During the academic year 2002/2003 an international project was given a start at the Department of Ethnology and Sociology, sponsored by the Civic Education Project Academic Network Initiative Program. The main aim of the project is the establishment and development of the International Academic Network on Anthropology – IANA in the South-Eastern Europe that will involve junior faculty members and young researchers from Bulgaria, Moldova, Poland and Romania in order to enhance and facilitate their work in the field of anthropological sciences. In the frame of this project the Centre for Anthropological and Ethnosociological Studies was set up by the NGO Exchange, Culture, Heritage, Local Development, the Department of Ethnology and Sociology, University of Plovdiv and the Institute for Critical and Social Studies.