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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.

ASCN Alumni Network


ASCN is launching its Alumni Network in December to further enhance cooperation among beneficiaries of the ASCN programme.

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"Armenian Civil Society after 20 Years of Transition: Still Post-Communist?" - final publication


The ASCN funded research project "Armenian Civil Society after 20 Years of Transition: Still Post-Communist?" has come to an end. The final publication is now available.

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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.