Fourteen CEU students and faculty had the opportunity to join representatives of five other Hungarian universities and attend an informal meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her visit to Budapest on Feb. 5. The event was hosted by Andrassy University Budapest.
Laszlo Kontler, professor in the Department of History was awarded the prestigious title of “egyetemi tanar.” The appointment, made by Janos Ader, the President of Hungary, is effective Febr. 10, 2015. The title, which literally means “university professor,” indicates a high ranking within Hungarian higher education. To qualify for accreditation in Hungary, doctoral schools must have a certain number of such professors. For this reason, the promotion of a CEU faculty member to this rank is an important step in increasing CEU’s integration into the Hungarian higher education system.
In this volume Constantin Iordachi, associate professor in the Department of History and co-director of Pasts, Inc. Center for Historical Studies at CEU, and Kristof Van Assche, associate professor at the University of Alberta, take an interdisciplinary look at the history, policy, and culture of the development and politics of the Danube Delta. For more information, see https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739195154
2014 was an especially prolific year for the Department of History: as authors and (co-)editors, faculty members published altogether 12 books with leading international academic publishers.
The chronological coverage is from late antiquity to communist times, the geographic spread is truly transnational (even transcontinental and global), and the topics and approaches range from religious studies, political thought and intellectual history, through history of science and history of empires, to questions of identity, social and political history.
http://hvg.hu/kultura/20150208_nem_Jaltaban_dolt_el_Kelet_Europa_sorsa - Hungarian news portal hvg.hu reports: Jaroslaw Suchoples, assistant professor at the Institute of History and International Relations of the University of Szczecin, Poland, delivered a public lecture entitled ”Finnish-Soviet Relations After the Second World War, 1944-1992” on January 19 at CEU. The event was organized by the Department of History.
http://www.szekesfehervar.hu/index.php?pg=news_141517 - Hungarian news portal szekesfehervar.hu reports: At a conference organized on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust, recurrent Visiting Professor in the Department of History at CEU Viktor Karady talked about the situation of Hungarian Jewish intellectuals and elite groups in light of the data of the Hungarian Jewish Lexicon (1929).
http://epiteszforum.hu/varos-es-folyo-szentpetervartol-szentpetervarig - Hungarian architecture news portal reports: PhD student in the Department of History at CEU Anna Mazanik participated in a conference entitled “Cities and river environments – a versatile relationship” on November 20 in Marburg, Germany.
Hungarian news portal metropol.hu carries an interview with CEU Alumna Kristin Faurest (HIST ‘97), landscape architect and jury member of the MOL Green Belt Program Committee. The interview discusses the significance of green surfaces and community gardens. The interview was also published in the daily Metropol-Budapest (19.11.2014., pp.22-23, Kristin Faurest: A kozossegi kert jo mindenkinek)
For more information, see http://www.metropol.hu/mellekletek/lakoter/cikk/1255446 in Hungarian.
This new overview of Spanish social and political history sets developments in 20th-century Spain within a broader European context. Julian Casanova, visiting professor in the Department of History at CEU, and Carlos Gil Andres, professor of history at the University of Zaragoza, chart the country's experience of democracy, dictatorship and civil war and its dramatic transformation from an agricultural and rural society to an industrial and urban society fully integrated into Europe.
In sixteenth-century Marrakesh, a young Flemish merchant converts to Judaism and takes his Catholic brother on a subversive reading of the Gospels and an exploration of the Jewish faith. Their antagonistic, yet frank and fraternal debate meanders between the themes of clerical oppression, religious imposture, education, true piety, male happiness, social honor, and the course of world history towards its predicted apocalyptic end.