dr hab. Bogumił Szady, prof. KUL
- Institute for Historical Geography of the Church in Poland at the Catholic University of Lublin
A graduate of the Catholic University of Lublin (2012, habilitation in the field of early modern history) and the Gliwice University of Technology (2008, diploma in the field of geographic information systems). In the years 2012-2019 head of the Department of History of the XVI-XVIII centuries at the Institute of History of the Catholic University of Lublin. Currently Director of the Institute for Historical Geography of the Church in Poland at the Catholic University of Lublin and deputy head of the Department of Historical Atlas at the Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences. His research interests focus on geography and historical cartography of religious and ethnic groups as well as the socio-religious history of East-Central Europe.
In his research, he makes extensive use of digital technologies - mainly spatio-temporal databases, which makes it possible to combine historical and geographical research methods on a solid theoretical foundation (domain ontologies). He is the author of about 100 scientific publications, including several monographs and editorial works. The most important in recent years include the monograph “The Geography of Religious and Confessional Structures in the Crown of the Polish Kingdom in the Second Half of the Eighteenth Century”, Peter Lang, 2019, and volume 8 of the series Historical Atlas of Poland. Detailed Maps of the Sixteenth Century: “The Podlasie Voivodeship in the Second Half of the 16th Century”, Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences, 2021. He has published in renowned Polish and foreign journals of historical, geographical, computer science and philosophical profiles (including “Kwartalnik Historii Kultury Materialnej”, “Studia z Dziejów Rosji i Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej”, “Transactions in GIS”, “Applied Ontology”).
He has participated in many national and international scientific projects (e.g. NPRH, NCN, COST, DFG). In the years 2016-2019 he led the project "Ontological foundations for building historical geoinformation systems", and currently he directs research on the digital elaboration of the works of Karol Perthées ("Cartography at the service of political reforms in the times of Stanisław August Poniatowski – a critical elaboration of «Geographical-statistical description of the parishes in the Kingdom of Poland» and the maps of the palatinates by Karol Perthées") and the preparation of a dictionary of historical territorial units of the Latin Church on Polish lands ("Territorial divisions of the Latin Church in the Polish Republic, 10th-21st centuries. From data harmonization to synthesis").
As part of his scientific and didactic cooperation, he completed internships and study visits in Italy (Università degli Studi di Pavia), Spain (Universidad de La Rioja, Universidad de Murcia), Germany (Herder-Institut für historische Ostmitteleuropaforschung, Max Planck Institite - MPIDR) and Belgium (Vives Torhout). He participated in the organization of national and international scientific conferences, including serving as vice-chairman of the local organizing committee of the 17th International Conference of Historical Geographers (Warsaw 2018). In 2019, a member of the expert commission evaluating the activities of the Institute of History of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences in Kiev. He remains in contact with research teams from the University of Portsmouth, CNRS (Data for History Consortium), Leibniz-Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung (IOS), among others. His activities include membership in the Commission Internationale d'Histoire et d'Etudes du Christianisme (CIHEC), the Commission of Historical Geography of the Polish Historical Society and the Research Team for the History of Cartography in the L. and A. Birkenmajer Institute for the History of Science of Polish Academy of Sciences. For the past two years, he has served on the steering committee of the DARIAH-PL consortium and has represented his university in the CENAGIS consortium. He is editor-in-chief of the journal “Studia Geohistorica” and a member of the Editorial Board of the journal “Studia Źródłoznawcze”. Since 2021 he has been vice-chairman of the Commission on Names of Localities and Physiographic Objects (Ministry of the Interior and Administration).