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József Böröcz

Professor of Sociology - Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (USA); Director - Karl Polanyi Research Center for Global Social Studies

József Böröcz is Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University. He is author of 6 books and over 80 papers on global social change, (post)-state-socialism, transnational integration, migration and race.
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Ágnes Gagyi

Researcher - University of Gothenburg

Ágnes Gagyi focuses on East Central European politics and social movements, from the prespective of the region's long-term world-economic and geopolitical integration. She is member of the Budapest-based public sociology group "Helyzet".

Alexis Toribio Dantas

Professor - State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ)

Ba. (1986) and MSc (1992) and PhD (1999) in Economics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Post Doctorate at CESLA, University of Warsaw. Associate Professor and Deputy Director of Faculty of Economic Science at State University of Rio de Janeiro, Coordinator of NUCLEAS at the same University. Researcher focusing in Trade Relations, International agreements and Industrial Economics.

András Pinkasz

Economic Statistician - Hungarian Central Statistical Office (KSH)

He is an economist and historian of science. He is a PhD student at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and since 2016 he has been working as an economic statistician at the Hungarian Central Statistical Office. His recent research interest is the political economy of the world system, economic and social history in Eastern Europe, and how globalization challenges the traditional structures of economic statistics. He is a member of the Working Group for Public Sociology "Helyzet," and editor of the Hungarian journal Fordulat.


András Tétényi

Assistant Professor - Corvinus University of Budapest

András Tétényi is an assistant professor of economics at the Institute of World Economy of the Corvinus University of Budapest. He is Programme Managing Director for the International Economy and Business (IEB) Masters Programme at the Corvinus University of Budapest and academic coordinator for the International Masters in Economy State and Society (IMESS) double degree programme between the University College London, and among others, the Corvinus University of Budapest. His research interest are in the field of official development assistance policies of Visegrad countries and asylum policies of Hungary. Currently he is researching asylum destination choices of asylum seekers registering in the Visegrad countries.

Annamária Artner

Senior Research Fellow - HAS Institute of World Economics of the Centre for Economic and Regional Studies; Professor - King Sigismund University

Annamária Artner is an academic researcher and university professor in Budapest, studying and teaching different aspects of practices and theories of the world economy, with special focus on transformations within and between social systems, economic crises, global labour market, globalization-critical movements, the problem of catching up, socio-economic development and regionalization in Asia and Europe, pattern and socio-economic consequences of global accumulation of capital in in world system context. She is an author of several journal articles, books and book chapters. Her latest book is “Capital, labour and crisis in the era of globalization”, Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 2014 (in Hungarian).

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Attila Melegh

Sociologist and historian. Senior advisor at the Hungarian Central Statistical Office, associate professor at Corvinus University, Budapest, professor at Pal Tomori College as the founder of international studies program. He has taught in the United States, Russia, Georgia and Hungary. He has been the project manager of several major interntaional projects including SEEMIG. He is the current president of the European Network of Global and Universal History. He does research on population discourses, migration, migration statistics and on global social change in the 20th century. Author of 3 books in English and Hungarian, and over a hundred scientific publications.

Béla Soltész

Lecturer - Eötvös Loránd University; Project Manager - Hungarian Central Statistical Office

Born in Budapest in 1981, he holds an MA in Spanish and Portuguese Studies (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest) and a PhD in International Relations (Corvinus University, Budapest). Currently, he works at the Hungarian Central Statistical Office as the deputy project manager of YOUMIG, a research and policy development project on youth migration, and at the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest as a lecturer, teaching Latin American Studies, International Development and Migration Studies.

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Bruno De Conti

Professor - University of Campinas (Brazil)

Bruno De Conti is a Professor at the University of Campinas (Brazil). He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Paris 13 (France) and the University of Campinas (Brazil). He has been a Visiting Fellow at HTW Berlin (Germany) and Visiting Professor at the University Paris 13 (France), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO, Russia), Free University of Berlin (Germany) and Universidad Nacional de Colombia. At the University of Campinas, he is currently Coordinator of the BRICS Network University (BRICS NU) in the field of Economics; and Director of the Confucius Institute. His main research fields are international economy (mainly in BRICS countries) and monetary economy.

Calin Cotoi

Professor - University of Bucharest

Born in 1974 in Timișoara. Medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine, Cluj-Napoca. BA in sociology and PhD in philosophy. Professor at the University of Bucharest, Department of Sociology. Alumnus of Center for Advanced Studies Sofia, Collegium Budapest, New Europe College, Wissenschaft Kolleg zu Berlin, and Woodrow Wilson Center. He has published in the areas of political anthropology, history of social sciences, and ethnicity studies.

Celine Cantat

Research Fellow - Central European University

Celine is a Research Fellow at CEU currently working on a project looking at pro-migrant and migrant-led activism along the so-called Balkan Route. She holds a PhD in Refugee Studies from the University of East London. Her PhD research was concerned with pro-migrant and anti-racist groups in France, Italy and the UK and the construction of political responses to the European Union project and its border regime. Celine’s research interests include: globalisation and migration, migration solidarity, racism and exclusion in Europe, and state formation and dynamics of mass displacement.

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Chris Hann

Director - Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

His main research interests date back to his undergraduate days and his first fieldwork projects in rural Hungary and Poland. He followed up with a comparative investigation of smallholders in a capitalist context on the Black Sea coast of Turkey (with Dr. Ildikó Bellér-Hann, nowadays based at the University of Copenhagen). His work on religion derives primarily from his encounter with the Greek Catholic minority in Poland, an interest that later expanded to eastern Christians in general. After 2006, he resumed fieldwork in Xinjiang  in the form of a contribution to the departmental Focus Group investigating social support and kinship in China and Vietnam (again jointly with Dr. Ildikó Bellér-Hann). He maintains strong interests in comparative economic organization, in part through collaborative projects with Catherine Alexander, Stephen Gudeman, Keith Hart, Don Kalb and Jonathan Parry. All of this work is designed to break down disciplinary boundaries and contribute to a better understanding of Eurasia  in world history. The concept of Eurasia is the principal  frame for all research in his Department. He is a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and an Ordentliches Mitglied of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences. In 2015, he was awarded the Rivers Memorial Medal by the Royal Anthropological Institute. In 2019, he shall be presented with the Huxley Medal by the same Institute.


Dorottya Mendly

PhD Candidate - Corvinus University of Budapest, Multidisciplinary Doctoral School of International Relations

Dorottya's field of research is in international relations. Her main interest lies in critical aproaches to globalization and global governance. Her doctoral research focuses on the shifting political rationalities behind global governance, understood as global governmentality.

Dragana Avramov

Director - Population and Social Policy Consultants (Brussels)

Trained in sociology (PhD), political sciences (MA), cultural anthropology, and journalism. Studied and worked in Belgium, Italy, France, UK and former Yugoslavia. She has more than 20 years experience in social sciences and humanities research in multicultural environments in European countries and developing regions. Her past transnational research covers inter-generational solidarity, ageing, employment and employability, gender and family dynamics, poverty and social inclusion, and foresight studies. Current research is focused on social dimensions of education, demography and human security, managing migration and integration of immigrants, policy and social impact of research, and ethics in the third millenium.

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Emese Baranyi

PhD Student - University of Szeged, Doctoral School of Law and Political Studies

She graduated as an international relations expert at the University of Corvinus in the year of 2012. She conducted researches in the field of international migration, the migration policy of the European Union and migratory trends from Latin America to Europe. In the previous years she worked as project manager in EU financed projects. She was the general secretary of the Karl Polányi Center for Global Social Studies between 2014 and 2015. She started her doctoral studies at the University in Szeged in 2016.


György Jóna

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György Lengyel

Professor - Corvinus University of Budapest

My research interest revolves around action potential of economic actors and elites. I am the head of the Sociology Doctoral School and editor of CJSSP at Corvinus University where I work since 1978. Some recent publications: Expected Long-Term Labour Market Resilience. Results of an Online Policy Delphy. Society and Economy, 2017 39(2) (with B.Göncz, L. Tóth); The Illiberal Turn in Hungary. In: J. Pakulski (ed). The Visegrad Countries in Crisis. Collegium Civitas, Warsaw, 2016 (with G. Ilonszki); Embeddedness, redistribution and double dependence: Polányi-reception reconsidered. Intersections, EEJSP vol. 2. No. 2, 2016; Contractual trust: the long shadow of the shadow economy, in: K. Blum-B.Martens-V.Trapman (eds.) Business Leaders and New Varieties of Capitalism in Post-Communist Europe. Routledge, 2014 (with B. Janky); Elites in hard times. Comparative Sociology, vol. 13, No.1, 2014; The Europe of Elites. (ed with H. Best and L.Verzichelli , Oxford U.P., 2012 )

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Johanna Bockman

Associate Professor of Global Affairs and Sociology - George Mason University; Visiting Researcher - Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

Johanna Bockman is currently writing about socialist banking and the 1980s debt crisis, as well as about gentrification and racism in Washington, D.C.

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Ju Li

Assistant Professor - Central European University

Dr. Li is a Marxist sociologist whose research interests include labor study, globalization and critical development, social history, and modern China study. Her first monograph investigates the labor and social history of one particular industrial complex in China from the 1960s to the present. The current research project examines the emerging new labor landscape in China's e-commence ecosystem.

Julianna Faludi

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Kristóf Nagy

Researcher Archivist - Artpool Art Research Center

Kristóf Nagy is a researcher archivist at the Artpool Art Research Center in Budapest. He has a background in art history from The Courtauld Institute of Art and in sociology and social anthropology from Central European University) His research primarily focuses on the intersections of art and society in post-war Eastern Europe, especially on the countercultures of the 1970s and 1980s, the marketization of cultural production under state-socialism, and the current state of cultural politics. He is member of the Working Group for Public Sociology “Helyzet” in Budapest.


László Andor

Associate Professor, Head of Department - Corvinus University of Budapest

László Andor is Head of Department of Economic Policy at Corvinus University (Budapest) and Senior Fellow at FEPS (Brussels). He was EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion in the Barroso II Commission (2010-14). In 2005-10, he was a Member of the Board of Directors of the EBRD (London). Since 2015, he has been Senior Fellow at Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) and Visiting Professor at ULB (Brussels) as well as the Sciences Po (Paris). Between 1991 and 2005, he taught political science and economic policy in Budapest. In the mid1990s, he was editor of the social science journal Eszmélet as well as director of College for Social Theory. He was also a regular columnist for the weekly business magazine Figyelő and the daily Népszava. He was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa at Sofia University of National and World Economy in May 2014 and the Legion of Honour by the French President in August 2014.

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Lia (Lika) Tsuladze

Associate Professor - Tbilisi State University; Executive Director - Center for Social Sciences

Lia Tsuladze is an Associate Professor of Sociology, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Tbilisi State University, Georgia. She has been directing the Programme of Applied Social Research at Center for Social (CSS) since 2012 and became a Research Director and joined the CSS Board, in 2014. In 2016 she became an Executive Director at CSS. She is the author of more than 20 publications and 2 textbooks. Her current research deals with the political and popular discourses on Europeanisation in Georgia, focusing on how these discourses are performed for international vs. domestic audiences. Her former research, as part of her Post-Doctoral research fellowship at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford (2013-14), analysed Georgians’ discourses of national identity in the context of Europeanisation. Her comparative research, carried out in 2011-12 and supported by Volkswagen Foundation, focused on the young people’s perceptions of Europeanisation in the New European countries (the cases of Romania and Poland) and their borderlands (the case of Georgia).

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Margaret Amaka Ohia-Nowak

Linguist - Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University of Warsaw

Margaret Amaka Ohia is a linguist and a critical media analyst. Her research draws on methods from pragmatics, critical discourse analysis, cognitive linguistics, media studies, and race and ethnic studies. In 2015 she received her PhD in linguistics from the University of Wroclaw in Poland. Her dissertation, titled “Manifestations of Racism in the Polish Language. The Mechanisms of Language System, Text and Discourse,” explores linguistic representations of Black people in Polish everyday language and media discourse. She conducted her PhD research at the University of California, Berkeley as a Fulbright Fellow, and at the City University London. She is currently an Independent Fellow affiliated with the European Capital of Culture Wroclaw 2016 Festival Centre and the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research SIETAR. She is a huge fan of work by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.


Marius Turda

Director - Centre for Medical Humanities, Oxford Brookes University

Marius is the founder director of the Cantemir Institute at the University of Oxford (2012-2013) and founder of the Working Group on the History of Eugenics and Race (HRE), established in 2006. Between 2010 and 2014 he was Deputy Director, The Centre for Health, Medicine and Society. He is Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Fellow of the Galton Institute.

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Mariya Ivancheva

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow - University of Leeds

Mariya Ivancheva is an anthropologist and sociologist. The main focus of her research is the role of the university in broader processes of social change. Based on fieldwork in Venezuela, Ireland, South Africa and the UK, Mariya explores the complexities of higher education in the neoliberal era: the contradictory nature of the university institution which both reinforces inequalities, and inspires collective imaginaries for redistribution, innovation, and transformation. Mariya has also done research, taught classes, and published academic and political analyses on topics as history and legacy of socialism, social movements and civil society, and welfare reforms in East-Central Europe. She has been a member of a number of research-led platforms, working on topics of anti-racism, labour rights, gender and financial justice, and is a founding member of the editorial board of LeftEast.

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Mary Taylor

Assistant Director - Center for Place, Culture and Politics (CUNY)

Mary N. Taylor is Assistant Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her research focuses on sites, techniques and politics of civic cultivation, social movement, and cultural management; the relationship of ethics and aesthetics to nationalism and cultural differentiation, and people’s movements in interwar, socialist and postsocialist Hungary, East Europe, and the Balkans. She is a member of the editorial collective of LeftEast, co-organizer of an annual roving summer school on ‘neoliberalizing postsocialism’, and co-founder of the Brooklyn Laundry Social Club. Her writing has been published in an array of fora, including Focaal, Bajo el Volcan, and Hungarian Studies, and she is currently completing her book Movement of the People: Folk Dance, Populism and Citizenship in Hungary.


Márk Áron Éber

Assistant Professor - Eötvös Loránd University

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Márton Hunyadi

PhD Candidate - Corvinus University

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Mihai-Dan Cirjan

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Miklós Hadas

Professor - Corvinus University of Budapest

Miklós Hadas, DSc, a former student of Pierre Bourdieu, is professor of sociology, head of the Culture and Communication Doctoral School and co-director of the Centre for Gender and Culture at Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary. From 1990-2002 he was the founding editor-in-chief of Replika, a leading Hungarian journal of social sciences. He is author of numerous articles on gender and masculinity His articles have appeared in journals such as The Anthropological Forum, Actes de la recherce des sciences sociales, The Journal of Social History, History of Education, The American Sociologist, International Journal of the History of Sport, Sports Historian, Masculinity and Social Change, Historical Sociology. Relying on Norbert Elias’ civilization theory and figurational approach, his current research interest concentrates on the transformation of Western masculinities over the past centuries.


Paolo Ruspini

Associate Researcher - Institute of Sociological Research (IRS), Geneva School of Social Science, University of Geneva

Dr. Paolo Ruspini is a political scientist who has been studying international and European migration and integration since 1997 with a comparative approach and by drawing on mixed methods. His current research deals with transnational migration in Europe from a theoretical and empirical perspective. He has been working in many collaborative projects at national and European level and he is active in research networks regarding international migration and social cohesion as well as being advisor for national and international organizations. He combines research activities with routine lectures in several universities and international institutions. His recent publications include Migration and Transnationalism Between Switzerland and Bulgaria (2017, Springer, co-editor) and A Decade of EU Enlargement: A Changing Framework and Patterns of Migration, (2014, Central and Eastern European Migration Review, Vol. 3, No. 2, co-editor).

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Patricia Villen

Postdoctoral researcher - University of Campinas (Unicamp, Brazil)

Patricia Villen is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Campinas (Unicamp), studying immigrant labour in Brazil and the case of Cuban physicians. Her PhD focuses on international migration, refugees, racism and labour, from which she published her recent book "(In)visíveis globais: imigração e trabalho no Brasil" (São Paulo: Alameda, 2018). She also did research on Portuguese colonial discourse in the 20th century and the political thought of Amílcar Cabral, which she published in the book "Amilcar Cabral e a crítica ao colonialismo" (São Paulo: Expressão Popular, 2017).

Pinar Dönmez

Research Affiliate - Central European University

She is currently a research affiliate and works as academic coordinator of Open Learning Initiative University Preparation Program at CEU. She previously studied political science at Middle East Technical University and holds an MA and PhD in politics and international studies from the University of Warwick. She taught a number of courses and seminars in this broad field in these universities as well as at CEU. Her doctoral research focused on crisis and restructuring in Turkey with a particular focus on theories of state, management of money and depoliticisation from a Marxist political economy perspective. Her current research aims to broaden this focus in order to learn more about these dynamics across diverse issue areas and geographies.

Raquel Valera

Professor and Researcher - New University of Lisbon

Raquel Varela is a historian, researcher and university professor at New University of Lisbon (IHC), where she coordinates the Study Group on Global Labour History (UNL). She is International visiting senior professor at the Fluminense Federal University and honorary fellow of the International Institute for Social History, where she co-coordinates the international project ‘In the Same Boat? Shipbuilding and ship repair workers around the World (1950-2010). In 2013, she was awarded the Santander Prize for Internationalization of Scientific Production.

Do Medo à Esperança, Lisboa, Bertrand, 2016; História do Povo de Loulé na Revolução Portuguesa (1974-1975), Lisboa, Editora Âncora, 2017 (no prelo) (Com Luísa Barbosa Pereira); Para onde vai Portugal?, Lisboa, Bertrand, 2015; História do Povo na Revolução Portuguesa (1974-1975), Lisboa, Bertrand, 2014, 534 p.


Róbert Balogh

PhD Candidate - Eötvös Loránd University

He is currently writing his PhD dissertation in history that addresses changes in the relationship between nature and culture for the period in the light of themes such as landscape change, food production, rationing and scientific management for the period between 1880 and 1970. His research include the history of forestry and forestry research in the 20th century and history of food items such as milk. He is also interested in Modern South Asia, especiall the history of industrial work and memory in that region.


Takato Kasai

Assistant Professor - Doshisha University

2016 July, Research Fellow, Center for the Study of Conscience at Doshisha University (present)
2015 April, Associate Professor, Doshisha University, Faculty of Economics (present)
2015 April, Lecturer in Ryukoku University, Osaka University of Economics, Kansai University (part time, Classes: First Year Seminar, Graduate Research, Introduction to Microeconomics, The History of Economic Thought, Economic Thought of Welfare, Data Analysis)
2015 March, Ph.D. in Economics, Doshisha University
2014 April, Research Fellow, Center for the Study of the Creative Economy at Doshisha University (present)
Research fields: The History of Economic Thought, Happiness Study, Economic Gender Gap
Licenses: Teacher's Licenses for Junior High School and High School (Foreign Languages, Math, Social Studies


Tamás Gerőcs

PhD Student - Corvinus University, Doctoral School of International Relations; Assistant Researcher - HAS Institute of World Economics of the Centre for Economic and Regional Studies

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Tamás Kiss

Researcher - Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities

He was born in 1977 in Târgu-Mureș/Marosvásárhely. He obtained an MA (2000) in sociology at Babeș-Bolyai University and a PhD (2010) in cultural studies at the University of Pécs. Since 2007 he works as a researcher at the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities, Cluj. His main research interests are: ethnic politics, demography and ethnicity (processes of census ethnic categorization, differences of demographic and migratory behaviour), demographic discourses (both in global and national perspective). His English language papers have been published in Eastern European Politics and Society, Problems of Post-Communism and Nationality Papers.


Vincent Liegey

President - REDT Association

Co-author of A Degrowth Project (Utopia 2013, Eszmelet, 2014), spokesperson of the French Degrowth movement, engineer and interdisciplinary researcher. Ccoordinator of the Degrowth inspired Cargonomia social cooperative, center for sustainable logistical solutions and local food distribution by cargobikes in Budapest. Coordinator of the international Degrowth conference (the next ones will take place in Mexico City, Malmö and in the European Parliament in 2018).

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Zoltán Ginelli

PhD Candidate - Eötvös Loránd University, Doctoral School of Earth Sciences; Assistant Researcher - HAS Institute of Regional Studies of the Centre for Economic and Regional Studies

He is a PhD Candidate in human geography at Eötvös Loránd University, Doctoral School for Earth Sciences. Currently he works as an Assistant Researcher at the HAS Institute of Regional Studies of the Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, and also as an assistant in the research project "1989 after 1989: Rethinking the Fall of State Socialism in Global Perspective" based at Exeter University. His disseration is about the geographical history of Cold War geography and spatial planning, the globalization of the "quantitative revolution” in the 1950s and 1960s, and the transnational history of central place theory. His current research focuses on Cold War era socialist globalization, the relations between Eastern Europe and the "Third World", specifically Hungary and Africa. In his research and teaching he is interested in the historical geographies of scientific knowledge, policy mobilities, actor-network theory, postcolonial and decolonial theory, and transnational or global history. He is member of the Working Group for Public Sociology “Helyzet” in Budapest.

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Zsuzsa Gille

Associate Professor of Sociology - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ​

Zsuzsa Gille is Professor of Sociology and Director of Global Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


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