RESTORY | Recovering Past Stories for the Future: A Synergistic Approach to Textual and Oral Heritage of Small Communities (ongoing)

Coordinator of the international consortium: Adinel Ciprian Dinca (Universitatea Babes Bolyai, Romania)
Researcher responsible at the University of Coimbra: Maria Amélia Álvaro de Campos (CHSC)
Duration: 01.01.2024 – 31.12.2026
Source of funding: European Commission – HORIZON-CL2-2023-HERITAGE-01
Reference | Operation Code: 101132781.
Funding: €3,000,000.00
Funding at the University of Coimbra: 91.705.00€

The project builds synergistically upon textual and oral stories to explore the past of small communities, with the goal of restoring the public’s emotional connection to discontinued traditions. In doing so, it pays greater attention to segments of cultural heritage that have long been overshadowed by monuments or sites of larger significance. Texts and interviews encapsulate expressions of collective agency, allowing current-day SSH academics to investigate those natural processes that gave prominence to the effective management of limited supplies of human and material resources. With a focus on schooling, recycling practices, and affective-based communication of group agents, RESTORY intends to investigate the formation of sustainable attitudes and strategies, learn from the lessons of the past, and integrate them into the future configuration of commitments. Ultimately, emulating the resource maximization frameworks intuitively designed by small-scale communities over a long period of time will allow the transfer of know-how from academia to local memory institutions, stakeholders, and citizens, contributing to the sustainable development of the continuously transformative heritage contexts. The research aspects of the project will consist of methodologically-hybrid case studies, targeting the textual and oral heritage of the communities inhabited in the past by Transylvanian Saxons, a group of German-speaking colonists settled about 800 years ago in nowadays Romania, in conjunction with 10 international case studies, all offering a wider range of expertise and accumulation of knowledge within the research target. RESTORY also presents the opportunity to attract cultural professionals from archives, museums, and libraries to training sessions designed to enhance the correct and comprehensive management, conservation, and capitalization of cultural heritage, all in relation to the needs of the wider public and administrative decision-makers at a local level.

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