Peter Apor

Contact information

Budapest, Nador u. 11

Research Interest
Contemporary history, historical anthropology, historiography

Selected Conferences, Lectures
2001 Continuity, Lieux de mémoire and The Body Politic, Identity and Temporality. Constructions of Continuity and Discontinuity, Conference organized partly by myself, European University Institute, Florence
2002 The Underground: A Means of Temporalization (in German), Regimes of Temporality: Conference Devoted to Reinhart Koselleck, Maison des Scieneces de l’Hommes - Goethe Instititut Internationes, Sofia
2004 De-Constructing Communist History Writing, Recent Pasts: Looking Backward, 2003-1933, University of Bucharest
Hungarian History Writing after 1989, Historical Studies: Disciplines and Discourses, CEU, Budapest
2005 The Image of the Black Market and Economic Reconstruction in Post-war Hungary, Social Transformations in East-central Europe, 1945-1989, University of Warsaw
A Micro-History on the Sovietization of Hungarian Historiography, New Perspectives on Sovietization and Modernity in Central and Eastern Europe, Florence-Budapest
The Scandal of the Secret Agents in the Context of Hungarian Historiography, Between Amnesia and Nostalgia: Remembering Communism, Freie Universitat, Berlin
The Legacy of Communist Historiography, Communism and Fascism: Histories and Memories Compared, University of Bucharest
2007 Rural Anti-semitism and the Communist Takeover in Hungary, Social Transformations and Social Identities in East-Central Europe under Communism, CEU, Budapest
Euro-communism: Commemorating Communism in Contemporary Eastern Europe, The Memory and Legacy of Communism in Europe, EURHISTXX conference, IHTP, Paris

Edited volumes
Sorin Antohi, Balázs Trencsényi and Péter Apor, Narratives Unbound: Historical Studies in Post-comunist Eastern Europe (Budapest – New York, 2007)
Oksana Sarkisova and Péter Apor, Past for the Eyes: East European Representations of Communism in Cinema and Museums after 1989 (Budapest – New York, 2008)
Balázs Apor, Péter Apor and Arfon Rees, New Perspectives in Sovietization and Modernity (Washington, DC, 2008) (forthcoming)

Recent Studies

  1. ‘Történeti antropológia’ (Historical Anthropology) in Bevezetés a társadalomtörténetbe (Introduction to Social History), eds.: Zsombor Bódy – József Ö. Kovács (Budapest, 2003), second revised edition 2006
  2. `The Underground: A Means of Temporalization` (in Bulgarian) in Historical Time and Temporality: Around Reinhart Koselleck, ed.: Ivaylo Znepolski (Sofia, 2003)
  3. `The Eternal Body: The Birth of The Pantheon of the Labor Movement in Budapest` in East Central Europe – L`Europe du Centre-Est: Eine wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift 31 (1 2004)
  4. `El?kép: a Tanácsköztársaság felidézése a Rákosi-rendszerben` (Pre-figuration: Evoking the First Hungarian Soviet Republic in the Rákosi-era) in Századvég 35 (1 2005)
  5. ‘A konspiráció dialektikája. A Kádár-korszak történelmi regényeir?l’ (The Dialectics of Conspiracy: On Historical Novels in the Kádár-era) in M?vészet és hatalom. A Kádár-korszak m?vészete (Art and Power: Art in the Kádár-era), eds.: Tamás Kisantal – Anna Menyhért (Budapest, 2005)
  6. ’Une communauté ordinaire. La naissance du Panthéon du mouvement ouvrier à Budapest’ in La Nouvelle Alternative 66-67 (October-December 2005)
  7. ‘Obiecte ?i problematici. Evocarea trecutului recent în Europa de Est post-comunist?’ (Objects and Issues: Evoking the Recent Past in Post-Communist Eastern Europe) in ?coala memoriei 2006 (School of Memory 2006), ed.: Romulus Rusan (Bucharest, 2007)
  8. Balázs Trencsényi – Péter Apor, ‘Fine-tuning the Polyphonic Past: Historical Studies in Post-Communist Hungary’ in Sorin Antohi, Balázs Trencsényi and Péter Apor (eds.), Narratives Unbound: Historical Studies in Post-comunist Eastern Europe (Budapest – New York, 2007)
  9. ‘Secret Agents: Historiography and the Context of a Public Scandal in Contemporary Hungary’ in Zwischen Amnesie und Nostalgie: Die Erinnerung an den Kommunismus in Südosteuropa, eds.: Ulf Brunnbauer – Stefan Troebst (Cologne – Weimar – Vienna, 2007)


MA in History, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, June 1995
MA in Central-European History, Central European University, Budapest, June 1996
MA in Literature, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, June 1997
PhD in History and Civilizations, European University Institute, Florence, June 2002

Projects with involvement of Peter Apor