Dr. Sofija Grandakovska holds a doctorate degree in Comparative Literature, obtained from the Department of Comparative Literature, Faculty of Philology “Blaze Koneski”, SS Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia, and actively engages in the fields of Cultural, Jewish and Holocaust Studies.
In 2014 she was recognized as Associate Professor and from 2009-2013 she held a position of Assistant Professor in the postgraduate studies of the Department of Cultural and Political Studies at the Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities Research “Euro-Balkan” (Skopje), where she taught Theoretical Discourses of the Holocaust and Contemporary Theories of Culture.
She is the sole author of the three scholarly books in the field of Comparative Literary Studies: “The Akathistos Hymn: From Word Order to Fresco Painting” (2016), “The Portrait of the Image” (2010) and “The Discourse of the Prayer” (2008). In the field of Holocaust Studies and Post-Holocaust critical theory, she is an editor, co-author and author of the forward for the bilingual edition “The Jews From Macedonia And The Holocaust: History, Theory, Culture” [Евреите од Македонија и холокаустот: историја, теорија, култура](2011).
She is the co-curator of the multimedia exhibition “The Jews From Macedonia and the Holocaust” in the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts (2011) and in the Gallery of Jewish Community in Belgrade (2013).
As a Saul Kagan Post-doctoral Fellow in Advanced Shoah Studies at the Singidunum University in Belgrade, the Center for Comparative Conflict Studies within the Faculty of Media and Communications, Dr. Grandakovska will explore the triad of the aspects of race, citizenship and deportation in relation to the comparative role of how different occupying systems carried out the deportation of the Jews from Macedonia. The character of her interdisciplinary and inter-historical research focuses on the questions of race and nation in the 20th century through the example of various Holocaust experiences of Macedonian Jews, including those from Vardar Macedonia and those residing on the territory of Yugoslavia.