What is CAS?

CENTER FOR ADVANCED STUDIES OF SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE 

CAS – SEE is an organizational unit of the University of Rijeka specialized in the social sciences and humanities. Designed as a regional hub for high-level academic research, the Center aims to stimulate public discourses on topics with high societal relevance for the region and Europe. The vision of the Center is to promote freedom of research and to ensure the necessary prerequisites for innovative, intellectual and scientific development. The Center strives to strengthen the transnational and regional scientific cooperation on on a range of socially pressing issues with relevance for the Humanistic and Social Sciences.

In short, CAS aims at:

  • Establishing opportunities for scholars from around the world to gather, discuss and produce high-end and streamlined research on South East Europe and broader.
  • Contributing to a fuller acknowledgement of such scientific products by international academia and in scholarly journals,
  • Rebuilding and promoting professional collaboration and exchange between internationally renowned research centers and the region’s scientific community,
  • Improving the quality of regional research by helping local young scholars to (re)connect to global scholarly trends, through providing them with support and infrastructure to conduct research projects (“brain gain” strategy)

We have received strong support from the European Network of Centres for Advanced Studies, and are the first regional scientific institution that started the realization of full membership in this network. CAS – SEE has been supported by the relevant Ministries in the region. A number of scientific institutions in the region confirmed the collaboration with Center as regional hub (Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Turkey).

CHRONOLOGICAL OVERVIEW

The impetus for establishing the CAS came after the successful organization of several international conferences and workshops in  Belgrade, Zagreb, Prishtine and Sarajevo between 2010 and 2012, as well as via numerous exchanges with regional and international partner institutions and scholars.  The  Balkan Trust for Democracy, German Marshall Fund, Erste Stiftung, Goethe Institut, Institut Français de Belgrade, Open Society Fund, Rothschild Foundation and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Serbia were among the donors who supported such events. Their support was key for exploring the idea, and for enabling informed discussions with scholars, policy makers and potential donors.

Very productive relationships were developed with the University in Rijeka, Croatian authorities (including strong support from the Croatian President Ivo Josipovic) as well as with several regional centers in SEE. These created amenable preconditions to start elaborating the structures and the conceptual framework for fulfilling the CAS’ vision. Meetings throughout the start-up year 2012 (in Zagreb, Prishtine, Prizren, Belgrade, Berlin, Brussels, Vienna, Paris, Washington DC and Istanbul) were dedicated to further exploring and finalizing the registration procedure of CAS, as well as its structures and long-term objectives. By broadening the regional network, identifying interested regional partner institutions and individuals, CAS aimed at reaching a “critical mass” for an operational status at the beginning of autumn of 2013.

The University in Rijeka hosts CAS main coordination body, while local representatives support CAS from partner institutions around the region. We wish to thank Erste Foundation, particularly Erhard Busek, Filip Radunovic and Knut Neumayer, for the constructive advice and kind support of the “start-up”-phase of CAS. Furthermore, we are grateful to Lutz Musner and Olivier Bouin, director of RFIEA (Network of French Institutes for Advanced Study) and head of EURIAS-FP (European Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Program), for their advice and constructive suggestions.

CAS ACTIVITIES

  • Scientific research in the social sciences and humanities.
  • Support for research projects of the young and senior researchers.
  • Establishing new and strengthening existing regional and international networks and collaboration.
  • Promotion of the professional cooperation and exchange between the internationally recognized research centers in the region and regional scientific community with international institutions.
  • Organization and participation in the programs, events and manifestations that are conducted in order to develop, improve and promote research in the social sciences and humanities.
  • Gathering of young scientists in the field of South-Eastern Europe with the aim of improving the quality of research in the social sciences and humanities in the region and recognition of scientific products from the international academic community and relevant international scientific journals.
  • Calls for application for postdoctoral students in the position of Junior Fellows in CAS-SEE
  • Introducing established, renown senior researchers as Senior Fellows in CAS-SEE
  • Collaboration within interdisciplinary research and linking science, culture, art and architecture with the social sciences and humanities.
  • Coordination and implementation of visits and stays of local and foreign scholars, students and staff in interdisciplinary fields and the field of social sciences and humanities.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT

  • Erhard Busek, Erste Foundation
  • Filip Radunovic, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • Knut Neumayer, IWM, Vienna
  • Hedvig Morvai, European Fund fort the Balkans
  • Ivan Vejvoda, German Marshall Fund
  • Olivier Bouin, director of RFIEA (Network of French Institutes for Advanced Study) and head of EURIAS-FP (European Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Program)
  • Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Germany (http://www.wiko-berlin.de);
  • Istituto di studi avanzati di Bologna, Italy (http://www.isa.unibo.it);
  • New Europe College, Bucharest, Romania (http://www.nec.ro);
  • Flemish Academic Centre for Science and the Arts, Brussels, Belgium (http://www.kvab.be/vlac);
  • Collegium Budapest, Hungary (http://www.colbud.hu);
  • Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Cambridge, United Kingdom (http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/);
  • Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Delmenhorst, Germany (http://www.h-w-k.de);
  • Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, UK (http://www.iash.ed.ac.uk);
  • Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, Germany (http://www.frias.uni-freiburg.de);
  • Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Finland (http://www.helsinki.fi/collegium/english/index.htm);
  • Institute for Advanced Studies of Jerusalem, Israel (http://www.as.huji.ac.il/);
  • Institut d’études avancées de Nantes, France (http://www.iea-nantes.fr);
  • Centre for Advanced Study at the Norwegian Academy of Sciences, Oslo (http://www.cas.uio.no/);
  • Centre for Advanced Study, Sofia, Bulgaria (http://www.cas.bg);
  • Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala, Sweden (http://www.swedishcollegium.se);
  • Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Vienna, Austria (http://www.iwm.at);
  • Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Wassenaar (http://www.nias.knaw.nl);
  • Collegium Helveticum, Zürich, Switzerland (http://www.collegium.ethz.ch).