Organized by the “Sever Zotta” Romanian Institute of Genealogy and Heraldry (est. 1998, member of the Confédération Internationale de Généalogie et d’Héraldique), with the assistance of other academic and cultural bodies, the XIXth Congress of Genealogy and Heraldry of Iaşi (11-13 May 2023) grouped an important number of researchers from the region.
First time brought together after the Pandemic period, the specialists enjoyed the perfect hospitality of the city of Iaşi, former capital of the old Principality of Moldavia.
For the first time in the history of these national congresses, a session on heraldic issues has been organized exclusively in English:
- Stoyan ANTONOV, aih (Sofia) – “A Bulgarian Proposal for the Coat of Arms of Dobruja”;
- Drăgan-George BASARABĂ (Timişoara), Emanuel GROSU (Iaşi) – “Transylvanian Influence in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth Reflected in the Grants of Arms issued by Stephen Báthory”;
- Adrian GHEORGHE (München) – “Legitimising Power through Unconventional Means. Mihnea the Bad (1508-1509) and a Unique Case in Romanian Sphragistics”;
- Jovan JONOVSKI, aih (Skopje) – “Heraldization of Socialist Civic Heraldry in Macedonia”;
- András T. MARTIN (Budapest) – “A Heraldic History of the Morganatic Branches of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine”;
- Attila István SZEKERES, aih (Sfântu Gheorghe) – “The Coat of Arms of Transylvania on the 1848 Seal of Hungary”.
Besides these, the following lectures on heraldry have been presented:
- Silviu ANDRIEŞ-TABAC, aih (Chişinău) – “Noile sigilii nobiliare basarabene ale vechilor boieri moldoveni după 1812” (= New Bessarabian noble seals of the old post-1812 Moldavian boyars);
- Idem – „Heraldica Moldaviae”, I-IV (2019-2022) – presentation of publication.
- Mihai-Bogdan ATANASIU, aig (Iaşi), Tudor-Radu TIRON, AIH (Bucharest) – “Numismatică şi sigilografie” (= Numismatics and sigillography);
- Ileana CĂZAN (Bucharest) – “Nepăsare, rea-voinţă şi încălcarea legii în heraldica teritorială. Studiu de caz: municipiile Braşov, Constanţa şi Cluj” (= Carelessness, ill will and violation of the law in territorial heraldry. Case study: municipia of Braşov, Constanţa and Cluj);
- Alexandru DANEŞ (Braşov) – “Proiecte de steme pentru judeţele şi municipiile înfiinţate în RSR după 1972” (= Projects of coats of arms for the counties and municipia established after 1972 in the Socialist Republic of Romania);
- Cătălin-Iulian HRIBAN (Iaşi) – “«Armorialul» mural de la Răducăneni” (= The Mural “Armorial” of Răducăneni);
- Constantin ITTU (Sibiu) – “Josef baron Bedeus von Scharberg: arhitectul, stirpea şi stema sa” (= Josef baron Bedeus von Scharberg: the Architect, Lineage and Coat of Arms);
- Alexandru ŞTEFAN (Cluj-Napoca) – “Despre «rădăcinile» istorice ale coroanei din stema oraşului Braşov” (= The historical “roots” of the crown in the coat of arms of the city of Braşov);
- Tudor-Radu TIRON, AIH (Bucharest) – “Amintirea anului 1848 reflectată în noua heraldică administrativ-teritorială” (= The souvenir of the year 1848 in the new administrative-territorial heraldry).
The participants had the opportunity to admire an exhibition of heraldic bookplates, illustrating the following geographical groups: Spanish, French, Italian, German, British, Portuguese, Polish, Hungarian, and Northern.
Five members of the Académie Internationale d’Héraldique in front of the Palace of Culture in Iaşi (Romania): from left to right – Silviu ANDRIEŞ-TABAC (Moldova), Attila István SZEKERES (Romania), Stoyan ANTONOV (Bulgaria), Jovan JONOVSKI (North Macedonia), Tudor-Radu TIRON (Romania)