International Center for Minority Studies and Intercultural Relations (IMIR)

Antim Parvi 55, Sofia 1303, Bulgaria

The International Center for Minority Studies and Intercultural Relations (IMIR), founded in 1992, is a private non-profit and non-governmental organisation. The main focus of research: Islam-Christian relations; Migrations in Southeast Europe; Balkan Conflict Zones; Preservation and Inclusion of Minority Communities. IMIR has published over 55 scholarly books and reports, and organised several international conferences and seminars related to minority issues. In 2000, IMIR won the Human Rights Prize of the French Republic. IMIR has worked on a number of international projects, funded under various Framework Programs:
• Gender, Migration and Intercultural Interactions in the Mediterranean and South East Europe
• The Use of Racial Anti-discrimination Laws: Gender and Citizenship in a Multicultural Context
• Undocumented Worker Transitions: Compiling evidence concerning the boundaries and processes of change in the status and work of undocumented workers in Europe
• Changing Interests and Identities in European Border Regions: EU Policies, Ethnic Minorities and Socio-political Transformation in Member States and Accession Countries
• Racial and Ethnic Minorities, Immigration, and Role of Trade Unions in Combating Discrimination and Xenophobia, Encouraging Participation, and in Securing Social Inclusion and Citizenship


The members of IMIR will be involved in WP5, The Public Space (focusing on the case study of religious dress codes), and in WP7, Fieldwork. Their research in Southeastern Europe has given them valuable experience on the relationships between different religions and secular world views.




Antim I
Sofia 1303
42° 42' 2.178" N, 23° 18' 50.6556" E

Antonina Zhelyazkova is Chairperson of the Board of Directors at the International Centre for Minority Studies and Intercultural Relations. She is a prominent Bulgarian scholar researching Christianity and Islam both in...

Violeta Angelova is MA in English and Russian philology, Sofia University, St. Kliment Ohridski”. She works as a Programme Director at the International Centre for Minority Studies and Intercultural Relations. Her...

Maya Grekova is Doctor of Sociological Sciences, Ph.D. in Philosophy, Professor in sociology at the Department of Sociology, Sofia University 'St Kliment Ohridski'. She teaches Sociology of Social Communities, Comparative...

Maya Kosseva, PhD in History, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, has worked as a project coordinator and researcher at IMIR since 1996, as a specialist in Bulgarian history, minority issues and social...

Iva Kyurkchieva has a Ph.D. in Ethnology and is a research fellow in the National Ethnographic Institute and Museum - Bulgarian Academy of Science, Sofia, Bulgaria. Her main interests are in the field of social and cultural...