Department for Sociology and Social Anthropology

One of the most important developments or events in the unit’s history:

The department was founded in Budapest in 2004 as an endeavor to cross-fertilize Sociology and Social Anthropology. In the eleventh year of its existence it presents itself as a successful project and leading institution in this field, attracting faculty and students from across several disciplines and all parts of the world.

The most important development in 2014-15:

In 2015/15 the department continued to foster and expand its international network. Professors of the department visited and worked at universities in the US, France, Germany, Austria, Kyrgyzstan, and international faculty received invitations to the department. 34 MA students graduated in June, and four candidates very successfully defended their thesis, bringing the total of PhD graduates at the department to 22. All of them are employed according to their qualification, many at high profile institutions and universities both in Europe and globally.

Other important developments in 2014-15:

The department also launched a new partnership with the department for Sociology at Babes Bolyai University in Cluj (Romania). Recent CEU graduates and advanced PhD students will be able to teach in Cluj for one or two terms under this new scheme. More universities will be included in this program in the nearer future.

Faculty distinctions in 2014-15:

Among several distinctions of its faculty Jean-Louis Fabiani’s nomination for the title of “Officier des arts et lettres” by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication stands out, which he received in recognition of his “significant contributions to the arts and literature”. The event was hosted by the French Cultural Institute of Budapest.

Engagement with external entities in 2014-15:

The department saw two major events in the last year:

The Workshop on “Urban Imagineering and the Construction of Cool Cities” took place in September. Organized by Judit Bodnar (faculty) and Julia Sekely (PhD candidate) it hosted leading European urban studies scholars.

Major events in 2014-15:

In June, our PhD students organized a highly successful graduate conference, bringing together scholars from all over Europe. The conference’s topic “Hope and (Im)mobility in the Pursuit of Change”, opened new angles on the study of at migration and mobility. Keynote speakers were Stef Jansen (Manchester) and Frances Pine (Goldsmiths).

Other news or information

Seda Yuksel, a recent Sociology PhD graduate won CEU’s best dissertation award for her work on neoliberal restructuring in southeast Turkey.