Ferenc Laczó is assistant professor with tenure (UD1) in history. He teaches in the European Studies BA and Minor programs as well as at University College Maastricht. He is currently also a member of the Faculty Council.
Ferenc Laczó has studied and held fellowships in Berlin, Bielefeld, Budapest, Los Angeles, Utrecht, Vienna and Washington, DC. He received his PhD from the Central European University in Budapest in 2011. Prior to Maastricht University, he was employed at the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena and acted as guest lecturer at the University of Basel.
Ferenc's main research interests lie in political and intellectual history, modern and contemporary European history with a special focus on Central and Eastern Europe and East-West relations, Jewish history and the history of the Holocaust, and questions of history and memory. He 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). Ferenc is the editor or co-editor of several volumes and thematic journal issues, including (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 (Toronto: Azrieli, 2019), (with Luka Lisjak Gabrijelcic) The Legacy of Division. East and West after 1989 (Budapest-Vienna: CEU Press-Eurozine, 2020) and (with Wlodzimierz Borodziej and Joachim von Puttkamer) The Routledge History Handbook of Central and Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century. Volume 3: Intellectual Horizons (London: Routledge, 2020). He 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 East Central Europe, Europe-Asia Studies, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Journal of British Studies, Slavic Review, The Historian or Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung. He is currently the head of the research group "Cultural Memory of Dissent" in the COST Action "New Exploratory Phase in Research on East European Cultures of Dissent."
Ferenc writes primarily in English and Hungarian. His writings have also appeared in Czech, Danish, German, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Slovak, Slovene and Turkish translation. His books have been reviewed in more than thirty journals.