KZW plakat 01Boldizsár Vörös, senior research fellow at the HAS Institute of History, Research Centre for the Humanities gave a lecture entitled Fiktionen über eine Fiktion. Varianten der Geschichte eines nie existierten russischen Rittmeisters zwischen 1947 und 1972 on April 20, 2012 at the international conference entitled Kanon – Zäsur – Wissenschaft. Das historische Erzählen in Oesterreich/Ungarn – und anderswo organized by the Institute of Germanistics, Eötvös Loránd University, supported by Action Austria–Hungary foundation.

schlainingenA lecture was delivered by János Varga J. in Stadtschlaining, Austria, at the conference organized for the 550th anniversary of the establishment of the town on September 17–20, 2012, entitled Andreas Baumkircher und das ausgehende Mittelalter. János Varga J.’s lecture was delivered in German, with the title Der Marktflecken Körmend von der Mitte des 15. bis zur Mitte des 16. Jahrhunderts.

OTKA jelentes 2011Research professor Géza Pálffy, the leader of our Institute’s Early Modern History Research Team led the OTKA (Hungarian Scientific Research Fund) research K 60618 (Hungarian Nobility in the Courts of Vienna and Prague in the 16th Century) from 2006 to 2011, which had the honour of being present in the yearly governmental report on the activities of the OTKA in 2011.


The Balkan Wars at their Centenary was the title of an international symposium about the Balkan wars in 1912–1913 organized by IRCICA (Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture), Sabahattin Zaim University and Zeytinburnu municipality on October 20-21, 2012. At the opening ceremony Professor Kemal Karpat, along with IRCICA leader Halit Eren, as well as ministers delegated by Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo and Turkey welcomed Turkish, French, Macedonian, Croatian, American, Greek, Bulgarian, Italian, Turkmenian, Pakistani and Hungarian participants. Institute of History, HAS Research Centre for the Humanities was represented by Gábor Demeter, with a lecture entitled When Sound Judgement of Statesmen Fails: the Role of Count István Burián in Influencing the Foreign Policy of Austria-Hungary during the Balkan Wars.

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As a tribute to Ľudovít Štúr, a conference was held on April 24, 2012, at the Slovak Institute in Budapest, organized by historian József Demmel. Slovak and Hungarian historians talked about Štúr’s personality, his life and the age he lived in, and also provided an evaluation of his character and work. Štúr is a controversial historical figure, who was considered an “untouchable saint” by one fraction and a Pan-Slavic rebel by the other.