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Dr Adela Fofiu

The Trinity Long Room Hub is delighted to welcome Dr Adela Fofiu from the University of Babes-Bolyai in Romania this Autumn. Dr Fofiu is a Transnational Access Fellow whose fellowship is funded by the CENDARI project (Collaborative European Digital Archive Infrastructure). CENDARI is a 4-year, European Commission-funded project led by Trinity College Dublin, in partnership with 13 institutions across 7 countries, to facilitate access to archives and resources related to medieval and modern European history for the benefit of researchers everywhere.

Adela Fofiu is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences as part of the Journalism Department at the University of Babes-Bolyai, Romania.


Focusing on the First World War period, Dr Fofiu researches inter-ethnic and inter-denominational themes in the periodicals published in the province of Transylvania – a site of prolonged nationalist struggles between two cultural worlds, Hungary and Romania. Through the means of content analysis and computer modelling, a conceptual map of media figurations of inter-cultural contact during the Great War will be developed and refined. This conceptual map will be further used in a larger project developed by the Institute for Global Studies at the Babes-Bolyai University: “Clash of Civilizations or Peaceful Co-evolution? Inter-cultural Contact in the Age of Globalization”. This larger project aims at creating a trans-disciplinary theory of inter-cultural contact, by analysing historical, archival and online records of intercultural relations in Transylvania and Banat in 1867-1927, with the support of artificial intelligence and computer modelling.

Dr Fofiu’s research is part of Digital Humanities research in the Trinity Long Room Hub and also aligns with its Identities in Transformation research theme for 2013-6.

The Transnational Access programme is financed by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7). The CENDARI Transnational Access Research Fellowships are intended to support and stimulate historical research in the two pilot areas of medieval European culture and the First World War, by facilitating access to key archives, specialist knowledge and collections in CENDARI host institutions.

Dr Fofiu gave a public lecture on 'Patterns of inter-cultural contact in First World War' periodicals in Transylvania on Thursday, 31 October 2013 in the Trinity Long Room Hub.

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