University of Miskolc

Institute of Applied Social Sciences

Academic year 2019/20 Fall Semester


Central Europe: Approaches from Social Theory and Social Psychology 


György Csepeli

The Aim of the Course 

The students will be introduced into the sociological and socal psychological characteristics of the diverse Central European societies with a special emphasise on the structures and contents of  collective identities such as national, ethnic, religious identities.  Due to the historical vicissitudes of the region majority and minority patterns of identity have been intertwined. Antisemitism  furled by resentment on behalf of the majority, anti-Gypsy sentiments and recent syndromes of xenophobia will be discussed in detail. In order to facilitate the learning process lectures recorded by the Institute of Advanced Studies at Kőszeg will be used.



Participation in class mandatory. All students will be required to submit an essay dealing with an issue related to the field of study.

Time and location 

Friday, 10-11.30. B/2 115



September 14


Where is Central Europe?

Between East and West. The Three Historical Regions of Europe.

Patrick Pasture on imagining European unity since 1000 AD:

Erhard Busek on the Future of Central Europe:

September 21 

Ups and downs of the history of Central Europe

Medieval Central Europe. The Age of Empires,The Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. The cultural breakthrough. The misery of the small Eastern and Central European nations

September 28 

Nation Building

Stefano Bianchini on Liquid nationalism:


October 4 

Passages to Modernity

Institutions and values of modernity

Gerard Delanty on developmental paths to modernity :


October 11

October 18

Identity building in the age of fluid identities

Ferenc Miszlivetz on cultural heritage in the age of fluid identities:



October 25

Politics of memory in countries

Traumas. Competing pasts. Contested persons and places.

Nagy András on politics of memory in Central Europe:


November 8

The formation of minorities

Social entropy and resistance to social entropy. Old and new minorities.

Jody Jensen on recent trends of migration:

November 22

November 15 

Europe’s largest transnational minority - the Roma


November 22

The Jewish century in Central Europe

Rudolf Klein on Jewish wit:


November 29

The Future of Central Europe in global context

Lecture of Sean Cleary on Europe in a global vortex:


December 6

Embourgoisement in Central Europe 

A. Wajda’s film: The Promised Land


Bianchini, S.2017.  Liquid Nationalism and State Partitions in Europe. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar

Csepeli, Gy,- Örkény, A. 2016. Nation and Migration (e-book)

Pók A. 2017. Remembering and Forgetting Communism in Hungary . Kőszeg: iASK

Schoepflin, G. 2015. Europe: An epistemological  Crisis. In Jensen, J., Miszlivetz, F. (eds) Reframing Europe’s Future. Challenges and Failures of the European Construction, London: Routledge,

Snyder, T. 2010. Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. New York: Basic Books

Szüts, J. Parti,J. 1983. The Three Historical Regions of Europe: An Outline. Acta Historica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae. Vol. 29, No. 2/4 (1983), pp. 131-184