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Planned results

The research results will be synthesised in several ways: a documentary database concerning the history of Transylvanian modern identities’ formation; case studies, data analyses and peculiar facts, published as articles (minimum 36 articles), in specialised journals and collective volumes; monograph and comparative works, published as a volume (eight volumes). These tomes will be edited at prestigious Romanian publishing houses (Polirom), as well as at foreign publishing houses, in the English language, in order to ensure that the results’ dissemination is made at an international level. Moreover, a part of the resulting articles will be published in journals with an international circulation.

According to our estimates, three main areas will be impacted by our project: a) scientific research in general; b) enhancing the international visibility of the Romanian domain-related research; c) improving the quality of the human resources and of the institutional research framework. From a scientific point of view the project aims at reshaping the modernist perspective in what concerns the formation of nations and at adapting the ethno-symbolic paradigm for the case of Transylvania. These concepts have not yet been applied on a global scale to the Transylvanian identities’ formation process. Moreover, the project’s innovative character results from the simultaneous usage of the Romanian, Hungarian and German historiographies, which seeks to surpass the mono-ethnic approach. The project also proposes new scientific methodologies, such as studying national identities’ formation by means of folkloric texts.

Another one of the project’s probable outcomes will be the inclusion of the Romanian 16 specialists’ research results in the international circuit. Furthermore, the project will almost certainly contribute to the theoretical and methodological synchronisation of the Romanian historical research with the newest approaches in the field. This desideratum will be assured by publishing the research results in English and in journals that are indexed in international databases. The project also ensures human resources development by creating and consolidating a high-performance group for the study of national identities as part of the Modern History Department of “Babeş-Bolyai” University. By encompassing young researchers, PhD candidates and master’s students the project contributes to the formation of a new generation of specialists in this field. From a wider point of view, studying the Transylvanian modern identities’ formation process serves to a better understanding of a number of social, political and cultural phenomena that have an undeniable impact in contemporary times. The project brings an important contribution to writing the history of local communities, to understanding the ways in which the interethnic conflicts developed and were outgrown, to assuming and consolidating a multicultural tradition.

The project’s predicted results:
  1. The realisation of a bibliographical repertoire regarding Transylvanian modern identities (handwritten and digital record cards) (2011);
  2. Bibliographic documentation in the regional archives from Transylvania and from abroad (2012-2015);
  3. Publishing an issue of the Studia Universitatis Babeş-Bolyai journal, on the topic of Transylvanian regional identities (2012);
  4. Studies of demographic history and its relation to identity issues (2013);
  5. Publishing an issue of the Studia Universitatis Babeş-Bolyai journal, on the topic of historical oneirology (2014);
  6. Publishing eight volumes realised in the course of the project (2011-2015);
  7. Publishing a minimum of 36 articles in scientific journals and collective volumes (2011-2015);
  8. Publishing a synthesis volume on the construction of national identities in Transylvania (Romanians, Hungarians, Germans), in a comparative perspective (2015);
  9. Publishing the PhD theses that were accomplished in the course of the project (2015).