Research Centre β€˜Science, Technology, Innovation', Faculty of Philosophy and History, University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria

National Astronomical Observatory "Rozhen", Bulgaria

Together with

Department "Knowledge Society: Science, Education, and Innovations", BAS Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge, and

Laboratory for Social and Anthropological Research (LSAR) & Center for Policy Analysis and Study of Technology - Tomsk State University, Russia 


Summer School


18-24 August 2019,

National Astronomy Observatory "Rozhen", Bulgaria


The Summer School aims to give an intensive introduction to anthropology of outer space as emerging research field. During the week long program the participants will work through master classes and workshops with leading anthropologists, sociologists, and New Space entrepreneurs on the following subjects:

  • Theoretical frameworks for the study of outer space in anthropology, STS, and other social sciences;
  • The latest developments and key challenges in New Space economy;
  • Identification of promising research problems and design of own research project that will included field work among space scientists, engineers, and β€˜New Space' entrepreneurs, on public perception of human activities in outer space, etc.

The school includes also open discussions, where all  participants will discuss the potential of anthropology (and social sciences & humanities in general) in the "humanization" of the emerging New Space economy, related to the development of solar system's resources, the establishing human settlements in outer space and their impact back on the life on Earth.

The working language is English.

Course leaders (confirmed) - Lisa Messeri (Yale University, USA), Sean T. Mitchell (Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, USA), Ivan Tchalakov (University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria), Evgenia Popova (Tomsk State University, Russia)

 Negotiations are underway with other prominent scholars and New Space entrepreneurs.

Target group - MA and PhD students, as well as young academics and early year post-doctoral scholars with relevant interests. We encourage participation of women and students with disabilities.

Fee info - There is not tuition fee. However, the participants will need to cover their accommodation and meal (200 euro), as well the international travel expenses (trip to Bulgaria and back), visa etc. A shuttle bus will be arrange from Sofia or Burgas Airports to Rozhen Observatory.

Scholarship - The organizers are applying for additional funding in order to provide financial support to limited number of non-resident applicants.

Credits info - 3 ECTS credits are awarded upon successful completion of the program, issued by the Faculty of Philosophy and History, University of Plovdiv. You will be charged an administration fee of EUR 15.

How to apply: Applications should include motivation letter (up to 1000 words) and resume (short CV) in English, including selected publications. Applications should be submitted by e-mail before April 30, 2019*

* Annnouncement from May 25, 2019: Thanks to the support of our host, Rozhen National Astronomical Observatory, we announcing additional call for applicants with deadline extention till June 15, 2019. The procedure is the same as in the intial call. Ivan Tchalakov, Irina Propravko


Contacts of organization committee:

Prof.  Ivan Tchalakov, PhD – Department of Applied and Institutional Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy and History, University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria –   

Dr. Irina Popravko, Laboratory for Social and Anthropological Research, Tomsk State University, Tomsk, Russia -