Program and Venues


The 13th Annual Graduate Conference in European History, Central European University, Budapest, April 25–27, 2019

Keynote speakers: Christina Brauner (Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen) and Peter Scholliers (Vrije Universiteit, Brussels)

DAY 1. Thursday, April 25

11:45 – 12:45 Registration (N15, ground floor)


13:00 – 13:30 Opening remarks by Balázs Trencsényi, Head of the History Department, and László Kontler, GRACEH Academic Advisory Board member (N15, Room 103) followed by

13:30 – 15:30 Keynote lecture 1. (N15, Room 103)

Peter Scholliers (Vrije Universiteit, Brussels) – Food as Indicator of Inequality and Hierarchies since 1800


15:30 – 16:30 Coffee break and a short guided tour through the campus


16:30 – 18:30  Parallel sessions

Panel 1. Self-fashioning and Representation of Hierarchies (N15, Room 103)

Chair: Christina Brauner (Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen)

Iurii Rudnev (Central European University) – Astrological-Religious Propaganda of Matthias Corvinus

Patrik Pastrnak (University of Oxford) – Travelling Through Noblesse and Honour: Exhibiting and Negotiating Noble Status during Bridal Journeys in ca. 1450–1550

Laurence McKellar  (University of Oxford) – Status and Rank in Late Medieval Castile: The Political Culture of Grant-Making, 1312–1379

Ivan Kirpichnikov (Lomonosov Moscow State University) – A Hierarchy Crisis? The Muscovite Gentry in the Time of Troubles (the case of the Rzhevskii clan)


Panel 2. Defending or Challenging the Status Quo? Anti-modernism and Hierarchies (N15, Quantum Room)

Chair: Balázs Trencsényi (Central European University)

Vilius Kubekas (Central European University) – Catholics Negotiating Modernity at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century: Lithuanian Catholic Intelligentsia between Social Catholicism and the Philosophy of Culture

Thomas Heyen-Dube (University of Oxford) – European Intellectuals, Aristocratic Elites and the Fear of the Decline of the West

Arnab Dutta (University of Groningen) – Negotiating the Trans-Imperial Hierarchy of Time: Raumzeitlichkeit, Interwar Germany, and British India, 1920–1940

Marijana Kardum (Central European University) – From Te Deum for Hitler to “Comrade God”, or How Women in the Occupied Zone of Dalmatia Dethroned God During WWII


18:30 – N13 ground floor reception


DAY 2. Friday, April 26

9:30 – 11:00 Parallel sessions

Panel 3. Social Mobility and its Limits (N15, Quantum room)

Chair: Ann Thomson (European University Institute)

Feliks Levin (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg) – Linguistic Hierarchy and the Strategies of Adaptation to it: The Case of Early Modern Ireland

Giorgio Ennas (European University Institute) – The Pashas of the Tercüme Odası: A “Linguistic” aristocracy in the Ottoman Empire

Kateryna Pasichnyk (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg) – Challenging the Status of Physicians in the Russian Empire: Unlicensed Healing in the Western Borderlands in the Eighteenth Century


Panel 4.  The Transnational Revolt Against Hierarchies and Its Legacies (N15, Room 103)

Chair: Ivana Michaela Žimbrek (Central European University)

Anna Dobrowolska (University of Oxford/University of Warsaw) – History of Sexuality in the Eastern Bloc and the “Sexual Revolution”

Adrian Matus (European University Institute) –  Roots of Protests. The Biographical Background of 1968ers from Romania and Hungary

Martin Babička (University of Oxford) – Capitalism Is the New Red. A Czechoslovak Revolutionary Ideal of Democratic Self-Organisation Transformed


11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break


11:30 – 13:30 Parallel sessions

Panel 5. Physical Violence and Hierarchies in the Age of Extremes (N15, Quantum room)

Chair: László Kontler (Central European University)

Filip Lyapov (Central European University) – Between the Crown and the Fuhrer: Negotiating Hierarchies and Allegiances in Interwar Bulgaria

Sonia Cuesta Maniar (University of Oxford) – The Seventy of Burgos, Anarchist Memory, and Hierarchy in the Shaping of Spain’s Socio-political Collective Memory Paradigm

Katharina Seibert (University of Vienna) – Who cares? The Spanish Civil War, Health Care and Gender Relations

Giovanni Costenaro (European University Institute) – Eurafrica and the Quest for Natural Sources: Constructing Ideological, National and Transcontinental Hierarchies in Fascist and Post-fascist Italy, 1929–1957


Panel 6. Hierarchy in the Worlds of Labour (N15, Room 103)

Chair: Andrew Cragg (Central European University)

Stanislav Mohylnyi (University of Bonn) – Cossack Serfdom: Cossack Hetmanate Between the Steppe Frontier and the Russian Empire During the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

Rachel Trode (European University Institute) – Understanding Administrative Hierarchies in Habsburg Bosnia: The Case of the Sarajevo Tobacco Factory Strike, May 1906

Helge Jonas Pösche (Humboldt-University Berlin/Max-Planck-Institute for Human Development)  – Legal Conflicts as Negotiation Spheres for Social Rights and Inequalities during Welfare State Transformation – Germany, 1920s till 1945


13:30 – 14:30 Lunch break – N13 ground floor


14:30 – 16:30 Parallel sessions

Panel 7. Power/knowledge in the bipolar world (N15, Quantum room)

Chair: Riikka Muhonen (Central European University)

Anastassiya Schacht (University of Vienna) – The Power in the Psychiatry: Soviet Political Abuse as a Contest of Epistemic Hierarchies and Paradigms

Uladzimir Valodzin (European University Institute) – Party Membership and Social Status of University Professors: Policing of the Higher Education Through the Party during Czechoslovak Crisis: The Case of Belarusian SSR

Svetlana Poleschuk (European University Institute) – Academic Careers in a Rapidly Changing World: Biographies of Academics Who Stayed or Left Belarus After the Year 1991


Panel 8. Crossing the Line: Hierarchies in Transition (N15, Room 103)

Chair: Pieter Judson (European University Institute)

Marta Tomczak (University of Warsaw/Sorbonne Université) – Reshaping European Equilibrium in the Beginning of the Nineteenth Century – Equality in International Relations vs. Revival of Imperial Policies

Chris Wendt (Institute of Political History, Budapest) – Uproar in the Village? Transforming the State and Preserving the Status Quo in Interwar Northern Tirol

Ninja Bumann (University of Vienna) – Marriages Before Sharia Courts: Marriages in Legal Culture and Practice in Late Habsburg Bosnia-Herzegovina

Anastasia Papushina (Central European University) – A great leveller? Death and Hierarchy in Revolutionary Russia, 1917–1929


16:30 – 17:00 Coffee break


17:00 – 18:30 Keynote lecture 2. (N15, Room 103)

Christina Brauner (Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen) – Negotiating Differences? Africa and Practices of Diplomacy in the Early Modern World


19:00 Friday dinner – Vakvarjú Restaurant (1061 Budapest, Paulay Ede street 7)



Day 3. Saturday, April 27

10:00 – 12:00

Panel 9. The Languages of Hierarchy 1 (N15, Room 103)

Chair: Zsuzsanna Török (University of Vienna)

Rebekah Wahnon-Pym (University of Oxford) – The Literary Construction of the Prostitute in Late Antiquity

Martina Šalaková (University of Vienna) – Interwar Prostitution Debates in Slovak Artist’s Representations

The Languages of Hierarchy 2

Lucija Balikič (Central European University) – Croatian, Serbian, Yugoslav: Discursive Strategies of Naming the New State and Its Peoples in the Political Language of British and French liberals, 1900–1920

Steve Westlake (University of Bristol) – The Oxfam of the Mind? Negotiating Universality, Humanitarian Responsibility, and Britain’s Global Future at the BBC External Services, 1970–1979


12:00 – 12:30 Coffee break


12:30 – 14:00

Panel 10. Cultural Geography of Inequality (N15, Room 103)

Chair: Bence László Bari (Central European University)

Aglaja Weindl (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich) – Negotiating Hierarchy in Transit

Kajetan Stobiecki (Free University of Berlin) – Spatial Hierarchies in Industrial Capitalism – A Case Study of Łódź

Sarah Knoll (University of Vienna) – The Hierarchies of “Refugee Crises” During the Cold War


Pdf version available here: GRACEH 2019 program.

The GRACEH 2019 conference will be held in Nádor Street Nr. 9-15, at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.

The campus is located in downtown Budapest, and is easily accessible by public transport. For further information see the “Accommodation and Transportation” section.



Photo credit: Luis De la Peña