Dr Sándor Horváth

Curriculum Vitae


Sándor Horváth is a senior research fellow and head of the Department for Contemporary History at the Institute of History in the Research Centre for the Humanities at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has been a lecturer in the PhD programme "Social and Economic History" at Budapest's ELTE University since 2006. He has been leader of the projects "Memory of Everyday Collaboration with the Communist Regimes in Eastern Europe" (funded by the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity) and "Collaboration during the Communist regime" (funded by the Hungarian Scientific Research Fund) since 2012. He is also the editor of the quarterly journal The Hungarian Historical Review (www.hunghist.org). Horváth has been the recipient of several prizes and fellowships, including the Péter Hanák Prize (2001); a fellowship at Columbia University, New York (2007); a Mellon fellowship at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), Vienna (2009); a fellowship at the Centre for Advanced Studies, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (LMU) (2011), and at the Institute for East European Studies at the freie Universität Berlin (2012).


Research project at the Kolleg


Focusing on individual experiences and life histories, the project will consider why and how citizens decided to accommodate to or cooperate with the authorities under communist dictatorships. During his stay at the Imre Kertész Kolleg, Sándor Horváth will work on his book project "Parallel Lives: Comparing Biographies of Cooperation with Communist Dictatorships". The project compares the biographies of two former secret agents of the communist regimes in Hungary and in the GDR who were also regarded as 'collaborators' with the Arrow Cross and/or Nazi regime during World War II. By taking a comparative approach and focussing on the micro-historical, the project will offer great insights into how processes of cooperation played out in different societies, and how these societies created new definitions of everyday political participation.


Main areas of research


  • The history of everyday life and the social and cultural history of state socialism in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Urban history, socialist cities, migration
  • Social policy and welfare
  • Collaboration, political participation



Positions and Memberships


  • Member of the European Urban History Association
  • Member of the European Network of Contemporary History
  • Member of the International Association for Southeast European Anthropology
  • Member of the International Planning History Society