The Department of History focuses its research activities on Bulgarian and Balkan history, culture and art since the Middle Ages, the sources of knowledge and historiography.
Among the priorities of the department is the research of alternative studies and the study of the Bulgarian, Balkan and world history both as a subject matter and as a methodological approach in teaching history.
The research of the Department is primarily focused on a problem area that is hardly, if not entirely, neglected by scholars, that is the genesis and the pressing problems of the national relations on the Balkans, nations and boundaries on the Balkans, the Bulgarian parliamentary system between 1879 and 1944 and a study of the history of Europe between XVIII century and XIX century, history of institutions, history of social and political ideas, religious communities in the state policy and interstate relations (since the Middle Ages), Bulgaria in the context of the development of Europe in new and recent times, history of international relations and diplomacy.
The topics of the “Bulgarian society and Bulgarian totalitarian state – documents and study” and “Bulgarian totalitarian state – power and institutions” are the focal point of the Department.
The Department of History holds a regular seminar entitled “History and Modern Times” as well as an annual national conference “History as Science, Education and Profession”, in which scholars and lecturers from different universities and institutions take part together with graduate and doctoral students.
In order to attract the interest of young people in studying the past, the Department of History organizes annual travelling seminars in and out of Bulgaria offering off-campus training aimed at positioning historical events and facts in their natural environment.
The research projects of the Department, in which its students participate as well, are: “Sources of the Bulgarian History”, “Archive Documents Catalogue – ‘The Totalitarian State of Bulgaria 1944 - 1989’”, “The Bulgarian Society in the second half of the XX century”, “Middle-age Graffiti and Monograms in St. Sofia Church in Istanbul”, “The Constitution Issue of Totalitarian Bulgaria (1944-1989)”.
The Contacts Without Boundaries Foundation offers scholarships to first-year students from the following programs: Artes Liberales, Anthropology, Archeology, Bulgarian Studies (Bulgarian Language, Culture and Literature), Classical Languages, Ancient Culture and Literature, Ancient Egyptian Studies (Ancient Egyptian Language, Culture and Literature), Arts Studies and Arts Management, History and Archeology, Book Publishing and Book Printing, Philosophy.
Assoc. Prof. Lachezar Stoyanov, PhD
Building 2, Room 206
tel.: 02/8110 276