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[Expired] ACLS-CAS Open call for Summer Institute for the Study of East Central and Southeastern Europe (SISECSE) 2024

2024 Summer Institute for the Study of East Central and Southeastern Europe Now Accepting Applications 

The Centre for Advanced Study Sofia, in partnership with the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), invites applications for the Summer Institute for the Study of East Central and Southeastern Europe (SISECSE) 2023-24 competition. ACLS and CAS will convene leading scholars from Eastern Europe and North America for a two-week residency, hosted by the American University in Bulgaria, in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria June 13-29, 2024.

SISECSE will provide participating scholars with time to dedicate to their own research and writing in a collaborative and interdisciplinary setting. The program will cover travel, accommodation, and per diem expenses. Scholars will be expected to be in residence and to participate in all planned events for the duration of the institute.

In addition to conducting their own research, scholars will have the opportunity to participate in small group writing workshops, as well as a series of discussions on a broad topic of shared academic interest. In 2024, discussions will explore “Thinking Urgently: The Humanities and Interpretive Social Sciences in a Time of Emergency.” Participants will consider how diverse fields and disciplines help us grapple with questions such as how humanistic scholarship can foster resilience, empathy, and collective action and how scholars can respond in times of urgency. Discussions will be held informally over several meals and in one seminar session. No special preparation or experience with the topic is required. The goal is to enrich the communal experience of the residency and encourage collective reflection on humanistic practice.

The competition is open to scholars in any field or discipline in the humanities and interpretive social sciences pursuing postdoctoral or advanced research in East Central and Southeastern Europe, including Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czechia, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine. We seek to foster conversations across generations and fields.

Scholars should be based at institutions in North America (Canada, Mexico, US) or East Central and Southeastern Europe (see the list above).

Applications must be submitted in English, but the written work produced by the fellow or grantee can be in any language. Work proposed must be in the humanities and interpretive social sciences and must employ humanistic approaches and methods.

Learn more about application and eligibility requirements here.


  • 2 November 2023, 9:00 PM EDT

Questions?  Contact [email protected].

This program is made possible thanks to a generous donation by Carl and Betty Pforzheimer.