Since retiring from Warwick in late 2013 at the age of sixty I have been living and working in Budapest, Hungary. I am a recurrent Visiting Professor at the Central European University, Budapest, where I currently teach a Masters Course entitled: "Minority Rights, Migrants and the Cosmopolitan Challenge". In addition to writing and teaching, I am increasingly active in local political affairs, particularly in efforts to defend democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Hungary, as well as in the defence of authentic historical memory in East Central Europe. For more details see my personal website: http://www.istvanpogany.com
Research and Writing Projects
I am a regular contributor to Social Europe. My articles in Social Europe, on topics including human rights in East Central Europe, Brexit and on anti-Semitism, can be found at: https://www.socialeurope.eu/author/istvan-pogany/
I am currently completing a book, which is provisionally entitled: Modern Times: A Holocaust Memoir. This book examines the private and professional lives of a fairly typical working class, secular Jewish-Hungarian family from the latter decades of the 19th century until the final impact of the Holocaust in late autumn 1944. As well as presenting the biography of a specific Jewish family of typically modest means, the book reviews the anti-Semitic or, more rarely, philosemitic writing of prominent Hungarian authors – Endre Ady, József Nyíró, Gyula Szekfű, Cécile Tormay, Albert Wass etc – particularly in the first half of the 20th Century. I envisage completing the book no later than September 2017.
Future projects include publication of a volume of poems by Hungarian authors that I am translating into English. To date, I have translated poems by Endre Ady, József Attila and Miklós Radnóti. Many of these poems are intensely political, dealing with themes such as poverty, persecution and totalitarianism.