NEPOSTRANS – Negotiating post-imperial transitions: from remobilization to nation-state consolidation. A comparative study of local and regional transitions in post-Habsburg East and Central Europe

ERC Consolidator Grant 772264, 2018–2022
Project Investigator: Gábor Egry

The project’s goal is to provide a new, overall narrative of how the Habsburg Empire was replaced by nation states at the end of WWI and reconsider in the light of its results categories and concepts like state and statehood, local, regional and national, transition and transformation. A novel combination of historical comparison and histoire croisée enables the in-depth analyses of a set of local transitions in diverse regions (agrarian, industrial, commercial, urban, rural, multi-and mono-ethnic, borderland and mainland, litoral) and the combination of these results with the existing literature on other localities.


COST Action – Women on the Move (WEMov)
CA19112, 2020-2024

This COST Action focuses on unveiling the presence and economic contribution of women migrants workers in the construction of Europe. Transdisciplinary, Women on the Move gathers historians, sociologists, anthropologists, art historians, demographers, economists, ethnologists, specialists of gender and migration studies, geographers, law scholars, and political scientists, among others, all focusing on women mobility in history and contemporary settings. The network opens discussions between research fields by allying two emerging themes that have become central in recent scholarship: gender and migration.


EUnited We Stand
Co-founded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union

The EU United We Stand consortium’s work is dedicated to the memory of the change of regime in Europe. As the politics of memory regarding the Holocaust played a significant normative role in the acession process of the post-communist countries, and the memory of the Holocaust is an epsecially salient issue in Budapest, we decided to organize our event around these issues: a critcial lecture on the post-1989 politics of memory and contributions from fellow historians and memory activists, followed by a discussion with the audience. We hope to make participants sensitive to the inherent contradictions between politics of memory, ethical normativity and history, while providing a persepctive on how and why the memory of the Holocaust is still, with all the contradictions, important for a democratic society.


Western Impacts and Transfers in Hungarian Culture and Social Sciences in the 1970s and 1980s

(Nr. 125374) supported by the OTKA/NKFIH, 2017-2021
Principal Investigator: Róbert Takács

The project focuses on the international relations of Hungarian culture, art, social science and ideology in the 1970s and 1980s. The de-Stalinization period after 1953 opened up the channels of cultural and scientific import and transfers which led to a significant amount of available Western content in Hungarian publicity and revitalizing cultural and scientific networks. In spite of the ideological concerns and the prevailing control mechanisms this process had an effect both on cultural consumption and cultural politics.


Social Theory Research Group

Coordinator: Attila Antal

The Research Group is a unique and flexible unit of research inviting the Hungarian scholars from the field of social and critical theory. It offers an open space for intellectual debate and cooperation. Its aim is to attract scholars who can contribute to the renewal of the left after two decades of the dominance of “third way” social democracy that obscured the diversity of the global intellectual left and finally proved to be unable to counter the reconstruction of the right on the basis of recent trends in Europe and the US. While there are several small-scale initiatives concerning social theory in Hungary, but the coagulation of an intellectual space is only in its initial phase. The Research Group was founded based on the conviction that the Hungarian Left needs strong theoretical pillars and we intend to contribute to this initiative. First and foremost, its source should be the reception of a wide range of global intellectual currents. Currently, our research has three main directions: contemporary social theorytheory of globalizationleftist theories of democracy.