András Fejérdy is senior research fellow of the Church History department at the Institute of History, Research Centre for the Humanities, and the deputy director of the Institute of History, Research Centre for the Humanities (Budapest). He also serves as associate professor for Church History at Pázmány Péter Catholic University. He has been the Scientific secretary of Balassi Institute, Hungarian Academy in Rome (2011–2015). His research interests include religious history, the history of the Catholic Church in East-Central Europe and the relationship between the Holy See and Hungary in modern and contemporary history with special attention to the communist period.
His books include Pressed by a Double Loyalty: Hungarian Attendance at the Second Vatican Councile (CEU Press, 2016); Az 1822. évi magyar nemzeti zsinat története [History of the Hungarian national synode of 1822] (MTA Bölcsészettudományi Kutatóközpont, 2018) and “I was Francis Moly” Magyary Gyula emlékezései egy titkos politikai-diplomáciai békemisszióra [The memoirs of Gyula Magyary on a secret political-diplomatic peace mission] (2019).
See András’s full publications on the Research Centre for the Humanities website.
Tomasz Hen-Konarski is researcher in the Department of the History of Ideas and the History of the Intelligentsia in the 19th and 20th Centuries at the Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw). Tomasz holds Magister degree from the University of Warsaw and PhD from the European University Institute in Florence. His research interests include Polish and Ukrainian nation building in Galicia, Catholic Enlightenment, and the Greek Catholic Church as a political institution of the Austrian Monarchy. Apart from Florence and Warsaw, he either studied or worked in Bielefeld, Budapest, Cambridge (MA), London, Lviv, and Vienna.
Tomasz has published his work on Austrian, Polish, and Ukrainian topics in Acta Poloniae Historica, Austrian History Yearbook, East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies, European History Quarterly, Harvard Ukrainian Studies, Krytyka: Thinking Ukraine, and Kwartalnik Historyczny.
Currently, he serves as one of the convenors of the Assemani Seminar for Eastern Catholic History. For his previous research project, visit its website.
Emília Hrabovec is full professor of history at the Comenius University Bratislava, Faculty of Roman Catholic Theology, and Head of the Department of Christian Philosophy and Historical Sciences.
She has tought at the Vienna University, Institute for Eastern European History, for many years, has been visiting senior research fellow at the Istituto Storico Italo-Germanico Trento and the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies in Regensburg and visiting professor at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and La Sapienza Università di Roma. 2013-2017 she was the first director of the Slovak Historical Institute in Rome.
She is member of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences (Vatican), of Collegium Carolinum (Munich), the Scientific Board of the Revue d’Histoire Ecclésiastique (Louvain) and the Scientific Board of the Centro Studi e Ricerche del Concilio Vaticano Secondo at the Pontifical Lateran University (Rome) and director of the journal Slovak Studies. Rivista dell’Istituto Storico Slovacco di Roma.
She has received the Award of Richard Georg Plaschka of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Award of the Institut for the History of Christianity in Slovakia and the Award of the Slovak Bishops’ Conference “Fides et ratio”.
Her research interests include ecclesiastical and political history of Central Eastern Europe and the diplomacy of the Holy See in the contemporary period with special attention to the relations of the Holy See towards Slovakia and Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th century. To these topics, she has dedicated more than 300 books and articles in seven languages, among them a monograph on the policy of the Holy See towards Czechoslovakia and the successor states of the Habsburg monarchy (Der Heilige Stuhl und die Slowakei 1918-1922 im Kontext internationaler Beziehungen. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Verlag, 2002), on the expulsion of the Germans from the Czech Countries (Vertreibung und Abschub: Deutsche in Mähren 1945-1947. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Verlag, 1995 and 1996 (2. ed).), a commented edition of Vatican documents on Slovakia (Slovensko a Svätá stolica 1918 – 1927 vo svetle vatikánskych prameňov. Bratislava: Vydavateľstvo Univerzity Komenského 2012) or a monograph on the Vatican Eastern Policy (Slovensko a Svätá stolica v kontexte vatikánskej východnej politiky (1962 – 1989). Bratislava : Lúč, 2017, 2nd edition). Among the books she edited there are publications dedicated to the legacy of the Sts. Cyrill and Methodius (I Santi Cirillo e Metodio e la loro eredità religiosa e culturale, ponte tra Oriente e Occidente, ed. Emilia Hrabovec, Pierantonio Piatti, Rita Tolomeo, Città del Vaticano: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2016) or on the diplomacy of the Holy See towards East Central Europe 1945-1965 (Chiesa del silenzio e diplomazia pontificia, 1945-1965, ed. Emilia Hrabovec, Giuliano Brugnotto, Peter Jurčaga), together with Katrin Boeckh she published the edition of sources on confessional networks of the Germans in Russia (Konfessionelle Netzwerke der Deutschen in Russland 1922-1941. Quellen-Datenbank).
Dr. Željko Oset is a fellow at the American Slovenian Education Foundation. He was junior fellow at the Institute of Contemporary History (Ljubljana, Slovenia) between 2007-2012, and assistant professor at the University of Nova Gorica (Nova Gorica, Slovenia) between 2014-2021. Between 2021 and 2023, he was a director of the Museum of Slovenian Independence (2021-2023). He holds PhD from the University of Ljubljana.
He was a visiting researcher at the Institute of Recent History of Serbia (2010), the Croatian Institute of History (2016, 2018), the Polish Academy of Sciences (2016), the Ohio State University (2016), the Central European University (2016), the Czech Academy of Sciences (2016), the University of Graz (2017, 2020), the University of Vienna (2017), the University of Eastern Finland (2017, 2018, 2019, 2021), Moscow State University (2018), the Russian Academy of Sciences (2019, 2021) and Tel Aviv University (2019).
Oset’s research focuses on the history of Slovenian science, Slovenian-Russian cultural relations, and the role and impact of Yugoslavian secret police (UDB-a) on academia, the Catholic Church and on the society as a whole. In 2021, he published a transcript of UDB’s textbook with commentary (Udbovski učbenik: začetni tečaj- strogo zaupno – UDB’s textbook, beginner’s level – top secret).
Dr. Katalin Pataki is Associate Member of the Faculty of History at the University of Oxford. She received her doctoral degree at the Central European University in 2020. In her dissertation, she studied secular authorities’ capacities to monitor incomes and expenses directly connected to the individual members of religious orders in the Habsburg realms. During her doctoral studies, she held several fellowships and pursued her research at various prestigious institutions including the University of Cambridge (CEU DRSG), the Charles University (Erasmus+) and the French Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences in Prague (Visegrad Fund), the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz, and at the Collegium Hungaricum in Vienna. She taught academic writing as Global Teaching Fellow at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh in 2020, where she also developed a new research project on the management of tax-free lands in eighteenth-century Bengal. Between 2020-2023, she worked as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford, where she pursued research on early modern economic and military history in the framework of the “The European Fiscal-Military System 1530-1870” project funded by the European Research Council. Her research interests also include the history of early modern medicine, particularly the material culture and economic role of apothecary shops maintained by monasteries.
Latest publication: Monastic Prisons in the Eyes of Ecclesiastical and Secular Authorities, Storia e Regione/Geschichte und Region (2022) vol. 31 no. 1., 119-143. For a full list see: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0331-8295
Przemysław Pazik – a graduate of the University of Warsaw and the College of Europe (Natolin). In 2019 he received PhD in history with a dissertation focusing on the post-WWII debates among catholic intelligentsia in Poland. Prior to joining the SOVEREIGNTY project team he worked at the College of Europe (Natolin), Vistula University in Warsaw and Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was a junior research fellow at the Institute of European History (IEG) in Mainz and visiting researcher at the Pontificia Università della Santa Croce in Rome as well as the recipient of the Vibke Sorensen grant at the Historical Archives of the EU in Fiesole. Between 2017 and 2021 he was the PI for the National Science Center (NCN) funded research project Between party and antipolitics. Catholic political though and activity in Poland 1945-1948. A comparative approach.
His research focuses on the intellectual history of political Catholicism in Poland and the history of Christian democracy in XX century.
In 2022 he published a book Spory i wybory ideowe katolików w Polsce 1942-1948 [Intellectual debates and choices of lay catholics in Poland 1942-1948] and has recently curated the Polish translation of Augusto Del Noce’s Il suicidio della rivoluzione.
Dr. Anca Șincan has a Ph.D. in history from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary with a research on religion in communist Romania. In 2006 she was an expert in the Presidential Commission for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Romania for the chapter Church under communism. She is a researcher at the “Gheorghe Șincai” Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities of the Romanian Academy in Tîrgu-Mureș. Between 2017-2021 she was a postdoctoral researcher in the European Research Council Project Creative Agency and Religious Minorities: Hidden Galleries in the Secret Police Archives in Central and Eastern Europe (Hidden Galleries) at University College Cork.
Latest publications include a co-edited journal issue Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy: The Religious Underground in the Twentieth Century East-Central Europe in „Review of Ecumenical Studies”, 14:2 (2022) https://sciendo.com/issue/RESS/14/2 (with Ionuț Biliuță); “Do onto Yourself”: Leading the Church in the 1970s Romania through Self-Policing and Self-Censorship, East Central Europe, 49(2-3), 175-192. doi: https://doi.org/10.30965/18763308-49020003; “Atrapar el viento: la clandestinidad greco-católica en Rumanía durante la última década del régimen comunista” in Cuadernos de Historia Contemporánea, Issue 44 (2022), pp. 55-71 (https://revistas.ucm.es/index.php/CHCO/article/view/83304)
Miklós Tömöry is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Church History department of the Institute of History, Research Centre for the Humanities. In his work Tömöry focuses on the relations between Serbian, Croatian and Hungarian national movements and ecclesiastical institutions, with a special focus on cults of “national” saints and their festivities, as well as the production and usage of (urban) space by the national movements. Having an academic background in History, Croatian Philology and International Relations, Tömöry published academic papers in English, Hungarian, German and Serbian. Tömöry defended his PhD dissertation at Eötvös Loránd University in 2023 under the title “Space Usage and Self-representation of the Serbian National Movement in Pest-Buda and Novi Sad between 1860 and 1871”. In the project, Miklós Tömöry is focusing on relations between the state and the Catholic Church in Croatia-Slavonia and Dalmatia, as well as in Serbia and Montenegro, from 1855 till 1918.
See Miklós Tömöry’s full list of publications in the Hungarian Scientific Bibliography.