Key thinkers and major debates 3
During our April Zoom-based meeting, Gábor Koloh summed up Anthony Giddens’s major thoughts on sociology and globalization. Then Melinda Kalmár presented the next chapter of the major dabates, titled World systems and empires. At last, we discussed the actualities of the research group’s work plan for the current and the next year.
Key thinkers and major debates 2
In our March online meeting, Katalin Baráth presented Arjun Appadurai’s career and his main thoughts on globalization. Regarding the major debates, Márton Simonkay gave us an insight to Global environmental protection. Both topic provoked a lively debate. Finally, the possibilities of a stronger media appearence of our research group were overviewed.
Globalization: key thinkers and major debates
During our meeting in February, we kept on discussing the key thinkers and major debates of globalization. Péter Bencsik talked about the career and globalization writings of Giovanni Arrighi (see image). Later, Béla Tomka had a presentation titled Main areas of the debate. Finally, we talked about the topics of our planned writings for the journal BBC History.
A two-day manuscript discussion
The first meeting in the new year was an extraordinary one. On the one hand, it lasted for two days, and on the other hand we had special guests. We started with the discussion of Melinda Kalmár‘s working paper. However, the main topic of the long session was the thematic issue of Korall, dealing with history of the globalization. One of our guests was Judit Klement, an editor of the journal. Manuscripts of Péter Bencsik, Gábor Koloh, Péter Nagy, Melinda Kalmár, Katalin Baráth and Zsombor Bódy were debated, just as the study of our other two guests, Máté Zombory and Márk Kékesi.
Publication plans and manuscripts
Our November meeting – still in an online form – took place in December. First we discussed Katalin Baráth‘s study which is being prepared for the history of globalization thematic issue of Korall. Later on, our publication plans were outlined, including the coming issues of our HistGlob Working Paper series. The second issue will be published soon by Zsombor Bódy. Next year, Melinda Kalmár will write a longer study to be published in the series in two parts.
A social history of Europe – reconsidered
A fully revised and updated edition of Béla Tomka’s book titled A social history of Europe in the 20th century has been published. In addition to giving a comprehensive knowledge, the book presents many interesting social problems, including those from the current century. The author pays special attention to the problem of the diversity and unity of European societies, and to international comparisons, including the social development of Hungary.
Key thinkers and Working Papers series
Our October meeting was held in November and again on a web-based platform. Continuing the introduction of the key thinkers of globalization, Zsombor Bódy summarized the work of Manuel Castells. Our new publication series called HistGlob Working Papers, will be launched in the near future. The first issue will feature a study by Péter Bencsik, which we discussed in depth during today’s session.
Online meetings continued
Our September session also took place online. We have started to introduce the key thinkers of globalization. This time Márkus Keller talked about Saskia Sassen. Later on, we discussed the next-year issue of the social history journal, Korall, which will be a thematic issue presenting the studies of our research group. Among the authors, Péter Nagy and Péter Bencsik has already outlined their plans about these future studies.
Béla Tomka's new book
Béla Tomka’s new book, titled Austerities and Aspirations: A Comparative History of Growth, Consumption, and Quality of Life in East Central Europe since 1945 has been published by CEUPress. The monograph compares the broadly interpreted well-being of East-Central European states, and thereby placing the analysis in a wider European context. Beyond the conventional paradigm of economic growth, the author examines the fields of consumption, leisure time and quality of life too. More information is available here.
The members of the research group, accompanied by Pál Germuska, Gábor Gyáni and György Kövér held a workshop on June 24, 2020. After the opening words of Béla Tomka, presentations of Pál Germuska, Gábor Koloh, Katalin Baráth and Zsombor Bódy were held with a short discussion.