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György Csepeli

mTvosvdE_1_510x350Born in 1946, graduated from ELTE, Budapest in 1970. Professor of Social Psychology at ELTE, Chair of the Interdisciplinary Social Science Research Doctoral Program. He has PhD from ELTE and DSc from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has been teaching at ELTE and at various American Universities including UCLA, University of Michigan, New School in New York and recently at Montclair State University. His research interests cover areas of social psychology of intergroup relations such as national identity, anti-Semitism, anti-Gypsy sentiments and conflict resolution. He has created a pyramid model of national identity based on empirical survey results. He is involved in various EU FP7 projects on discrimination and European Identity. Most recently his interests turned toward the use of Big Data in resolving social problems.

Recent publications: 
2014
Wakening of the Sleeping Beast in Hungary (Südosteuropa, in press)
The Rise of the Mafia State. Global Dialogue 4.1 (March 2014). http://isa-global-dialogue.net/volume-4-issue-1/
2012
New Authoritarianism in Hungary at the beginning of the 21st Century (coauthored with István Murányi). Central European Political Science Review. Vol.13. No.50. 65-95.

Borbála Faragó

farago borbalaShe holds a PhD from University College Dublin. Her research interests include literature and cultural studies, poetry, literary theory, gender, ecocriticism and discourses of migration and transnationalism. She is the author of a number of articles on contemporary Irish poetry and is in the process of publishing a monograph on the work of Medbh McGuckian. A co-edited collection of essays, entitled Facing the Other: Interdisciplinary Studies on Race, Gender and Social Justice in Ireland, was published in 2008. Together with Eva Bourke she has also edited an anthology of Irish immigrant poetry entitled Landing Places: Immigrant Poets in Ireland published by Dedalus Press (2010). She is a visiting Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow in the Department of Gender Studies of CEU from September 2012 to December 2013. The title of her research project is Migrant Women Writers on The Margins Of Europe: The Case Of Hungary.

Mónika Kovács

She received her PhD in psychology from ELTE in 2004. She is now a lecturer and the academic and international vice-dean at the Pedagogy and Psychology Department of ELTE. Her fields of research are collective memory, gender ideologies, gender stereotypes and career aspiration, gender stereotypes and women’s participation in politics, Holocaust education. She is a member of the Hungarian Psychology Fellowship. Her major publications are Holocaust Education and Remembering (Holokausztoktatás és emlékezés In: Molnár Judit szerk.: A holokauszt Magyarországon európai perspektívában, Balassi Kiadó, Budapest, 2005.), The Treatment of Jewish Themes in Hungarian Schools (AJC, New York, 2000.), Categorisation and Discrimination. Antisemitism as Common Talk (Kategorisierung und Diskriminierung. Antisemitismus als Gruppensprache. In: Ruth Wodak and Fritz P.Kirsch eds.: Totalitare Sprache – Langue de bois – Language of Dictatorship, Passagen Verlag, Wien, 1995.)

Louise O. Vasvári

She received her PhD in Romance Filology from the University of California. Her interests include medieval literature, socio-linguistics, folklore, translation theory, Hungarian, and Holocaust studies (all informed by gender theory). She has published widely in these areas, ranging from medieval Spanish, Italian, and English to queer theory, the latter in particular in relation to emerging queer discourses in Hungarian. Related to the Spanish Romancero she has published The Heterotextual Body of the Mora Morilla (1999). She has also published, with Louise Haywood, A Companion to the Libro de Buen Amor (2004), and, with Steven Tötösy, Imre Kertész and Holocaust Literature (2005) Comparative Central European Discourses of the Holocaust (2009), and Comparative Hungarian Cultural Studies (2011). She currently has in press Women’s Gendered Voices: Hispanic Studies in Comparative Culture and the Romancero. She has taught at the University of California, Berkeley and Davis, at ELTE and the Central European University (Budapest), as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Connecticut, Storrs (2006), Université de Jules Verne, Amiens (2007), Distinguished Scholar at Cambridge University (2008), and as Senior Fulbright Professor, E.L.T.E., Budapest, and the University of Szeged, Hungary, where she is also External Professor. She has also taught language and gender in the Linguistics Department at New York University for the last decade.

Júlia Vajda

Senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology at ELTE. She is director of a large research programme on Jewish identity, and has published books and articles in Hungarian and English on this topic and on other identity questions and qualitative methods. She has specialised in sociology and psychology and is an expert on narrative interviews and identity discourses. Her teaching activity also includes qualitative methodology in the social sciences, epistemology, and psychoanalysis.

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