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Straner, Katalin

Lecturer in Modern European History

University of Southampton, United Kingdom


Max Weber alumnus

Department of History and Civilization

Cohort(s): 2016/2017

Ph.D. Institution

Central European University, Hungary


I am a historian of modern Europe, specialising in the history of science, urban history and the study of translation and reception in the history of ideas. My research interests include the academic and popular reception of Darwinism and evolution in Hungary and Central Europe; the study of knowledge production and transfer in the long nineteenth century; the role of the city and urban culture, including the urban press, in the circulation and transformations of knowledge; the history of scientific societies, associations and institutions; and the effect of migration and exile on knowledge transfer.
I received my PhD at the Central European University (CEU) in 2013. Since 2015 I have been a visiting lecturer at the Department of History at CEU, where I have taught history of science, urban history, and historiography; I have also co-directed and taught graduate courses in the urban history of science at the CEU Summer University. I am a fellow at Pasts, Inc. Center for Historical Studies at CEU and an honorary research fellow at the University of Birmingham. Previously I held fellowships at University College London, Harvard University, and the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz. I hold MA degrees in English Language and Literature, Education, and American Studies from the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and in Central European History from CEU.
As a Max Weber Fellow I plan to work on revising my dissertation into a book manuscript, with the working title Darwin in Hungary: A Cultural and Intellectual History of Translation and Reception.
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