Dr. Gábor Egry

Curriculum Vitae

Gábor Egry is Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Political History, Budapest. He earned his PhD from ELTE, Budapest in 2006, since he worked as a researcher and also taught as Visiting Lecturer at the University of Miskolc and the Stradins University, Riga. He is the principal investigator of the research project Negotiating post-imperial transition. A comparative study of local transitions from Austria-Hungary to the successor states, 1918-1925 (supported by the Hungarian National Research Fund). He was earlier a Europa Fellow at the New Europe College, Institute for Advanced Study, Bucharest (2007), Bolyai János Junior Fellow of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2008-2010) and post-doctoral fellow supported by the Hungarian National Research Fund (2011-2013). He was an editor of the weekly A Hét between 2005 and 2007 and regularly contributes op-ed articles to Visegrad Insight.

Research project at the Kolleg

The project aims at the study of certain aspects of nationalism, like the phenomena of everyday ethnicity, national indifference, regional consciousness and politics of identity in interwar Romania and Czechoslovakia. How far and which way discourses on national identity were reflected in, overlapped with and contradicted to everyday experiences and individual identifications, and how was the latter connected to politics of identity and its discourses? The book attempts to show, with the help of sources from the local and county administration, police organs, specialized government agencies and personal documents the norms and expectations attached to ethnicity and the models of adaptation, negotiation, challenging and subversion individuals or local communities employed in the face of a nationalizing state. With the change of scale of analyses I hope to portray the diverse meanings of ethnicity and the practices of identification, but I also attempt to explore ethnic content of regional consciousness and how it was related to the generation of ethnic others in the form of supposed co-nationals. Furthermore, I intend to go beyond the implied dichotomy of national indifference in order to explore its situational nature and to analyze the social (class) aspect of ethnicity too. The intricate web of personal and group relations, discourses of identity and otherness, best imagined as entangled history, if bound to everyday phenomena, offers a deconstruction of the existing, macro scale narratives of the history of minorities, and a new one going beyond the oppression-oppressed dichotomies embodied by the nationalizing state and the suffering minorities, complementing it with a different view of ethnic relations.

Main areas of research

  • Nationalism and ethnicity in East Central Europe
  • Politics of identity
  • History of banking and finance, economic nationalism
  • Society and state-building at the end of WWI Funktionen 

Positions and Memberships

  • Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Political History, Budapest
  • Editor in chief, Múltunk (Our Past)
  • Member of Association for the Study of Nationalism
  • Member of Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies
  • Member of Arbeitskreis für Siebenbürgische Landeskunde