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The ACADEMIC SWISS CAUCASUS NET (ASCN) is a programme aimed at promoting the social sciences and humanities in the South Caucasus. Those involved in the programme believe that their participation encourages constructive debate on society, which in turn contributes to the region’s transformation process. The programme’s different activities foster the emergence of a new generation of talented scholars in the South Caucasus. Promising junior researchers receive support through research projects, capacity-building trainings and scholarships. The programme emphasises the advancement of individuals. Emphasis is also placed on international networking, thus promoting sustained cooperation among scholars based in the South Caucasus and those based in Switzerland.

The ASCN programme is coordinated and operated by the Interfaculty Institute for Central and Eastern Europe (IICEE) at the University of Fribourg. It is supported by GEBERT RÜF STIFTUNG.

Initially, the programme focused primarily on Georgia. It was then extended to include Armenia in 2011.

Eastern European Day 2014 - "Two Cities in One Church"

The Eastern European Day takes place at the University Fribourg on 12-14 November, 2014.

The topic of the academic event is focused on today’s situation of the Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. The two most populated states of the post-soviet space – Russia and Ukraine – belong to the canonical territory of the Russian Orthodox Church. Having a lot in common in their culture and history, the two countries seem to choose different ways of geopolitical orientation. The tensions between Ukraine and Russia increased recently.

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Start of new Research Projects in Social Sciences - Georgia and Armenia

The ASCN Programme selected six new research projects from its call this year. The projects will start at the beginning of October 2014 or November 2014 respectively and fall under one of the following umbrella topics:

1.   The South Caucasus and Europeanisation - institutions and actors
2.   What holds societies together? Consensus, conflicts and integration in the South Caucasus

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Publication: How social sciences can contribute to changing a society

ASCN is pleased to present a publication on the issue of How social sciences can contribute to changing a society. This publication includes contributions by - among others - Wolfgang Streeck and Ghia Nodia. The brochure can be downloaded here in English, Armenian and Georgian language.

ASCN Short Annual Report 2013

The ASCN Short Annual Report 2013 is now available.

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