About the authors

CROSS-BORDERS STUDIES

Antal Örkény is professor of sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Eotvos Loránd University of Budapest. Between 1996 and 2012 Antal Orkeny was the chair of the ELTE-UNESCO Minority Studies Department which offers an MA program in ethnic and minority studies, from 2006 he is the director of the Institute for Social Relations including three departments (Minority Studies, Social Psychology, Cultural Anthropology), and from 2011 he is heading the Post Graduate (PhD) Program in social sciences at the ELTE. His major research fields are cross-national surveys on popular perceptions of social Justice, national identity and national stereotypes, Roma minority and prejudice against Roma, border identity, and inter-ethnic relations in the Carpathian Basin. Two books of him were published in English: one in 1992 with Gyorgy Csepeli, titled Ideology and Political Beliefs in Hungary. The Twilight of State Socialism. London and New York: Pinter Publishers, and the other in 2000 with Gyorgy Csepeli and Maria Szekelyi, titled Grappling with National Identity. How Nations See Each Others in Central Europe. Budapest, Akademiai Kiadó. He has also published ten monographs in Hungarian language including his two new releases in 2011: one of social integration of different migrant groups into the Hungarian society, and the other on social justice and generational equity in contemporary Hungary.orkeny@tatk.elte.hu

Mária Székelyi is professor of sociology at the Social Sciences Faculty of the Eotvos Lorand University of Budapest. Until 2012 Mária Székelyi was the head of the Methodology Department of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Her major research fields are cross-national surveys on social justice, national identity and national stereotypes, inter-ethnic relations in the Carpathian Basin, attitudes, negative stereotypes, prejudice against Gypsies, anti-Gypsy attitudes and discriminatory behavior among Hungarian police toward Gypsies and research methodology. She has published a lot of articles and several monographs until now. The main ones are: Survival Kit to SPSS., Typotex 2002 (with Ildikó Barna); Grappling with National Identity. How Nations See Each Others in Central Europe. Budapest, Akadémiai Kiadó (with György Csepeli and Antal Örkény).

Tamás Fricz is a Hungarian political scientist, and freelance journalist. He was senor researcher of the Institute for Political Science of the Hungarian Academy of Scientist until 2011. Since 2000 to 2011 he was scientific director of 21 Century Institute, from 1995 to 2010 was editor of Hungarian Political Science Review (Politikatudományi Szemle). He has got political science PhD in 1993 at the University of ELTE Budapest. In the 90-s he was fellows in Humbold University. He wrote 8 books, and many chapters about the Hungarian parties, cleavages, corruptions, and integration of Central Europe. His most important book is: Következmények nélküli ország (Hungary – A Country without any consequences) fricztamas@gmail.com

Csaba Varga is a Hungarian jurisprudent, emeritus research professor at the Institute for Legal Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and emeritus professor at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University of Hungary, founder of its Institute for Legal Philosophy. In addition to transition to rule of law (with the juristic nature of the ancien régime, facing the crimes of the Socialist past, as well as civil obedience/ disobedience included), which became a standing research topic to him by the time he served as a member of the Advisory Board the Prime Minister of the Republic of Hungary between 1991–1994, his overall scholarly interest has ever ranged from legal philosophy & methodology via patterns of judicial thought to comparative legal cultures. In addition to his several dozen of authored/edited books in English/German—mostly available on <http://drcsabavarga.wordpress.com>—, his relevant publications do include Coming to Terms with the Past under the Rule of Law (Budapest 1994, “Windsor Klub” series), Transition to Rule of Law (Budapest 1995, „Philosophiae Iuris” series) and Transition? To Rule of Law? Constitutionalism and Transitional Justice Challenged in Central & Eastern Europe (Budapest 2008, “PoLíSz könyvek” series). Theatrvm legale mundi Symbola Cs. Varga oblata, ed. Péter Cserne et al. (Budapest: Szent István Társulat 2007) xiii+674 [Philosophiæ Ivris / Bibliotheca Ivridica: Libri amicorvm 24] and Standing Tall Hommages à Csaba Varga, ed. Bjarne Melkevik (Budapest: Pázmány Press 2012) 487 [Xenia] were published in tribute to him. varga@jak.ppke.hu

Tibor Dessewffy is a Hungarian sociologist, Chair of the Department of Social Psychology at ELTE, Faculty of Social Sciences. He obtained his M.A. degrees at the same university: in 1989 from the Law School, and a year later from the Institute of Sociology. He received his PhD. from the University of Amsterdam in 1997. He was a visiting fellow of Boston University, New School for Social Research and University of Edinburgh. In 2010, he was a Fulbright scholar at USC, Los Angeles. His main fields of interest are theories informational societies, political communication, cultural effects of technological development and globalization. Dessewffy is also the leader of the Hungarian section of the World Internet Project. He is a member of the European Council in Foreign Relations and one of the founders of the Spinelli Group.tibor.dessewffy@gmail.com

Zsófia Nagy is a graduate student at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the Faculty of Social Sciences at Eötvös Lóránt Science University (ELTE) in Budapest, Hungary. Her researh interests include the sociology of death, medical sociology and political sociology. Her most recent publication is Good Life and Good Death in Hungarian Obituaries, Budapest, 2012, Médiakutató. nzsofia@gmail.com

József N. Szabó is a Hungarian political scientist. He is professor and head of Department of International Relations in the Faculty of Economic and Social Science at the College of Nyíregyháza, Hungary. He has been member of the Academy of New York since 2003 and a Visiting Professor of University of Paris Sud since 2002. His mayor field of research is the relation of culture and politics in the post-war Hungary and history of the Hungarian cultural diplomacy. nszaboj@nyf.hu
Zsuzsanna Nagy, Konczné is a Hungarian lecturer. She is assistant professor at the Department of International Relations in the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences at the College of Nyíregyháza, Hungary. Her major field of research is the language for diplomacy, especially cultural diplomacy. konczne@nyf.hu

Edit Bencze, Lőrinczné is PhD in Management and business administration sciences. From 2002 onwards she has been the professor at the Department of Social Studies and Humanities, and since 2012 the director at the Centre for Social Studies and Humanities of Kodolányi János University of Applied Sciences. Her main fields of interests are Eastern and Southern enlargement of the European Union, Croatia accession to the EU, emerging new stares and democracies in the Western Balkans. Her teaching topics are: Studies on the European Union, The Cohesion Policy of the EU. Email address:lbedit@kodolanyi.hu

Renata Suchowiejko is a Polish musicologist. She is professor at the Institute of Musicology, Faculty of History, Jagiellonian University, Kraków. The main stream of her research interests is the history of 19th- and early 20th-century music. Within this area, she is currently focusing on two leading themes: history of performance practice, especially violin playing and musical migrations in Europe, including Polish-French and Polish-Russian musical relations. Her publications include two monographs on a distinguished Polish violinist – Henryk Wieniawski and several articles on the presence and significance of Polish music and musicians in the Europe of the 19th and 20th centuries. Recently, she has been started a new project on “Music Migration and Mobility in Central-Eastern Europe: Intercultural Transfer and Historical Narratives”. She participated in a number of national and international research projects e.g. Musical Life in Europe 1600–1900, a project developed in 1999–2001 under the auspices of the European Science Foundation; Associations des jeunes mucisiens polonais à Paris dans l’entre-deux-guerres, a research project within the framework of the “Profession Culture” programme, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, 2007; Musical Manuscripts in the Collection of Bibliothèque Polonaise de Paris, Société Historique et Littèraire Polonaise de Paris, 2008 and 2009. ursuchow@cyf-kr.edu.pl