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Anna Boshnakova

Anna Boshnakova

Professor

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

anna.boshnakova@sheridancollege.ca

Dr. Anna Boshnakova is a professor of Anthropology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. She specializes in cultural and applied anthropology, anthropology of music, visual narratives, and creative studies courses in the Degree Breadth area. Her research focuses on the reconstruction of cultural realities by exploring ethnographic collections, music-related archaeological artifacts, historical evidence, and visual narratives. 

Before joining the FHASS in 2009, Dr. Boshnakova was a lecturer at the Department of History of Philosophy, St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia. She has also worked as a senior curator at the National Museum of History, Sofia, Bulgaria, and as a visiting researcher at the University of Heidelberg and the University of Halle, Germany. 

Dr. Boshnakova is a member of several international societies including The International Study Group on Music Archaeology (Austria/Germany), The International Society for the Study of Greek and Roman Music and its Cultural Heritage (Italy), and The Classical Association of the Middle West and South (the USA/Canada). She collaborates with classical historians and archaeologists, archaeomusicologists, and neuropsychologists to conduct interdisciplinary research. Her findings are published in two monographs, textbook chapters, and numerous articles in scientific journals.

Degrees earned

  • Ph.D. History of Philosophy (Anthropology of Antiquity), summa cum laude
  • M.A. Socio-Cultural Anthropology, summa cum laude
  • B.A. Cultural Studies

Selected Bibliography

Boshnakova, A. 2020 Experiencing Culture. In: J. Pulis and P. Angelini (Eds.), Social and Behavioural Sciences: Exploring Human Behavior and the Environment, TOPHAT.

Boshnakova, A. and J. Ginter. 2020. Introduction to Anthropology. In: J. Pulis and P. Angelini (Eds.), Social and Behavioural Sciences: Exploring Human Behavior and the Environment, TOPHAT, pp. 3-55.

Boshnakova, A. 2017. “Anthropological Analysis of “Musical Records” on Late Archaic and Classical Vase Paintings”. In: R. Eichmann, L. Koch, Fang Jianjun (Hrsg.), Studien zur Musikarchäologie X, pp. 247 – 250.

Boshnakova, A. 2008. "Reading Ancient Greek Music in Documents, Images, and Artifacts: On the Practical Application of Musical Archeology" In E. Hickmann, R. Eichmann, L. Koch, and A. Both (Hrsg.) Studien zur Musikarchäologie VII, pp. 337 – 345.

Boshnakova, A. 2007. "Hermeneutics of the Archaeological Artifact: Destruction and Reconstruction of the Lost Meaning" In K. Boshnakov (Ed.) Jubilaeus VI: The Ancient Heritage of the Black Sea, pp. 51-102.

Boshnakova, A. 2006. "Bittgesang für Apollo", Abenteuer Archäologie 3, pp. 32-33.

Boshnakova, A. 2005. "From the Visible to the Invisible – Musical Metaphysics from the 6th and 5th Centuries B.C." In: E. Hickmann, R. Eichmann (Hrshg.) Studien zur Musikarchäologie IV, (Orient-Archäologie 15), pp. 35-48.

 

Teaching Interests

  • Cultural Anthropology, Creative Studies, Anthropology of Music, Visual Narratives, Art History, Music Archaeology, Museum Studies, Applied Anthropology, Behavioural Sciences

Research Interests

  • Anthropology of Creativity, Visual Culture, Art History, Cultural Anthropology, Arts, Fashion and Design, History and Philosophy of Culture, Music Archaeology

Artistic and Professional Performances

  • Boshnakova, A. (2006). Nikeforos, Musical reconstruction. International Study Group on Music Archaeology (ISGMA). Berlin, Germany.

Book Chapters

  • Boshnakova, A., Ginter, J. (2016). Introduction to Anthropology. In In: Social and Behavioural Sciences: Exploring Human Behavior and the Environment(pp. pp. 3-55.). Nelson Education Ltd.

  • Boshnakova, A. (2016). Experiencing Culture. In In: J. Pulis and P. Angelini (Eds.), Social and Behavioural Sciences: Exploring Human Behavior and the Environment(pp. pp. 127-166). Nelson Education Ltd.

  • Boshnakova, A., Ginter, J. (2018). Introduction to Anthropology. In In: J. Pulis and P. Angelini (Eds.), Social and Behavioural Sciences: Exploring Human Behavior and the Environment(pp. pp. 3-55.). Nelson Education Ltd., pp. 3-55.

  • Boshnakova, A. (2018). Experiencing Culture. In In: J. Pulis and P. Angelini (Eds.), Social and Behavioural Sciences: Exploring Human Behavior and the Environment.(pp. pp. 127-166). Nelson Education Ltd.

  • Boshnakova, A., Ginter, J. (2020). Introduction to Anthropology. In In: J. Pulis and P. Angelini (Eds.), Social and Behavioural Sciences: Exploring Human Behavior and the Environment(pp. pp. 3-55). TOPHAT.

  • Boshnakova, A. (2020). Experiencing Culture. In In: J. Pulis and P. Angelini (Eds.), Social and Behavioural Sciences: Exploring Human Behavior and the Environment.(pp. pp. 127 - 166). TOPHAT.

Books

  • Boshnakova, A. (2003). Aulos and Lyra: The Philosophy of Music in Ancient Hellas (Diss.). Sofia, Bukgaria: LIK: Sofia.

  • Boshnakova, A. (2009). The World of Ancient Man: Ancient Greece. Sofia, Bulgaria: Prosveta.

Conference Presentations

  • Boshnakova, A. (2017-04-05). “Prosodion Written in Bone: An Inscribed Bone Plaque from the Berezan Island . 113 Annual conference of CAMWS, Kitchener – Waterloo, April 5-8, 2017.. Kitchener – Waterloo, Canada.

  • Boshnakova, A. (2014-09-09). "Rhythm and Melody: Behind the Visual Narrative – Representation of Melographers in Ancient Greek Art. Anthropological Analysis of Ancient Greek Musical Records". 9th Symposium of the ISGMA (9-12 September 2014, German Archaeological Institute and Ethnological Museum, Berlin). Berlin, Germany.

  • Boshnakova, A. (2022-04-28). What can Ancient Greek visual narratives reveal about the process of composing and recording a melody: Hermeneutics of music-related visual narratives on 5th c. B.C.E. Greek vases. Attic vases in the Mediterranean culture: Models, identities, uses, and narratives. Madrid (the Autonomous University of Madrid and in the National Archaeological Museum), Spain.

Journal Articles

  • Boshnakova, A. (2006). "Bittgesang für Apollo" .Abenteuer Archäologie , 3(3), pp. 32-33.

  • Boshnakova, A. (2007). Hermeneutics of the Archaeological Artifact: Destruction and Reconstruction of the Lost Meaning.In: Jubilaeus VI: The Ancient Heritage of the Black Sea, ed. K. Boshnakov, 6, pp. 51-102.

  • Boshnakova, A. (2008). Reading Ancient Greek Music in Documents, Images, and Artifacts: On the Practical Application of Musical Archeology. Studien zur Musikarchäologie, ed. E. Hickmann, R. Eichmann, L. Koch, and A. Both, Berlin, 7, pp. 337 – 345.

  • Boshnakova, A. (2017). Anthropological Analysis of “Musical Records” on Late Archaic and Classical Vase Paintings.R. Eichmann/L.Koch/Fang Jianjun (Eds.), Studien zur Musikarchaeologie , 10, pp. 247 – 250.

  • Boshnakova, A. (2005). From the Visible to the Invisible – Musical Metaphysics from the 6th and 5th Centuries B.C..in Studien zur Musikarchäologie, ed. E. Hickmann, R. Eichmann, 4, pp. 35-48.

Grants

  • "Ethnic Identities and Diplomatic Affiliations of the Bosporan Kingdom, University of Waterloo, Canada.". University of Waterloo and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).. SSHRC. $. 2016.
    Anna Boshnakova (Co-Investigator), Team of international experts from more than twelve countries.

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