Social Theories, Strategies, and Prognosis
Department “Social Theories, Strategies and Prognoses” is the only research unit within the system of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences with a clear orientation to Futures Studies in its activities, and with the expertise to offer prognostic analyses. The Department focuses its efforts on grasping the general characteristics of contemporary societies, their dynamics and evolution; on elaborating normative and exploratory prognoses, and risk analyses; and on examining the perspectives revealed by digital technologies, artificial intelligence and synthetic biology.
The researchers work on topical problems for Bulgaria, Europe and the world, that are generated by new ideas, technologies, socio-economic, environmental, geopolitical, ethno-religious and cultural challenges.
The unit conducts interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary studies in the following research areas:
- Social Philosophy
- Political Philosophy
- Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technologies
- Geopolitics and Security Studies
- Media, Culture and Education
- Philosophy of Economics and Law
An adjunct Problem group on “Religion and Security” (philosophy of religion and social transformations) functions within the Department and is being led by Prof. Bogdana Todorova, DSc. In the last few years, the work of the group has been devoted to traditional religions (various Christian denominations and Islam) in Europe, the Black Sea region and Central Asia; to the role and participation of religions in social transformations; and to the future of religion.
The researchers from the Department are high level experts, recognized both at home and abroad, which is evident in their various publications, specializations, participation in prestigious international fora, research projects, and membership in national and international research networks (MILEMIUM PROJECT, Network of Excellence: Religion on the Balkans).
The members of the unit have long lasting experience with teaching in higher education institutions as well (UNWE, NATFA, SU, NBU, NMU).
The department offers competitive PhD programs in the domain of Philosophy and more concretely, in two main research tracks: 1/ Philosophy of Culture, Politics, Law and Economics; and 2/ Philosophy of History. Both programs are taught in accordance with approved curricula within the Centre of Education at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
2021-2023. ”Rethinking Bulgarian Education for the 21st Century”. PI: Assoc. Prof. Hristina Ambareva, PhD.
2019-2022.”Civilizational Challenges Facing Bulgaria and the European Union (Conflicts, Risks and Transformations). PI: Prof. Borislav Gradinarov, DSc.
2018-2021. “Current and Future Perspectives of the Social-humanitarian, Scientific and Cultural Relations between Azerbaijan and Bulgaria”. An international project in the framework of bilateral cooperation between BAS and Azerbaijan. PI: Prof. Bogdana Todorova, DSc (ЕBR).
2016-2018. “Democratization, Religious Identity and Fundamentalism in Romania and Bulgaria”. An international project in the framework of bilateral cooperation between BAS and Romania. PI: Assoc. Prof. Bogdana Todorova, DSc
2016-2017. “The Balkans and the Migrant Crisis in the Context of the Transformation of the European Border Control”. A project within a Program supporting early career researchers. Participants: Assoc. Prof. Borislav Gradinarov (supervisor) and Assis. Prof. Blagovesta Nikolova (early career researcher).
2015-2018. “Bulgaria in the European Union – Conclusions, Conflicts, Risks and Perspectives”. Internal collective research project. PI: Assoc. Prof. Borislav Gradinarov.
2015-2017. “Culture and Values in Late Modernity“. An international project in the framework of bilateral cooperation between BAS and Romania. PI: Assoc. Prof. Bogdana Todorova, DSc.
MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT
|Prof. DSc Bogdana Todorova – heаd of the department
email@example.comPhilosophy of Religion (Islam); Political Philosophy; Security.
“Public Narratives and Attitudes towards Refugees and Migrants. Comparative Analysis between Romania and Bulgaria”, PI of a bilateral cooperation project (2023-2025).
“Values in the Family: Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Turkey”, UNESCO project (2023-2024).
|Prof. Borislav Gradinarov, DSc
firstname.lastname@example.orgPhilosophy of Politics, Law and Economics; Ethics, Media; Security
|Assoc. Prof. Hristina Ambareva, PhD
email@example.comDigital Society and Internet Culture; Values, Knowledge, Education in the Digital Age; Philosophy of Technology; Democracy and Disinformation.
|Assoc. Prof. Mariana Todorova, PhD
firstname.lastname@example.orgFutures Studies; The Future of Digital Technologies and AI; The Future of Social Systems (Education, Professions, Labour Market); The Future of Democracy; Counterfactual Analysis.
|Assoc. Prof. Blagovesta Nikolova, PhD
email@example.comPolitical Philosophy; Foresight; Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)
|Assoc.Prof. Iva Manova, PhD
Philosophy of History; Philosophy of Religion (Catholicism); Studies on Catholic Culture and the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church
|Assist. Prof. Nevena Ivanova, PhD
Aesthetics and Philosophy of Technology
Books currently in progress: “The Pharmacological Character of Synthetic Biology”; “Creativity and Artificial Intelligence”.
|Assist. Prof. Vihra Pavlova, PhD
Geopolitics; Political Philosophy; Global Prognostics
A monograph currently in progress: “Forecasting in Geopolitics”
|Assist. Prof. Sylvia Pencheva, PhD
Philosophy of Economics; Social Philosophy; Education
PhD Thesis: “Poverty, Charity, Power – Cultural-Civilizational Aspects”
|Radina Bogomirova – secretary
firstname.lastname@example.org – Head of Department
Prof. DSc Borislav Gradinarov
PhD, Assoc. Prof. Mariana Todorova
PhD, Аssist. Prof. Vihra Pavlova
PhD, Аssist. Prof. Silvia Pencheva
Gergana Kosturska – PhD Student
Assos. Member: Corr. Member Prof. DSc Vasil Prodanov
Radina Bogomirova – Secretary