ivanova and V.
    Krastev). In: Bulgarska Etnologiya 1–2: 152–154.

Selected projects


  • (2018–2019) Documentary heritage of the traditional Protestant communities in
    , Endangered Archives Programme, British Library, UK/ Investigator
  • (2014–2015) Documentation of the Pre-industrial Elements in the Culture of Bulgarian
    Minorities’ Culture during the 20 th Century
    , Endangered Archives Programme, British
    Library, UK/ Investigator
  • (2010–2012) New Dimensions of Roma Mobility in CEE (A Case Study on Roma Migrations
    from Bulgaria to Poland
    . ERSTE Foundation, Fellowship for Social Researchers 2010–2011,
    Austria/ Principal Investigator
  • (2007–2008) Ethnic identity and material culture of the Roma/ Gypsies in Romania within
    the International PhD Programme Promoting Anthropology in Central and Eastern Europe
    (Marie Curie SocAnth). European Partnership for Qualitative Research Training (Social
    Anthropology) (European Community’s Sixth Framework Programme, MEST-CT-2005-
    020702)/ Investigator


  • (2018–2020) Muslim Roma in Bulgaria: Ethnic Identity and Religious Changes (National
    Scientific Program “Cultural-Historical Heritage, National Memory and Social
    Development”, Ministry of Education and Science – Republic of Bulgaria)/ Investigator
  • (2017–2020) Local Disasters and Quality of Life: Cultural Strategies in Overcoming of
    Natural, Technological and Biological Hazards and Disasters Research
    (National Science
    Fund, Ministry of Education and Science – Republic of Bulgaria)/ Investigator
  • (2012–2013) Dynamics of the Return and Reintegration Processes of Bulgarian Migrants
    (National Science Fund, Ministry of Education and Science – Republic of Bulgaria)/
    Coordinator and Investigator
  • (2009–2011) Cultural Heritage and National Identity in Terms of pan-European Labour
    (National Science Fund, Ministry of Education and Science – Republic of Bulgaria)/