On October 30, 2021, Ya Ning, a CEU alumnus (MA in Medieval Studies, 2018–19) who is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Eötvös Lóránd University in Budapest, gave a presentation on János M. Bak and his academic legacy at the Annual Conference of the Chinese Society for Medieval Studies in Xiamen, China. As Ya aimed to highlight in his presentation honoring the memory of the iconic co-founder of the Department of Medieval Studies at CEU, Prof. Bak is remembered fondly by many as an influential teacher and mentor, an outstanding academic event organizer, a pioneering researcher, and for his tireless work as a academic ambassador to bridge the research traditions of medieval studies between Western Europe and North America on the one hand and the countries of the Central Eastern European region on the other.
The Chinese Society for Medieval Studies was established in 1979 and is one of the most influential historical research associations in China. The Society has now more than 300 members. Prof. Liu Jinghua from Tianjin Normal University, an expert in Medieval European Urban and Rural History, is currently chairing the Society.