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Telling the Truth (Or Not?) About History. Dilemmas of Public History

Tuesday, February 21, 2023, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The CEU Democracy Institute’s Democracy in History Workgroup launches a public lecture series to bring together international as well as local scholars of history and related fields in Budapest as well as online to exchange their results on the interplay between democracy and histor(iograph)y in a broad sense. The series’ title honors the legacy of historian Jenő Szűcs, an advocate of recognizing Central Europe as a historical region and a major critic of the misuses of national past in his native Hungary.

The Jenő Szűcs Lecture Series will be launched by this lecture by Gábor Gyáni. It is a public event in hybrid format, but bound registration is required.

If you would like to attend in-person, please register here.

There is no need to register if you would like to join via Zoom. The meeting will be available here.


Gábor Gyáni is a social historian, member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, professor emeritus of Eötvös Loránd University, long-time visiting professor of CEU’s History Department, author of numerous acclaimed Hungarian as well as English books on urban history, history of everyday life and historical sociology of ordinary people (such as domestic servant women in 19-20th century Budapest). More recently his research interest has shifted towards memory and memory politics.