De nous

Our research focuses on the topographical number and examine individuals behind it. More profoundly, we shall investigate the owners and other inhabitants, tenants, maids, children of the buildings of Jurisics square Kőszeg.

We apply interdisciplinary approach involving social and cultural history, historical anthropology and sociology. During our research an attempt will be made to reconstruct the everyday routines of the inhabitants, their communication and in general, their lifestyle as precisely as the archival sources allow me to do that. In order to explore the lives of ordinary individuals we shall apply anthropological research methods. In addition, we build a data base of the people who ever inhabited the square, so my inquiry will include sociological aspects as well. Beyond the interdisciplinary relevance of our work it has European and global potentials. By tracing down individual life stories and practices we can gain wider panorama of local identity building and shaping, and also its connections with the more universal discourse of nationalism. Our project provides several theoretical and methodological findings for historians which I shall try to consider in my work. Most importantly, my inquiry contributes to a more complex understanding of cultural heritage in Kőszeg. The houses and the inhabitants who ever lived in them did not disappear completely, just t the opposite was the case: by strong local identification they paved the way for twenty first-century citizens.

In addition, the he present research is to explore how the images of the city of Kőszeg were shaped. We also want to examine how how state representatives and other official or non-official actors occupied and controlled public violence in the centre of Kőszeg. The research investigates the history of the downtown of Kőszeg which remained untouched during the past 300 years. Urban space, more precisely, the Jurisics square signifies particular physical reality, more importantly a unique mentality or way of thinking. Our goal goes beyond the examination of materialistic systems. We focus on the reconstruction of subjective space perceived by contemporaries. In other words, we would like to detect mental maps and the procedure of its expression.