Dr. Izabella Agárdi is a historian from Hungary. She holds a PhD from Utrecht University, The Netherlands, an MA in Gender Studies from Central European University, Hungary and an MA in English Studies from the University of Szeged, Hungary. Her research interests are oral history, gender studies, rural women’s history, contemporary historiography and literary theory. Her publications are on narrative constructions of history through personal memories in post-socialist Romania, Serbia and Hungary. She focuses on the intersections of personal and public narratives, practices of periodization and tropes of narrating 20th-century history in Central Europe. She is interested in how individuals understand historical transformations - including localized forms of understanding and narrating Central-European-type state socialism in a larger context of changes and continuities. She has also published on the material culture and political rhetoric of former socialist countries. She is a former member of European research networks of excellence (Cliohres, Athena, ATGENDER). She co-edited a volume with Betreke Waaldijk and Carla Salvaterra on historiography entitled Making Sense, Crafting History, Practices of Producing Historical Meaning (Pisa, Pisa UP, 2010). She is currently working on her book, One the Verge of History: Women’s History Telling in Central Europe after the 20th Century (forthcoming, Ibidem Press).
Professor György Csepeli is a Hungarian social scientist and Professor of Social Psychology at ELTE, Chair of the Interdisciplinary Social Science Research Doctoral Program. He has PhD from ELTE and DSc from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has taught at ELTE and at various American Universities including UCLA, University of Michigan, New School in New York and recently at Montclair State University. His research interests cover areas of social psychology of intergroup relations such as national identity, anti-Semitism, anti-Gypsy sentiments and conflict resolution. He has created a pyramid model of national identity based on empirical survey results. He is involved in various EU FP7 projects on discrimination and European Identity. Most recently his interests turned toward the use of Big Data in resolving social problems.
Professor Ahmet Evin was the founding dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Sabanci University. At Columbia University, he was named William Mitchell Fellow where he received his Ph.D. in Middle East Studies and Cultural History. He is director of education of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, and coordinated the Aga Khan Program at Harvard University and MIT. He initiated, with European Commission support, a policy dialogue on EU's eastward expansion, its Mediterranean policy, and the customs union agreement with Turkey. He established, with the EUI Schuman Center, the EU-Turkish Observatory, also programs and policy research with academic institutions and NGOs, e.g., the Kokkalis Program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is the founding member of Turkish Economy and Social Studies Foundation and the Middle East Studies Association of North America.
Professor Stuart Holland studied and taught history and political theory at Oxford, then became an adviser to British Prime Minister Harold Wilson on European affairs and in 1967 gained the consent of Charles De Gaulle for a 2nd British application to join the European Community on the basis of a confederal Europe, mutual currency support and a European Technology Community.Resigning from no. 10 when Wilson did not follow this through, he finished an economics doctorate at Oxford and taught at Sussex University. From 1979 to 1989 he was a Labour Member of Parliament and then worked with Jacques Delors on EU policies for economic and social cohesion, including the recommendation of Eurobonds as a solution to the Eurozone crisis on the model of the Roosevelt New Deal.He has published papers and books on economic theory, social and political theory, public enterprise, planning, regional policy, economic integration, international development and global economic governance.
Professor Jody Jensen is a Jean Monnet Chair and senior research fellow at the Institute of Political Sciences at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She is director of international relations at the Institute of Social and European Studies (a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence) which she helped to found. She was also the national and regional director of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public that supports social entrepreneurs. She teaches frequently abroad and also works for the European Commission. Her areas of research are globalization and are prefigurative and subterranean politics about new social and political movements, particularly in East and Central Europe and the Balkans; looking at the conjunction of the social and natural sciences in the study of complexity as it translates to social phenomenon and change; she is also very interested in the transformation of education and the social sciences in response to global challenges.
Professor Gábor Kardos finished his J.D. at the Faculty of Legal and Political Sciences, Eötvös University, Budapest (1980), his 1995 PhD. in International Law at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (1985), and his Doctoral Habilitation at the Eötvös University (2005).
After graduation Gábor Kardos became Assistant Professor, and later lecturer on the Department of International Law, Faculty of Legal and Political Sciences, Eötvös University, Budapest Since 2007 he is a full time professor at the same faculty. Between 1996 and 2007 he was also an Associate Professor at the Department of International Law, ELTE University, Budapest. His main teaching and research interests are International Law, International Human Rights Law, Law of European Union, International Protection of Minority Rights, and Non-Military Aspects of Security. Since 1998 he is a member of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (Council of Europe).
Professor Sándor Kerekes holds an MSc in Chemistry and Economics. He acquired a Ph.D degree in Economics in 1984 and Doctor of Sciences (the highest degree awarded by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences) in 2003. In 1994, he participated in the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. For 15 years, he was member or Chairman of the Board of Directors or Supervisory Boards of various Hungarian mid-size companies. Since 1986, he has served as the Head of Department and later as the director of Corvinus University and its legal predecessors. Between 1994 and 1997 and between 2002 and 2006 he served as the Dean of Business Administration Faculty of Corvinus University. He is the Director of the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Vice Rector of Academic Affairs of Corvinus University. He is member of the editorial boards of various papers (e.g., Economy and Society, Vezetéstudomány) and the author of many books and articles.
Professor Mónika Mátay is an Associate Professor at the Institute of History at Eötvös Loránd University and a permanent fellow at iASK, Kőszeg. She has been visiting scholar at several higher educational institutions, including the State University of Rutgers, New Jersey, Humboldt University, Berlin, Central European University, Budapest, University of Trieste, among others. She has taught international students in the Erasmus Program, the Education Abroad Program of the University of California and at ISES in Kőszeg. She has done several research projects on modern social and cultural history, human inheritance (talkinghousekoszeg.com), the history of crime (arsenic poisoning epidemic in interwar Hungary), marginalized social groups, gender and the media. Her list of publication includes a monograph on private conflicts between men and women, edited volumes on crime in turn of the century Budapest, book chapters and articles on various topics from reviewing the modern European public sphere to the role of Hungarian highwaymen. She has received several scholarships, including the National Excellence Scholarship, TÁMOP, the Bolyai Research Scholarship, Hungarian Academy of Science, the Summa Artium Scholarship for book publication, and George Soros scholarships. She also serves as the founding member of the Gender Studies Centre at ELTE and she is editor of the quarterly academic journal, Médiakutató (Media researcher).
Professor Ferenc Miszlivetz is a Jean Monnet professor ad personam, sociologist and political scientist and scientific advisor at the Institute for Political Sciences of the Hungarian Academy. His research interests include democracy in theory and practice, civil society, regional and European Studies, creative cities and sustainability. He is the founder and director of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Kőszeg where he oversees the KRAFT Centre (Creative Cities, Sustainable Regions) and the Hankiss Archive. Prof.Miszlivetz has taught, lectured and done research in many universities in Europe and the United States including UC Berkeley, Harvard, EUI Firenze, and WZB, Berlin. He is a permanent professor at the University of Bologna. In 2012 he was a Deák Visiting Professor at Columbia University in New York. He is the founder and director of the board of the Institute for Social and European Studies Foundation (a Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence) and a UNESCO Chair in Cultural Heritage and Sustainability in Kőszeg. Since 2012 he serves as the president of the Social Sciences unit of the Hungarian UNESCO Committee.
Dimitar Nikolovski is a PhD candidate at the Graduate School for Social Research, Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, where he researches the relations between populist parties and civil society in Southeast Europe. He has background in Political Science and has studied at the Law Faculty in Skopje (BA), the Central European University in Budapest (MA) and the Universities of Sarajevo/Bologna (MA). He has worked for several think-tanks in Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and cooperates with the Centre for European Training in Skopje. Currently, he works as a young researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Kőszeg.
Professor Tibor Palánkai graduated from Karl Marx University of Economic Sciences, Budapest, now Corvinus University of Budapest. Between l977 and l983, he served as vice rector on research and international relations. Between 1983 and 1995, he was the head of the Department of World Economy. He has been elected to corresponding member of Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1995, full member in 2004. He has been full professor of Corvinus University since 1982 and professor emeritus since 2008. Since 1994 he has been Jean Monnet Professor of BUES and since 2007 he has been Jean Monnet Professor ad Personam at Corvinus University.Between 1997 and 2000 he has served as Rector of BUES. His main research topics include world economy, theory of international integration (measuring integration) and global and European integration. He has produced more than 500 publications, including 10 books, many in foreign languages. He has been the recipient of several awards for his teaching and research. These include the Prize of Hungarian Academy (1994), the Order of Merit, given by the President of the Republic (1998), Deak Ferenc Prize (1998), Kautz Gyula Prize (2008) and the Széchenyi Prize (2009). Honorary Doctor of Pannon University, 2010, Veszprem, Jean Monnet Prize 2010 (EU Commission).
Professor Attila Pók is deputy director of the Institute of History at the Research Centre for Humanities at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest. He is also vice-president of the Hungarian Historical Association and permanent Visiting Professor of History at Columbia University in New York. His publications and courses cover three major fields: 19th-20th century European political and intellectual history, history of modern European historiography with special regard to political uses of history and theory and the methodology of history writing. His works in English include: A Selected Bibliography of Modern Historiography (Bibliographies & Indexes in World History, Number 24, Greenwood Press, New York‑Westport, Connecticut-London, 1992); The Politics of Hatred in the Middle of Europe. Scapegoating in Twentieth Century Hungary: History and Historiography (Savaria Books on Politics, Culture and Society. Savaria University Press, Szombathely, 2009); volume co-edited with Randolph L. Braham: The Hungarian Holocaust after Fifty Years (Columbia University Press, New York, 1997); volume co-edited with Stuart Macintyre and Juan Maiguashca: The Oxford History of Historical Writing (Vol. 4. Oxford University Press, 2011).
Professor Andrzej Rychard is Director of the Institute for Philosophy and Sociology at the Polish Academy of Sciences. As Professor of Sociology he is engaged in theoretical and empirical studies on the relations among state, economy and society, social legitimation of the political and economic systems, sociology of health care systems, and the role of historical and cultural legacies in contemporary societies. His main research interests are in the area of broadly understood institutional studies on the transition processes in Central and Eastern Europe: the relationship between political and economic institutions and their social implications. This is studied in the broader framework of analysis of the factors affecting transformation, the political and social barriers to it, and its consequences. The role of legitimation and the role of other factors of stability is analysed. In his works he is also trying to to study the role of reforms “from above" and the significance of spontaneous changes as sources of transformation in the post ‑ communist countries. Author and/or co‑author of more than 100 scientific publications published in Polish, British, Swedish and American professional journals, including books and monographs, author and/or co‑author of 19 research projects. Scientific Secretary of the national research program “Structure and Dynamics of the Polish Society (1982‑1985).
James M. Skelly is Director Emeritus of the Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Juniata College in Pennsylvania where he had served for many years as a Senior Fellow. Previously he was a Visiting Professor of Peace Studies at Magee College of the University of Ulster in Derry, Northern Ireland and, Coordinator for Peace & Justice Programming for BCA, an international education organization. He holds a BA from the University of Minnesota, and an MA and PhD from the University of California, San Diego. He has served in administrative and research positions at the University of California's Institute on Global Conflict & Cooperation; New York University's Center for War, Peace and the News Media; the Institute of International Studies, at the University of California, Berkeley; the European University Center for Peace Studies in Austria; and, the Institute for Social and European Studies in Hungary. His research and teaching interests are rooted in the sociology of knowledge and focus on reality construction related to issues of peace, conflict, identity, and global citizenship. In addition to focusing on the moral and political dilemmas of soldiers, which arises from his refusal to serve as a military officer in Vietnam and a subsequent lawsuit against the United States Secretary of Defense, he has also recently been analyzing the global role of international education. He has written and edited numerous articles informed by these research interests including a recent article, “Fostering Engagement: The Role of International Education in the Development of Global Civil Society", as well as a special edition of Peace Review on war and the dilemmas of soldiers.