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A Troublesome Concept: the Conceptual History, the Present and the Future of National Self-Determination

The CEU Campus
Monday, February 4, 2019, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The CEU Center for European Neighborhood Studies (CENS)

cordially invites you to a roundtable discussion on Bence Bari’s article:

 A Troublesome Concept:

the Conceptual History, the Present and the Future of National Self-Determination

February 4, 2019 @ 5.30 pm, 

Central European University, 1051 Budapest, Nador street 15, 105 Nadosy Room

 The article argues that the introduction of ‘self-determination’ as a concept and as a right in the international politics of the 20th century can essentially be seen as an attempt by the liberal–conservative world order to tame an idea of the revolutionary Left aimed against the very same entity. I will point out that this endeavour imbedded an essential problem within the system that  has determined the international policies in this regard. This is to be done by focusing on the era of the First World War that saw the rise of the concept as a subject of transnational discourses and by having an overview of its contemporary applications in international politics.


  • Lucija Balikić, Department of History, CEU
  • László Bence Bari, PhD Candidate at the Department of History, CEU
  • Gábor Egry, Director-general, Institute of Political History
  • András Pap, Visiting faculty, Natiionalism Studies, CEU
  • Balázs Trencsényi, Head of department of History, CEU

Chair: Péter Balázs, Director, CENS, CEU


László Bence Bari (Hungary) attended the ELTE Apáczai Csere János Practice School. He  completed both his BA and first MA studies at the Eötvös Loránd University, where he specialised on the History of Relationship Between the Countries and The Societies of the Visegrád Group (A visegrádi együttműködés országainak és társadalmainak kapcsolattörténete). He got accepted to the Central European University's program 'Master of Arts in Comparative History' in 2015, and subsequently to its program 'PhD in Comparative History' in 2016. While his doctoral dissertation deals with the conceptual analysis of the self-determination discourse concerning the future of Central Europe in the First World War, his main fields of interests cover the modern history of national movements in the region.