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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

05Dec

Fellow Seminar

Dr. Martin Belov will present his research proposal on the topic: "Constitutional Semiotics. Theory of Imaginative, Visual and Emotional Discourses in Constitutional Law" on 5 November 2019 (Thursday) at 16:30h at CAS conference hall.
06Dec

CAS International Workshop

CAS will host an international workshop on the topic: "Balkan Armies and Balkan Societies: Militarization, Securitization, Transformation, 1804-1912", convened by current CAS fellow, Dr. John Paul Newman. The workshop will take place on 6 December 2019.
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
31Mar

ADVANCED ACADEMIA: Fellowships for International Scholars

The Centre for Advanced Study Sofia (CAS Sofia) announces a Call for Applications for its 2020/2021 In-Residence Advanced Academia Fellowships for International Scholars in the field of the humanities and the social sciences.
31Mar

Call for Applications: GERDA HENKEL Fellowships

The five-months in-residence fellowships are granted under the framework of the CAS Advanced Academia programme and supports PhD holders from the following countries: Afghanistan, Armenia, Belarus, China , Kasakhstan...
31Mar

ADVANCED ACADEMIA: Pforzheimer Senior Fellowships

Advanced Academia programme offers opportunity for Senior Bulgarian scholars to apply for 5-months research fellowship at CAS for 2020/2021.
31Mar

ADVANCED ACADEMIA: Fellowships for Bulgarian Scholars

9-months fellowships for Bulgarian scholars at the Centre for Advanced Study Sofia for 2020-2021.
31Mar

RE-LINK ADVANCED ACADEMIA: Fellowships for Bulgarian Diaspora

3-months fellowships for Bulgarian scholars residing abroad.
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