Joint Working Group Meeting: Budapest

January 31, 2019 - February 01, 2019

The Joint Working Group Meeting will take place at the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives and Central European University.


Thursday, January 31

09:00-11:30 Core Group Meeting (Nádor 15, Room 102) CG ONLY!

11:00-12:00 Registration (Nádor 15, front desk)

12:00-13:30 Opening Plenary (Nádor 15, Room 103)

13:30-15:00 Lunch break (not provided)

13:30-13:50 Optional tour of CEU new buildings and roof (weather permitting)

15:00-16:30 WG Meetings Session 1

WG1: Nádor 15, Room 102
WG2: Nádor 15, Room 104
WG3: Nádor 15, Room 203
WG4: Nádor 15, Room 105
WG5: Nádor 13, Room 005
WG6: Nádor 15, Room 202

16:30-17:00 Coffee Break (Nádor 15, -1 level)

17:00-18:30 WG Meetings Session 2

WG1: Nádor 15, Room 102
WG2: Nádor 15, Room 104
WG3: Nádor 15, Room 203
WG4: Nádor 15, Room 105
WG5: Nádor 13, Room 005
WG6: Nádor 15, Room 202

19:00-20:30 Evening roundtable “Gendered Dissent” (Blinken OSA Main Gallery, Arany János utca 32)
20:30 Reception (Blinken OSA Main Gallery, Arany János utca 32)
22:00 Drinks at Most Bisztro (Zichy Jenő utca 17)

Evening roundtable: “Gendered Dissent”

“Gendered Dissent” presents two parallel reflections on how to think about oppositional practices in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe through a gendered perspective. The first part of the event will focus on gendering a historical narrative about dissent in the late socialist period, specifically in Yugoslavia, Poland, and Hungary. We will also reflect on the genealogy of the idea of gender and the discipline of gender studies from the late socialist period to the present. The second half of the roundtable will address the post-socialist politicisation of gender studies by right-wing governments in this region. Although there have been many examples of this phenomenon, recent events surrounding the censure of gender studies in Hungary have been transformed into a wider political movement concerning academic freedom and the right to education (“Szabad Egyetem”). We have invited several student activists from this movement as well as scholars from CEU, ELTE, and Corvinus University to share their recent experiences and the implications for their field.

Kathryn Burns (CEU)
Dalma Feró (Eötvös Lóránd U)
Piret Karro (CEU)
Ágnes Kövér-Van Til (Eötvös Lóránd U)
Ana Miškovska Kajevska (IVM, Vienna)
Zainab Shaimil (CEU)
Katarzyna Stańczak-Wiślicz (IBL PAN, Warsaw)

Moderated by: Zsófia Lóránd (U Göttingen) and Jessie Labov (CEU)

Opening Remarks: István Rév, director of the Blinken OSA.

Friday, February 1

9:00-10:30 WG Meetings Session 3

WG1: Nádor 15, Room 102
WG2: Nádor 15, Room 104
WG3: Nádor 15, Room 203
WG4: Nádor 15, Room 105
WG5: Nádor 13, Room 005
WG6: Offsite at Artpool (Liszt Ferenc tér 10)

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break (Nádor 15, -1 level)

11:00-13:00 WG Meetings Session 4

WG1: Nádor 15, Room 102
WG2: Nádor 15, Room 104 (Meeting the Negotiating Modernity project at 12:15, see below)
WG3: Offsite at Artpool (Liszt Ferenc tér 10)
WG4: Nádor 15, Room 105
WG5: Nádor 13, Room 005
WG6: Offsite at Parallel Nonsynchronism symposium

13:00-14:30 Lunch Break (not provided)

14:30-16:00 Closing Plenary (Nádor 15, Room 103)

16:00-17:00 Core Group meeting (Nádor 15, Room 102) CG ONLY!

Map of CEU classrooms with Working Group Meeting Locations: CEU maps Nador utca 13-15



Guided Tour of Exhibit: 1971 – Parallel Nonsynchronism, Kiscell Museum
Thursday, January 31, 10.00AM
The starting points of the exhibition are two contemporaneous bodies of artworks, which demonstrate the parallel tendencies of art in state socialist Hungary, during the so-called Kádár era (1957–1989). It examines the complex relationships of two defining generations of artists, without giving aesthetic or historical judgment. The exhibition endeavors to reveal and present artworks and the contexts in which they were produced: different and simultaneously existing concepts of art, opposing positions, disputes, and ultimately the complex relationship between state power and art.

Project Spotlight: Negotiating Modernity Project
Friday, February 1, 12:15-13:00, during WG2 session (Nador 15, Room 104)
The multivolume A History of Modern Political Thought in East Central Europe (Oxford UP, 2016-2018) is the outcome of  the Negotiating Modernity project led by prof. Balázs Trencsényi (CEU) and funded by ERC Starting Grant. For many of our colleagues, who took part or assisted the project team, this has been a prime example of international research cooperation, setting new standards for comparative and transnational history writing. By courtesy of WG2, we will meet the members of Negotiating Modernity to discuss the project’s experience. The meeting is open to all colleagues.

Book Launch The Feminist Challenge to the Socialist State in Yugoslavia (Palgrave, 2018) By  Zsófia Lóránd
Friday, February 1, 2019 at 17:30 at the CEU Budapest (Nádor 9, Gellner Room).
Participants: Jasmina Lukić (CEU, Budapest), Ana Miškovska Kajevska (IWM, Vienna), Agnieszka Mrozik (CEU IAS/IBL PAN, Warsaw), and the author.
Moderated by: Balázs Trencsényi (CEU, Budapest).


Below please find the map with the hotel to the major locations we will be using for the meeting:

1. Star Inn Budapest Centrum:, Dessewffy utca 36

2. Donald and Vera Blinken Open Society Archives: Arany János utca 32

3. CEU main building: Nádor utca 15

4. Artpool Art Research Center: Liszt Ferenc tér 10.

Link to downloadable map is here: Map-BP-Jan2019


January 31, 2019
February 01, 2019


Jessie Labov



Central European University
1051 Budapest , Hungary
Nador 15
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