___THE PLANS OF THE 1956 INSTITUTE IN 2010 [AZ 1956-OS INTÉZET 2010. ÉVI KUTATÁSI TERVEI]___Back

1.  The Institute's main assignment in 2010-apart from researches into 1956-continues to be the Kádárism as a post-Stalinist version of the Soviet-type systems project, in the third phase of which almost all staff are undertaking individual task plans. The first results are expected to be published by the end of the year.
 The Institute's finances are not likely to be any better than in 2009. According to information from the Ministry of Culture and Education, the subsidy from the state budget will be unchanged. Support from the City of Budapest is uncertain. The Institute must clearly compete with various funding applications for its book publishing and more costly researches and projects. Nor has the intention been abandoned of obtaining by an EU application the funds for researches under the Kádárism project, mainly into social changes, mobility, daily life, consumption, etc. This project will also be presented at one or more conferences abroad. Similar cooperation is planned with Czech and other institutions on joint oral history projects. A similar (or possibly somewhat larger) number of publications are planned than in 2009. International relations are to be fostered and maintained mainly through conference participation and joint (regional) events. The computer and IT systems will be kept up to their present standard. Again there will not be any chance to refresh staff numbers in 2010. The savings measures taken in 2009 will remain in force. Further emergency measures will be necessary only if an unforeseen change should occur in our funding in the second half of the year. Consideration must be given, however, to staff over pensionable age. (These on January 1, 2010 were two full-timers and two part-timers at the Foundation and one full-timer seconded from the Institute of Political Sciences.) The funds released in that way could be used to hire one or two postgraduate or post-doctoral researchers.

2. The publications planned for 2010 will partly concern 1956 and partly the Kádár period. One or two other, significant publications may deal with the 1989-90 change of system in Hungary and the region, due to the 20th anniversary. Hopefully the longer individual researches of some colleagues will bear fruit. Thematically it is hoped the publications will range more widely than in 2009. Further content developments on the Institute website will begin, but only some are likely to be ready by the end of the year.

3. Some individual researches in 2010 will focus on the history of the 1956 Revolution. Attila Szakolczai will complete his PhD appraisal of events in Köztársaság tér and Baross tér and prepare for the press a volume of his '56 studies. László Eörsi will continue researching participants in Budapest's Eighth District. Éva Standeisky will prepare for publication her great monograph (and dissertation for an Academy doctorate) The experience of freedom-the people during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.
 The following basic research projects will take place in 2010:
Csaba Békés: his monograph Hungary and international politics, 1953-91 (a several-year programme; manuscript to be completed by year end).
László Eörsi: Theatre history case study: Aczél's cultural policy and the Gergely Csiky Theatre, Kaposvár.
Pál Germuska: From medium-scale engineering industry to electronic warfare. Hungary's arms industry and arms production in 1948-80 (monograph manuscript to be completed by year end).
Márkus Keller: The Óbuda experimental housing estate
Gyula Kozák: Island of freedom-artist residents of Rottenbiller utca 1. and their connections.
András Lénárt: Socialist state-tourism-church (Pannonhalma Benedictine Gymnasium).
Adrienne Molnár: Living standard, livelihood goals and scope, and bans and supports in personal memories, in OHA interviews.
János M. Rainer: Kádárism, change of system, and memory work (volume of studies and essays, manuscript by year end).
Katalin Somlai: Foreign scholarship policy in the Kádár period.
Attila Szakolczai: Operation of the Kádárite reprisal machinery (manuscript by year end).
János Tischler: Hungarians at the Olympics from the state security angle.
Judit Topits: Construction of the Hungarian section of the Orenburg gas pipeline, 1973-9.
Krisztián Ungváry: The state security organization and institutional history, including the history of intelligence gathering.
Tibor Valuch: Examination of the social history of the Ózd working class.
Pál Germuska will complete his Hungarian arms industry monograph. Attila Szakolczai will finish his doctoral dissertation. Éva Standeisky is likely to hand in her monograph as an Academy doctoral dissertation as well. The 2010 Yearbook will probably examine the link between modernization and Kádárism as part of the project.

4.  In the OHA, Zsuzsanna Kőrösi will finish analysing the Repatriates research project. Interviewing and interview processing for The Other Hungary, Democratic Opposition and Economic Leaders will continue. Interviews with opposition figures in the Kádár period will begin to be edited and placed on the website. The following OHA-based internet content will be added to the website in the coming years: Hungarian Destinies in the 20th Century-Oral History and Multimedia (working title). Also planned is an updating and content renewal of the OHA contribution to the website.

5.  The main innovation on the Institute website in 2010 will be renewal of the photo database. Segments of the Democratic Opposition OHA programme and the provisionally titled Hungarian Destinies in the 20th Century-Oral History and Multimedia will be added to the website as they are completed. munkacímű projekt egy-egy szegmense elkészül, akkor azokat folyamatosan megjelenítjük web-oldalunkon. Ugyancsak 2010-es terv az OHA megjelenítésének korszerűsítése és tartalmi megújítása.

6.  The library will prepare thematic bibliographies mainly for the Hungarian Destinies in the 20th Century-Oral History and Multimedia project and finish summarizing the historical literature on critical/analytical movements for the Democratic Opposition OHA programme.

7.  The publication programme for 2010 includes the following:
7.1. Books
a.  Tibor Valuch: Hungarian weekdays-some features of change in daily life in Hungary in the socialist period. Jointly with Corvina.
b.  Márkus Keller: The teacher's place. Professionalization of middle-school teachers at the end of the 19th century in a Hungarian/German comparison. Jointly with L'Harmattan.
d.  Yearbook 2010 (theme to be finalized later).
e.  Attila Szakolczai: a volume of studies on 1956. Jointly with ÁBTL if the manuscript is completed.
f.  Éva Standeisky: The experience of freedom-the people during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. (Monograph, jointly with ÁBTL).
g.  András Lénárt: The image of the West in life-interviews-the micro-world of émigré secondary-schoolers in 1956. (If finances permit.)
h.  Pál Germuska: From medium-scale engineering industry to electronic warfare. Hungary's arms industry and arms production in 1948-80. (If the manuscript is completed and finances permit.)
7.2. "E-publications"-internet contents
In 2010, there will be at most previews and preliminary materials for the larger developments to be made in subsequent years (see 5.)

8.  Jointly with the OSA Archives, the Institute will organize a one-day international conference on developments since the publication of the Kenedi Committee Report. The Institute will partner the Prague Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes in the Crimes of Communism conference in February. There has been discussion with the ÁBTL on holding a joint conference under the Kádárism project on the links between Kádárism (post-Stalinism) and modernization. In March the Institute will hold a one-day workshop on the problems of oral history in Hungary and possible cooperation. Several internal workshops will be held during the year on the Kádárism project, on manuscripts submitted for the Yearbook, and on works completed by staff.

Budapest, February 14, 2010                       János M. Rainer
                                                                    Director General


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