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.
Eastern Enlargement – Western Enlargement. Cultural Encounters in the European Economy and Society DIOSCURI project focuses on current encounters in Europe to predict the convergence between the twin economic cultures of the “East” and the “West”. The research fields – entrepreneurship, governance and economic knowledge – are being explored in four East-Central European countries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia) and in four countries of Southeast Europe (Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Serbia/Montenegro). The selection of the fields is based on the conviction that among the producers of economic culture, businesspeople, civil servants and economists exert a vast influence on the economic performance of the Union and the social cohesion between the old and the new member states. Instead of relying on a simplistic scheme, in which the “strong Western” culture devours the “weak Eastern” one, the Consortium expects to find a great variety of lasting cultural hybrids in economic and social behaviour. Thus, in an unprecedented way, Eastern Enlargement are being studied in conjunction with its neglected counterpart, Western Enlargement.
CAS History Club is a form of scholarly interchange, a kind of “advanced seminars”, attracting local scholars from a great many institutions. The society of the History Club, the first of its kind under the CAS roof, has by now established a tradition and a momentum of its own. Its focus-group sessions provide a forum for in-depth discussions of original historical research. Since the beginning of 2006 a new section “The Ottoman Balkans, 18th-19th centuries”, was launched in the framework of the Club. It is initiated and convened mainly by doctoral students affiliated to the Institute for Balkan Studies, Sofia University and the Institute of History.
Parallel to CAS’ successful guest-lecture programme with prominent international scholars, in 2006 the Centre launched its Bulgarian guest-lecture series under the title `Academic Dialogues`. The idea behind the series that is supported by the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science is to provide a presentation platform for vanguard and innovative research communities in Bulgaria working in the social sciences and humanities. Under the series CAS invites distinguished Bulgarian scholars and leaders of research groups to present the mission, the history, the activities and the research results of the group at the monthly ‘Academic Dialogues’ lecture. Besides the presentation of the academic group, the audience attracted by the series enjoys listening to a specialised lecture within the group’s area of research and representative of its methodology, and can participate in the vivid discussions concluding each event.
Multiple Institutional Cultures in Southeast Europe within the Context of European Unification The goal of this collective research project is to explore the zone of intersection, interaction and hybridization between institutional roles and collective identities. These intersections are of special importance for the countries of Southeastern Europe. The analysis of the various and specific types of their hybridization will shed light on the modalities of functioning of democratic and market oriented institutions in Southeastern Europe - a region where the import adaptation of institutional models co-exists and interacts with pre-existent identities, new identity-formations and identity-challenging processes...
Integrated Database of Doctoral Students in Bulgaria and Academic Newsgroup There is no centralized register in Bulgaria which contains information on the number of doctoral students in the country, their higher schools or scientific institute, academic field, dissertation topic, etc. At the same time, the communication, exchange of information and integration among young researchers in Bulgaria is of low intensity, while the intellectual cooperation between the doctoral students in Bulgaria and the large number of students and PhD candidates studuing abroad is poor and is a result not of deliberate academic policy, but of random private contacts.The basic idea of the project is that modern communication channels, the new information technologies and the entire youthful Internet culture are the instrument by which the outlined deficiency could be overcome...