The Encyclopedia of Romanian Imaginaries. Historical Patrimony and Cultural-Linguistic Identities
The project The Encyclopedia of Romanian Imaginaries. Historical Patrimony and Cultural-Linguistic Identities (ROMIMAG) aims to produce a knowledge base and a five-volume Encyclopaedia, providing a synoptic perspective on the cultural inheritance and spiritual identities of Romania. However, it would be impossible to tackle cultural identities without a thorough analysis of the collective imagination. Guided by the powerful and innovative concept of social and cultural imaginaries, along with other key concepts such as semantic basin, linguistic field, constellations of images, fractal identity, ROMIMAG will use multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary methodologies for analyzing the main domains of Romanian collective representations. It will feature 5 scientific work packages, covering the following fields: Romania’s Linguistic Patrimony; Literary Imaginaries; Historical Representations; Religious Imaginaries; Artistic Imaginaries and Patrimony. Within a two-year calendar, each work package will feature about 20 contributors, who will produce 20 articles presenting the main cultural basins covered by their volume, and 2 patents. This database will be published online (an interactive site, designed as an “electronic hive”) and in print (a five-volume Encyclopedia, published by Polirom, Iași). ROMIMAG targets different categories of public: educated (writers, artists, musicians, theatre and movie directors, linguists, editors, media specialists, curators), broad (pupils, students, general readership) and institutional (media studios, advertising and tourism companies, leaders and policy makers from the administration and governance levels). This panoramic image of the cultural and spiritual patrimony of Romania will offer, within the frame of European interculturalism, a better understanding of national, but also of local and group identities, which could prevent latent tensions and social violence from erupting and allow the configuration of a collaborative climate.
Objectives: A five-volume Encyclopaedia, providing a synoptic perspective on the cultural inheritance and spiritual identities of Romania