Research Centres

Center for East Asian Studies (CSEA)

Center for East Asian Studies (CSEA)

The Center for East Asian Studies at the West University of Timisoara was founded in 2021 to meet the increasing demand for an organization to host research projects and initiatives, lifelong learning opportunities, scholarly conferences and publications, the promotion and development of the study of languages and cultures of East Asia (Japan, China, the Korean Peninsula) in the Western part of Romania, as well as nationally and internationally. Research initiatives hosted and promoted by the CSEA are mainly focused on comparative analyses of premodernity and modernity of the cultures in the East Asian region on one hand and those of Romania, the Balkan region, Central and Eastern Europe, as well as of Europe in general, on the other. Concretely, the CSEA will host programs promoting East Asia in Romania and Europe, covering audiences not only within the tertiary education, but also elementary and secondary school students and adult learners.

- research projects and initiatives on premodern and modern languages and cultures of the East Asian region, i.e., Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese, Korean;
- support for young researchers and instructors in East Asian studies rom Romania and elsewhere;
- promotion of East Asian languages and cultures research among college, master’s and doctoral students;
- purchase and implementation of digital resources in the area of East Asian studies, such as access to research databases, eBooks, newspaper databases, etc.;
- development of the first comprehensive open source digital database for the cataloguing and study of scholarly and non-scholarly resources on Japan written in Romanian, as well as of translations from Japanese into Romanian;
- publication of a new yearly peer-reviewed journal, European Review of East Asian Studies, with the support of the WUT Press;
- promotion of research results through publication as journal articles, book chapters and books in Romanian, as well as other languages, aimed at scholarly and lay audiences;
- research collaborations with similar centers around Romania, Europe and the world;
- organization of roundtables, seminars, symposia, conferences and public debates on topics related to East Asia.

Conf. Dr. George T. Sipos, CSEA Founding Director
Prof. Dr. Habil. Loredana Pungă

Interdisciplinary Center of Gender Studies - West University of Timișoara

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies was founded in May 2003 within the Centre for Feminist Studies, emerging from the need to create a structure able to channel and streamline the skills and efforts of our faculty’s specialists beyond the borders of the various departments. Interdisciplinary by nature, gender studies allow and even require such an approach. Philology, Psychology, Sociology, Geography, Political Sciences specialists, who have already applied the analytical category of the socio-cultural gender in their research, along with students at the Master’s programmes within the Faculty of Letters, and more recently, students of the postgraduate gender studies course came together in this research centre.

- Promoting gender studies as a fundamental discipline in the academic curriculum; in an initial phase, including gender studies among the elective disciplines that are taught to final year students, as well as introducing gender studies as a module in the Master’s programme of English and American Studies offered by the English Language and Literature Subdepartment; creating a postgraduate gender studies programme from the academic year 2003-2004 onwards.
- Through its activity, the centre wants to respond to a manifested absence of a theoretical corpus for the feminist discourse, the terms and concepts of a highly intellectual debate, in a social climate in which the early feminist movement in Romania is fragmented and its basic orientation is strictly pragmatic, social activist and especially charitable, without its necessary echo in the area of reflexivity and critical discourse.
- The centre will contribute to the creation of a consistent and efficient network of providing and disseminating specialized information, becoming a link between committed activism and academic feminism. The centre aims to identify all local, regional and national organisations in this field and to create a database for collaboration, resource synergy with the purpose of avoiding the duplication of effort. Relevant information for the centre will be disseminated also via the website we will create and which will also include a forum for debates on subjects of general interest.
- The Centre’s activity will focus on specific projects with multi-disciplinary contents that will contribute to raising young people’s awareness of gender issues, of the necessity of women’s visibility in the public area, of identifying and quickly sanctioning sexist manifestations within the family, at school, at work, in the media, both in the private and public areas of life.
- The Gender Studies centre will undertake the translation of projects and will create critical editions of universal feminist literature.
- The Centre will also be a documentation research centre with a specialized library, including periodicals and a database to allow free access to information.
- Editing a journal in English that will publish specialized research papers (Gender Studies)
- The Centre will organize seminars, conferences, round tables, workshops together with the English Language and Literature Subdepartment, as well as with other Humanities Departments and with the British Library, all of which are meant to promote gender studies.

Prof. univ. dr. PIA BRÎNZEU PhD
Conf. univ. dr. REGHINA DASCĂL - Director ICGS/CISG
Conf. univ. dr. DANA PERCEC - doctoral supervisor in Literature and Gender Studies
Conf. univ. dr. ADRIAN BASARABĂ

Centrul Interdisciplinar de Studii de Gen
Universitatea de Vest Timisoara
Bv. V. Parvan, nr. 2-4, 300223, Timisoara
Tel/Fax: 0256-493886

e-mail: gender(at)

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Regional Studies (CISR)

The research programme on the subject of MEMORIAL PRACTICES IN AN INTERCULTURAL CONTEXT. CASE STUDY: THE BANAT REGION is an interdisciplinary programme which includes specialists in the field of cultural anthropology, comparative literature, literary theory, sociology, and history. However, a common work plan brings them all together. The methods and work tools originating from all the above-mentioned fields are shared by all members so that each applies them to his own research area. This working model is meant, above all, to widen the documentary basis of the research because every member provides the rest of the group with all the sources he has access to with his specific tools.

The study of various types of memorial practices from the perspective in which they integrate a local intercultural tradition and reinvent it, relating it to new frames of reference, is an ideal way of trying to overcome the constraints which the theme of memory is subject to within different disciplines and to explore its links to history, to the theme of identity, the changing mentalities, the reconfiguration of the values that society once regarded as important. Considering memory as a way of refashioning the past and rebuilding identity, approaching it in an interdisciplinary way, valorising and correlating the findings of previous research on the Banat region, the team members involved in this project planned to focus on the following issues:
- the status of memorial practices in relation to other cultural practices (folkloric, literary, historiographical, political)
- the capturing of new social dynamics, types of mentalities and behaviours associated with various memorial practices, and the way they perform identity.

Conf. univ. dr. Smaranda Vultur – directorul proiectului
Prof. Univ. Dr. Adriana Babeti
Lect. dr. Simona Adam
Asist. drd. Daciana Branea
Prof. univ. dr. Pia Branzeu
Conf. univ. dr. Vasile Docea
Lect. univ. dr. Gabriela Glavan
Prof. univ. dr. Otilia Hedesan
Lect. univ. dr. Dana Andreea Percec
Prof. univ. dr. Corneliu Tiberiu Ungureanu

Centre for Francophone Studies DF

The Centre for Francophone Studies DF has developed from the Centre for Francophone Studies associated since 1994 with the Department of Romance Languages at the Faculty of Letters, History and Teology. The Centre has a coherent research programme, addressing the great cultural domains in the francophone areas, from an interdisciplinary perspective. The results of the research are published in the journal of the Centre, Dialogues francophones, whose first issue appeared in 1995, and in other Romanian or foreign journals. The Centre supports the publication of books on current francophone cultural phenomena, and encourages international and collaborative approaches to research, by organizing national and international conferences and colloquia.

The Centre for Francophone Studies DF, since 2009, was set up in 1994 at the initiative of professor Margareta Gyurcsik and gathers researchers and teachers at the department of French of the Faculty of Letters, History and Theology, University of the West Timişoara.

a. The main aim of the CENTRE FOR FRANCOPHONE STUDIES DF is to develop the study of Francphone cultures and to promote francophony as a specific form of intercultural dialogue in the contemporary world.
The research is targeted at
- the great cultural areas of francophony (like Europe, Canada, Maghreb, Sub-Saharan Africa, Carribean);
- the relations between the French culture and other francophone cultures;
- the study of the Romanian contributions to francophony.

b. The specific objectives of the research are:
1. to publish books dealing with the francophone cultures in the modern/ post-modern age;
2. to publish books that highlight Romania’s position in the francophone world and its contribution to the intercultural francophone dialogue;
3. to publish an annual issue of the journal DIALOGUES FRANCOPHONES ( ):
- thematic issues, since 2009 :
no. 20-21/2015 « Écritures de la (non)violence »
no. 19/2014 « Estitudes. Littératures francophones de l’Europe centrale et de l’Est. Roumanie et Hongrie »
no. 18/2012 « De l’(im)pudeur en Francophonie »
no. 17/2011 « Ecritures francophones contemporaines »
no. 16/2010 « Les francophonies au féminin »
no. 15/2009 « (En)jeux identitaires »
- the first 14 numbers of the journal (1995-2008)
4. to co-organize an annual international colloquium of francophone studies (CIEFT) at the University of the West, Timisoara
5. to give papers at the conferences, congresses, colloquia of the associations with which the Centre collaborates: CIEF (Conseil International d’Études Francophones), AIEQ, (Association Internationale d’Études Québécoises), AEFECO (Association des Études Francophones d’Europe Centrale et Orientale), the Association for Canadian Studies in Central Europe, CEL (Conseil Européen des Langues);
6. to establish a translation programme and to publish literary and scientific books at Romanian publishing houses;
7. to establish a programme for researching and teaching francophony with the help of the new communication technologies;
8. to establish a programme for the teaching of the French language, literature and civilization, from the perspective of francophone and interdisciplinary studies.

Members of the Centre:

Founder: Margareta GYURCSIK
Director: Georgiana I. BADEA

Georgiana I. BADEA, editor-in-chief of Dialogues francophones
Andreea GHEORGHIU, deputy editor-in-chief of Dialogues francophones
Ileana Neli EIBEN, editorial secretary of Dialogues francophones

Mariana PITAR
Adina TIHU

Other members and collaborators:

Mirela PÂRĂU

Violeta AVRAM
Carmen BĂBAN
Diana-Livia CHEPEŢAN
Nicoleta GABOR
Bogdan VECHE

The Centre for Francophone Studies DF
University of the West, Timişoara
Facultaty of Letters, History and Theology
Bd. V. Pârvan, nr. 4
300223, Timişoara, Romania

Centre of History and Arheology Studies ”Constantin Daicoviciu” Timișoara

The Centre of History and Arheology Studies (CSIATim) was founded in 2000, and accredited as a C-type centre of excellence by the Romanian authority CNCSIS. It operates independently from the the Faculty of Letters, History and Theology, being directly subordinated by the West University of Timişoara.

The domains of activity are:
a. Archaeology
b. History
c. Anthropology

Centre infrastructure:
The Centre of History and Archaeology Studies is made up of members of the History Subdepartment, young doctoral students, MA and BA students.

a. Promoting and supporting both materially and morally the in-depth study of Banat history in a national and European context.
b. Promoting the activities of outstanding personalities from Romania and Banat, through various studies and monographs.
c. Supporting the development of scientific research within this Centre of Excellence, by promoting young members, doctoral and master’s degree students, in order to obtain research grants with a view to professional development.
d. The Centre of Excellence is meant to ensure a vivid scientific dialogue between local history researchers and national and European ones.
e. The Centre of Excellence aims to promote scientific research through its own publication: B.H.A.U.T. Bibliotheca Historica et Archaeologica Universitatis Timisiensis and the electronic journal ArheoVest.
f. On the occasion of anniversaries of historical events or personalities, the Centre of Excellence will organize thematic scientific manifestations in domains such as history, archaeology, history of art, etc.
g. The Centre of Excellence proposes common, interdisciplinary research activities with the departments of Anthropology, Sociology and Geography within the West University of Timişoara.

Emeritus Professor Doina Benea
Reader PhD Mihaela Vlăsceanu
Reader PhD Vasile Rămneanțu
Reader PhD Remus Feraru
Senior Lecturer PhD Simona Regep
Senior Lecturer PhD Mariana Balaci
Senior Lecturer PhD Nicolae Hurduzeu
Senior Lecturer PhD Atalia Onițiu
Junior Lecturer PhD Adrian Cîntar
Junior Lecturer PhD Sînziana Preda
PhD Cătălin Balaci
PhD Victor Bunoiu
PhD Paul Dinulescu
PhD Florin Golban
PhD Maria Hadiji
PhD Cosmin Matei
PhD Bogdan Muscalu
PhD Octavian Rogozea
PhD Călin Timoc
PhD Oana Tutilă
Dan Vlase

ISTTRAROM Research workgroup in Translation and History of Romanian Translations

ISTTRAROM, the centre for research in translations and the history of Romanian translations, called ISTTRAROM–TRANSLATIONES since 2009, was founded in 2005 at the initiative of Prof. dr. Georgiana Lungu-Badea; it gathers all researchers and academic staff from all departments within the Faculty of Letters, History and Theology, West University of Timişoara, who are interested in studying the forms of translations and the history of Romanian translations.

The main objective of the research workgroup ISTTRAROM–TRANSLATIONES is to establish the connection between translation theories, the practice and tradition of translations, in such a way that some of the translation schema becomes more flexible.
ISTTRAROM aspires to contribute to the creation of a proper environment for exchanging information and to the growth of translation and translatology experiences.

Through its programmes ISTTRAROM–TRANSLATIONES pursues:
A) The research of specific themes of contemporary translatology concerning the diachronic and synchronic aspects of literary translations.
B) The study of translation as a form of cultural transfer.
C) The organization of seminars, conferences, research projects, book launches.
D) The publication of research findings.
E) The publication of group translations conducted by the students of the Specialized translation MA programme, coordinated by professors of the West University of Timişoara.

Centre director: Georgiana I. BADEA

Members with publications:
Beatrice MARINA
Loredana PUNGA
Luminita VLEJA

Mariana PITAR
Adina TIHU
Diana BOCA
Ruxandra FILIP
Adina POPA
Diana BOCA
Roxana BUCUR
Andreea Natalia CIOLACU
Nicoleta ZBĂGAN
Adina POPA
Viviana COTUŢ
Andrea SISAK
Ariana-Maria MIHUŢ
Minodora GIURGIU
Adriana TAMBA
Ecaterina CUCU

Institute of German Culture and History of South-Eastern Europe (Dictionary of German dialects in Banat)

International Shakespeare Centre - West University of Timișoara

The INTERNATIONAL SHAKESPEARE CENTRE has been established by the members of the English Department and the Faculty of Letters, History and Theology at the West University of Timişoara, Romania.
The conferences and panels organized by the Centre will focus on the revival of the Shakespearean works in the twenty-first century from the viewpoints of various research fields.

The Centre’s mission is to bring together scholars and students from a wide range of research fields, united by a keen interest in Shakespearean works, with a view to discussing, analyzing, reviewing and putting forward new ideas that would contribute to the presentation, reception and understanding of Shakespeare in a contemporary globalized world as well as in Central and South-Eastern Europe.
The conferences and panels organized by the Centre will focus on the revival of the Shakespearean works in the twenty-first century from the viewpoints of various research fields.

Organizing Committee:
PhD Hortensia Pârlog
PhD Pia Brînzeu
PhD Dana Chetrinescu Percec
PhD Loredana Frăţilă
PhD Andreea Şerban

Honorary members:
Ton Hoenselaars (Utrecht University)
Krystyna Kujawinska-Courtney (University of Łódź)
Martin Procházka (University of Prague)
Győrgy Szőnyi (University of Szeged)
Rowland Wymer (University of Cambridge)

Centre for Advanced Historical Research (CCAI)

- Initiating and promoting scientific research projects
- Developing a high standard for scientific researches in the field of history
- International exchanges of experience
- Publishing studies and scientific articles in Romanian and other international languages in journals and books
- Organizing conferences, seminars, symposia at national and international level
- Providing courses for doctoral training in the fields of history and conceptual history
- Guiding students in writing their master's dissertations, doctoral theses and postdoctoral projects
- Book launches

Centrul de Cercetări Avansate în Istorie (CCAI)
Contact: Prof. dr. Victor
Neumann (victor.neumann(at)
Blvd. Vasile Pârvan, nr. 4, 300223, Timișoara
Tel: 0256-592356, E-mail: istorie.conceptuala(at)

Centre for Romance Studies in Timişoara (CSRT)

The Centre for Romance Studies in Timişoara (CSRT) was founded in 2013 at the initiative of some academics of the Faculty of Letters, History and Theology (FLHT) from the West University of Timişoara, who were interested in developing scientific dialogue and research in the area of Romance Studies and other associated (sub)disciplines. Mainly, it brings together academic staff and researchers from the departments of FLHT, who, willing to create a bridge between Romance languages and cultures of some significant parts of Europe and Latin America, laid down the foundation of the International Colloquium of Communication and Culture in European Romania (CICCRE), which has taken place annually since 2012. The journal Quaestiones Romanicae, based on the papers delivered at this colloquium, addresses both specialists in the field of Romance studies and young researchers interested in the Romance-inspired culture.

- The strategic priority of the centre is the scientific research activity and advanced university creation, which represents the basis of higher education (cf. Art.1.3 from Regulamentul Cercetării Ştiinţifice şi Creaţiei Universitare developed under the provisions of National Education Law no. 1/2011, OG 57 / 2002 (amended and completed through OG 6 / 2011) concerning scientific research and technological development, of Law no. 319 from 8 July 2003 concerning the status of research-development-innovation personnel and the university Charter.
- Capitalizing on the teaching and research potential of the master’s programme on Cultural and Linguistic Romance Studies: Latin, French, Italian, Spanish offered by FLHT within WUT
- The CSRT activity, closely related to supporting the educational mission of the university, focuses on specific projects with multidisciplinary, trans- and interdisciplinary contents that contribute to raising young people’s awareness of the importance of supporting research activities in the school environment and specialised student circles in Timişoara
- Organizing training courses, seminars, round-tables, conferences, debates and book launches, along with other awareness-raising activities of the general public or university staff
- Providing consulting and counselling services for people interested in Romance studies and related fields
- Developing its own cultural and scientific programmes in partnership with other specialised institutes from the country and from abroad.

Emeritus Professor Ileana Oancea, honorary president
Senior Lecturer PhD Mirela Boncea
Reader PhD Mirela Ioana Borchin
Senior Lecturer PhD Emina Căpălnăşan
Reader PhD Remus Feraru
Reader PhD Ramona Maliţa-Tanc, vice president
Reader PhD Mariana Pitar
Muzeograf dr. Călin Timoc
Reader PhD Luminiţa Vleja, president
Senior Lecturer PhD Simona Regep
Reader PhD Valy Ceia
Senior Lecturer PhD Nadia Obrocea
Junior Lecturer Ioana Marcu
Portuguese Lecturer (International lecturer Camões Institute) PhD Student Iolanda Vasile
PhD Student Roxana Maria Creţu
MA Student Florin Gherheş

1. CSRT sprijină manifestarea ştiinţifică internaţională Comunicare şi Cultură în Romània Europeană (CICCRE):
2. Împreună cu parteneri ca Ambasada Spaniei la Bucureşti, Ambasada Portugaliei la Bucureşti, Consulatul onorific al Spaniei la Timișoara, Consulatului onorific al Italiei la Timișoara, Institutul Cultural Francez, Sindicatul „Universitas Timisiensis” etc. promovează şi susţine financiar publicaţia anuală Quaestiones Romanicae şi încurajează schimbul de carte şi de idei cu alte centre de cercetare de profil;
3. Cultivarea unui modus vivendi în rândul tinerilor prin dezvoltarea abilităţii de a lucra în echipă şi de a gestiona munca de voluntariat, având în vedere strategiile şi direcţiile prioritare la nivel regional, naţional şi internaţional, precum şi strategia la nivel instituţional, punând accentul pe domeniul de cercetare (în principal, dezvoltarea cunoaşterii lumii romanice).