Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena

Dr Ferenc Laczó

Former Academic Staff

Research associate

Mail: laczofl(at)yahoo(dot)com

Curriculum vitae

  • October 2010 - July 2015: research associate at the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena with responsability for the Intellectual Horizons research area
  • 2010: completed doctorate at the Historical Institute of the Central European University, Budapest (advisor: Prof. Victor Karády) with a dissertation on: Between Assimilation and Catastrophe: Hungarian Jewish Intellectual Discourses in the Shadow of Nazism
  • 2006-2008: Researcher in the Volkswagen Foundation research project "The 'Jewish Question' in a European Comparison: Social debate on the status of Jews in Central and Eastern Europe from the eighteenth century to the 1930s"
  • 2003-2004: completed a master´s degree in Central European History at the Central European University in Budapest

Research projects

  • Intellectual Horizons research area 
  • Book project Hungarian Jews in the Age of Catastrophe. An Intellectual History, 1938-1948
  • Edited volume Catastrophe and Utopia. Central and Eastern Europan Jewish Intellectuals, 1933-1956
  • Interview volume Német múltfeldolgozás. Beszélgetések történészekkel a huszadik század kulcskérdéseiről
  • Intellectual history of liberalism in postcommunist Hungary: the agenda, accomplishments and opponents of liberalism
  • Christian-Jewish relations in Austria and Hungary in the interwar period: integration, mutual perceptions, and one-sided persecution

Main areas of research

  • History of Eastern European Jews and the history of Jewish-Christian relations
  • Intellectual history, in particular the history of political thought and discourses
  • History of communism in East Central Europe, in particular that of dissidents and political opponents
  • Philosophy of history

Positions and Memberships

  • Member of the International Network of Genocide Scholars, 2014 - 
  • Member of the History of Concepts Group, 2013- 
  • Member of the Hajnal István Kör, 2013-
  • Member of the European Association of Jewish Studies, 2012- 
  • 2006-2009: editor of the ECE´s Online Review Database, a website initiative of the peer-reviewed journal East Central Europe
  • 2008-2009: Editor of AnBlokk
  • 2006-2008: Editor of Sic Itur ad Astra: Fiatal Történészek Folyóirata, a Hungarian journal for young historians
  • 2006-2007: Member of the Erasmus Kollégium special collegium (szakkollégium) and the Social Spaces (Társadalmi Terek) research group


Felvilágosult vallás és modern katasztrófa közt. Magyar zsidó gondolkodás a Horthy-korban [Between Enlightened Religion and Modern Catastrophe. Hungarian Jewish Thought in the Horthy Era], Budapest 2014. 

Articles (selection)

From Liberal Minimum to the Complete Catalog of Human Rights. On Central Concepts of Hungarian Postdissident Liberals, in: Contributions to the History of Concepts, 2013/2, S. 106-118. 

I could hardly wait to get out of this camp even though I knew it would only get worse until liberation came. On Hungarian Jewish Accounts of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp 1945-46, in: Hungarian Historical Review, 2013/3, S. 605-638. 

(with Máté Zombory) Between Transnational Embeddedness and Relative Isolation. The Moderate Rise of Memory Studies in Hungary, in: Acta Poloniae Historica, 106 (2012), S. 99-125.

Between Authoritarian Self-Legitimation and Democratic Opposition. The Variety of Hungarian Reactions to the Rise of Solidarność and the Polish Crisis of 1980-81, in: Remembrance and Solidarity Review, 2012/1, S. 85-104.

Dual Identities: The Israelite Hungarian Literary Society, 1929-1943, in: Jewish Studies at the CEU. Yearbook VII (2009-11), S. 127-145.

Reviews (selection)

Krisztián Ungváry, A Horthy-rendszer mérlege. Diszkrimináció, szociálpolitika és antiszemitizmus Magyarországon(Pécs: Jelenkor, 2012), in: H-Soz-u-Kult, 02.07.2013. 

Laura Jockusch, Collect and Record! Jewish Historical Documentation in Early Postwar Europe (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), in: Holocaust Studies. A Journal of Culture and History, 2013/1, S. 135-8.

András Kovács, The Stranger at Hand: Antisemitic Prejudices in Post-Communist Hungary (Leiden: Brill, 2011), in: H-Antisemitism, March 2013. 

Michael Meng, Shattered Spaces. Encountering Jewish Ruins in Postwar Germany and Poland (Harvard: Harvard University Press, 2011), in: Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung, 2012/4, 630-2. (Republished online in Sehepunkte) 

Kánonok és ontológiák, in: Buksz, 2011. ősz, S. 226-234. Review of Balázs Trencsényi, A nép lelke. Nemzetkarakterológiai viták Kelet-Európában (Budapest: Argumentum, 2011). (Auf Ungarisch)

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