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The Center for Advanced Study Sofia (CAS) (www.cas.bg) and the Center for Governance and Culture in Europe (GCE) at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in the University of St. Gallen (www.gce.unisg.ch) have established a NETWORK of scholars
from Southeastern and Western Europe devoted to the history of
monastic economy. The goal of the NETWORK is to nurture research in this
field in a comparative perspective and in view of the longue durée
relevance of the monastic tradition for economic culture. The NETWORK
supports the creation of a scholarly community by fostering intellectual
debates, facilitating contacts and mobility, and bringing together
academics from different thematic and institutional backgrounds. Its
first workshop was organized and hosted by CAS on November 10-12, 2017.

This Call is addressed to candidates willing to join the NETWORK. Part
of its budget (2017-2019) is allocated to the granting on a competitive

Research tools eligible for funding include:

  • Single (up to one month) or multiple (totaling up to one month)
    research stays abroad or in the home country (including travel costs,
    accommodation, per-diem)
  • Organization of small seminars
  • Invitation of eminent scholars in the field for guest lectures
  • Handling of archival materials, images and databases
  • Monastic case studies (research visits to specific monasteries; interviews…)  
  • Conference/Workshop attendance (participation fees; travel costs…)
  • Other (proposed by the applicant)
  • Publication costs are not eligible.

The relevant areas of research include, but are not
limited to, topics such as: Economic activities of the monasteries;
Monastic economy and market (capitalist) rationality; Relations with the
State (including confiscations of monastic assets); Flow of financial
funds in the monastic economy; Wealth management; Governance; Economy of
the Holy Mountain (Mt. Athos) and other monastic sanctuaries. The time frame covers medieval, pre-modern and modern history as well as current trends in a longue durée historical perspective. The geographical coverage
comprises the Orthodox realm in South-Eastern Europe (Albania,
Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, FYRO Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia,
the institution of the Constantinople Patriarchate) and the
Catholic/Protestant domain in the Western Balkans (Croatia, Slovenia)
and Western Europe.

Candidates soliciting support may apply for particular tool(s) which
is/are explicitly related to a broader project or an already structured
academic initiative in the field of monastic economy. The application in
English should contain an estimation of the costs and a working plan.
Single project’s funding cannot exceed 3 000 euro per year. Continuation
of funding is possible pending a new application.

The selection procedure, to be organized by CAS,
includes anonymous reviews by two senior scholars invited by the Centre
and a member of CAS’ academic staff. It is based on three core criteria:
scientific excellence; relevance of the proposal; qualification of the
candidate. The appropriateness of the budget is also evaluated.

There are no deadlines for the submission of applications. The
consecutive evaluation sessions start: February 1, 2018; July 1, 2018;
January 1, 2019; July 1, 2019. The selected projects are announced
within a month.  

The spending of the Research allowances is subject to strict accountability.
Upon approval of the application, the grantee signs a contract with
CAS. He/She is liable to present a report about his/her research
activities (in English or in French) including, as well, the original
documents testifying the incurred expenses. The support received from
the NETWORK should be mentioned in the relevant publications.

Academic coordinator of the NETWORK:           

Associate Professor Roumen Avramov
Permanent Fellow
Centre for Advanced Study Sofia

Contact person:

Dimiter Dimov
Centre for Advanced Study Sofia
email: [email protected]