Dr Tamás Scheibner

Curriculum Vitae

Tamás Scheibner is Assistant Professor in Comparative and Hungarian Literature and Cultural Studies at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest. He holds MA degrees in Literary Studies from ELTE and in History from Central European University. His PhD dissertation focused on socialist realism and the Stalinization of Literary Studies in Hungary in the 1940s and 1950s.

Research project at the Kolleg

The research project focuses on practices and discourses of Stalinization and de-Stalinisation in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s in the field of literary studies in the countries of the former 'Eastern Bloc.' Taking the Hungarian case as a starting point, the research extends to the Soviet, East German, Czechoslovakian, Polish, and Yugoslavian contexts as well. By revisiting Stalinization and de-Stalinization in literary studies, the project intends to show, on the one hand, that socialist realist language and canon had to be adapted to and synchronized with national traditions in a rather significant extent, producing local versions of socialist realism; and on the other hand, that the homogenization of literary studies was resisted and sometimes undermined by international exchange of various concepts and practices of interpretation. As such, de-Stalinization in literary studies could be interpreted as a largely transnational phenomenon in which urban intelligentsia with cosmopolitan affinities played a key role, however, in the face of new archival research their agency in the process needs to be also reconsidered.

Main areas of research

  • Cold War Culture
  • Cultural Politics during Communism/Socialism
  • Eastern and Western Marxism and Literary Theory
  • 20th Century Cultural and Intellectual History

Positions/ Memberships

  • Since 2011: editor of the academic journal Irodalomtörténet ('Literary History')