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Finalized Programmes

DIOSCURI: Eastern Enlargement – Western Enlargement. Cultural Encounters in the European Economy and Society

2004-2007

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 Academic Dialogues

2006-2006

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.

CAS History Club

2006-2006

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.

Roles, Identities and Hybrids: Roles, Identities and Hybrids. Multiple Institutional Cultures in Southeast Europe within the Context of European Unification

2003-2006

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...

PhD Student Database

PhD Student Database

2004-2006

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...

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