Ferenc Laczó, PhD

Curriculum vitae

  • October 2010-present: research associate at the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena with responsability for the Intellectual Horizons research area
  • 2010: completed doctorate at the Historical Institute of the Central European University, Budapest (advisor: Prof. Victor Karády) with a dissertation on: Between Assimilation and Catastrophe: Hungarian Jewish Intellectual Discourses in the Shadow of Nazism
  • 2006-2008: Researcher in the Volkswagen Foundation research project "The 'Jewish Question' in a European Comparison: Social debate on the status of Jews in Central and Eastern Europe from the eighteenth century to the 1930s"
  • 2003-2004: completed a master´s degree in Central European History at the Central European University in Budapest

Research projects

  • Intellectual Horizons research area 
  • Book project Hungarian Jews in the Age of Catastrophe. An Intellectual History, 1938-1948
  • Edited volume Catastrophe and Utopia. Central and Eastern Europan Jewish Intellectuals, 1933-1956
  • Interview volume Német múltfeldolgozás. Beszélgetések történészekkel a huszadik század kulcskérdéseiről
  • Intellectual history of liberalism in postcommunist Hungary: the agenda, accomplishments and opponents of liberalism
  • Christian-Jewish relations in Austria and Hungary in the interwar period: integration, mutual perceptions, and one-sided persecution

Main areas of research

  • History of Eastern European Jews and the history of Jewish-Christian relations
  • Intellectual history, in particular the history of political thought and discourses
  • History of communism in East Central Europe, in particular that of dissidents and political opponents
  • Philosophy of history


  • Member of the International Network of Genocide Scholars, 2014 - 
  • Member of the History of Concepts Group, 2013- 
  • Member of the Hajnal István Kör, 2013-
  • Member of the European Association of Jewish Studies, 2012- 
  • 2006-2009: editor of the ECE´s Online Review Database, a website initiative of the peer-reviewed journal East Central Europe: http://ece.ceu.hu/node
  • 2008-2009: Editor of AnBlokk: http://www.anblokk.hu/ 
  • 2006-2008: Editor of Sic Itur ad Astra: Fiatal Történészek Folyóirata, a Hungarian journal for young historians: http://sicitur.blog.hu/ 
  • 2006-2007: Member of the Erasmus Kollégium special collegium (szakkollégium) and the Social Spaces (Társadalmi Terek) research group: www.erasmuskollegium.hu