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Current Programmes

Advanced Academia Platform

2009-2024

This platform, which brings together CAS individual-fellowship programmes, grants possibilities for conducting independent social-science and humanities research in an international, multidisciplinary environment, without restrictions in the selected areas of study - an approach intended to stimulate excellent scholarship at the highest international level.

Independent Fellowship programme for Bulgarian Junior Scholars and Bulgarian Academic Diaspora

2019-2024

The programme is financed by the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science and provides support for young Bulgarian scientists and researchers from the Bulgarian diaspora. It envisages: a) 5 nine-month scholarships per year for young Bulgarian scholars (including one month in a foreign institution); b) 2 three-month scholarships per year for representatives of the Bulgarian academic diaspora working in foreign academic institutions.

PREVEX project (Preventing Violent Extremism in the Balkans and the MENA: Strengthening Resilience in Enabling Environments)

2020-2023

The overarching objective of PREVEX is to put forward more fine-tuned and effective approaches to preventing violent extremism. Focusing on the broader MENA region and the Balkans, context-sensitive, in-depth case studies of the occurrence and non-occurrence of violent extremism will be carried out and then brought together in a regional comparison.

The Construction of Knowledge in Archaeology and Art History in Southeastern Europe

2019-2022

With this Programme, we aim to investigate the ways historical knowledge is constructed through the disciplines of archaeology and art history in Southeastern Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Cyprus, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and the Turkish province of East Thrace). Based on the observation that the culture-historical way of thinking about past cultures remains dominant in our region, we envisage to understand why this is so; at the same time, we wish to encourage the construction and deployment of a new theoretical and methodological framework that will enable us to look at the cultural past(s) of our region in multi-modal and cross-disciplinary ways.

Lost in Transition: Social Sciences, Scenarios of Transformation, and Cognitive Dissonances in East Central Europe after 1989

2019-2022

The project seeks to place the current anti-liberal and anti-democratic backlash in Eastern Europe, arguably manifesting the all-European socio-political and ideological crisis in its most acute form, into a comparative historical perspective. It raises fundamental questions concerning the intellectual contribution and responsibility of those local and international actors (scholars, experts, think-tanks, NGOs, public intellectuals, etc.) who devised roadmaps for the transition to liberal democracy and market economy, and the interplay of these roadmaps and the realities “on the ground”.

Pforzheimer Fellowship Programme

2019-2022

The programme, supported by a donation of the American philanthropist and bibliophile Carl H. Pforzheimer III, provides for three 5-month scholarships per year to outstanding Bulgarian researchers and university professors.

Gerda Henkel Fellowships

2016-2022

Gerda-Henkel Fellowships (2016-2020) are aimed at scholars in the field of the Humanities and Social Sciences that come from the former Soviet space and Turkey. There are no thematic restrictions as regards the proposed project topics.

Landis and Gyr Artistic Fellowships

2017-2020

The programme is aimed at stimulating and promoting the creative work of artists from various fields – writers, musicians, painters, sculptors, actors, film directors, architects, etc. by integrating them in a community of human and social scholars and spurring interaction between theoretical research and the arts.

"How to Teach Europe" Fellowship Programme

2017-2020

The programme targets academics – highly qualified young and established university professors – from (South) Eastern Europe in the social sciences and the humanities to dedicate themselves to research work oriented toward a specific goal: to lend the state-of-the-art theories and methodologies in the humanities and social sciences a pan-European and/or global dimension and to apply these findings in higher education.

Research Network Dedicated to the History of the Monastic Economy

2017-2019

The NETWORK of scholars from South-Eastern (SEE) and Western Europe (WE) is devoted to the history of the monastic economy in a comparative perspective and to the assessment of its relevance in the longue durée.

Current Fellows

In 2019/2020 CAS hosts 11 research fellows from 7 countries in the framework of Advanced Academia programme and the Gerda Henkel Fellowships. Another group of 6 scholars are involved in the How to Teach Europe in the XXI Century programme and 1 researcher in a new fellowship project, targeting artists from various disciplinary backgrounds.

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News & EventsRSS

13Sep

Roumen Avramov's book available for download

The Economy of the "Revival Process" is available in electronic version on the CAS web-page (In Bulgarian).
08Nov

New CAS Fellowship Programme for Bulgarian Scholars

In 2019 the Centre for Advanced Study Sofia launches a new fellowship programme for young (post-doc and early career) Bulgarian scholars and Bulgarian academic diaspora.
02Oct

Opening of the New Academic Year 2019/2020

CAS Sofia is pleased to announce the opening of the new Academic Year on 2 October 2019 and welcome its new Fellows. The meeting will begin at 17:00 at the CAS conference hall.
04Oct

CAS International Workshop: Recent Research on the Greater War in Eastern Europe (1912-1923)

CAS will host an international workshop on the topic "Recent Research on the Greater War in Eastern Europe (1912-1923)" on 4 October 2019 at CAS conference hall.
18Oct

3rd Workshop of the Monastic Economy Network

DOES MONASTIC ECONOMY MATTER? RELIGIOUS PATTERNS OF ECONOMIC BEHAVIOR (Workshop III), Centre for Advanced Study, Sofia on the 18-20 October 2019.
24Oct

Fellow Seminar

Dr. Evguenia Davidova will present her research proposal on the topic: "Dutiful Nurses: War, Public Health, and Gender in Southeast Europe (1878-1941)" on 24 October 2019 (Thursday) at 16:30h at CAS conference hall.
31Oct

Fellow Seminar

Dr. Ivaylo Nachev will present his research proposal on the topic: "The Politics of Street Names: Naming and Renaming Public Spaces in the Bulgarian Capital City of Sofia, 1878 - 2018" on 31 October 2019 (Thursday) at 16:30h at CAS conference hall.
15Nov

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships

for Bulgarian Scholars and Artists for the Academic Year 2020/2021
15Dec

Call for Applications: The Impact of the Political on Archaeological Research

A Spring School in the framework of the international research programme "The Construction of Knowledge in Archaeology and Art History in Southeastern Europe", Centre for Advanced Study, Sofia. 6-11 April 2020
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