Under the auspices of the European Network in Universal and Global History (ENIUGH), the Fifth European Congress on World and Global History was organized and hosted jointly by CEU and Corvinus University, in collaboration with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Hungarian Historical Association. Some 650 scholars participated in this international event, held August 31 to September 3.
Edited by Diana Mishkova, director of the Centre for Advanced Study Sofia, and Balazs Trencsenyi, professor in the Department of History at CEU, this volume is the first to provide a synthetic account of the historically constructed concepts of constitutive regions of Europe and the historical and intellectual contexts in which they emerged.
Tijana Krstic, associate professor in the Departments of Medieval Studies and History, and Gabor Kezdi, professor in the Department of Economics, have been named the recipients of the 2017 CEU Distinguished Teaching Award. The award recognizes CEU faculty members for promoting high standards of teaching, linked with the mission and institutional ambitions of CEU.
Laszlo Kontler, professor in the Department of History and former Pro-Rector for Social Sciences and Humanities, and Hungarian Affairs at CEU, has been awarded a Fernand Braudel Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence for the period September-December 2017. He was also appointed Leverhulme Visiting Professor at University of Cambridge for the period January-July 2018.
Brett Wilson, associate professor at CEU's School of Public Policy (SPP) and in CEU's Department of History, is quoted in this Euronews article regarding Turkey's upcoming presidential referendum.
Rather than a history of free thought, Al-Azmeh's book examines freethinking as an activity. He reminded the audience that sophisticated atheism is but one extreme on the continuum of freethinking with regard to religion, not identical with it. As previous scholarship tends to overlook non-explicit forms of religious dissidence and atheism, Al-Azmeh emphasizes that both can be manifested in subtle rhetoric techniques and in literary forms, social milieus and modes of conduct.
In The Monumental Nation: Magyar Nationalism and Symbolic Politics in Fin-de-siècle Hungary CEU alumus Balint Varga (HIST '07) reframes the narrative of nineteenth-century nationalism, demonstrating the complex relationship between local and national memories.
In this book CEU alumnus Istvan Pal Adam (HIST '09) traces the role of Budapest building managers or concierges during the Holocaust. He analyzes the actions of a group of ordinary citizens in a much longer timeframe than Holocaust scholars usually do. Thus, the book situates the building managers’ activity during the war against the background of the origins and development of the profession as a by-product of the development of residential buildings since the forming of Budapest.
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