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  Regime change in politics concerning minorities. Chronology of national minorities in Romania (between 1989–2009)

Research type: documentation, making of chronologies for each minority (19 in total)

Place: Cluj-Napoca

Period: 2010-2011

Responsible for the project: Gidó Attila

Number of participants: 19 researchers assigned to elaborate the chronology of each minority 

Description: In January 2010 the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities (RIRNM) relaunched the project entitled Regime change in politics concerning minorities. Chronology of national minorities in Romania, which has been one of its core projects. Based on a former project entitled Online institutional cadastre of national minorities (available at http://www.adatbank.ro/regio/ispmn/institutii/), the Institute has decided to develop new research projects and to involve the human resources of the minority organizations.

The objective of the project Regime change in politics concerning minorities. Chronology of national minorities in Romania is to develop a historical chronology of" the national minorities, where all the aspects pertaining to the history of the national minorities from Romania (between 1989-2009) are taken into consideration. Given the fact that the research raises a series of methodological issues, we have included also the members of the national minorities with the purpose to record their self-narratives, i.e. what each community wants to mention in regards to its recent history. In addition, we have included a series of specific criteria concerning the historical chronology by which we intend to provide a balance between these and the self-story of each community. The chronologies will serve as a useful tool for both the researchers and the public to obtain detailed information about the national minorities living in Romania.

The project will enable both the Institute and the Romanian Government to have, on the one hand, precise information about about the history of the minorities, and on the other hand to  gain a general picture of the events occured in Romania in the past 20 years.

By involving the representatives of the national minorities into the research we hope to strengthen/develop both the intethnic relations in Romania and the working relations with the members of national members who are interested in social sciences.

The research has been focusing only on minorities with parliamentary representation.

The project has been presented at the National Minorities Council in February/March 2010, then a  workshop for the project participants  has been held in Sinaia in May/April.

The research will be completed in 2011, and the outcome of the project will be published both online  (on the RIRNM website and on the Transindex Adatbank portal) and in book form.