DeepNic aims to investigate the evolution and transformation of Nicosia’s urban centre from a historical and sociological perspective using several types of data such as written, oral, and visual. It takes the whole of the urban centre of Nicosia as a case study, to examine how its transformation within a certain period is affected by key political and social developments that have occurred from 1960 until today, namely, the proclamation of the independence, the 1963-64 intercommunal strife, the 1974 war and the division of the island; the beginning of the Master Plan in 1979; the unilateral proclamation of TRNC in the north of Cyprus in 1983; first mass granting of employment permissions to immigrants in the 1990s; the opening of the crossings in 2003; the financial crisis in 2013; and the pandemic measures in 2020.
In this project, historical research is combined with geography and technology in a data visualization effort that allows a multi-temporal and multi-dimensional historical narrative. The method of deep mapping will be therefore applied, as it seems to offer the means to accomplish the objectives of this project, which are:
- Collecting historical information related to specific aspects of the urban centre: demographics, business activity (types of business), cultural activity (cultural events, museums, cultural organisations, cultural and creative industries), peacebuilding activity, racial character, monument building, as they were formed following specific political events.
- Bringing to the surface multi-temporal perspectives of Nicosia that would encourage the emergence and discussion of marginalised or, in some cases, conflicting historical narratives.
- Facilitating history education across the divide.