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Dr. Balazs Apor

Assistant Prof in European Studies (Russian)
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Assistant Prof in European Studies (Centre fro European Studies)

Born in Miskolc (Hungary) in 1976. Undergraduate and Graduate Studies: University of Debrecen (Hungary), 1994-1999. PhD in History, European University Institute, Florence (Italy) (2001-2006)
  Eastern European history in the 20th century   Social history of Soviet-type regimes
 COURAGE: Cultural Opposition - Understanding the Cultural Heritage of Dissent in the Former Socialist Countries
 Communist Leader Cults in 20th Century Europe
 Memories and Identities in Central and Eastern Europe
 The "Invisible Shining": The Cult of Matyas Rakosi in Stalinist Hungary, 1945-1956
 Methods of Cult-building in Communist Hungary

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Series Editor, "Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies series", Anthem Press (New York-Delhi-London) 2008 to present
Editorial Board member, "Nationalisms Across the Globe" book series, Peter Lang 2013 to present
President of the Irish Association for Russian, Central and East European Studies 2012-2015
External examiner, BA in European Studies, NUI Maynooth 2018 to present
External examiner, PhD viva, School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies, Dublin City University December 2018
External examiner, PhD defense, Department of History, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary April 2018
External examiner, MA in History (Modern European History strand), University College Dublin 2011-2013
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
German Fluent Medium Basic
Hungarian Fluent Fluent Fluent
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Member, Irish Association for Russian, Central and East European Studies 2009 present
Member, Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies 2013 present
Rákosi's Travels: A Hungarian Communist's Journey to the West in, editor(s)Róisín Healy , Mobility in the Russian, Central and East European Past, London and New York, Routledge, 2019, pp137 - 151, [Balazs Apor], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Balázs Apor, Péter Apor and Sándor Horváth, The Handbook of COURAGE: Cultural Opposition and Its Heritage in Eastern Europe, Budapest, Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2018, Book, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Cultural Opposition: Concepts and Approaches in, editor(s)Balázs Apor, Péter Apor and Sándor Horváth , The Handbook of COURAGE: Cultural Opposition and Its Heritage in Eastern Europe , Budapest, Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2018, pp9 - 26, [Balázs Apor, Péter Apor, Sándor Horváth, Tamás Scheibner], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  URL
Ukraine in, editor(s)Balázs Apor, Péter Apor, and Sándor Horváth , The Handbook of COURAGE: Cultural Opposition and Its Heritage in Eastern Europe, Budapest, Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2018, pp187 - 206, [Orysia Kulick, Balázs Apor], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  URL
Cultural Opposition Goes Abroad: The Collections of Diaspora Communities in, editor(s)Balázs Apor, Péter Apor, and Sándor Horváth , The Handbook of COURAGE: Cultural Opposition and Its Heritage in Eastern Europe, Budapest, Research Centre for Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2018, pp473 - 492, [Balázs Apor, Mikolaj Kunicki, Tatiana Vagramenko], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  URL
Balazs Apor, Review of Curtain of lies: the battle over truth in Stalinist eastern Europe , by Melissa Feinberg , The International History Review, 40, (3), 2018, p709-711 , Review, PUBLISHED  URL
Balazs Apor, The Invisible Shining: The Cult of Mátyás Rákosi in Stalinist Hungary, 1945-1956, Budapest, New York, Central European University Press, 2017, Book, PUBLISHED
Hungarian Historical Review, 6, 2, (2017), Balazs Apor, [eds.], Notes: [Title of special issue: Historical Traumas in Post-War Hungary: Legacies and Representations of Genocide and Dictatorship], Journal, PUBLISHED  URL
Irish Slavonic Studies, 26, (2017), Balazs Apor, Hassan Ould Moctar, John Paul Newman, [eds.], Notes: [Individuals and Institutions], Journal, PUBLISHED
Balazs Apor, Review of Crossing Borders: Modernity, Ideology, and Culture in Russia and the Soviet Union., by Michael David-Fox , REGION: Regional Studies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia, 6, (1), 2017, p153-155 , Review, PUBLISHED
  

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Balazs Apor, Memories and Identities in Central and Eastern Europe, 8-9 May 2015, 2015, Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PUBLISHED
Balazs Apor, Man Amidst Inhumanity": THE CENTENNIAL OF THE BIRTH OF RAOUL WALLENBERG, 12 September 2012, 2012, Trinity College Dublin, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PUBLISHED
Balazs Apor, Nineteen Fifty Sixes": Resistance and Memories in the Eastern Bloc, 7 October 2011, 2011, Trinity College Dublin, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PUBLISHED

  

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M.A. (Dubl.) - Trinity College Dublin 2012
I am a historian of 20th Century Central and Eastern Europe with a particular interest in the history of communism in the region. My broad research interests embrace the social and cultural history of communism, the formulation and transmission of myths and ideologies in a communist context, and the popular reception of communist political systems. I am an expert on the symbolic dimensions of sovietisation in Eastern Europe after World War II with an emphasis on the history of communist leader cults ("the cult of personality"). In my publications on the subject, which includes a monograph, two edited volumes and several articles/book chapters, I have analysed the construction, popular perception, and the collapse of leader cults, using Hungary as my main case study. My current research is related to the history of resistance and opposition to communist rule in Eastern Europe. I am currently involved (as CO-PI) in the Horizon2020 project COURAGE (Cultural Opposition - Understanding the Cultural Heritage of Dissent in the Former Socialist Countries) which explores the history of cultural opposition to communism from the perspective of the collections that were created by former oppositionists. I was the lead editor (and one of the authors) of the main publication that grew out of the project (The Handbook of COURAGE) in 2018. Apart from publishing books, articles and book chapters in English and Hungarian, I have organised 5 conferences and workshops in 3 countries and institutions in the past, participated in over 30 international conferences, and have applied successfully for research funding to various organisations, including the Irish Research Council, and the European Commission. My research plans for the future are related to the historical legacies of communism and will include (amongst others) the editing of a book that analyses the legacies of war and dictatorship in the Balkans in the 20th century.