About the authors

Political culture and multi culture in Central Europe

George Schöpflin is political scientist and elected Member of the European Parliament (PP from Hungary). He was Jean Monnet Professor of Politics at the University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He is author of several books: The Dilemmas of Identity (2005); Nation, Identity, Power: The New Politics of Europe (London, Hurst, 2000); Politics in Eastern Europe 1944-1992 (Oxford, Blackwell, 1993). He is member of International Advisor Committee of Central European Political Science Review. gschopflin@clara.co.uk

Kálmán Kulcsár is a Hungarian political scientist, sociologist, jurist and emeritus professor. He is regular member of the Hungarian Academy of Science (HAS). He was president of the HAS, and Minister of Law (1988-1990). He was one of the key figures of the Hungarian transition to democracy. He was visiting professor of different European and American Universities. His most important books are: The Problems of Law Sociology (1960); People’s Assessors in the Court (1982); Economy, Society and Law (1982); Between two World: Regime change (1992); Politics and Society (1999); Thousand Year (2002). nagel@mtapti.hu

Olaf Leisse is a chair for International Relations at the University of Erfurt in Germany. His latest publication is: (with Utta-Kristin Leisse and Alexander Richter): Basic Problems of Romania and Attitudes of Young Romanians towards the EU (in German) in Wiesbaden: Deutscher Universitats Verlag. 2005. olaf.leisse@uni-erfurt.de

Jesse L. Lutabingwa is American associate professor at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, in the Office of International Education and Development, Division of Academic Affairs jesse.lutabingwa@famu.edu    jluta@aol.com

Óscar Gª Luengo is Assistant Professor at the University of Granada, Spain. He received his PhD degree in Political Science at the University Complutense of Madrid. He obtained an expertise degree in Data Analysis in CIS Madrid. He has been visiting researcher at the European University Institute of Florence, Amsterdam School of Communication Research, Institut für Publizistik in Mainz, and Centro de Investigaciones Sociales (Machala, Ecuador). He has been teaching at University of California at Berkeley (USA), University of Saint Louis (USA), Universidad Técnica de Machala (Ecuador) y Univ. Complutense of Madrid. His latest publications were on political communication and electoral analysis. ogluengo@ugr.es

Judith Tóth is a Hungarian associate professor of law at the Faculty of Law, University of Szeged, and a research team leader in the European Union financed FP6 ”Challenge” project (2004-2008) at the Minority Studies Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. As an expert of migration policy, she published about on refugees, minorities, labour migrants as well as the impacts of the European enlargement on migratory movements, national policy and identity. Her recent book Státusjogok: (The Substance of Statuses) is a comparative study on each legal status existing in national regulation including nationals, Diaspora, settled migrants, refugees, ethnic and national minorities, stateless persons, labour migrants. It attempts to indicate the maneuvering room of national legislation within the framework of the European community law, international and human rights. skula@juris.u-szeged.hu

Csaba Fazekas is a Hungarian historian and associate professor in the University of Miskolc. His main research field the state and church relations in the Hungarian and European history in the 19th century and the political movements, e.g. Political Catholicism, Liberalism, Christian Democracy. He published several books and article on this subject and the Church History of the 20th century Hungary, historical problems of the North Hungarian region etc. His latest publications are: “Enlightenment and Neo-Protestant Movements in Eighteenth Century Hungary” In: Décultot, Élisabeth – Ledbury, Mark (éd.): Debates on Aesthetics in the Eighteenth Century. Questions of Theory and Practice. Paris, 2001. 317-340.; “Collaborating with Horthy. Political Catholicism and Christian: Political Organisations in Hungary, 1918-1944”. In: Kaiser, Wolfram – Wohnout, Helmut (ed.): Political Catholicism in Europe, 1918-1945. London, 2004. 195-216. P-web-site: www.fazekascsaba.hu bolfazek@uni-miskolc.hu

Ateş Uslu is a Turkish political scientist. He graduated from the department of International Relations of the University of Galatasaray (Istanbul-Turkey). In 2005 he participated in the Intensive Socrates-Erasmus Political Science Programme at the University ELTE Budapest and University of Miskolc. Actually he is following the MA program on contemporary history of Central Europe, in the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. He is author of biography of György Lukács, which is forthcoming in two volumes (in Turkish). He published several articles on contemporary Central Europe, political philosophy, and international law. ates_uslu@yahoo.com

Stephan E. Nikolov is a Senior Research Fellow (in 1982-97 Research Fellow) at the Bulgarian Academy of Science, Institute of Sociology, Department of Sociology of Organizations, Institutions, and Politics. In 1991-98, he was Editor-in-Chief, Bulgarian Sociological Review Journal. He held teaching positions at St. Kliment Okhridski Sofia University, Neophyte Rilski Soutwestern University, Blagoevgrad, and at Southeastern European University, and was visiting professor at G. Mason University, VA, USA, and King’s College, London. His research interests include Political sociology, ethnosociology, civil society, military sociology. snikolov@hrc-bg.com