In the coming academic year an impressive cohort of Fellows, selected from over 250 applicants will join the Institute for Advanced study at CEU. Altogether 24 distinguished scholars and artists will come to Budapest for periods ranging from 3-10 months, from 13 countries to work on their research topic in the humanities and social sciences without interruption from other commitments, to finish a book manuscript, explore different routes towards a possible new research projects, or to work with someone at CEU, in Budapest or the region.
The Institute selects projects that demonstrate academic excellence and strength in their relevant disciplinary areas, such as philosophy, history, sociology, anthropology or cognitive psychology, while we also welcome and foster explicitly interdisciplinary and innovative approaches. For the coming year, we recognized that in response to the challenges of our times, several of the incoming social scientists explore issues of constitutional democracy, right wing populism, race and ethnicity in the western world, in post-soviet regimes and in the Arab world, often from a historical perspective. Some of the Fellow historians will focus on post-World War II history of Eastern Europe, while another Fellow will work on the reception of the Hungarian philosopher Georg Lukacs in the US. We also look forward to hosting a project that raises questions of how we read in the information age.
The Artist in Residence Program will continue to host two artists, a visual artist and a writer, under the annual theme Art and Politics. As in previous years, writers and artists contribute to the research community with their insights into the complexities of artistic creativity and its various linkages with academic scholarship and inquiries.
CEU is continuing to participate in the EU co-funded collaborative Fellowship program ’EURIAS’ through our membership in the Network of European Institutes for Advanced Study. Our Botstiber Fellowship Program, generously supported by The Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation, is entering its second year with a special focus on the relationship between the United States and present-day Austria or the countries that historically make up the Austro-Hungarian or Austrian Empires and Central Europe. We are also proud to continue hosting two Thyssen Junior Fellows thanks to the ongoing support of the Thyssen Foundation.
As IAS CEU has frequently been approached in recent years to partner with outstanding international centers in the humanities and to join the exploration of the state and future of the humanities, the Institute has recently become a member of the distinguished Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI).
We are very grateful to all our sponsors and look forward to hosting the next cohort of Fellows who will take residence in the Raoul Wallenberg Guesthouse below Buda Castle in September-October of 2018 and will mold what IAS CEU and CEU at large can offer to fit their own scholarly taste and needs and create a vibrant intellectual community.