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Dr. Stefano Bottoni
Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of History
Ùri utca 53,
1014 Budapest
Link: Dr. Stefano Bottoni at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of History

Education / Work Experience

Since November 2009 – Research fellow: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of History

Since 2005 – Contract lecturer: Bologna University,

December 2007 – November 2011 Assistant research fellow: University of Eastern Piedmont, POLIS Department of Political Science (Alessandria, Italy)

2007-2010 Budapest (Historical Archives of the Hungarian State Security, Hungarian-Vatican, Hungarian-Italian relations)

September 2007-June 2009: European Science Foundation: Representations of the   Past: The Writing of National Histories in Europe
October 2007-December 2008: Volkswagen Stiftung: „Schleichwege“: Inoffizielle Begegnungen und Kontakte sozialistischer Staatsbürger 1956 – 1989

July-September 2006 Bucharest (National Archives, as a consultant member of the Vladimir Tismăneanu-led Presidential Commission for the Analysis of the Communist Dictatorship in Romania)

January-September 2005 Bucharest (Archive of the National Council for the Study of Securitate’s Archives – ACNSAS)

2005 Ph.D. in History of Europe, Bologna University – “Territorialità e politica etnica in Europa centro-orientale: il caso della Regione Autonoma Ungherese in Romania, 1952-1960” [Territoriality and ethnic policy in Central-Eastern Europe: a case-study on the Hungarian Autonomous Region in Romania, 1952-1960]

May 2002 and October 2005 London (National Archives, British Library)

June 2002-September 2004 Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, Târgu-Mureş, Bucharest (Hungarian and Romanian National Archives, Mureş County Branch of the Romanian National Archives, Archive of the Society of Transylvanian Museum – EME)

2001 M.A. in Contemporary History, Bologna University – “Le minoranze ungheresi nell’Europa centro-orientale, 1944-1949” [Hungarian minorities in Central-Eastern Europe, 1944-1949]

Research interest

Nationality question in modern and contemporary Eastern Europe: theory and praxis

Hungarian-Romanian diplomatic relations after 1918

Political and social history of Transylvania and Slovakia in the Communist period

Ethnic conflicts in Eastern Europe and post-Soviet area after the fall of Communism

State-Church relationships in Eastern Europe in the communist period

State security in Communist Eastern Europe: violence, prevention and social consent


Teaching Experience / Fellowships

Courses taught: History of Eastern Europe (2005, Fall/Winter Term, BA level)

Comparative politics of Eastern Europe (2006, Fall/Winter Term, BA level)

History of contemporary Eastern Europe (since 2007 – Spring Term, BA level)


January - February 2012 Visiting Fellow within the international research network ‘Physical Violence and State Legitimacy in Late Socialism’, Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam

Bolyai János post-doctoral grant (Hungarian Academy of Sciences 2006-2009)

Research grant for Hungary (Marco Polo programme for young scholars, Bologna University April-July 2006)

Visiting fellow (Teleki László Institute Center for Central European Studies, Budapest 2005)

Doctoral grant (Italian Ministry of Education, 2002-2004)

Research grant for M.A. thesis abroad (Bologna University, January 2000)


2006 – 2010 Member: editorial board of Annale SISSCO (Yearbook of the Italian Society for Contemporary History)

2006 Consultant member: Presidential Commission for the Analysis of the Communist Dictatorship in Romania

Since 2003 – Member of SISSCO, the Italian Society for the Study of Contemporary History


Languages: Italian: first language; Hungarian: proficiency; English, Romanian: good; French, Spanish: reading comprehension; German: basic