Team

The Centre for Population Studies

Ioan Bolovan - Team Leader - is Professor at “Babeş-Bolyai” University Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of History and Philosophy and Deputy Director of the Centre for Population Studies – “Babeş-Bolyai” University. I. Bolovan has introduced the use of new statistical sources and promoted, for the first time in Romania, new research approaches, contributing to the development of Population Studies.

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His most relevant scholarly contributions are in the field of Historical Demography and Family History. He is co-founder of the CPS-BBU and coordinator of the program Socio-Demographic Metamorphosis and Identity Projections in Transylvania during the Nineteenth and the Twenty-First Centuries (within the framework of a European funded POSDRU project at BBU). His works have been awarded by the Romanian Academy (2002) and by the International Commission of Historical Demography (the Louis Henry medal in 2009), whose vice-president he became for the 2010-2015 timelapse. I. Bolovan’s entire scientific activity was devoted to the development of Population Studies in Romania and to bridging the gap between Romanian research and state of the art in the field. In this respect, the most recent result is the cooptation of CPS-BBU within the EHPS-Net project (see section 1). Among his most relevant recent publications are: 1. Marie-Pierre Arrizabalaga, Ioan Bolovan, Marius Eppel, Jan Kok, Mary Louise Nagata (Coord.), „Many Paths to Happiness? Studies in Population and Family History. A Festschrift for Antoinette Fauve-Chamoux”, Aksant Publishing House, Amsterdam, 2010, 593 p.; 2. Ioan Bolovan, Adrian Onofreiu, Viorel Rus, „Familiile din Năsăud în anul 1869. Contribuţii de demografie istorică” [Families in Năsăud, 1869. Contributions of Historical Demography], Argonaut Publishing House, Cluj-Napoca, 2010, 484 p.; 3. Antoinette Fauve-Chamoux, Ioan Bolovan (coord.), Families in Europe between the 19th and the 21st Centuries. From the Traditional Model to Contemporary PACS, Presa Universitară Clujeană Publishing House, Cluj-Napoca, 2009, 818 p.

Luminița Dumănescu, PhD – Sr.Rsrch, developed researches on family and childhood history since the beginning of her research activity. Luminița Dumănescu is the executive director of Centre for Population Studies and the HPDT Project manager.

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She worked on family reconstitution in Transylvania and share with Ioan Bolovan the chair of Education Group in EHPSnet project, being the coordinator of the Historical Demography Summer Schools organized in the network. Since 2004 Luminiţa Dumănescu was constantly involved in research projects, as team member or director (Romanian Family during communist Time (2010-2012) and Childhood in Communism – under development or Mixed Marriages in Transylvania). L. Dumănescu is the author of three books – on childhood, historical demography and history of the family – coordinator of three collective volumes – the last one focused on the issue of Mixed marriages – and published about twenty articles in national and international journals and collective volumes. Since 2013 she is member of the editorial board of „Romanian Journal of Population Studies” and executive director of Centre for Population Studies. From the project perspectives the following works are relevant: L. Dumănescu, Transilvania copiilor. Dimensiunea demografică a copilăriei la românii din Transilvania. 1850-1910 [The Transylvania of Children. Demographic dimension of childhood of Romanians in Transylvania 1850-1910], Cluj-Napoca, Argonaut, 2007; L. Dumănescu, Universul copilăriei la românii din Transilvania. 1850-1910 [The Childhood of Romanians in Transylvania 1850-1910]. Cluj Napoca, International Book Access, 2008; L. Dumănescu, Familia Românească în comunism [The Romanian Family during the Communist Regime], Presa Universitară Clujeană, 2012.

Vlad Popovici – Post-Doc.Rsrch., holds an MA in Historical Anthropology and a PhD in Modern History. His scientific interest is focused on 19th century Transylvania and particularly on the employment of prosopographic methods in the analysis of social groups.

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During the past years he has undertaken extensive research in the Transylvanian archives, developing a good knowledge of various types of sources. On the other hand, conducting prosopographical research, and at the same time being member of the “Romanian Historical Bibliography” team improved his working experience with historical information databases. V. Popovici also holds a solid research experience. He conducted research from 2007, as project leader (3 projects) and as team member (4 projects). His latest personal project is REGEDIT (Electronic Resource for the Management and Evidence of the Transylvanian Historical Demography Sources) – a pilot-project aiming at mapping the demographic sources for any specific local area from Transylvania. V. Popovici is author of two monographs, co-edited several anthologies and editions of documents and published a fair number of studies in prestigious Romanian journals. Among his latest titles in the field are: V. Popovici, Family relations and group mobilization within the Romanian political elite in Transylvania (1861-1900), in “Transylvanian Review”, XXII (2013), supplement no. 2, p. 107-118; V. Popovici et alii (eds.), Registrele parohiale de stare civilă ale localităţii Războieni-Cetate. Comunitatea română ortodoxă (1814-1950). Comunitatea maghiară reformată (1860-1950) [The Parish Registers of Războieni-Cetate. The Orthodox Community (1814-1950). The Calvinist Community (1860-1950)], Cluj-Napoca, Capitel, 2012, 893 p.

Mihaela Hărăguș – Sr.Rsrch., holds a PhD in Sociology. Her scientific interest is focused on recent developments of demographic behaviours in Romania, in a European context.

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During the past years she has undertaken extensive research from the life course perspective, using micro-level data. She possesses solid knowledge of working with large databases and SPSS and STATA advanced analysis techniques, including event history analysis, skills acquired during her stay at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany (2004/2005). M. Hărăguș holds solid research experience. Since 2002 she was team member in 14 national or international research projects and leader of one project, all in the field of population studies. She is (co-)author of a fair amount of studies published in prestigious Romanian and international journals and in collective volumes, and author of one monography. Several titles in the field are: M. Hărăguş, “Non-standard life courses of people in Transylvania. A comparison between Romanian and Hungarian ethnics”, Transylvanian Review, Vol. XXI, 2012, No. 3, pp. 47-62; J. Hoem, C. Mureşan, M. Hărăguş, “Recent features of cohabitational and marital fertility in Romania”, Population 4/2013; M. Hărăguş,Tranziţia la statutul de părinte în Europa. Evoluţii recente şi posibili determinanţi [Transition to parenthood in Europe. Recent evolutions and possible determinants], Cluj University Press, Cluj-Napoca 2008, 220 p.

Bogdan Crăciun - Post-Doc.Rsrch., holds an MA in Historical Anthropology and a PhD in Modern History. His scientific interest is focused on 19th century Transylvania and particularly on the use and exploitation of specific sources of historical demography, needed in the development of databases used for the reconstruction of families.

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During the past years he has undertaken extensive research in the Transylvanian 21/9 archives, developing a very good knowledge of various types of sources related to population history and of using the sources’ information in historical databases. B. Craciun has a good managerial experience being since 2007 the head of the Old and Rare Books department within the Library of the Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca Branch and leading in this quality small scale digitization projects. He also has a solid research experience, as project leader (2 projects) and as team member (5 projects). His latest personal project was The interbellum family in Transylvania between continuity and change. A demographic perspective – aimed at establishing a general framework for the evolution of the Transylvanian population between the two World Wars. B. Craciun is co-author of a bibliography regarding population studies in Romania, co-edited a 19th century conscription and published a fair number of studies in prestigious Romanian and international journals. Among his latest titles in the field are: B. Craciun, “Family and Modernization in the Saxon Community of Transylvania. Case Study”, in Südost- Forschungen 71, 2012, p. 57-75; B. Craciun et alii, „Mixed Marriages in a Multiethnic and Multidenominational Environment: A Case Study on the City of Cluj (1900-1939)”, in Transylvanian Review, Vol. XXI (Supplement), No 4, 2012, p. 405-412; B. Craciun, “The Three Paradoxes of the Family History or Divorce, Lutheran style”, in Romanian Journal of Population Studies (Supplement/2009), p. 641-656.

Elena Crinela Holom – Post-DocRsrch., holds an MA in Socio-Historical Anthropology and a PhD in History. Her scientific interest is focused on historical demography and the history of the Transylvanian family in the second half of the 19th Century, historical anthropology, religious and symbolic representations.

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Her’s PhD thesis has been conducted in the same field of historical demography and she also attended a summer school in historical demography (The EHPS-Net International Summer School in Historical Demography-Introductory course). During the past years, she has undertaken extensive research in the historical demography trying to identify the way in which people living in 19th Century Transylvania, men and women alike, built a life trajectory, their personal and family decisions and how the secular and religious authorities envisaged, rendered and regulated the individual and family life. Over the past seven years, she has published within the above mentioned fields (individually or as part of a team) a number of 5 books (author monographs, supervised editions), 21 studies and articles, and she attended 20 national and international conferences. Currently, she is scientific secretary of the Romanian Journal of Population Studies. EC Holom also holds a very good research experience. Since 2007 she conducted 2 research projects as leader and she was team member in other 2. Recently, she has won by competition 2 scholarships in the same field of historical demography. She published several titles in the field, the most important being: “Drama, Suffering and Sorrow: The Problems of the Eightieth Decade of the 19th Century in the Former County of Alba de Jos: Demographic Impact”, in Romanian Journal of Population Studies, 2(3), 2009, pp. 96-110; “Laic Laws governing the Romanian Families in Transylvania in the second half of 19th Century”, in A.Fauve-Chamoux, I. Bolovan (Eds.), Families in Europe between the 19th and 21 th Centuries. From the Traditional Model to the Contemporary PACS, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj University Press, 2009, pp. 575-591, (with D. Detesan and D. Covaci); Individ, familie, comunitate. Comportament demografic, relaţii familiale interetnice şi interconfesionale în satele din trecutul Albei (1850-1910). [Person,Family,Community. Demographic behaviour, inter-ethnic and inter-confessional family relationships in villages from the Alba County Past (1850-1910)], Cluj-Napoca: Mega, 2009, 381 p.

Marius Eppel – Sr.Rsrch., holds a PhD in Modern History. His scientific interest is focused on family history and ecclesiastical history.

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Over the years, he has benefited from several research/documentation fellowships at archives, libraries and higher education institutions in Hungary, Austria, Serbia, the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, and France. He has also distinguished himself by managing several research projects, an area in which he holds a qualification. Along with other experts, the researcher has organized international conferences and coordinated panels therein. The researcher is a member of a series of specialized international organizations: the International Commission for Historical Demography/ICHD (Switzerland), the Social Science History Association/SSHA (USA). He has continued his didactic activity in parallel and has been a partner in a seminar at the Centre de Recherches Historiques from École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales/EHESS, Paris, France. Through the projects he has conducted, the researcher has provided solutions to controversial matters pertaining to the history of the Church and the relation between Church and family in Transylvania. Among his most relevant publications are: Marius Eppel, Politics and Church in Transylvania 1875-1918, Peter Lang Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften, Frankfurt am Main etc., 2012, 199 p.; I. Bolovan, M. Eppel et alii (eds.), Legislatia ecleziastica si laica privind familia romaneasca din Transilvania in a doua jumatate a secolului al XIX-lea [The Ecclesiastic and Secular Code of Laws Regarding the Romanian Family of Transylvania in the Second Half of the 19th Century, Academia Română, Cluj-Napoca, 2009, 913 p.; M.-P. Arrizabalaga, I. Bolovan, M. Eppel, J. Kok, M. L. Nagata (eds.), Many Paths to Happiness? Studies in Population and Family History. A Festschrift for Antoinette Fauve-Chamoux, Aksant, Amsterdam, 2010, 593.

Daniela Mârza – Post-Doc.Rsrch., holds an MA in Modern History and a PhD in History. Her scientific interest covers areas such as the modern history of Romania and universal modern history, contemporary history, family history, history of education, Church history.

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She holds a solid research experience, due to her career as a researcher (2000 to present, at Center for Transylvanian Studies of the Romanian Academy); she holds an excellent knowledge of various types of archive sources, she is familiar, also, with the current level of research in the field of Romanian history. Daniela Mârza is the author of two monographs, co-edited two anthologies, and published more than 30 articles and academic studies; she attended, also, more than 30 national and international conferences. Among her titles in the field are: D. Mârza at alii, „Mixed Marriages in a Multiethnic and Multidenominational Environment: A Case Study on the City of Cluj (1900-1939)”, in Transylvanian Review, Vol. XXI, 2012, Supplement No 4, 2012, p. 405-412; D. Mârza, „Fenomenul abandonului infantil la Iaşi în epoca regulamentară” [The child abandonment phenomena in Iaşi during the Regulation Code Period], in T. Rotariu, S. P. Bolovan, I. Bolovan (eds.), Populaţia României. Trecut, prezent, viitor, Presa Universitară Clujeană, Cluj, 2006, p. 165-172; D. Mârza, „Demografie şi asistenţă socială în Transilvania (1916-1918): înfiinţarea orfelinatelor destinate orfanilor de război” [Demography and social assistance in Transylvania (1916-1918): the establishment of orphanages for war orphans], in S. P. Bolovan, I. Bolovan, R. Graf, C. Pădurean (eds.), Mişcări de populaţie şi aspecte demografice în România în prima jumătate a secolului XX, Presa Universitară Clujeană, Cluj, 2007, p. 93-100.

Starting with 1st of November we enlarge the team with eight data entry operators:

Ana Victoria Sima, PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty of History and Philosophy

Diana Covaci, scientific researcher, PhD

Theodora Guta, research assistant, PhD candidate

Marton Tunde, research assistant, PhD candidate

Hegedus Nicoleta, research assistant, PhD

Tana Oltean, data entry operator

Edith Fogorasi, data entry operator

Raluca Sorina Botos, historian

 

The Norwegian Historical Data Centre

Gunnar Thorvaldsen –  Team Leader – is Professor at University of Tromsø and Director of Norwegian Historical Data Centre – UT. His main scientific interest focuses on Historical Demography, Social History, Family History.

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The team leader is, from 2011 to present, the Norwegian member of the European Historical Population Samples Network (EHPS-Net) sponsored by the European Science Foundation (Chair of the New Databases group); he is also the leader of the project group for Norwegian Historical Population Register sponsored by the Norwegian Research Council (2009 to present), co-chair – The family/demography network, Social Science History Association (2005 to present), co-chair – The network for History and Computing, European Social Science History Association (from 2000). His knowledge of database building and management was improved during the Sabbaticals at the University of Minnesota, Minnesota Population Center. G. Thorvaldsen has taken part in numerous joint-research activities and his publications cover a wide thematical and geographical area, from the Northern Sami population to the Mru population from Bangladesh. This considerable experience will play a key role in offering expertise to a database building project covering a multiethnical and multi-confessional region from Central Europe. Among his recent relevant publications are: 1. Gunnar Thorvaldsen, “Using NAPP Census Data to Construct The Historical Population Register for Norway”. Historical Methods (1), 2011; 2. Gunnar Thorvaldsen, Ole Jone Eide: “Historisk befolkningsregister: Oversikt over emigrasjonen” [The Historical Population Register. Overview of the emigration]. Heimen/3, 2011; 3. Gunnar Thorvaldsen, “Nasjonalt historisk befolkningsregister” [National Historical Population Register]. Heimen 66/4, 2009.

Marianne Erikstad – is senior consultant at the Norwegian Historical Data Centre, University of Tromsø with responsibility for quality control and the encoding of the nominative historical source materials.

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She holds a master degree from the University of Bergen with the thesis Husstandsstrukturen i Nord-Norge etter folketellinga i 1801 [Household structure in Northern Norway by the 1801 census]. She contributed as representative for Norway to the standard work on occupational encoding: HISCO : historical international standard classification of occupations by Marco H.D. van Leeuwen (ed), and has written about migration to Sweden:. Utvandring til Sverige på 1800-tallet. Heimen 2007; Volume 44 (2). Trygve Andersen (b. 1969) is computing consultant at the Norwegian Historical Data Centre, University of Tromsø with responsibility for hardware and software resources. He holds degrees in history and computer science, likely having the strongest academic combination of the two fields in Norway. He has specialized in database programming, especially writing record linkage software for the Oracle database system, linking not only individuals but also groups across multiple sources.

Arnfinn Kjelland – is Associate Professor at Volda University College, teach Norwegian and European history c. 1500–1900, local history and demography at undergraduate level.

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He graduated Cand. philol. at Department of History and Classical Studies at the University of Trondheim (now NTNU), with thesis about agricultural production in a municipality ca. 1660–1920. He then authored Bygdebok for Lesja (farm- and genealogical history) 1981–1996, full time 1981–87, part-time 1987–1996, hired by Lesja commune, was publisher 1987–1992 (partly self-employed) and became Assistant Professor at VUC 1992, tenure 1994 as Associate Professor in history. He was co-editor Heimen (scientific journal of local history) 1995–1998. Member of editorial board Heimen 1999–2004. Member of committee on information and communication technology (ICT), The Norwegian Institute of Local History since 1989. Member of editorial board (Norwegian) Historical Journal 2005–2009. Project leader, co-author and main editor of three bygdebok (farm- and genealogy) projects (besides Lesja, as a part of assignment at VUC): Bygdabok for Lom (4 vol. 2000–2007), Sula-soga (5 vol. 2004–2008) and Busetnadssoga for Volda (5 vol. 2005–2012). In the Reseach Council project: Cultural Perspective in the meeting of Civil Servants and peasant farmers (2008–) he is head of sub-project: The Civil servants’ social and economic relations with the peasant farming society (a microhistorical approach).

Ole Martin Sørumgård – is computing expert at Snøhetta publishing company at Lesja.

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He graduated MSc at Department of Civil Engeneering, Norwegian Institute of Technology (now NTNU), Trondheim. In 1998–2007, full-time 1998–2000 he was co-author Bygdabok for Lom (4 volumes farm- and genealogical history), responsible for reconstructing data from the program Ættesoge and fulfill family reconstitution for the period 1600–1930. Ongoing since 1998, full-time 2000–2003 he has been responsible for modeling and implementation of software and database for reconstruction of the complete settlement structure of a locality including family reconstitution, resulting in the application Busetnadssoge (BSS), co-author Sula-soga (farm- and genealogical history, 5 volumes) using BSS as the primary tool. This project served as a full-scale test of the application, 2004–2008.

Trygve Andersen - is computing consultant at the Norwegian Historical Data Centre, University of Tromsø with responsibility for hardware and software resources.

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He holds degrees in history and computer science, likely having the strongest academic combination of the two fields in Norway. He has specialized in database programming, especially writing record linkage software for the Oracle database system, linking not only individuals but also groups across multiple sources.

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