Csaba Békés shadow

Political Transition in East-Central Europe and the End of the Cold War, 1988-1991

Professor Csaba Békés

October 13, 2015 · 12-1PM

Fayerweather Hall Room 411

The CGT Lunchtime Seminars are an open forum for Columbia faculty and visiting scholars to discuss current research with MA students and other graduate students and faculty. This stimulating discussion is open to faculty and Columbia University graduate students only. No registration is required.

About the speaker

Csaba Békés is the Istvan Deak Visiting Professor of History at Columbia University. He is the Research Chair at the Center of Social Sciences in the Institute for Political Science at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest; the Founding Director of the Cold War History Research Center, Budapest (www.coldwar.hu); and Professor of History at Corvinus University of Budapest Institute of International Studies.

Professor Békés’s research interests include Cold War History, East–West relations, the history of détente, Hungary’s international relations after World War II, the role of the East Central European states in the Cold War, and political transition in East Central Europe. He is a Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2014), has a Habilitation (Dr. habil.) from the University of Pécs, Hungary (2009), a Ph.D. from Janus Pannonius University of Pécs, Hungary (1998), a University Doctor’s Degree (Dr. Univ.) from József Attila University, Szeged, Hungary (1989), and a degree from József Attila University, Szeged, Hungary (1983).

Special thanks to our host CGT member Adam Tooze and the Department of History.

Lunchtime Seminar

The CGT Lunchtime Seminars are an open forum for Columbia faculty and visiting scholars to discuss current research with MA students and other graduate students and faculty. This stimulating discussion is open to faculty and Columbia University graduate students only. No registration is required.

Below is the schedule for Fall 2015. The seminar takes place on Tuesdays from 12-1pm in Fayerweather Hall Room 411. Please check back for updates to the schedule.

Fall 2015 Schedule

September 15

Akeel Bilgrami: "The Enlightenment, Enchantment, and the Mentality of Democracy"

October 6

Abram de Swaan: "Women’s Emancipation and the Rise of Fundamentalism"

October 13

Csaba Békés: "Political Transition in East-Central Europe and the End of the Cold War, 1988-1991"

October 20

Pratap Bhanu Mehta: "The Identity of Modern Indian Political Thought"

October 27

Michael Doyle: “The Question of Intervention”

November 10

Partha Chatterjee: "The Legacy of Bandung”

December 1

Amber Miller: "Title" TBD