Dr Adam Hudek

Curriculum Vitae 

Adam Hudek, a fellow at the Imre Kertész Kolleg from October 2014 to September 2015, has been a researcher at the Institute of History (Department of the History of Sciences and Technology) at the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava since 2007. He completed his PhD there in 2007 on Slovak historiography between 1948 and 1967, and is a graduate of Comenius University in Bratislava, with degrees in History and Political Science. He was awarded a Herder Scholarship at the University of Vienna in 2004-2005 and the International Visegrad Fund Fellowship at the Institute of Czech History, Charles University, in 2011-2012.

Research project at the Kolleg

The main topic of the project Between Czechs and Hungarians: Slovak "National Communism" in the Socialist Czechoslovakia is the problem of ambivalent and changing relations between communist ideology and nationalism in the socialist dictatorships of Central and Eastern Europe. This phenomenon is studied primarily with regard to so-called Slovak national communism in the comparative context of the Czech lands and Hungary. Research on "national communism" includes an analysis of communist national identity-building narratives and mythology. The struggle to legitimize the communist program was impossible without (re)defining the nation-building project by applying a universalizing Marxist-Leninist ideology to particular national political, economic, social and cultural conditions. From the end of WWII on, communist parties in Central and Eastern Europe presented themselves as heirs of national traditions and guardians of national interests. This national accent was an ever-present problem for the ideological orthodoxy of Slovak communist intellectuals, and as such it became a target of accusations of 'bourgeois nationalism'. The communist utopia of Slovak communist intellectuals remained closely connected with the nineteenth-century project of national emancipation against 'Czech and Hungarian claims to Slovakia'. These national interactions occurred on both political and historical levels. While the political level was prevalent in Slovak-Czech relations, discussions over Marxist interpretations of particular key moments in the common past with Hungary had a significant impact on the formation of Slovak national communist argumentation. The main aim of the project is to create a conceptual model for the analysis of Slovak national communism and to situate it within a broader comparative framework.

Main areas of research

  • Historiography in socialist Czechoslovakia and in post-1989 Slovakia
  • Organization of scientific research in socialist Czechoslovakia 
  • Twentieth-century Slovak intellectual history 

Positions and Memberships

  • Researcher at the Institute of History, Slovak Academy of Sciences 
  • Member of the editorial boards of the academic journals Czech Journal of Contemporary History and Kor/ridor