IAS 2018/2019 Senior Core Fellow Nina Peršak published a new article titled Beyond public punitiveness: The role of emotions in criminal law policy in the International Journal of law, Crime and Justice. The article results form the project that Nina Peršak was working on during her fellowship at IAS. 

The article examines the existing and potential role of emotions in the  criminal law-making and criminal policy. It aims to inspect which emotions, if any, are more acceptable for influencing criminal policy and to what extent emotions could legitimately intervene in criminalisation processes. It first analyses the ways in which emotion has already penetrated into the criminal law, criminal justice and criminalisation. Next, it inspects the various characteristics of emotions, specifically those that are central in distinguishing between good and bad candidates for influencing criminal law policy, demonstrating that certain negative, highly intense, irrational and unstable or short-lived emotions can make bad law, as do atypical cases. The article then sketches a theoretical framework, composed of the requirements that should be fulfilled before any emotion could justifiably influence criminal law-making and of the further limits to such an enterprise. It concludes with recommendations and some thoughts on further research.

The piece can be found here

IAS/EURIAS fellow Anton Symkovych published a new article titled 'The Legal and Illegal Use of Force by Prison Officers in Ukraine' in the Prison Journal.                                                    

Although prison order rarely rests on naked force, its availability defines a prison. A penological truism holds that officers’ deployment of force signals a breakdown in order, not normality. However, is the truism universally valid? Adding evidence from a former Soviet bloc country, the study examines the place of force in officers’ daily work in a men’s medium-security prison in Ukraine. Drawing on a semiethnographic study, the findings show that even though availability of force was central to preventing escapes and securing prisoner compliance, its actual deployment was relatively rare. Officers’ consideration and actual use of both legal and illegal force depended on legal ramifications, the position of the superiors, and prisoner reaction. It also reflected their views on the adequacy of formal penal power and legitimacy of force for corrective purposes.

The piece is availabe here

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.

Araf, a film written and directed by Didem Pekün, Affiliated Humanities Initiative Teaching Fellow at IAS had its world premiere as part of the programme of the 68th Berlinale in February 2018.

Araf is an essayistic road movie and diary of a ghostly character, Nayia, who travels between Srebrenica, Sarajevo, and Mostar in Bosnia. 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. The story of Icarus and Daedalus, a myth symbolic of man’s over-ambition and inevitable failure, is woven throughout the film as a way to think about exorcizing the vicious cycle of such events happening in the future and of a possible reconciliation. Nayia also thinks of Icarus from a different perspective, that of seeing the optimism of such a leap, his braveness in taking a leap into the unknown in this era of radical instability, that perhaps Icarus wanted to write a different narrative. Araf thus traces these paradoxes through Nayia’s displacement and her return to her home country post-war – that of a constant terror and a permanent standstill, and the friction between displacement and permanence.

For further details see the movie's webpage in the Berlinale's program.

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.

Edited by Zsolt Czigányik, a former Humanities Initiative Fellow at IAS CEU, the book investigates the possibilities of cooperation between the humanities and the social sciences in the analysis of 20th century and contemporary utopian phenomena. The papers deal with major problems of interpreting utopias, the relationship of utopia and ideology, and the highly problematic issue as to whether utopia necessarily leads to dystopia. Besides reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary utopian investigations, the eleven essays written by leading experts of the field effectively represent the constructive attitudes of utopian thought, a feature that not only defines late 20th- and 21st-century utopianism, but is one of the primary reasons behind the rising importance of the topic.

The book is available at CEU Press.


The Emotions in Early Chinese Philosophy  by former IAS fellow Curie Virág, published in April 2017, is a first book-length study of conception of emotions in early Chinese philosophical tradition.

IAS CEU Senior Fellow Erica Benner's new book Be Like the Fox  - Machiavelli's Lifelong Quest for Freedom, published in March 2017, follows Machiavelli's dramatic quest for political and human freedom through his own eyes. 

Read reviews of the book in The New York Times and The New Yorker.

A book of poems by Hasan Sijzi, translated by our Fellow Rebecca Gould, has been published by Northwestern World Classics.

A book co-edited by IAS CEU Faculty Fellow Katalin Szende with Gerhard Jaritz, Medieval East Central Europe in a Comparative Perspective, has been published by Routledge.

An article by IAS CEU Fellow Ildikó Király, Enhanced encoding of the co-actor's target stimuli during a shared non-motor task, co-authored with Fruzsina Elekes, Gábor Bródy and Erna Halász, has been published in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

A book co-edited by Humanities Initiative Fellow Robin Nadeau with Wim Broekaert and John Wilkins has been published in the Collection Latomus Series.

An article by our Humanities Initiative Fellow, Angelina Lucento,  has been published in the journal Cahiers du monde russe.

Article by former Humanities Initiative Fellow, Angelina Lucento, "The Conflicted Origins of Soviet Visual Media," has been published in the journal Cahiers du monde russe.

A new book by IAS CEU Fellow Patryk BabirackiSoviet Soft Power in Poland. Culture and the Making of Stalin's New Empire, 1943-1957, has been published by The University of North Carolina Press.

The Real Cyber War, a book co-authored by IAS CEU Fellow Shawn Powers, has been published by University of Illinois Press.

Article by IAS CEU Fellow Curie Virag "Bridging the Divide: Literature, Dao and the Case for Subjective Access in the Thought of Su Shi" published in the journal Humanities, in its special issue, "New Encounters Between Literature and Philosophy."

Article by IAS CEU Fellow Thomas Paster, entitled "Bringing Power Back In: A Review of the Literature on the Role of Business in Welfare State Politics" published by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne.

Article co-authored by IAS CEU Fellow Patryk Galuszka, entitled "Crowdfunding: Towards a redefinition of the artist’s role – the case of MegaTotal" published by International Journal of Cultural Studies.