IAS Fellows 2018-19

The Institute for Advanced Study at CEU is proud to present the new group of Fellows for the 2018/19 Academic Year. IAS CEU invited 24 scholars in the social sciences and humanities from a broad range of universities and research institutions all over the world.

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday October 17
Philippe Buc
11:00am to 1:00pm
Wednesday October 24
Agnieszka Mrozik
11:00am to 1:00pm
Wednesday October 31
Hans Lottenbach
11:00am to 1:00pm
Wednesday November 07
Inge van de Ven
11:00am to 1:00pm

Videos and Spotlights

Congratulations to our 2017-2018 fellow Dr. Didem Pekün on receiving a Human Rights Award at the 2018 Sarajevo Film Festival for her amazing film 'Araf'!

ARAF is an essayistic road movie and a diary of Nayia, a ghostly character who travels between Srebrenica, Sarajevo, and Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has been in exile since the war and returns for the 22nd memorial of the Srebrenica genocide. The film is guided by her diary notes of the journey, which merge with the myth of Daedalus and Icarus – Icarus being the name given to the winner of a bridge-diving competition in her home country.

Read a review on the film here.

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.

See the list of our new fellows for the Academic Year 2018/19 here.

IAS Fellow Gergely Kunt's book 'A Multi-Perspective History: The Mentalities of Jewish and Non-Jewish Adolescents in Wartime Hungary' triggers great response. There are plans to have the book  translated to English in the coming months.

Read an interview (in Hungarian) with Gergely Kunt at HVG online here:  'History could not be more intimate than this' (24 May 2018)

Reviews in Élet és Irodalom ('Bipoláris kamasztükrök', 1 June 2018) and Index ('Ha vége a háborúnak, Hitler itt is rendet teremt a zsidók közöt' , 7 March 2018)

Award-winning novelist Hoda Barakat, Writer in Residence at the Institute for Advanced Study CEU from October 2017 to February 2018, talks about the concept and the writing process for her upcoming novel, tentatively titled "Courier de la Nuit." Barakat, winner of the Al-Naquid Prize as well as the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature, is known as one of the most original voices in modern Arabic literature.

Ágnes Györke, Élet és Irodalom 62.9 (2018)

Susan Rubin Suleiman, Research Professor at Harvard University, was a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in the autumn of 2017. She was interviewed by Ágnes Györke, former Fellow of IAS, about her extraordinary life, her research interests, and her political views. The interview offers a brief overview of her family’s escape from Budapest after the Second World War and her two returns to the city before and after the fall of communism, recorded in Budapest Diary: In Search of the Motherbook . Professor Suleiman also talked about her recent book, The Némirovsky Question, which examines the novels of the Franco-Russian writer Irène Némirovsky and the question of Jewish identity. Topics such as everyday flânerie, the quest for origins, the current situation of gender studies, as well as the question of existential choice faced both by Némirovsky and István Szabó are explored in the interview, among many other issues.

The entire interview can be viewed in Hungarian for subscribers in the online edition of Élet és Irodalom.

The volume Practices of Diplomacy in the Early Modern World, edited by former IAS Senior Core Fellow Tracey Sowerby and Jan Hennings, offers a new contribution to the ongoing reassessment of early modern international relations and diplomatic history. Divided into three parts, it provides an examination of diplomatic culture from the Renaissance into the eighteenth century and presents the development of diplomatic practices as more complex, multifarious and globally interconnected than the traditional state-focussed, national paradigm allows.

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