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.
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.
EUBORDERSCAPES (Bordering, Political Landscapes and Social Arenas: Potentials and Challenges of Evolving Border Concepts in a post-Cold War World) is a large-scale international research project that investigates and interprets conceptual change in the study of borders, in relation to the fundamental social, economic, cultural and geopolitical transformations that have taken place in the past decades.
RAGE (Hate Speech and Populist Othering in Europe: through the Racism, Age, Gender Looking Glass) is a comparative research project funded by the European Commission’s Directorate General Justice, under the Scientific Programme “Fundamental Rights and Citizenship”. The project examines populist political discourse and its effect on those “othered” by such discourse, particularly in the context of economic austerity and dwindling opportunities for young people.
A key objective of the project is to go beyond the usual discussions on the heuristics of historical regions and expand the toolkit of conceptual history by not just following a conceptual itinerary per se, but contextualizing this itinerary in terms of the changing political, cultural and especially disciplinary contexts. On the whole, this would help us "temporalize" our spatial terminology, and in turn, analyze the ways historical change is encapsulated by spatial categories.
The Negotiating Modernity Project maps the history of East-Central European political thought from the late eighteenth to the early twenty-first century. Paying attention to both the intra- and extra-regional interferences, and breaking the duality of Western “core” and Eastern “periphery”, it is meant to contribute to the emergence of a truly European perspective of intellectual history. The researchers answer questions about the key components of European political thought, formulated on the basis of a regional and trans-regional comparative analysis.
The "Modernity and Identity" programme for independent research grants is financed by the Bulgarian Fund for Scientific Research and is intended to support young and excellent Bulgarian scholars from the field of the social sciences and the humanities with various thematic, disciplinary and methodological interests.
The “Regimes of Historicity” project has undertaken a comparative analysis of the various ideological traditions dealing with the connection between modernity and historicity, modernity and temporality, in three “small-culture” European regions: East-Central, Southeastern, and Northern Europe. It has aimed to reconstruct the ways in which different “temporalities” and time horizons produced alternative (national) representations of the past.
This two-year international interdisciplinary project aims to investigate the dynamics and especially the tendency towards deterioration of authority and social trust in the field of law in the overall context of globalisation, placing a special accent on the (European) post-totalitarian societies.
Within the framework of the SCOPES Program the Seminar für Zeitgeschichte, Department of Contemporary History, Religious Science and Social Anthropology of the University of Fribourg and the Centre for Advanced Study Sofia seek to facilitate network co-operation between scholars and institutions with the aim to promote excellent cross-cultural research and develop a new curriculum in studying modern nationalism in the “small states” of Europe. This co-operation can only be realized through intensive and regular interaction and socialization between the participants representing divergent academic and cultural backgrounds.