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The Uniqueness of Hungarian Jewry Revisited

Tuesday, September 26, 2023, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The Democracy in History Workgroup of CEU Democracy Institute cordially invites you to a new session of the Jeno Szucs Lecture Series.

The lecture offers an overview of historical sociological research on Hungarian Jewry undertaken by Victor Karady and the late István Kemény in the 1970s in Paris. Now a Hungarian edition of their first major publication invites us to rethink what is unique about Hungarian Jewish history. After the lecture, the brand-new volume will be up for sale thanks to the Múlt es Jövő publishing house.

If you would like to attend the lecture in person, please register here by September 20.

If you would like to follow it online, the Zoom-meeting will be available here.

About the speaker:

Victor Karady has been educated in Budapest, Vienna and Paris, with degrees from the Sorbonne in sociology, English and demography. A member of the Centre de Sociologie Européenne in Paris founded by Raymond Aron and later headed by Pierre Bourdieu, he is emeritus research director with the French CNRS and former university professor at the Historical Department of the CEU. His main research interests lie in the social history of the social sciences, ethnic and denominational inequalities of modernization (especially in Central Europe), Jews in European societies since the Enlightenment, networks of international student exchange, historical sociology of national educational systems.


Agnes Kelemen is a research assistant at the CEU Democracy Institute. She holds a Ph.D. in History (2019) from CEU, an MA in nationalism studies (2014) with a specialization in Jewish studies from CEU and a BA (2012) in history and religious studies from ELTE. Her main research interests are East Central Europe, migration and Jewish history. Between her Ph.D. and joining the DI (2019-2022), she worked as a research fellow at the Masaryk Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences. She has published numerous peer reviewed academic articles and book chapters in Hungary, Italy and the Czech Republic, while also working on the public dissemination of historical knowledge.