The Cyprus Critical History Archive began its work in late December with two researchers, who were hired after an international search. Antonis Hadjikyriacou recently received his Ph.D. in Ottoman history from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, while Rabia Harmanşah is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh. Antonis’ dissertation concerned society and economy during the eighteenth century in Cyprus, and he has also worked on the mobilization of Greek nationalism during the middle twentieth- century in the island. For her dissertation, Rabia is conducting research on shared religious sites in Cyprus, as well as the destruction of religious and other cultural heritage sites during periods of conflict.
The two researchers are currently working to complete a survey of Greek, Turkish and English newspapers from 1955-64, especially concerned with episodes of violence and, where possible, moments of cooperation. They are cataloguing this information in a comprehensive database, designed for the archive by historian Yannis Papadopoulos, who has previously constructed databases for archives in Greece. In addition, as part of the database project, researchers have compiled a record, in English, Greek, and Turkish, of all the alternative spellings and names of all Cypriot towns, villages, and districts. This comprehensive catalog of names will be useful not only for the Cyprus Critical Archive Project, but will also facilitate any kind of research that involves geographical place names.
The researchers are both digitizing collected materials and providing English-language summaries, so that other researchers using the archive’s database will be able easily to search electronically for articles. Once the cataloguing of the newspapers is completed, the researchers will begin to work on other print materials. Our aim is not only to make these materials and their English-language summaries available to researchers, but also to provide an online map and timeline that will categorize this data both spatially and chronologically. We call on all supporters of this project to consider donating books, archival materials, and anything else of relevance that should become part of a bicommunal public record regarding intercommunal relations and conflict-related violence.
Want to gain invaluable experience? We are currently looking for interns who could help with data entry aspects of this project, as well as other tasks. For more information, please contact Associate Researcher at PRIO, Rebecca Byrant at: firstname.lastname@example.org