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HISTORY

The Institute of Balkan Studies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences was founded on January 15, 1964 by a decision of the Council of Ministers of the People's Republic of Bulgaria under the auspices of UNESCO. It was established as a research and educational center for languages, history, culture and modern development of the Balkans.

The Centre of Thracology "Prof. Alexander Fol" is the successor to the Institute of Thracology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, founded in 1972. It existed as an independent unit at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences till the reforms from 2010. Then it joined the Institute of Balkan Studies creating the Institute of Balkan Studies and Centre of Thracology "Prof. Alexander Fol".

Situated in the historical center of Sofia, the Institute of Balkan Studies and Center of Thracology "Prof. Alexander Fool" (BAS) occupied two beautiful old buildings which are architectural monuments. Close to the Institute are located some of the most important national institutions and historical sights, such as: the National Assembly, the Central Administration of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", “St. St. Cyril and Methodius” National Library, National Academy of Art, National Gallery for Foreign Art of Bulgaria, St. Alexander Nevsky Patriarchal Cathedral, the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, St. Sofia Basilica from the 5th century, the Royal Palace housing the National Gallery, and the Presidency of the Republic of Bulgaria.

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Governance

Director:
Prof. Roumiana Preshlenova, PhD
Email: roumiana.preshlenova@balkanstudies.bg
balkanistika.bg@abv.bg
+359 888 461 801

Deputy Administrative Director:
Rositsa Shtereva
Email: r.shtereva@balkanstudies.bg
ibct@balkanstudies.bg
+359 882 352 387

Scientific Secretary:
Assoc. Prof. Zlatomira Gerdzhikova, PhD
Email: gerdzhikova@balkanstudies.bg

SCIENTIFIC COUNCIL

Chairman:
Prof. Alexandre Kostov, Dr. habil. (corresponding member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)

Deputy Chairman:
Prof. Vanya Lozanova-Stancheva, D.A.

Members:
Prof. Valeria Fol, Dr. habil.
Prof. Kalin Porozhanov, Dr. habil.
Prof. Liliana Simeonova, Dr. habil.
Prof. Nadya Boyadzhieva, LL.D.
Prof. Orlin Sabev, Dr. habil.
Prof. Raya Zaimova, Dr. habil.
Prof. Svetlana Yanakieva, PhD
Prof. Svetlozar Eldarov, Dr. habil.
Prof. Roumiana Preshlenova, PhD
Prof. Lora Taseva, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Antoaneta Balcheva, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Bisser Petrov, Dr. habil.
Assoc. Prof. Dobriela Kotova, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Dobrinka Parusheva, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Zlatomira Gerdzhikova, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Zorka Parvanova, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Irina Ognyanova, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Lyudmila Mindova, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Kamen Dimitrov, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Mariyana Stamova, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Penka Danova, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Rositsa Gradeva, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Yura Konstantinova, PhD

Assist. Prof. Elmira Vasileva, PhD - secretary

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