Research Team: Prof. Rumyana Damyanova, Assoc. Prof. Radoslava Ilcheva, Senior. Asst. Prof. Anna Aleksieva (Institute for Literature - BAS); Prof. Nadia Danova, Prof. Raya Zaimova (Institute of Balkan Studies with Center of Thracology - BAS); Prof. Krastina Petkova, Prof. Pepka Boyadzhieva, Prof. Galin Gornev, Asst. Prof. Teodora Karamelska (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology - BAS)
The aim of the interdisciplinary project is to study the emotional content of the Bulgarian national identity from historical, socio-cultural and socio-psychological perspectives. Observations focus on group emotions (admiration, pride, shame, insecurity, etc.) as a product (and generator) of social identity and social context and as a mediator of social action. The project is based on the integration of the theory of social identity with the theory of intergroup emotions. The main goals of the project are:
- To differentiate the emotional components of the Bulgarian national identity and their attitude to other key identities (personal, gender, religious, etc.), as well as to the process of European integration.
- To study how the international comparative context influences the nature of collective emotions and the manifestation of national identities.
- To study how the audience to which the identity is exposed influences the nature of the collective emotions the manifestation of the national identities.
- To establish the extent to which it is possible to purposefully cause changes in some of the emotional components of (Bulgarian) identity.
- To study the interdependence between the emergence of internal (semi) structural divisions in society and the strength and emotional color of national identity.
- ...my first joy. The Emotional Content of the Bulgarian National Identity: Historical Roots and Modern Dimensions. Eds. N. Aretov, N. Danova, P. Boyadzhieva, R. Zaimova. Sofia: Queen Mab, 2012, 608 pp.