Zoltán Kékesi (b. Budapest) is a writer and cultural researcher. In 2018-2019, he was a research fellow at the Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research in Jerusalem. He was a J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Fellow at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC in 2017. In 2016, he held a visiting fellowship at the Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe (GWZO) in Leipzig and he was a Prins Foundation senior research fellow at the Center for Jewish History, New York City, in 2014-2015From 2009 to 2018, he worked as an assistant professor at the Department of Art Theory and Curatorial Studies at the University of Fine Arts, Budapest. In 2010, 2012, and 2013 he was guest lecturer in the master's program in Cultures and Literatures of Central and Eastern Europe at Humboldt University, Berlin. He was a DAAD research fellow at Humboldt University in 2005 and 2011, and an ÖAD research fellow at the University of Vienna in 2007 and 2013. He obtained his PhD in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies from Eötvös-Loránd University, Budapest, where he worked as a research scholar from 2006 to 2011. His most recent book is Agents of Liberation: Holocaust Memory in Contemporary Art and Documentary Film (2015), featuring case studies on German, Polish, and Israeli artists. His current research interest includes the visual and cultural history of modern anti-Semitism and the Holocaust with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe.

Recently published:

Tracing their Steps. Symbolic Topography and Anti-Jewish Politics in Budapest, in Yad Vashem Studies, 2 (2018), 91-113.


photo: USHMM, 2017