Dear All

The ISHA New Year Seminar 2017 would not have been possible without the help and generous financial and professional support of the Central European University (CEU), the Faculty of Humanities of the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE BTK), the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Pázmány Péter Catholic University (PPKE BTK).

Let us thank namely to Dr. László Borhy (Dean of ELTE BTK), Dr. Csaba Borsodi, (Director of the Institute of Historical Studies of the ELTE BTK), Ft. Dr. György Fodor (Dean of PPKE BTK), Dr. Ilona Kovács (Vice-Dean of Academic Affairs), and to Matthias Riedl (head of the Department of History at CEU) for providing us with the rooms and halls of the faculty and other infrastructure; the devoted colleagues at the Szekfű Gyula Library of the Institute of Historical Studies for providing us with the venue; and the maintenance staff of the Faculties for their technical support.

Moreover, we also want to express our sincere gratitude to the Students’ Union of the Faculty of Humanities of the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE BTK HÖK), to András Jancsó, President and Nóra Lengyel, Vice-President of the Students’ Union of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Pázmány Péter Catholic University (PPKE BTK HÖK) for their generous financial and technical support, to Czinege András President of the History Student Representatives of ELTE BTK (Történelem Szhék), and to the Alliance of the Hungarian PhD Students (DOSZ) for their contribution to financing the Reception on the Roundtable.

We would also like to thank to Matthias Riedl (CEU) and Balázs Trencsényi (Professor at CEU) for being kind enough to deliver the opening speech and lecture, Zoltán Zarándy (European Parliament advisor to MEP and local programme coordinator), Tamás Nyirkos (Professor at PPKE BTK) and Péter Kránitz (PhD student at PPKE BTK, DOSZ) for accepting our invitation and contributing to the Roundtable discussion; and Péter Galambos (PhD candidate at ELTE BTK) for moderating the discussion.

We would also like to express our thanks and appreciation to those who helped us during the academic programme, namely to Arany Krisztina, Bakó Zsigmond, Tamás Sárhegyi from the National Archives of Hungary for welcoming the participants of the Migration workshop in the Archives and for presenting the Mikes Kelemen Programme; to Tamás Scheibner and Lóránt Bódi from COURAGE (Cultural Opposition – Understanding the CultuRal HeritAGE of Dissent in the Former Socialist Countries) for giving a workshop about their work; and to Gergely Péterfy, (author of “The Stuffed Barbarian”) for his assistance on the “Wilds and Civilised” workshop.
Furthermore, our sincere gratitude goes His Excellency, Ambassador Nicolas Trouvé (Embassy of Sweden in Budapest) for welcoming our group to a discussion about Raoul Wallenberg and his legacy; to Andreas Attorps (Policy Officer at the Embassy of Sweden) for organising the visit; and to the Hungarian National Museum for securing a discount entry for the visiting group.

Let the leaders of the conference workshops and Budapest tours also be thanked here for their efforts in the weeks leading up to and during the event: Árvay Erzsébet (Migration and Integration), Dalma Bódai and Dániel Molnár (“Wilds” and “Civilised”), Diana Sellyei from ISHA Eger and Tamás Sárhegyi (Occupation and Liberation), Maren Francke and Bence László Bari (Majority vs. Minority), Alisa Gadas and Dóra Hegedűs (Movie and Xenophobia), Dorottya Bartha (Power of Propaganda), Miriam Eisleb and Klara Schwalbe (Historiography workshop), Lilla Zámbó (PhD workshop); Bernadett Kácsor, Fanni Juriga (President of the I.Tóth Zoltán Circle), and Miklós Tömöry for their kind assistance.

We would also like to thank to Horváth Dóri and his band for the music provided on the Hungarian Folk Dance Atelier, Árpád Bayer for its organisation, to Zappa Trafik Club and to the Students’ Union of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Pázmány Péter Catholic University (PPKE BTK HÖK), namely to András Jancsó and Kántor Dávid for providing us with the venue for the Open Mic/Culture Bistro and for their technical support and also to Mátyás Varga and Ádám Porubszky from the Kubinyi András Történész Műhely, and to Ujvári Ágnes from Pázmány Ostrakon for attending the event.

Our appreciation goes to the Sára Lakatos for her kind assistance and the team at Wombat’s Hostel; as well as to Attila Szűcs, and the amazing management and staff of the Bordó Bisztró, and to Fanni Juriga, Fanni Pusztai, Péter Pusztai and for the ISHA Budapest cooking team for the delicious farewell diner. Special thanks to Ágoston Heim and the staff of the Aznap pub for providing us with the venue for the farewell party.

Additionally, truly heartfelt thanks go to the wonderful members of the organising group for all their dedication and hard work: Fanni Juriga, Dalma Bódai, Dóra Hegedüs, Bernadett Kácsor, Sára Lakatos, Sellyei Diána (ISHA Eger), Erzsébet Árvay, Árpád Bayer, Tamás Sárhegyi, Miklós Tömöry.

Also, very special thanks to Bálint Bak and Fekete Bálint, the re-founders of ISHA Budapest for their constant help, advices and encouragement before and during the event, and also for bringing ISHA into our life.

Last but not least, thank you all for coming and making this seminar week an amazing experience!

Kindest regards,

Dániel Molnár, President of ISHA Budapest
Bence Bari, Main Organizer
Dorottya Bartha, Coordinator
Lilla Zámbó, Coordinator and Acting-President of ISHA International