The “microscope: UB researcher at the microphone” series continues with a discussion with the medievalist Ionuț Epurescu-Pascovici, who told us about the erc grant of over half a million euros that he won and about the two volumes recently published by prestigious publishers of whose editor, respectively author, he is
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The edition proposes a discussion on the effort involved in winning such a substantial grant from the European Research Council and on the main research results facilitated by it. Already completed for more than a year, the project with which Ionuț Epurescu-Pascovici won the ERC grant is entitled “Record-Keeping, Fiscal Reform, and the Rise of Institutional Accountability in Late-Medieval Savoy: A Source-Oriented Approach” and analyzes the institutional reforms in the principality of Savoy in the 13th and 14th centuries, especially the outline of the norms of institutional responsibility.
More details on the project can be accessed on the project page, here.
Next, the discussion focused on two essential volumes for medieval studies that Ionuț Epurescu-Pascovici published at prestigious international publishing houses in the last two years.
The first is the collective volume Accounts and Accountability in Late Medieval Europe: Records, Procedures, and Socio-Political Impact, edited by Ionuț Epurescu-Pascovici (and published in 2020 by Brepols), which is freely available (via open access) here.
The second, Human Agency in Medieval Society 1100-1450, published by Boydell Press in 2021, is a social history study signed by Ionuț Epurescu-Pascovici that proposes an interdisciplinary approach that combines history with sociology, from the perspective of the theory of action and the individual as an independent agent. More information on the volume is available here, and a copy of this volume is at the Library of the Faculty of History.
Ionuț Epurescu-Pascovici is a doctor in medieval studies from Cornell University and a researcher at the Humanities Section of the Research Institute of the University of Bucharest. His scientific interests are circumscribed to social and institutional history and mainly focus on the cultural history of Western Europe in the second part of the Middle Ages, mainly France and Northern Italy in the period between 1200 and 1450. In December 2016, he was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit in the rank of knight (category H, Scientific Research).
Currently, Ionuț Epurescu-Pascovici is the director of a research project on institutional and social responsibility in the Late Middle Ages at the Humanities Section of ICUB, funded by the PCE (Exploratory Research Projects) program of UEFISCDI. Other information on Ionuț Epurescu-Pascovici is available here and here.
Part of the science communication program developed by the University of Bucharest, the “microSCOPE: UB researcher at the microphone” series aims to present in a dynamic and concise manner information on the concrete results of notable research efforts within the UB.
Through its format and objectives, the “microSCOPE: UB researcher at the microphone” comes to complete the science communication program within the University of Bucharest, which also includes the UB Conferences – Science for All Understanding and the UB Dose of Science.
It aims at promoting those research projects (patents, articles and books) which, through the major contribution to the field they belong to, have come to benefit from international recognition, thus encouraging the connection between UB and various universities and research institutions abroad.
The microSCOPE, whose guests are primarily UB researchers awarded for their research results, aims to contribute to informing the Romanian academic milieu, but also other categories of interested public, on the main research projects carried out inside UB, thus stimulating the development of future collaborative initiatives.