The Institute for Minority Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the European Centre for Minority Issues agree on a Memorandum of Understanding.


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The new alliance of the church and the state

Eszter Neumann's talk at the Department of Sociology of the Institute of Sociological Studies (Charles University, Prague): The new alliance of the church and the state: Neoconservative education policy, nationalism and the increasing role of Christian churches in Hungarian education. The lecture will take place on 3rd February 2021 from 3.30 pm at this link

Kovács Eszter: Diaspora Policies, Consular Services and Social Protection for Hungarian Citizens Abroad

In: Lafleur JM., Vintila D. (eds.): Migration and Social Protection in Europe and Beyond (Volume 2). IMISCOE Research Series. Springer, Cham. The open access chapter is available at: HERE.

This chapter presents Hungary’s policies for nationals abroad. First, it discusses the different types of Hungarian diaspora groups (including the Hungarian national minorities in Hungary’s neighbouring countries) and their relation with the homeland. Second, the chapter introduces the general institutional framework by which Hungarian authorities interact with ethnic kin communities and nationals abroad, as well as the engagement policies with this population abroad outside of the area of social protection. Third, it offers an overview of the policies, programmes and services offered by the home country authorities to respond to the social protection needs of nationals abroad. The chapter argues that Hungarian policies for nationals and ethnic kin communities abroad primarily focus on culturally and politically engaging this population and on strengthening their national identity, while the effects of these policies in terms of social protection are less characteristic. The current Government’s policies emphasize national survival and interest, and since Hungarian groups abroad have an important role in this agenda, the homeland’s focus on the diaspora’s identity and attachment to Hungary logically follows from the government’s nationalistic goals.

Máté Tamás: “Moses Lackenbacher & Compagnie”: Business and Kinship in the Early 19th-Century Habsburg Monarchy

PaRDeS: Journal of the Association for Jewish Studies in German 2020: 26, 75-88. Available at: HERE.

In 1810, Moses Lackenbacher, together with two of his children, Israel and Heinrich, and Moses Löwenstein created the company “Moses Lackenbacher & Compagnie” with headquarters in Nagykanizsa and a branch in Vienna. The main profile of the company was army purveyance. The business activity resulted in a high spatial mobility which led to socio-cultural acculturation and conversions to Christianity within the kinship. This paper explores the connection between kinship and the operation of the com-pany on the basis of the prominent yet little-researched Lackenbachers in the early 19th-century Habsburg Monarchy. Central questions are how the relatives organized a company during the Napoleonic wars, as well as the impact of operating a business; how familial bonds and kinship links were affected, and, in this context, how relatives together evolved into a multi-religious network of kinship.