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Ferenc Laczó is assistant professor with tenure (UD1) in history. He teaches in the European Studies BA, MA and Minor programs as well as at University College Maastricht.

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. Prior to Maastricht University where he arrived in 2015, 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 and global history, Jewish history and the history of mass violence, 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), (with Luka Lisjak Gabrijelcic) The Legacy of Division. East and West after 1989 (Budapest-Vienna: CEU Press-Eurozine, 2020; Slovene translation, 2021) 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 academic journals such as 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 reviewed over a hundred books, among others, in Contemporary European History, East Central EuropeEurope-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." He acts as an editor of the Hungarian Historical Review and heads the History of Ideas section at the Review of Democracy.

Ferenc's writings have appeared in twelve languages. His books have been reviewed in more than thirty journals. Recently, he was the recipient of the Communicating Europe Award for Outstanding Interdisciplinary Research awarded by the Centre for European Research in Maastricht in 2020 and 2021.

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