It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend and CEU colleague Marianne Saghy, founding faculty member of the Department of Medieval Studies, on September 21. Marianne taught and wrote in her chosen field of late antique and medieval cult of saints and religious culture, with a passion that easily drew the interest of her students and colleagues. She will be sorely missed.
Colleague Gabor Klaniczay, university professor at the Department, wrote of her work as internationally recognized and energetically presented at a large number of international conferences. He characterized her published work, including books, source editions and around 60 scholarly studies, as ¨resolutely thorough research written with flair and elegance.¨
Marianne also taught at the Department of Medieval and Early Modern Universal History at Eotvos Lorand University and was President of the Hungarian Hagiography Society. She graduated from ELTE in 1985, in History and French. In 1986-87 she was among the first group of junior scholars to study at Oxford with a stipend from the Soros Foundation. In 1989 she was awarded a PhD scholarship to Princeton University, where she studied with Natalie Zemon Davis and Peter Brown.
She began teaching at ELTE in 1985, and at CEU in 1993. A dedicated teacher, she guided dozens of MA and PhD students, and organized many workshops and large international conferences. She will be missed, and her memory cherished, by CEU colleagues, students, and alumni, and the academic community in Hungary and abroad. CEU extends its deepest condolences to her family and loved ones.
Read more about Marianne and her career on the Medieval Studies website