New Topics, Sources, and Methods in the Historical Research: Reflections and Perspectives

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June 4, 2021 to June 5, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Archaeology, Contemporary History, Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies, Modern European History / Studies, Urban History / Studies

On the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Annales Universitatis Apulensis. Series Historica journal, the editorial committee intends to dedicate one issue to a central question for the historian’s work: the primary sources and the new methods applied to explore them, as well as new topics that remain incompletely examined in the Romanian and international historiography. To fulfill this goal, we will organize, on June 4-5, 2021, an online workshop entitled  

New Topics, Sources, and Methods in the Historical Research: Reflections and Perspectives 

The editorial committee of the journal wishes to invite specialists in the fields of History, Archaeology, Heritage Studies, and other convergent fields to present papers dealing with major research topics, sources, methods and other aspects that have emerged during the last decades, as well as discussing their prospects for development in the short-, medium- and long-term. We have taken into consideration the conception that the liberation of historical research from the constraints of Communist censorship has allowed a reconfiguration of officially accepted interpretations and the examination of new sources and research topics less favored or even forbidden during the Communist regime. From another perspective, the growing tendency towards interdisciplinarity within historical research has led to the creation of new methods of investigation, resulting in the production of precise and nuanced answers to historians’ questions. More recently, historical studies broadly conceived have been impacted by the consequences of economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in the channeling of research resources primarily towards economic and profit-making activities, and the repositioning of decision-makers opinions as regards the usefulness of the Humanities in general, giving privileged attention instead to specific social priorities. 

  Possible Topics include, but are not limited, to: 

- Archaeometric analysis in the interpretation of archaeological artefacts 

- Non-invasive or minimally invasive methods in archaeological and monument research.  

- The role of experimental archaeology for cultural heritage. 

- Migrations in the early Middle Ages in Central and Eastern Europe. 

- Ethnicity and ethnogenesis in the history and archaeology of the Middle Ages. 

- The development of administrative institutions and the evolution of lay elites in the Middle Ages.  

- New methods of investigation in urban history. 

- Sources of social history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 

- Projects to digitize and provide access to digital collections of medieval and premodern primary sources.  


May 1, 2021: paper title, preferably in English, with a summary of maximum 300 words and a short biographical note 

May 15, 2021: selection of papers and confirmation of acceptance 

September 15, 2021: submission of the final texts of the papers, preferably in English, maximum 10,000 words, including footnotes. The authors shall also fill in a Form of Agreement 

November 1, 2021: finalization of the peer review process, revisions and proofreading 

December 1, 2021: publication of the issue. 

Recommendations in Romanian and English regarding the editing of the manuscripts can be accessed at the following link: 

Contact Info: 

Daniel Dumitran, PhD

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