Jean Monnet Chair of Identity and Multilingualism




Associate Professor Maria Stoicheva

Jean Monnet Chair

Доцент д-р Мария СтойчеваContact information:      

Tel.: +359 (0) 889715321;  +359 (0) 878754223


Dr. Maria Stoicheva is Associate Professor at the Department of European Studies. Prior to that, she taught at the Faculty of Classical and Modern Philologies. She is the Director of the Master’s Programme “European Projects” at the Department of European Studies since its beginning. Maria Stoicheva is Vice Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at Sofia University in charge of research, international relations  and projects.


Events and news:

November 2015

Jean Monnet Conference 2015: „A Union of shared values – the role of education and civil society“

Nearly 300 people (mostly Jean Monnet Community members) attended the annual Jean Monnet conference entitled „A Union of shared values – the role of education and civil society“.

September 2015

Jean Monnet workshops  at the 16th International Conference of the History Teachers Association in Bulgaria “Variety of Sources and Means in teaching History: Studying about European History and Its Diversity”

September 10-12, 2015 at Hotel Renaissance in Sofia and the Teacher Training Department of Sofia University.

July 2015

PhD Summer School „Identity, Democracy, Power“


Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

Chair of the Organising Committee within the Jean Monnet Network “European identity, Culture, Exchanges and Multilingualism” EUROMEC

June 2015

4th June 2015,  Sofia University, Multimedia room, Block 4, Campus East

Expert Panel Discussion: Language in Europe towards 2020


Conference of the International Society of sociolinguistics on “The language situation – state and perspectives”, Sofia University, The Main Hall of the University

Plenary speakers

Maria Stoicheva “The multilingual European city” and

Lorna Carson “Perceptions of monolingualism: some examples from Ireland”


International Seminar “The EU and its Eastern Neighbourhood: The Contradiction of Europeanisation and European Identities”, University of Portsmouth Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Conference, UK

Maria Stoicheva ‘Neighbour languages’: Europeanisation and language borders.

May 2015


International 7 Workshop on ‘Linguistic Landscape, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Maria Stoicheva “City multilingualism: Between bonds and barriers”.

Jean Monnet Lecture “Managing Diversity in the EU: From 9/11 to Charly Hebdo”, Prof. Dr. Ayhan Kaya, Istanbul Bilgi University, Director of the European Institute, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence

Sofia 21 May 2015 Representation of the European Commission and the European Parliament

Second International Conference of the Department of European studies, Sofia University „The European Union – a new start?“

Maria Stoicheva and Stelian Dimitrov  „How the EU is perceived through the prism of regional policy“

March 2015

Jean Monnet Lecture “Perceptions of Europe and the Impacts of/on Regional Policy”, Maria Stoicheva, JM Chair

9 March 2015, University of Liege – University of Catania Twin Seminar, Liege,  Belgium

February 2015

19th February 2015

Section European Identities

Third Doctoral Conference for PhD students in the humanities and social sciences, Sofia University

January 2015

Jean Monnet Guest Lecture

Professeur Xavier GODIN, Université de Nantes

Affirmation des États-nations et construction de l’Europe occidentale moderne (xve-xviie siècles)

5th January 2015, Department of European Studies, Sofia University St Kliment Ohridski

December 2014

CEL/ELC Forum 2014: Which language policy for Europe?

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven – Campus Brussels, 4-5 December 2014


November 2014

Jean Monnet Lecture

Institutional Multilingualism in the EU

Katia Pankova, Head of Translation Unit, Joint Translation Services of the Committee of Regions and the Economic and Social Committee of the EU

BA students in British and American Studies within the Jean Monnet course Introduction to European Studies: institutions, policies and perspectives, academic year 2014-2015

19th November 2014, Sofia University, Campus East, Block 4, Multimedia Centre


Maria Stoicheva, Jean Monnet Chair

International Conference Multilingual Families – A Linguistic Treasure for Europe,  University of Social Sciences, Lodz, Poland, 5 November 2014

October 2014

Jean Monnet Public Lecture

Poverty and Social Exclusion in Europe: Perceptions and Evolution of Concepts

Prof. Gilles Rouet, Jean Monnet Chair ad personam

29th October, 15.00, Hall 408, Block 4, Campus East


Jean Monnet Doctorate students Course Identity and Identities 

27 – 31 October 2014, Sofia University „St Kliment Ohridski“

Prof. Gilles Rouet, Jean Monnet Chair ad personam

Programme of the course




Maria Stoicheva, Jean Monnet Chair, takes part in the Jean Monnet / ECSA Conference 2014 „The Future of European Studies“, Brussels, 1-2 October 2014

In 1989, the European Commission launched the Jean Monnet Action to support academic research in European integration. The programme originally addressed academics in the Member States, but came to include those in accession countries soon after. Today, it is a global scope. The Conference celebrates the story of 25 years of success of the Jean Monnet academics take part in the Conference. Today Jean Monnet Activities are present in 78 countries. The programme financed 4000 projects. Its budget for 2014-2020 is 74 million Euro.



September 2014

New project coordinated by the Faculty of Philosophy of Sofia University “St Kliment Ohridski” within the framework of the Jean Monnet Programme Supporting Studies on European Integration

Promoting excellence in teaching and research in EU studies at primary and secondary school level through digital and virtualisation tools    (EU PETR)

The project aims to foster collaboration between academics, teacher trainers, secondary and primary teachers, future teachers and librarians in exchanging existing good practices about study content and methodologies for teaching EU studies at school. New ones need to be trialled out with the support of technologies for virtualisation of communication channels.

The project is based on enhancing the quality and bringing about innovative changes in the pre- and in-service training of teachers with regard to EU studies through implementing ICT in teaching EU studies at primary and secondary schools in Bulgaria.

The envisaged major impacts of the project are:

  • improved teaching quality and learning capacity,
  • enhanced interest in EU matters at primary and schools and at a whole-university level,
  • in-depth knowledge about the EU achieved via networking and online collaboration between primary and secondary teachers, teacher trainers, academics and librarians,
  • involvement of librarians in storing and managing information collections about EU studies via relevant ICT tools.

The project is managed by the Faculty of Philosophy in collaboration with key academics from other faculties and university structures such as the Faculty of Pedagogy and the Department of In-service Teacher Training.


LUCIDE Final Conference: The Future of the Multilingual City
Clement House, LSE, London, UK
10-11 September 2014

Maria Stoicheva, Jean Monnet Chair takes part as Member of LUCIDE Expert Group in the Panel Roundtable on Language and Identities.

Languages in Urban Communities – Integration and Diversity for Europe (LUCIDE) is a network which is developing ideas about how to manage multilingual citizen communities. We are building up a picture of how communication occurs in multilingual settings across the EU and beyond. For the past two and a half years the LUCIDE network has been investigating the realities of these cities and their likely future development. Unusually we have done this with a focus on language and multilingualism – issues which are often invisible to other researchers in this field.

The cosmopolitan city has become a symbol of our age. For some it can seem disturbing, even threatening. For others it is exciting, culturally rich and endlessly inventive. What is the impact of multilingualism in the city and what are the implications for education, the economy, civil society, urban planning? How are cities changing in response to unprecedented movements of the population? What is happening to language, to culture and to identities?

Photo: Stella Konakchieva, LUCIDE Final Conference


13th CercleS International Conference
Language Centres in Higher Education: Exploring and Shaping Plurilingual Profiles and Practices, Fribourg, Switzerland, 4-6 September 2014,

Maria Stoicheva, Jean Monnet Chair is participating in the 13th CercleS International Conference as part of the international team working on the interuniversity project “MAGICC – Modularising Multilingual and Multicultural Academic Communication Competence”. The Conference is organized by the Association of Swiss Language Centres in Higher Education (Fremdsprachenunterricht an Hochschulen in der Schweiz, IG-FHS / Enseignement des langues dans les Hautes Ecoles en Suisse, GI-ELHE) and the Language Centre of the University of Fribourg.

The European Confederation of Language Centres in Higher Education (CercleS) has been promoting interaction and cooperation between different institutions involved in language teaching in Europe since 1991, bringing together Language Centres, Departments, Institutes, Faculties or Schools in Higher Education whose main responsibility is the teaching of languages.

The conference theme „Language Centres in Higher Education: Exploring and Shaping Plurilingual Profiles and Practices“ reflects the important role of language centres in Higher education through seven sections:
• Teaching methodologies, learning and media
• Plurilingualism for academic and professional purposes
• Assessment and alternative forms of assessment
• Staff and quality development
• Policy and policy implementation
• MAGICC – Modularising Multilingual and Multicultural Academic Communication Competence
• Translation and terminology managementLehrmethoden, Lernen und Medien.


August 2014

Jean Monnet EU 2.0 conference: Learning EU at School

30th August 2014, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Radosveta Drakeva and Dilyana Pavlova, PhD students take part in the conference “Learning EU at School”. The conference is organized as part of the project „EU 2.0 in Secondary Schools in Romania and the Republic of Moldova”.  The project is financed by the European Commission through the Jean Monnet Information and Research Activities “Learning EU at School”. The project aims to enhance the sense of European identity and citizenship among youth through new pedagogy and new media applied in secondary schools in Romania, as well as outside the European Union.

Mrs. Drakeva presents the “Learning by Doing Europe” project and Mrs. Pavlova’s presentation focuses on the teacher qualification course “European Dimension of Education”.

Presentations and research themes cover:

  • The future of EU Educational policy and its impact on the secondary school system;
  • Opening up education through technology in the field of European Studies;
  • E-Learning in secondary school system;
  • Innovative teaching methods and the development of new pedagogies in the field of European Studies;
  • The role of universities in promoting EU Studies in schools;
  • The use of social media within the teaching process;
  • The state of teaching EU Studies in the 28 member states and Republic of Moldova;
  • Information and Research Projects ”Learning EU in School“.


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