Thesis topic proposal
Péter Tibor Nagy
European and local academic staff of Social Sciences and Humanities (1850 - 2010)


Institute: Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
educational sciences
Doctoral School of Education

Thesis supervisor: Péter Tibor Nagy
Location of studies (in Hungarian): ELTE PPK NDI
Abbreviation of location of studies: NDI

Description of the research topic:

This offer is linked to the INTERnational COoperation in the SSH: Comparative Socio-Historical Perspectives and Future Possibilities European exproject (
Project Acronym:INTERCO-SSH; Principal Investigator: Gisele Sapiro, EHESS, France, Hungarian Partners Victor KARADY and Peter Tibor NAGY)
INTERCO-SSH sets out, firstly, to assess the state of the SSH in Europe. Secondly, it aims to outline potential future pathways that would promote cooperation across disciplinary and national boundaries. To achieve this, it is necessary to study the SSH in their socio-historical context. The project will analyse the process of institutionalization of eight core disciplines - sociology, demography, economics, anthropology, political science, philosophy, literary studies, psychology - to obtain an understanding of the sociological factors that have shaped the academic unconscious of scholars and that facilitate or hinder intellectual cooperation and exchange. Attention will be paid to the relationship between the SSH and political and economic powers. The project will also investigate the already existing circulation of knowledge between countries and disciplines, encompassing an analysis of geographical mobility amongst scholars and an assessment of the circulation of ideas. The project sets out to develop a comparative analysis of the institutionalization of the SSH in at least six European countries (UK, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Hungary) from 1945 to date. It will also analyse exchanges between those countries and other areas: the US, Latin-America, and Africa.
The approach will combine three perspectives; it will: 1) construct patterns of institutionalization of the SSH; 2) map the exchanges between countries and disciplines; 3) study the circulation of paradigms, theories and controversies and analyze the local impact of major authors (like Foucault, Merton or Habermas) in various national academic markets. These three perspectives will help to identify the factors that enable or inhibit intellectual cooperation and to make policy-relevant suggestions to improve it. Using the tools of the SSH to study the SSH, this project also aims to help establish the SSH studies as a proper academic field of inquiry, providing the scientific means for assessing and guiding the development of the SSH, and for strengthening the European Research Area. See : https://mek.oszk.hu/16700/16701/ https://archive.org/details/ssh_interco_Hungary

Number of students who can be accepted: 1

Deadline for application: 2021-04-21

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