The Department's faculty is involved in a large number of individual and collective research projects, as well as being members of international boards and European research teams. The faculty publishes and is translated in a wide range of languages. For full information please see faculty profiles.
Taking advantage of its location in Budapest, the Department of History is an active initiator of ambitious research projects of regional history (Central, Southeastern and Eastern Europe and Eastern Mediterranean), as well as bringing together research on larger geographical entities covering all of Europe and its near abroad.
Many of our departmental research projects are undertaken with the support of our sister institution, Pasts, Inc. Center for Historical Studies. Drawing upon our alumnae and distinguished international partners, we sponsor a range of lecture series, workshops, and conferences, especially geared to encourage communication among the junior scholars from the region. Some of our visitors attend courses sponsored by the Summer University; others stay longer with us to conduct research and teach, as Junior or Senior Visiting Fellows.
Current Research initiatives, Department of History, CEU, 2012 -2014
Eastern Europe and the Orient - Entangled Histories and Scholarships
One of the still unexplored fields of study is the history of Eastern Europe and the Orient in early modern and modern time. The Department of History seeks to establish a research platform in critical Orientalism studies, outside the confines of imperial and/or national perspectives and outside the traditional East-West divide. The project joins disparate research activities on the emergence of political, cultural, and ultimately nationalist ideologies and of disciplinary and academic knowledge production; and of forms and functions of orientalist discourses and representations and of self-orientalization. To this end the project links studies on the entangled histories and scholarships between Eastern Europe, including Central and South-Eastern Europe, and the Orient, comprising the Arab World, Western Asia to India to Tibet.
Contact: Nadia Al-Bagdadi
Labor History for the 21st Century in a Global Perspective
The History Department at CEU pursues a cluster of activities around the theme of labor history from the early modern period to the end of the 20th century, with a special emphasis on Central, Southeastern and Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean and on comparative approaches beyond the region. The aim is threefold: to stimulate research and offer expertise in a field which has been greatly neglected in recent decades; to integrate the study of the history of labor in these regions into the transnational history of labor worldwide; and to contribute to and interact with the ongoing scholarly debate on the conceptual framings of trans-European and global labor history.
The department has also over the years published its own yearbooks and working papers. These publications are available from the department by request. Under the umbrella of Pasts, Inc., the refereed journal, East Central Europe/L'Europe du Centre-Est. Eine wissenschafliche Zeitschrift. As of 2008, the European Review of History / Revue Européenne d'histoire, an international refereed journal for the comparative and transnational history of Europe, also established a new editorial office in Budapest, hosted by our department.
Through CEU university Press, the Department and its Centers are editing book series: "Pasts Incorporated. CEU Studies in the Humanities," features new and emerging scholarship about the region, " Comparative Studies in Religion, History, and Society" publishes books with explicit comparative and historical perspectives, reflecting new research in the studies of monotheistic religions and society.
In the past the largest network of scholars has grown out of the CEU-HESP Comparative History Project. This was a three-year project to introduce teaching and research in Comparative History into the curricula of target departments at universities in our Region -- Central Europe, South East Europe, Eastern Europe -- with CEU acting as the core and the coordinator of the group. As an outgrowth of this work we have also built a European Comparative History Network.