Boyan Manchev (Sofia, 1970) is a philosopher, Professor at the New Bulgarian University (since 2001) and Guest Professor at the Sofia University (since 1997), Universität der Künste Berlin (since 2010) and Hollins University (since 2014). He is also former Director of Program and Vice-President of the International College of Philosophy in Paris (2004-2010), Professor at the HZT - UdK Berlin (2011-2017) and co-founder of Metheor. Manchev has lectured widely at European, American and Asian universities and cultural institutions.
His current research, which proposes the perspective of a radical materialism and dynamic ontology, is in the fields of ontology, philosophy of art and political philosophy. The search for a new philosophical form and possibility for new expression of ethical, aesthetic and political experience has been central to his work in the past twenty-five years.
Manchev is the author of twelve books and more than two hundred book chapters, catalogues and other publications in various languages. Among his books are Persister. La liberté sauvage et la nature à venir (forthcoming, Paris: Éditions Dehors, 2020), Freedom in spite of Everything. Surcritique and Modal Ontology (Sofia: Metheor, 2020), The New Athanor. Prolegomena to Philosophical Fantastic (Sofia: Metheor, 2019), Dark Poem (together with Boryana Pandova, Sofia: Metheor, 2019), Clouds. Philosophy of the Free Body (Sofia: Metheor, 2017, in Bulgarian; English edition 2019), Meteor. Selected texts for Theatre (together with Ani Vaseva, Sofia, 2018), Logic of the Political (Sofia: Critique&Humanism, 2012), Miracolo (Milano: Lanfranchi, 2011), L’altération du monde (Paris: Éditions Lignes, 2009), La métamorphose et l’instant – Désorganisation de la vie (Paris: La Phocide, 2009), The Unimaginable (Sofia: NBU, 2003). His book The Body-Metamorphosis (Sofia, 2007) deals extensively with contemporary art, performance and dance.
Manchev is member of the editorial committees or boards of the magazines Lignes (Paris), Materiali Foucaultiani (Rome / Paris), Critique and Humanism (Sofia), Stasis (St.Petersburg), Transeuropéennes (Paris), Transeuropa (London), the research network Terra (Paris) and the publishing house Meteor (Sofia).