Gábor Czoch
Associate Professor
Gábor Czoch was born in 1965 in Budapest. He defended his dissertation in 1999, after completing his doctoral studies in co-tutelle at the University ELTE in Budapest and EHESS of Paris in the field of urban history of Hungary. Director of the Center for Studies of Central Europe from 2000 until its closure in 2006. Teacher at ELTE since 1998 at Atelier – Department for European Historiography and Social Sciences. Since 2008 Editor-in-chief of Korall, a Hungarian social sciences periodical. His research primarily concerns the field of urban history. Most recent book focuses on urbanization and social changes of the bourgeoisie of Hungary in the first half of the 19th century (A városok szíverek. Pozsony, 2009)
Judit Klement
Associate Professor
Judit Klement is a historian and sociologist, trained at ELTE University Faculty of Humanities, Budapest. She defended her PhD-thesis in 2009 in social and economic history at ELTE Teacher at ELTE since 2002, and joined the Atelier Department of European Social Sciences and Historiography in 2003 Member in the editorial board of the Hungarian social historical journal called Korall since 1999 and the Hungarian Historical Review since 2012 Main research field is economic and social history of the 19th and 20th century, with especial regard to enterprises and entrepreneurs of the Hungarian capitalism and to the history of Budapest both in international comparison Most recent monograph about the entrepreneurship of Budapest’ milling industry in the 19th century was published in 2012.
Ádám Takács
Associate Professor
Ádám Takács joined the Department of Atelier in 2005, where he has become an assistant professor in 2009. Trained in Budapest (ELTE) and in Paris (EHESS – PhD in 2009) as a philosopher. Teacher of courses on theory of history, historiography and methodology. Since 2011, he has been working in the research project „Regime and Society in Eastern Europe (1956-1989), From extended Reproduction to Social and Political Change”. Primarily research focuses on the questions of the mentality, culture and ideology of the socialist era in Hungary, including the phenomenon of the “socialist consciousness”.
Eszter György
Associate Professor
Graduated at ELTE University in Budapest and at EHESS de Paris. Excellent language skills in French and English. In 2013 she has defended her PhD at Atelier at Eötvös Loránd University, with a thesis written on the identity-building of a ghetto-district in Budapest, after the democratic turn.
Melinda Benkő
Associate Professor
Melinda Benko is graduated as an architect at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) in 1994, educated also in the ENSA Marseille-Luminy and the Politecnico di Milano. Associate professor, Head of the Department of Urban Planning and Design and Erasmus coordinator of the Faculty of Architecture in the BME. Teacher of architectural and urban theory and practice, works as urban designer. Research about different urban topics (contemporary urban design theory, urban form, safe cities, public space, large housing estate, context-sensitive architecture, in-between space etc.).
Péter Erdősi
Associate Professor
Péter Erdősi, assistant professor of history, Candidate of Sciences of the Hungarian Academy (2000), PhD (2004), started his academic career studying early modern courtly culture. His teaching activity has been marked by an interdisciplinary approach to cultural history at the Department of Central European Literature and Culture of the University of Miskolc and the Atelier Department of European Social Sciences and Historiography of Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. Promoting the academic adaption of the cultural heritage concept in Hungary, he edited a reader in cooperation with Gábor Sonkoly, and published numerous articles on the historical and the contemporary uses of memory and heritage. He became a museum expert at the Ferenczy Museum of Szentendre. Since 2012, Erdősi works at the Atelier Department, and contributed to the TEMA Erasmus Mundus Master Program. His research interest includes, along with heritage, urban history and Renaissance/Baroque cultural history.
Pinella Di Gregorio
Full Professor
Pinella Di Gregorio is Full Professor of Contemporary History at the Department of Political and Social Science at the University of Catania. She is President of Master Degree in Storia e cultura dei paesi mediterranei. She completed her Ph.D in History and Civilization at the European University Institute of Fiesole (Firenze) and she has had several international experiences such as: Resident Fellow at the Center for European Studies of the Harvard University Cambridge – Massachusetts (1994), where she came back in 1999 as research assistant of the professor Charles S. Maier. Visiting scholar at the School of History, Classics and Archeology of the Birbeck University of London (2001). Visiting scholar at the University College of London (2002, 2003, 2008). She has been member of the Editorial Board of the peer reviewed journal ‘Meridiana.Rivista di Storia e Scienze Sociali’ and since 2010 she is member of the Scientific Board of the Istituto Meridionale di Storia e Scienze Sociali, Rome. She is member of the Board of the "Scuola Superiore", training center of excellence at the University of Catania. Currently, she is a selected member of the Commission for National Scientific Qualification for the competition sector in Contemporary History. Research Fields: Business History. Electrical and oil Companies. Social networks and political élites. Territory and environment. Transnational political patterns in Europe. History of international markets of energy resources. British Empire and making Middle east. Area studies. Cross Cultural Studies. Orientalist culture.
Mara Benadusi
Associate Professor
Mara Benadusi is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Catania, and President of the Italian Society for Applied Anthropology. Her main research interests focus on disasters, environmental crises, and the political consequences of the processes of industrialization and land grabbing. She carried out a lengthy research project in Sri Lanka after the reconstruction following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake tsunami, and more recently, she has been dealing with the long-term effects of industrial pollution in a petrochemical terminal in Sicily. Email: .
Luca Ruggiero
Full Professor
Luca Ruggiero received his BA degree from the University of Catania (IT), MA from the University of Warwick (UK) and PhD from the University of Sassari (IT). He is Full Professor of Economic and Political Geography at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Catania. He is member of the Steering Committee of the Italian Geographical Society (SGI) in Rome. He was the coordinator (2014-2018) of the MA Programme in Global Politics and Euro-Mediterranean Relations (GLOPEM), a joint study programme between the University of Catania (Italy), the University of Liege (Belgium), UPEC (France) and University of Flensburg (Germany). He is key staff member of the Eurasia project (Erasmus Plus - KA2 Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education) that aims to introduce high quality European studies programs in Indian and Chinese universities. He has been member of the staff (2005-2012) of the Phd School on “Space, landscape and local communities” (University of Catania). He has been visiting scholar (2019) at the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies (University of Amsterdam); (2008) the School of Environment and Development (University of Manchester); (2006) the School of Geography and the Environment (University of Oxford). His current research interests focus on the interrelation between industrial crisis and land financialization; competing visions and politics of the smart city and the relationship between the urban commons and creative city models. He leads, as Principal Investigator, a transdisciplinary research and study group at the University of Catania on transformation and circulation of practices, ideas and models of environmental and economic development in the South of Italy and North Africa. He is currently member of the local research units of two National Research Projects (PRIN MIUR 2015): "Territorial Impact Assessment of Territorial Cohesion in the Italian regions” and “Eco-frictions in the Anthropocene". Has collaborated with prof. Maria Kaika (University of Amsterdam) and received funding from the British Academy in 2007 for the project Iconic Buildings and the changing ethnography or urban patronage in the 21st century. His latest books are: La dipendenza energetica dell’Unione Europea: Strategie geopolitiche e scenari innovativi (2016; Aracne, Roma); Temi di Geografia economica (2012; Giappichelli Torino) and Turismo e competitività urbana (2011; Franco Angeli, Milano) (co-edited with L Scrofani).
Vincenzo Asero
Assistant professor
Vincenzo Asero is Assistant professor in Economics at University of Catania, Department of Political and Social Sciences, where he currently teaches Economics, Regional Economics, and Heritage and Tourism Development. He has been Visiting Lecturer at University of Malta, FEMA (Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy), Tourism Studies Unit, where he taught Regional Tourism Development, and Visiting Researcher at CRPEE (Centre Régional de la Productivité et des Etudes Economiques), University of Montpellier I, France. His research interests cover Tourism, Local Development, Regional Economics, and Business Networks. On these issues, he has published articles, book chapters and edited books for Italian and foreign publishers. He is an active reviewer of several international journals on tourism. Moreover, he is regularly involved as consultant in projects in the fields of tourism and regional development.
Daniela Melfa
Associate Professor
Daniela Melfa is Associate Professor of African History at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Catania. She specialised in North African History and in 2008 published her PhD dissertation on Italian wine growers in the Tunisian protectorate, Migrando a sud. Coloni italiani in Tunisia (1881-1939). Her further research enlarged upon European settlement in Tunisia with a focus on missionary activities, gender issues and indigenous forms of agency. Her work-in-progress concerns the trajectory of the Left in independent Tunisia and a monograph on the Tunisian Communist Party – Rivoluzionari responsabili. Militanti comunisti in Tunisia (1956-93) –came out in 2019. In 2012 she spent a trimester as visiting scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley, and in 2017 was visiting professor at the EHESS (Paris). She has been President of the Italian Society for Middle Eastern Studies (SeSaMO) (2017-19).
Giovanni Schininà
Associate Professor
Giovanni Schininà is Associate Professor of Contemporary History at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Catania. Co-director of the series about Central European and Mediterranean Studies Galatea (Artemide, Rome), he is expert in Italian and Central European political history and author of several essays and monographs on the Giolittian era, on the post-World War II period, on the Habsburg Empire and the contemporary Austria. Among his publications: Le città meridionali in età giolittiana. Istituzioni statali e governo locale, (Acireale/Roma 2002); Siracusa 1943-1948. Verso la democrazia dei partiti (Acireale/Roma 2004); Stato e società in età giolittiana. L'Italia tra il 1901 e il 1914 (Acireale/Roma 2008); La rivoluzione siciliana del 1848 nei documenti diplomatici austriaci (Roma 2011); L'Austria contemporanea tra crisi e trasformazione (Roma 2013); Visioni asburgiche del Mediterraneo. La Sicilia nell'equilibrio metternichiano (1812-1824) (Roma 2017).
Chiara Maria Pulvirenti
Contract Professor
Chiara Maria Pulvirenti is Contract Professor of Contemporary History at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Catania. She is also Professor of ACCENT-UCEAP (University of California) “Unmaking the Mediterranean” Course at the Syracuse Academy in Siracusa. She is a member of different research groups and editorial committees and she organized and contributed to several international conferences. Her investigations are focused on Political, Social and Urban History in a transnational perspective and she published several monographs on the issue of exile, revolution and counter-revolution. Her last book is Risorgimento cosmopolita. Esuli in Spagna tra rivoluzione e controrivoluzione (Milano 2017).
Nicolas Verdier
Associate Professor
Nicolas Verdier is researcher in the NATIONAL CENTRE FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH. His researches register as part of crossroads between territorialities in time and epistemology of knowledges on areas and territories, both approaches forming both faces of the same question setting. A question orientates this cogitation: How societies negotiate and renegotiate their reports in time in areas and in territories? It is by the draft of two fields: the study of the space reconstructions and the epistemology of knowledges on areas and territories where he offers cogitation on temporalities of unification and town and country planning, on concepts of scale, hierarchy, network, memory, or even from territory.
Alain Musset
Associate Professor
Alain Musset, former student at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, is an agrégé in geography and an honorary member of the Institut Universitaire de France. He specializes in the study of urban worlds in Mexico and in Latin America, attending his viva on “Water in the Valley of Mexico: the technical and cultural challenges (16th-19th centuries)”. Former lecturer at Université Paris-X Nanterre, he is now director of studies at EHESS, where he was in charge of the History Department from 2000 to 2006. He runs the “Comparative Study of Development” master’s programme Member of GGH-Terres o Recent works: Géopolitique des Amériques and ¿Geohistoria o geoficción ? Ciudades vulnerables y justicia especial
Sandrine Robert
Contractual Lecturer
Sandrine Robert is lecturer at Ehess. Archaeologist, she is specialized in archeogeography. Her studies focus on resilience of landscape. She analyzes how landscape’s forms and spatial networks are pass down through long periods. She runs the seminar: Construction, transmission and resilience of the landscape forms: archaeogeography. She is the Founder and Chair of the Theory and method in Landscape archaeology –Archaeogeography Commission in the International Union of the Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences. Publications: Water as a morphogen in the Landscapes (Archaeopress, Oxford, 2016) with Benoit Sittler. Sources et techniques de l’archéogéographie planimétrique (Presses universitaires de Franche-Comté, Besançon, 2011).
Markéta Křížová
Associate Professor
Markéta Křížová is Associate Professor at the Centre for Ibero-American Studies at the Charles University in Prague MA in History and Anthropology, PhD and habilitation in Ibero-American studies at the Charles University in Prague Doctoral fellowship at Universidad Autónoma de México Doctoral dissertation, La ciudad ideal en el desierto: Proyectos misionales de la Compaňía de Jesús y la Iglesia Morava en la América colonial [Ideal city in the wilderness: missionary projects of the Society of Jesus and Moravian Church in colonial America], was published in Prague in 2004 Habilitation is The strength and sinews of this western world...: African slavery, American colonies and the effort for reform of European society in the Early Modern Era, Prague 2008 Research focuses on European overseas expansion, colonial history of America and cultural encounters and competitions Regularly offering courses for international students in English.
Jaroslav Ira
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor at the Seminar of General and Comparative History (The Institute of World History, Faculty of Arts, CUNI) since 2016 MA in History and Political Science at CUNI (2005); PhD in General History at CUNI (2013) with the thesis "Local and National Identity in Historical Monographs on Bohemian, Moravian, and Galician Towns (1860 – 1900)" Long-term experience as contractual lecturer at the TEMA programme (2012-2016) and the CEVRO Institute (since 2010); participation in several national and international research projects, notably CLIOHRES Network of Excellence (6FP) and REACH (Horizon2020) Published several chapters and articles and co-edited three volumes related to urban history, collective identities, memory and political concepts Specialization in modern comparative history of Europe with focus on urban history and identities in 19th and early 20th century Current research focuses on cities and small towns in modern imaginary, representations and social uses of urban past, and heritage in small towns Departmental Erasmus Coordinator (since 2017); leader of CHIPPC research group
Jiří Janáč
Contractual lecturer
Contractual lecturer at the Seminar of General and Comparative History, Institute of the World History at the Faculty of Arts and researcher at the Centre for the History of Sciences and Humanities of the Czech Academy of Sciences. MA in History and Geography at the Charles University in Prague ( 2005) with thesis: Historic-geographical Interpretation of Land Use Changes in the Kolín District 1850 – 2005. PhD program under double supervision at the Institute for General History, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, and at the Foundation for the History of Technology: „The Hidden Integration in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe“ at the Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, graduated cum Laude in 2012. He was attached to the National Heritage Institute 2005 – 2007. His research interests focus on the social and cultural history of technology and environmental history. He is the author of: „European Coasts of Bohemia Negotiating the Danube-Oder-Elbe Canal in a Troubled Twentieth Century“, Amsterdam 2012, 274 p.
Ondřej Daniel
Assistant Professor
Ondřej Daniel earned his PhD from the Institute of World History (Faculty of Arts) at Charles University in Prague in 2012, having specialised in post-socialism, nationalism, migration and popular culture. He has published over 30 academic articles and book chapters in Czech, English, French and Polish on the cultural impact of labour migration, minority issues and subcultures. His dissertation was published under the title Rock or Turbofolk: The Imagination of Migrants from the Former Yugoslavia (2013). In 2016, he published the monograph Za dveřmi nového biedermeieru [Behind the Doors of the New Biedermeier], which collected his writing on subcultures and violence surrounding the development of Czech postsocialist mainstream culture. Together with Tomáš Kavka and Jakub Machek, he co-edited the monograph Popular Culture and Subcultures of Czech Post-Socialism: Listening to the Wind of Change, published in 2016. Currently he focuses on topics of class and culture in postsocialist Central-Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. Email:
Linda Kovarová
Contractual lecturer
Linda Kovářová completed her MA in ethnology and history and then her PHD in world history at the Charles University in Prague. She also studied and had internships at the University of Bologna and (Italy), Waseda University (Japan) and University of Catania (Sicily). Her practical and theoretical interests are in applied and interdisciplinary research and its methodology, participatory approaches, regional development, and social innovations. For the last 7 years Linda has been involved in applied interdisciplinary research projects mainly focusing on regional development and social innovations issues. As a member of an independent applied anthropological studio Anthropictures, she works on a wide variety of applied research topics with various target groups and partners such as ministries, municipalities, NGO’s, entrepreneurs, local leaders and communities or the general public, making use of participatory approaches on daily basis. Linda has also experience in academic research projects focusing e.g. on space perception or creativity and adaptability. Linda’s main research topics are on resiliency, neorurals, cultural heritage, UNESCO, and the methodology of social sciences.
Jakub Stofaník
Tomáš Masař
Jan Krajíček
Habib Saidi
Associate Professor
Directeur, Institut du patrimoine culturel
Martine Roberge
Associate Professor