Агощон Береж


Ágoston Berecz earned his PhD in Comparative History from Central European University, Budapest in 2017 and holds a prior degree in Hungarian Philology from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest (from 2000). He is Research Fellow and programme coordinator at Pasts, Inc, Budapest/Vienna. He has previously been a fellow at New Europe College, Bucharest and at the Max Weber Programme at EUI, Florence. He has also taught history of nationalism in both his alma maters. His first book, The Politics of Early Language Teaching (2013) deals with the teaching of Hungarian to ethnic Romanian and German children in Dualist Hungary, while Empty Signs, Historical Imaginaries (2020) is a socio-cultural history of late-nineteenth-century Transylvania via an inquiry into the ways proper names were imbued with nationalist meanings. His research interest encompasses the social and intellectual history of nationalism and nation-building policies, especially in the nineteenth century, and a range of topics at the crossroads of sociolinguistics and history (language policies, language standardization, language ideologies, patterns of multilingualism and monolingualism etc). He currently works on Hungarian language policies between 1867 and 1914.