Kata was born in Kolozsvár (Klausenburg), Romania, and graduated from Babes Bolyai University. She received her PhD in 2006 in contemporary Jewish studies from the department of Ethnology at Budapest's Eötvös Lóránd University. As a PhD student she studied and conducted field work in Israel, Spain, and South Africa. Her publications include the co-authored book "Dialogues on Teaching Critical Literature" (2003), and the single-authored books "Tradition, Memory, Identity. The Foundation Myth of Exodus" (2005), and "Visszatérők a tradícióhoz Return to the Tradition" (2009). The latter book describes the return of the Hungarian Jews to the Jewish tradition and the reconstruction of their Jewish identity after the fall of communism. Kata has also published several articles in medieval literature, ethnology and cultural anthropology, and urban studies. Currently she is a professor at Eötvös Lóránd University in Budapest.
Györgyi is a historian with substantial heritage expertise. Her research focuses on modern history as well as the theory and practice of heritage conservation in Central and Eastern Europe following the change of the political system in the 1990s. She is the author of numerous books and articles in these fields. She has also taken part in co-operational research programs in the United States, France, Poland, and Slovakia, and has lectured at prestigious universities in the United States, France, Japan, Taiwan, and Hungary.
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.
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