Ferenc Laczó is assistant professor in history. He teaches in the European Studies BA, MA and Minor programs as well as at University College Maastricht. He also acts as the academic secretary of the research group Politics and Culture in Europe. His main research interests lie in political and intellectual history, modern and contemporary European history with a special focus on Central and Eastern Europe in the twentieth century, Jewish history and the history of the Holocaust, and questions of history and memory.
Ferenc Laczó is the author of Hungarian Jews in the Age of Genocide. An Intellectual History, 1929-1948 (Leiden: Brill, 2016) and two Hungarian-language books Német múltfeldolgozás. Beszélgetések történészekkel a huszadik század kulcskérdéseiről [The German Process of Dealing with the Past. Conversations with Historians on Key Questions of the Twentieth Century] (Budapest: Kijárat, 2016) and Felvilágosult vallás és modern katasztrófa közt. Magyar zsidó gondolkodás a Horthy-korban [Between Enlightened Religion and Modern Catastrophe. Hungarian Jewish Thought in the Horthy Era] (Budapest: Osiris, 2014). Laczó is the editor or co-editor of several volumes and thematic journal issues, including "The Holocaust in Hungary in Contexts" (Hungarian Historical Review, 2015/3), (with Joanna Wawrzyniak) "The Genealogies of Memory" (a special section of East European Politics and Societies and Cultures, 2017/3), (with Joachim von Puttkamer) Catastrophe and Utopia. Jewish Intellectuals in Central and Eastern Europe in the 1930s and 1940s (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2017), Confronting Devastation. Memoirs of Holocaust Survivors from Hungary (forthcoming in 2019) and (with Luka Lisjak) The Legacy of Division. East and West after 1989 (forthcoming in 2019). His books have been reviewed in more than twenty journals.
Laczó has published peer-reviewed articles in Holocaust Studies. A Journal of Culture and History, the Hungarian Historical Review, the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, Contributions to the History of Concepts and the Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook. He has released review essays in Contemporary European History and Yad Vashem Studies, among others, and published book reviews in journals such as the Berlin Review of Books, East Central Europe, Europe-Asia Studies, Journal of British Studies, The Historian or Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung. He is leader of the working group on the Cultural Memory of Dissent in the COST Action "New Exploratory Phase in Research on East European Cultures of Dissent."
Ferenc Laczó writes primarily in English and Hungarian. Laczó has been quoted on BBC World Service, in China Daily, Veja and Index.hu. His writings have also appeared in Czech, Danish, German, Hebrew, Polish, Slovene and Turkish translation. Many of Laczó's publications are accessible via academia.edu and so is his complete list of publications.
Ferenc Laczó is pursuing a research fellowship at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies in Washington, D.C. for one half of the academic year 2018-19.
Professional career history
Ferenc Laczó studied at University College Utrecht (graduated summa cum laude) and the Department of History of the Central European University. He holds a PhD in comparative history from the latter (2011, magna cum laude). He was previously employed as a researcher at the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena (2010-15), a Center for Advanced Study founded by the German Ministry for Education and Research. Laczó has participated in several further research projects, such as Yad Vashem's Trauma and Rehabilitation and Die Judenfrage im europäischen Vergleich, and contributed to the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure. He acted as guest lecturer at the University of Basel and held various visiting fellowships in Vienna, Berlin and Bielefeld.