Heritage and Ethnicity in Romania: Mapping with Advanced New Software Tools, an Accessible Database for Transylvania – HERMAN(N)STADT

Postdoctoral research project funded by the Executive Unit for Financing Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation (UEFISCDI) and hosted by the Romanian Academy, Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities Sibiu - Code PN-III-P1-1.1-PD-2019-1041

The project endeavors to upgrade the knowledge on the multiethnic heritage and the historical interactions between the Romanians, the Transylvanian Saxons, the Magyars and the Gypsies in a culturally distinct area of present-day Romania – the central part of southern Transylvania. The research will use modern GIS tools for the processing of the most important regional maps and city plans created between 1699 and 1867. The digital analysis of the maps and city plans, together with the creation of a comprehensive digital database will constitute the elements of originality and innovation. The main objectives of the HERMAN(N)STADT project are promoting the heritage of Romania using state of the art research methods from the field of Digital Humanities and exploiting the full potential of the Geographic Information Systems (GIS).