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.