2024 Summer Institute for the Study of East Central and Southeastern Europe Now Accepting Applications

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites applications for the Summer Institute for the Study of East Central and Southeastern Europe (SISECSE) 2023-24 competition. In partnership with the Centre for Advanced Study Sofia (CAS), ACLS will convene leading scholars from Eastern Europe and North America for a two-week residency, hosted by the American University in Bulgaria, in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria June 13-29, 2024.

SISECSE will provide participating scholars with time to dedicate to their own research and writing in a collaborative and interdisciplinary setting. The program will cover travel, accommodation, and per diem expenses. Scholars will be expected to be in residence and to participate in all planned events for the duration of the institute.

In addition to conducting their own research, scholars will have the opportunity to participate in small group writing workshops, as well as a series of discussions on a broad topic of shared academic interest. In 2024, discussions will explore “Thinking Urgently: The Humanities and Interpretive Social Sciences in a Time of Emergency.” Participants will consider how diverse fields and disciplines help us grapple with questions such as how humanistic scholarship can foster resilience, empathy, and collective action and how scholars can respond in times of urgency. Discussions will be held informally over several meals and in one seminar session. No special preparation or experience with the topic is required. The goal is to enrich the communal experience of the residency and encourage collective reflection on humanistic practice.

The competition is open to scholars in any field or discipline in the humanities and interpretive social sciences pursuing postdoctoral or advanced research in East Central and Southeastern Europe, including Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czechia, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine. We seek to foster conversations across generations and fields.

Scholars should be based at institutions in North America (Canada, Mexico, US) or East Central and Southeastern Europe (see the list above).

Applications must be submitted in English, but the written work produced by the fellow or grantee can be in any language. Work proposed must be in the humanities and interpretive social sciences and must employ humanistic approaches and methods.

Deadline: November 9, 2023, 9:00PM EDT

For any questions, please email SISECSE@acls.org

Formed a century ago, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is a nonprofit federation of 80 scholarly organizations. As the leading representative of American scholarship in the humanities and interpretive social sciences, ACLS upholds the core principle that knowledge is a public good. In supporting its member organizations, ACLS utilizes its $155+ million endowment and $37 million annual operating budget to expand the forms, content, and flow of scholarly knowledge, reflecting our commitment to diversity of identity and experience. ACLS collaborates with institutions, associations, and individuals to strengthen the evolving infrastructure for scholarship. In all aspects of our work, ACLS is committed to principles and practices in support of racial and social justice.

The Centre for Advanced Study in Sofia is an independent institution with strong international and interdisciplinary orientation, promoting freedom of research and scholarly excellence in the humanities and the social sciences. Since its establishment in 2000, CAS has been attracting young talents and outstanding senior scholars by offering institutional conditions conducive to free pursuit of knowledge and dialogue in the framework of individual research fellowships or collaborative multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural enquiries. In partnership with other Institutes for Advanced Study, universities, scholarly and cultural associations, it works to re-establish the tradition of intellectual communities and to facilitate open critical debate and exchange of ideas on national and trans-national levels.