About the authors

European identity and immigration

Vladimir Olegovich Rukavisnyikov is a Russian political scientist. He is Professor at the Faculty of Global Politics and Global Economics of the State University-Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia since 2003. Prior to 2003 he worked in the Institute of Socio-Political Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences where he also occupied a Deputy Director position in early 1990s.  Since the late 1980s his researches were focused on Russian politics and public opinion trends; Russian and western foreign policies, global competitiveness and political culture transformations, international security, and related topics. He has published more than two hundred articles, and has authored over a dozen of books in many countries. His most recent monograph has the title Cholodnaya Voina, Cholodnyi Mir. (Cold War, Cold Peace: the US and European public opinion on the USSR/Russia, security and foreign policy), Moscow, 2005.rukavish@hotmail.com

George Schöpflin is a British-Hungarian historian and political scientist and Emeritus professor. He was Jean Monnet Professor of Politics at the University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies. Currently he is elected Member of the European Parliament, and visiting professor at the University of Bologna. He is author of 24 books on Central Europe: The dilemmas of Identity (2005); Nation, Identity, Power: The New Politics of Europe (London, Hurst, 2000); Politics in Central Europe 1944-1992 (Oxford, Blackwell, 1993). He is member of International Advisor Committee of Central European Political Science Review. gschopflin@clara.co.uk

Miklós Szabó is a Hungarian theorist of law and politics. He is Dean of the Faculty of Law and Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at the University of Miskolc, Hungary. He has developed programs such as “law and language,” “law and logic”, “(classical and modern) doctrines of law” and different topics of political theory and sociology.  He is the author of Trivium: Grammatics, Logics and Rhetorics in Law, Ars Iuris: The Foundations of Dogmatics of Law and the forthcoming Language Use in Legal Procedure. He has edited several study-books and thematic volumes. His articles have appeared in different Hungarian and European periodicals. jogszami@uni-miskolc.hu

Konstantinos J. Papadoulis is a Greek professor of political science. He is senior lecturer at the Department of Economic Sciences, University of Thessaly. His research topic is public policy, post-communist politics and comparative politics. His most important publication are: Comparative Political and Public Politic Research and Analysis (2003); The Science of Dialectic and Fundamental Empiricism. (Athén Sakkoulas Publ. in Greek 2002). Introduction to Political, Public and Comparative Sciences (Athén, 2001). papadoul@otenet.gr

Márta Pankucsi is a Hungarian sociologist. She is lawyer and sociologist. She has a ten-year work experience in education. She is director of the Institute of Sociology of the University of Miskolc, and the director of the Centre of Social Research in Miskolc-Sajópálfala. She gives lectures on social-theory, minority-sociology and socio-politics. Her field of research is confidence based connection-networks. She wrote different articles about social capital, and edited handbooks of sociology (in Hungrian).bolpmszo@uni-miskolc.hu

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

Gréta Czene is a Hungarian political scientist and PhD candidate at the Zrínyi Miklós National Defense University and lecturer at the Political Science Institute of Miskolc University. She’s teaching courses on Geopolitics and Conflict and crisis management. Her main fields of research are Security and Defense Policy of the European Union, the EU’s conflict and crisis management activities in the South Caucasus. She is member of the executive board of the Károly Kiss Military Science and Security Policy Section of Hungarian Military Science Association, and member of the Hungarian Political Science Association. gretaczene@aol.co.uk

Virág Havasi is a sociologist, lawyer, economist and has a 9-year experience in education. She is professor of the Institute of Sociology in University of Miskolc and works in the Centre of Social Research in Miskolc-Sajópálfala as well. She gives lectures on social-theory, history of sociology, sociology of law and works in the field with her students in different researches. Her fields of research are value-systems, quality of life and gypsies. virinyo@chello.hu

Dávid Furmann (1979-2006) was a Hungarian political scientist, PhD student and young, talent Central European intellectual. He was an eminence student, graduated in 2004 at the Miskolc of University. He wrote his thesis about the meaning of left and right in politics. In 2005 he participated in the “Intensif Socrates-Erasmus Program” for political scientists, organized by the Université Catholique de Louvain about « Citoyenneté, Identités, Legitimité et Gouvernance dans l’Union Européen multiniveaux ». In 2006 he finished his study at the Central European University (History MA). He wrote his thesis about “Inter-war Discussions on the Central European Identity in Hungary”. His post-humus book will come out in 2007 with the title of: Köztes Európa (Europe “in between” – in Hungarian and English). The “Fundation Furmann” and the “Annual Price of David Furmann” for young political scientists has been named after him to conserve his memory.

Bánk Levente Boros is a Hungarian research fellow at the Political Science Institute of the University of Miskolc and he is lecturing at the Budapest Programs of both the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), Corvinus University of Budapest and of the University of San Francisco (USF). He holds his M.A. in Political Science from the same university and an M.A. in Advanced European and International Studies from the Institute Européen des Hautes Études Internationales, Nice, France. He was a Fulbright grantee as a visiting scholar  at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, School of Advanced  International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington,  DC in 2003-2004. His fields of research are international security policy and transatlantic relations bolboros@uni-miskolc.hu

Zsuzsanna Török is a Hungarian cultural anthropologist. She is working for the University of Miskolc, Department of Cultural and Visual Anthropology, where she is teaching courses on Eastern European Romani/Gypsy culture. As a Fulbright grantee she has studied applied anthropology at the Columbia University, New York and now she is trying to find the possibilities of applying cultural anthropological knowledge in local level policy making. In her works she focuses on the politics of recognition and on the questions of identity. boltorok@uni-miskolc.hu

Krisztina Mária Szabó is a Hungarian PhD student of political science and lecturer of political communication at the Political Science Institute of University of Miskolc. She was research assistant at the Institute of Political Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and assistant of editor of CEPSR. Her research interest is political communication of political leaders, parties and electoral campaigns. She published several articles in this topic. krisztinsz@mtapti.hu

Christopher Walsch is an Austrian political scientist. Actually he is reader at the Department of Political Science, Eszterházy Károly College, Eger, and teaches Modern History and Political Science at the International Studies Center, Corvinus University, Budapest. His studies included History at the University of Vienna, International Relations and European Studies at Central European University, Budapest, and Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He finished his PhD in 2003 at the Department of Economic and Social History, University of Vienna, and is the author of Die Afrikapolitik Frankreichs 1956 – 1990. Ideen, Strategien, Paradoxien, Frankfurt/Main: Peter Lang 2007.christopher.walsch@uni-corvinus.hu

Hortenzia Hosszú is a Hungarian political scientist, assistant lecturer at the Political Science Institute of University of Miskolc, Hungary, and PhD candidate in political science. Since 2004 she is assistant of editor of Central European Political Science Review. Besides her academic work until 2004 she was working as a division head for the Centre for Strategic Analyzing and Planning of Prime Minister’s Office, in Budapest. Her research topic includes the comparative institutions as Political and Governmental Systems; Electoral Systems and Campaigning. In the 2005/2006 academic year she studied in Japan, at National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies of Tokyo. hortenziahosszu@gmail.com