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Szonja is a research fellow at the Institute of Minority Studies at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and teaches at the Department of Assyriology and Hebrew at the ELTE University in Budapest. She lived and studied in Budapest, Oxford, Jerusalem and New York, holds MA degrees in English Studies and Jewish Studies from ELTE University in Budapest, and an MSt in Jewish Studies and a DPhil in Modern Languages / Yiddish from the University of Oxford. Her main field of research and interest is Hungarian Jewish history and cultural history, and she is especially intrigued by issues related to changes in national identity and language choice. She has lectured and published extensively in her field, in English, Hungarian, Hebrew and Yiddish. As a native of Budapest and as a tour guide, she is interested in the various layers of the city – historical, social and architectural alike.
Nada Zečević has a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies. Originally from Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina), for the past 17 years she has been living in Budapest. As a scholarly researcher, Nada focuses on history and society of Central and Southeastern Europe in the Middle Ages, and these regions’ connections with other European realms, namely the Apennine peninsula and Byzantine Empire. The topics of her specialization include medieval charters and scripts, migrations and exchange, towns and their societies, memory and image of the Other, and modern uses of medieval past. Her current research focuses on religious relationships between medieval Hungary and Bosnia. In addition to her scholarly work, Nada is actively engaged in projects dealing with the popularization of history. This all allows her depict Budapest’s past and present as an ongoing saga of various perceptions and vibrant interactions between the city and its people.
A native of the UK, William read English Literature at Cambridge University, after spending two months attending the John Hall History of Art Course in Venice. In more recent years, William has been based in Budapest, having returned to academia to study History at the Central European University where he has focused on Hungary in the early modern period. He has always enjoyed exploring historic places and digging deeper into what these sites and stories can teach us.
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