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Robert Austin (Toronto)

"Hungary´s Drift to What? Evaluating 10 Years of Fidesz in Power" (ZOOM e-lecture)


Am 28. Mai 2020 heißt die Graduiertenschule für Ost- und Südosteuropastudien Robert Austin (Toronto) in ihrem virtuellen Regensburger Forschungskolloquium willkommen. Er wird einen Vortrag via ZOOM zum Thema "Hungary´s Drift to What? Evaluating 10 Years of Fidesz in Power" halten.

Robert Austin (PhD University of Toronto) is a specialist on East Central and Southeastern Europe in historic and contemporary perspective. He has lectured widely in Europe and North America. His most recent book, “Making and Remaking the Balkans: Nations and States since 1878”, was published with the University of Toronto Press in May 2019. He is now writing a popular history of Central Europe since 1848. His research interests are Transitional Justice in Albania, State and Nation Building in the 19th and 20th Century Balkans, Kosovo Democratization


In 2010, Viktor Orbán began his second mandate as Hungarian Prime Minister. For Orbán, 2010 was the real 1989 moment for Hungary. Since the “Revolution at the Polls” Orbán’s Fidesz Party has transformed Hungary politically and economically by winning super majorities in the parliamentary elections in 2014 and 2018. This new political system, whatever you want to call it, has been extremely controversial and often put Hungary at odds with the European Union (EU). Nevertheless, Orbán has persisted in his efforts to not only remake Hungary but also offer a new sovereigntist and nationalist agenda for other EU member states. This seminar evaluates the major changes under Hungary’s system of “national cooperation” and the prospects for democracy overall. In short, is Hungarian democracy dead and does it even matter for Europe’s future?

Die Veranstaltungen in der Reihe "Kolloquium" richten sich sowohl an die Mitglieder der Graduiertenschule als auch an die interessierte Hochschulöffentlichkeit.

Ort: Online via Zoom. Um den Link zu erhalten, bitte eine E-Mail an oder schicken.

Zeit: 28.05.2020, 16 Uhr c.t.

In Kooperation mit Leibniz WissenschaftsCampus (LWC)