Lake Balaton, Hungary. Photograph taken in 1936. Upload from [], part of Commons:Batch_uploading/Fortepan.HU.

Virtual Book Talks

The Hungarian Studies Association is pleased to invite you to a virtual book talk with author Anita Kurimay, Associate Professor of History at Bryn Mawr College, who will be discussing her recently-published Queer Budapest, 1873-1961 (Chicago University Press, 2020). She will be joined by Hadley Z. Renkin, Assistant Professor of Gender Studies at Central European University, who will serve as a discussant for the event.
Date and Time: Thursday, March 18, 202112pm EST/5 pm CET
ZOOM link: Meeting ID: 878 7998 3329 Passcode: aLTLEY0G
About the Author: Anita Kurimay’s main research interests include the history of sexuality, women’s and gender history, conservativism and the politics of the far right, the history of human rights, and the history of sport.  Her book Queer Budapest, 1873-1961 (Chicago University Press, 2020) examines the history of Hungarian politics of non-normative sexualities from the late 19th century to the present.  She has published articles on Hungarian gay and lesbian history in Sexualities and Eastern European Politics and Societies (EEPS). 

Statement in Support of the Institute of Political History

January 31st, 2021

We, the Hungarian Studies Association, express our strong support for the Institute of Political History, which has been evicted without cause and without compensation from its facilities in Budapest.

Since 2010, the FIDESZ-led Hungarian government has systematically undermined the independence/autonomy of institutions including the judiciary, the media, civil society organizations, and academic institutions including the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. These efforts have included de-funding institutions such as the 1956 Institute and passing legislation to make it impossible for Central European University, a top international graduate institution, to operate independently in the country. 

The Institute of Political History is a premier independent research institute and archive in Hungary. In addition to the internationally recognized strength of its research staff, the Institute is also an important repository of archival collections that are vital for research on nineteenth and twentieth-century Hungarian history, including the records the Hungarian labor movement, individual politicians, and, until their recent nationalization, the records of the trade unions between 1944 and 1989. In order to avoid making compensation payments, the government retroactively declared these materials state property through a constitutional amendment.

In 2010, the government de-funded the Institute for Political History and initiated the eviction of the institute from its research facilities. For the past decade, the Institute has been involved in litigation with the government regarding archival materials, compensation, eviction, and funding. While lower courts have ruled in the Institute’s favor, the Hungarian government used its legislative power to preempt negative judgements in the court.

The Institute of Political History is the last remaining independent scholarly research institute in Hungary. Its survival as an institution of intellectual inquiry and a repository of documents that preserve the history of the working class and labor movement in Hungary is necessary to preserve the last bastion of academic freedom in Hungary.

HSA President’s Report (October 2020)

HSR Call for Submissions

The editors of Hungarian Studies Review are seeking proposals and submissions for the following types of manuscripts:

Articles: 5000–7000 words (plus notes) based on original research and analysis. Submissions will be subject to peer review.
Thematic Article Cluster: 2–4 articles (5000–7000 words per article plus notes) and an introduction (800–1000 words) on a theme. Proposals should be sent to the managing editor prior to submission. Subject to peer and editorial review. • Roundtables: A cluster of 5–7 statements (800–1000 words per text with very limited notes plus a short introductory essay) that reflect conversations and debates about a topic or theme that have come primarily
from an in-person or virtual roundtable. Proposals should be sent to the managing editor prior to submission. Subject to editorial input and review.
Forums: A cluster of 4–6 essays (1500–2500 words with limited notes) and an introduction (800–1000 words) on an issue related to a historical or contemporary debate, controversy, or question pertinent to Hungarian studies. Proposals should be sent to the managing editor prior to submission. Subject to editorial input and review. • Book reviews: Reviews of 1000–1500 words that provide a description of the contents as well as provide a critique of a book. Submissions will be subject to editorial review. Review essays: Longer reviews of several works on a given topic, conceived as several linked book reviews. Submissions will be subject to editorial review.
Primary Source Translation and Commentary: Translated Hungarian sources (in whole or in part) accompanied by an introduction/commentary. Proposals should be submitted to the managing editor prior to submission. Subject to editorial review and copyright restrictions.
Reports on New Media and Digital Content: Overviews and analyses of online material and resources including digital collections, databases, websites, and webinars. Proposals should be submitted to the managing editor prior to submission. Subject to editorial review and copyright restrictions.
The editors of HSR also welcome submissions beyond those outlined above, including project and conference reports, polemical scholarly debates, pedagogical discussions, and photo essays (subject to permissions). We also welcome proposals for special thematic issues.
The journal provides copy-editing assistance to contributors, though we will return submissions to authors prior to consideration for publication if significant revisions are necessary.
*The editors are prepared to secure review copies of books.
Please consult the most recent version of the Chicago Manual of Style for details on how to format your submission. HSR uses endnotes for articles and essays, and in-text parenthetical references for book reviews.
Send all submissions and proposals to our managing editor, Steven Jobbitt:
Send all suggestions for books to review to our book review editor, Richard Esbenshade:

(HSR Call for Submissions PDF)