The Romanian Association for Social History, RASH, is an independent initiative of a group of historians who set out to explain the past and understand the present starting from the „little lives”, from the „common people”, which, in the historical sources are seen rather as statistical units, than individualities.
Although in the Western Europe and US’s universities social history has had a long tradition, in the last two decades, in Romania it was less of a temptation for the historians and the scholars in general. Among the apprehensions of the „original democracy”, social and its derivates would be, symbolically and pragmatically correlated to the communist past.
RASH is constantly developing research projects aiming towards probing into the history of family, education, health, private life, daily activities, work, social security, habitat and others.
The objective of the Romanian Association for Social History is to promote social history as a part of the curriculum in education, to stimulate a wider interest in social history among academics and society, in general. Also, we are devoted to promoting the tradition of social history studies started between the two World Wars, to integrating the specific Romanian topics and themes into the wider international discourse.
The specific objectives of the association are:
a) original research and studies within this field;
b) promoting and stimulating an interest for social history inside academia;
c) promoting social history within society.
The association will use the following to achieve its objectives:
a) make projects on social history subjects – such as the history of the work, history of minorities of education, gender studies and so on;
b) editing and publishing printed or online publications in the field of social history;
c) contributing to data bases, websites, other virtual spaces and similar forums, on the subject;
d) organizing scientific, cultural and educational events, destined both to academic publics and to general publics (conferences, symposiums, round tables, debates, workshops, screenings, etc.);
e) making documentaries;
f) organizing events and activities with students in primary, secondary education and high school;
g) militating and contributing to preserving the material and immaterial patrimony of social history sources;
g) participating in similar or correlated projects and activities, done by other national or international associations and institutions having the same objectives as RASH.