I am a cultural researcher with an interest in memory studies and a focus on Central and Eastern Europe. Currently, I am an Alexander von Humboldt senior research fellow at the Center for Research on Antisemitism, TU, Berlin.
I hold master degrees in Hungarian literature, German literature, and comparative literature as well as a doctoral degree in comparative literature and cultural studies from ELTE, Budapest. I have been engaged in the study of memory cultures since I started working on my second book, published as Agents of Liberation. Holocaust Memory in Contemporary Art and Documentary Film. While this book focused on contemporary culture, my more recent work has shifted toward the historical study of memory regimes. In this context, my current research explores how memory practices contribute to the (re-)emergence of fascist currents.
I have worked in a variety of academic contexts: I completed my doctoral dissertation as a research fellow at the Department for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at ELTE and I wrote my second book as an assistant professor at the Department for Art Theory and Curatorial Studies at the University of Fine Arts in Budapest. While researching for my dissertation and then my second book, I enjoyed grants and visiting fellowships at universities in Vienna and Berlin.
In the recent years, I worked as a senior research fellow at the Center for Jewish History in New York, the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe in Leipzig, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, the Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research in Jerusalem, and the Institute for Advanced Study at the Central European University in Budapest.
Working in different institutional contexts led me to appreciate diverse academic cultures and opened up my own work to impulses from different disciplines. I pursue memory studies as a transdisciplinary scholarly enterprise that integrates results and methodologies from across the humanities and social sciences.
I believe that memory studies has to contribute to the understanding of our contemporary world and as practitioners of our field we need to be able to reflect critically on how memory works and respond to some of the political challenges we face today.
In addition to my scholarly work, I have been engaged as a curator and co-author in art and exhibition projects. I have worked together with professionals coming from inside and outside of the academia and applied non-academic forms of creative and critical thinking in order to reflect on pressing issues and address a broader audience.
Discussion of A Specter Haunting Europe. The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism, by Paul Hanebrink, in: Quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History, n. 18, December 2020.
"Eine »entsetzliche Einsicht«. Zur Emotionsgeschichte des »besiegten Selbst« im ungarischen Antisemitismus," in: Emotionen und Antisemitismus, ed. by Stefanie Schüler-Springorum und Jan Süselbeck (Wallstein Verlag, Göttingen, 2020), 233-246.