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ESF project Cuius Regio

In 2009 CARMEN bidded successfully for two large collaborative research projects with the ESF EUROCORECODE programme. The first project under the title Cuius Regio. An analysis of the cohesive and disruptive forces destining the attachment of groups of persons to and the cohesion within regions as a historical phenomenon (registered under CURE) spans eight European countries (The Netherlands, Portugal, Czech Republic, Estonia, Romania, Denmark, Spain and Poland).
This project aims at a synthesizing analysis of a group of regions, representing a morphological, typological and historical variety of territorial entities, which will allow a comparison of the cohesive and disruptive dynamics of regions over a period of about 7 centuries.
The approach of the research is historical while the methodologies and topics are derived from - and touch upon - different disciplines. By questioning the regions with the same set of ‘key-elements’ and by concentrating the comparison through a combination of ‘benchmark-moments’ and ‘formative periods’, understanding will be gained of the relative importance of the factors involved in regional cohesion and identification processes.
The project develops a new standard for regional historical research, and increases the relevance of the outcome of this research to other scholars and fields of interest. The ambition is to combine thorough historical research with theoretical insights about regional formation processes. The selected regions are spread over Europe and differ in size, social and ethnic composition, geographical position and geophysical disposition. The project follows the development of the regions from the 12th century when regional clustering becomes apparent, through its maturing and its interaction with the (mainly) supra regional state, until the end of the Ancien Régime. On top of this, it evaluates the ways in which over the last two centuries – roughly since the Congress of Vienna (1815) - these regions acquired new meaning. It will build upon existing regional studies, apply a common methodological framework, and add fundamental analysis of (unedited) primary sources to lead to a better understanding of regional cohesion and dynamics. Deliverables will concern both scholarly publications and dissemination among non-scholars.

Project Leader: Prof. Dick de Boer, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Principal Investigators

  • Prof. Luís Adão da Fonseca, Universidade Lusiada do Porto, Portugal
  • Prof. Lenka Bobkova, Universitas Carolina / Charles University, Czech Republic
  • Dr. Anu Mänd, Tallinn University, Estonia
  • Dr. Cosmin Popa-Gorjanu, “1st December 1918” University Alba Iulia, Romania
  • Prof. Kurt Villads Jensen, University of Southern Denmark

Associated Partners

  • Prof. Flocel Sabate I Curull, University of Lleida, Spain
  • Prof. Roscislaw Zerelik, University of Wroclaw, Poland

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