Centre for Social Sciences in H2020 and Horizon Europe

Established in 2012, the Centre for Social Sciences (CSS), a Centre of Excellence of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, is currently a partner in nine EU-funded projects within the frameworks of both Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe. This amounts to over €1.3 million in funding for excellent and innovative research.

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CSS is part of the Eötvös Loránd Research Network, an independent public institution managed by a 13-member Governing Board and accountable to the Hungarian Parliament. CSS is classified as a public budgetary institution, making it eligible not only to submit proposals to any EU funding programme but also to participate in EU-funded projects as a coordinator, partner, or sole beneficiary.


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Gárdos J., Egyed-Gergely J., Horváth A., Pataki B., Vajda R., Micsik A. (2023), Identification of social scientifically relevant topics in an interview repository: a natural language processing experiment

Institute for Sociology

Gárdos, J., Egyed-Gergely, J., Horváth, A., Pataki, B., Vajda, R. and Micsik, A. (2023), "Identification of social scientifically relevant topics in an interview repository: a natural language processing experiment", Journal of Documentation. doi: 10.1108/JD-12-2022-0269. Q1, IF: 2,1.

Adult Migrants’ Language Training in Austria

Institute for Minority Studies

Ildikó Zakariás' and Nora Al-Awami's article Adult Migrants’ Language Training in Austria: The Role of Central and Eastern European Teachers was published in Social Inclusion issue Vol. 11, Issue 4.


Language has gained increasing importance in immigration policies in Western European states, with a new model of citizenship, the ius linguarum (Fejes, 2019; Fortier, 2022), at its core. Accordingly, command of the (national) languages of host states operates both as a resource and as an ideological framework, legitimating the reproduction of inequalities among various migrant and non-migrant groups. In this article, we analyse the implications of such processes in the context of state-subsidised language teaching for refugees and migrants in Austria. Specifically, the article aims to explore labour migration, namely that of Central and Eastern European (CEE, including EU and non-EU citizen) professionals—mainly language teachers who enter the field of adult language teaching in Austria seeking a living and career prospects that they cannot find in the significantly underpaid educational sectors of CEE states. This article shows that the arrival of CEE professionals into these difficult and precarious jobs is enabled first by historical processes linking the CEE region to former political and economic power centres. Second, it is facilitated by legal, administrative, and symbolic processes that construct CEE citizens as second-order teachers in the field of migrant education in Austria. Our article, based on ethnographic fieldwork and qualitative interviews, highlights nuanced ways in which historically, economically, and politically embedded language geographies contribute to the reproduction of hierarchies of membership, inclusion, and exclusion in present-day immigration societies.

New Book Chapter: Female Voices of Energy Deprivation The Lived Experience of Energy Vulnerable Women in North Macedonia and Austria

Institute for Political Science

New book chapter by Ana Stojilovska and Mariëlle Feenstra ’Female Voices of Energy Deprivation The Lived Experience of Energy Vulnerable Women in North Macedonia and Austria’ has been published in the book ’Living with Energy Poverty. Perspectives from the Global North and South’ edited by P. V. Herrejón, B. Lennon and N. P. Dunphy.

The Ukrainian Civil Volunteer Movement during Wartime (2014–2022)

Institute for Minority Studies

The chapter by Csilla Fedinec was published in the open access volume by CEU Press titled Ukraine's Patronal Democracy and the Russian Invasion (The Russia-Ukraine War, Volume One) edited by Bálint Madlovics and Bálint Magyar


The Russia–Ukraine War has been going on since February 2014, starting after Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity (i.e., Euromaidan) in the winter of 2013–2014. The latter event also marks the birth of a new civil volunteer movement in Ukraine. In the chapter four phases of the development of this movement will be discussed. After a brief description of the “state domination” phase (1992–2013) and the definitions of civil activism in the Ukrainian legal context, the second phase of “political activation” follows with the Revolution (2014). The third phase starts in February–March 2014, with the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, and also involves the subsequent war in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions of Ukraine, collectively named Donbas (other terms used by the Ukrainian government, foreign institutions, and media publicity include, from April 2014, the “Anti-Terrorist Operation – ATO zone”, and from February 2018, the “Joint Forces Operation – JFO zone”). This period already marks the entry into total defense, with the state “catching up” and to a large degree substituted by the activities of the civil volunteer movement. While the birth of the movement during Euromaidan meant social mobilization after the previous large degree of immobility, this phase of total defense involved elements of both mobilization and co-optation by the state and oligarchic actors. The final phase started on February, 24, 2022 with the full-scale Russian invasion. In this period, we can see an active volunteer movement alongside formal state mobilization, with the state and society co-operating in their heroic effort to counter Russian aggression.

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