History of Modern Political Thought in East-Central Europe

Centre for Advances Study (CAS), Sofia
European Research Council (ERC)

The Project

Hosting Institution

The Project is hosted by the Centre for Advanced Study Sofia (www.cas.bg ), an independent institution with a strong international and interdisciplinary orientation which sustains academic independence and freedom of research, scholarly excellence, and intellectual creativity in the social sciences and the humanities. Since its emergence in 2000 the Centre has established itself as an important regional platform for high quality research in these areas, and has accumulated an excellent record of international project management: it has hosted and administered ten major international interdisciplinary research projects and supported the work of more than one hundred researchers from fifteen countries, most of them junior scholars from East Central Europe.

CAS is a member of the renowned international network of "Institutes for Advanced Study" in Europe and the US, and its academic contacts encompass major European universities and internationally eminent scholars, thus providing its researchers with ample access to pan-European academic communication. Its principal emphasis in research is in two main areas: history, culture and development of the region of East Central and Southeast Europe in a comparative European perspective, and improvement of higher education and academic research in the region and further abroad. The principal tasks of the hosting institution are administering the grant, providing a research context moderating the network, hosting the working sessions and, in general, providing infrastructural help throughout the five years of research.

By virtue of the academic links of many of the research team members to this institution, the Central European University (www.ceu.hu ), acting as a partner, will naturally provide an additional academic hub for the Project, hosting some of the Project meetings and also mobilizing a cohort of graduate and postgraduate students around the project. It is perhaps the most fitting place for fusing research and education on East-Central European subjects. The cooperation of the two institutions has already a long and spectacular history, with a number of joint research projects and visiting schemes. Besides, the bipolar institutional framework would also provide us with a basis for mobilizing and bringing together Southeast and Central European research networks, which have traditionally been institutionalized along separate lines but which would definitely gain from more interaction.