Faculty

 

Zsuzsanna Árendás
Visiting Research Fellow
CEU, Democracy Institute
In the Cultural Heritage Studies Program, Zsuzsanna teaches courses on cultural anthropology and the anthropology of heritage, focusing on the changes of heritage in the context of human movement/ mobilities.

Alice M. Choyke
associate professor, member of the Program Committee
CEU, Department of Medieval Studies
Alice works closely with students of the Cultural Heritage Studies Program on their thesis projects as supervisor and as the instructor of research methodology and thesis writing seminars. Students can learn about material culture, animal-human interactions and the interplay between humans and the natural world.

Tamás Fejérdy
visiting faculty
Tamás is an expert in the protection of built cultural heritage with broad international experience, president of the Icomos Hungarian National Committee. He contributes to courses on the legal and institutional protection of cultural heritage and on UNESCO World Heritage.

Cristian-Nicolae Gaşpar
lecturer
CEU, Department of Medieval Studies
Cristian is a medievalist by training and an expert in written and spoken forms of languages. His courses for students in cultural heritage studies explore the intangible heritage of languages and its role in the life of communities and their identities.

Gabriella Ivacs
visiting faculty
Gabriella is head of the Archives and Records Management Section at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna providing professional guidance, and introducing change management. Before that, she was Chief Archivist at the Open Society Archives in Budapest. She teaches about practices and policies of managing information and documentary heritage.

Gerhard Jaritz
professor
CEU, Department of Medieval Studies
Gerhard's research field is in medieval studies, primarily in material culture, visual culture, and social history. He has supervised an enormous number of MA and PhD theses, and he accompanies the students in cultural heritage studies on their road towards their thesis defense at thesis writing seminars, workshops, and consutations. His courses on material and visual culture are electives in the Cultural Heritage Studies Program.

Maciej Kisilowski
associate professor
CEU, Department of Economics and Business
His research interests focus on the application of innovation strategy to various nonmarket fields, including public law and regulation. His course equips cultural heritage students with the basic knowledge and skills of strategic management of cultural institutions.

Alexandra Kowalski
assistant professor, member of the Program Committee
CEU, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology 

Alexandra Kowalski is a historical sociologist whose research interests center on the politics of culture across the modern and contemporary period. Her heritage-related publications, so far, have dealt with heritage policies and decentralization in contemporary France; media, heritage, and nationalism in post-war France; the institutional history of UNESCO’s World Heritage list; and heritage preservation and memory in Budapest. Her two main, current projects include a research of Holocaust memory in contemporary Hungary, with a first publication forthcoming in 2020, and a book project in the works. She is also currently completing a book manuscript that retraces the birth of heritage out of post-war French politics. Alexandra’s classes at CEU include: Politics and Policies of Heritage and Memory; Art and Society; State and Culture; Contemporary Social Theory.

Volodymyr Kulikov
research fellow
Volodymyr is specialized in the history and heritage of industry and business enterprises. He runs large international projects of the Cultural Heritage Studies Program on adaptive heritage reuse and industrial heritage, teaches courses on these topics and on online public engagement of heritage organizations, and works with several students as thesis supervisor and instructor of the thesis seminar.

József Laszlovszky
professor, Program Director
CEU, Department of Medieval Studies
As the head of the Cultural Heritage Studies Program József teaches introductory courses on research management and resources, historiography of cultural heritage, the heritage in Vienna and Budapest, on various aspects of environmental heritage and built heritage, UNESCO World Heritage, and he has been organizing academic field trips for students of the CEU for two decades. He works closely with students as supervisor and instructor of thesis seminars and workshops.

C. Timothy McKeown
visiting faculty
Tim is a legal anthropologist whose career has focused exclusively on the development and use of explicit ethnographic methodologies to document the cultural knowledge of communities and use that knowledge to enhance policy development and implementation. He has been intimately involved in the documentation and application of indigenous knowledge to the development of U.S. repatriation policy since 1991. He teaches courses on ethics in the field of cultural heritage, and the legal and ethical problems of heriage repatriation. In 2020, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior appointed Tim as a member of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee.

Dóra Mérai
research fellow
Dóra runs large international projects of the Cultural Heritage Studies Program on adaptive heritage reuse and industrial heritage, and teaches courses in the field of memory studies, visual studies, heritage policy, adaptive heritage reuse, and the historiography of cultural heritage. She works with several students supervising their thesis in these areas.

Zsuzsanna Reed
lecturer
CEU, Department of Medieval Studies
Zsuzsa is a medievalist specialized in texts, books, and literature and teaching courses in various fascinating topics related to these, from medieval mapping to monsters. She is an expert in academic writing and teaches students in cultural heritage studies to present their research and project results in writing efficiently, in various genres and forms. 

Tamás Régi
visiting faculty
Kodolányi János University of Applied Sciences
Tamás studies the anthropology of human mobility with a particular interest in the politics of tourism, heritage and migration in Africa. He teaches courses on cultural anthropology and the anthropology of heritage.

Zsuzsanna Renner
visiting faculty
Zsuzsanna is an indologist with extensive work experience in the museum sector both as a researcher and as a manager. She teaches courses on various aspects of the operation of museums and on the religious and cultural heritage of South and Southeast Asia.

Marcell Sebök
assistant professor
CEU, Department of Medieval Studies
Marcell is specialized in cultural history focusing on the early modern and modern era, and the history of collecting and inventorying heritage. Students of the Cultural Heritage Studies Program meet him at the course on Documentary Heritage: Practices of Managing Information, and they can visit his courses as electives on visual studies, cultural history, and the history of collections.

Gábor Soós
visiting faculty
As Secretary General of the Hungarian National Commission for Unesco, Gábor teaches courses on UNESCO World Heritage and the legal and institutional protection of heritage; he also advices students writing their thesis on related topics.

Eszter Spät
visiting faculty
Eszter is specialized in the Yezidi religion, its ongoing transformation and its role in idenity formation within the framework of modern Iraqi politics. She has been carrying out regular fieldwork in Northern Iraq since 2002. Her courses explore the broader questions of religious and minority heritage, orality and literacy, and the methodology of field research. She also supervises student theses focusing on intangible heritage.

Béla Zsolt Szakács
associate professor
CEU, Department of Medieval Studies
Béla Zsolt is art historian specialized in medieval art and architecture. In the Cultural Heritage Studies Program, he teaches the history of monument protection and elective courses in the field of art history and visual studies.
Zsuzsanna Szálka
visiting faculty
Zsuzsanna Szálka is an international cultural manager and lecturer in cultural management. She isn the coordinator of CEU Culture Hub. She teaches project management for stuents in cultural heritage studies and about the operations management and communication of cultural institutions.
Katalin Szende
associate professor
CEU, Department of Medieval Studies
Katalin is an expert in archival studies and urban studies with primary but not exclusive focus on the Middle Ages. She teaches about the perspectives and methods of local history and the concept of local heritage in the Cultural Heritage Studies Program, and her courses on archival research and medieval urban communities are available as electives.
Carsten Wilke
professor
CEU, Jewish Studies Program, Center for Religious Studies, Department of History, Department of Medieval Studies
Carsten's multiple affiliation at CEU reflects his broad range of interest and expertise. He teaches a course on Jewish Heritage for students in cultural heritage studies, and works as supervisor with those who focus on Jewish or religious heritage.
Katalin Wollák
visiting professor
After a long career in cultural heritage protection at various public bodies and broad international experience, Katalin is works as an independent expert in the field now. He teaches courses on the legal and institutional protection of cultural heritage and supervises theses on built heritage management and protection.

Courses by a number of other faculty members at various departments can be chosen by students in the Cultural Heritage Studies Program as electives, such as