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Subject Area

The Social Dimensions of Intercultural Relationships

Research into the field of international cultural transfer has revealed the reciprocal impact of intercultural encounters and the degree to which these contribute to the transformation of individual nations and societies. Examining interculturality in Eastern Europe means expanding one’s focus to processes of transnational entanglement.

Drawing on research into the art, urban, economic and social history of a long period stretching from the 16th century to the present, this subject area covers a broad spectrum of topics. These include questions about the sociocultural particularities of an Early Modern urban community or the infrastructure of post-socialist artistic production; questions about the cultures of economic activity in the region under »the global condition« since the late 19th century; questions about the cultural significance of work in the state-socialist industrial society as compared to the capitalist welfare state; or economic factors impacting the constructions of images of the self and the other around 1900. The research topics are characterised by their methodological diversity and critical interrogation of long-established conceptions of centre and periphery, model and reception, progress and backwardness, while they also challenge essentialist constructions of identity. 

Research Subjects

Armenian Diasporic Field in Hungary

Armenian Diasporic Field in Hungary: A Cultural Sociology

The goal is to analyse the structure of authority in the Armenian diasporic community of Hungary. The project relies on Bourdieu’s field theory to address the struggles for position-taking and maintenance among the Armenian groups with distinct histories and migration backgrounds. This integrative model of the acting forces and structural contexts for diaspora formation, operation and internal processes and relations refers to a particular diasporic community within and beyond ethnicity.

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Institutions and Cultures of Economic Activity

This section examines the transfer of economic institutions into Eastern Europe and their adaptation to regional parameters, value judgments and patterns of behaviour. It is searching for answers to what role processes of entanglement and globalisation played in the formation and development of regionally specific cultures of economic activity.

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Premodern Migratory Society

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Using the example of a premodern urban society in Eastern Europe, this project studies the sociocultural consequences of long-term and diverse migratory processes. It aims at tracing and explaining the specifics that have shaped multi-ethnic and multi-confessional urban coexistence beyond national antagonisms.

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Sponsoring the Arts in Post-Socialism

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The research provides a critical analysis of the motives driving some transnationally active funding bodies to ensure the continued production and the global distribution of contemporary art from East-Central Europe.

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The Battle of Khotyn 1621

A study of the life and livelihood of military personnel, especially military mercenary, during the Battle of Khotyn in 1621, which took place on the territory of Ukraine between the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Ottoman Empire.  The study focuses on the impact of the war on the life and lifestyle of the population of the region where military operations took place.

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Visual Media Production in Eastern Europe


At the junction of economic and cultural history, this section researches the producers of visual media in the multi-ethnic regions of Eastern Europe around 1900—for the semantics of the visual worlds around ethnicity in Eastern Europe cannot be separated from their production, distribution and marketing.

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Work in East and West

This section researches how the sociocultural perception and meaning of »work« transformed in the industrial societies of Czechoslovakia and France during the first three decades after World War II. It examines the conceptions and practices of normality and marginality in a comparative and transnational perspective.

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