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PhD. Topics

Institute of History

The image of women at the turn of the 19th and 20th century in Hungary. The mutual conceptual dynamics of feminist and patriarchal discourses
PhD. program
World History
Name of the supervisor
Ladislav Vörös, PhD.
Receiving school
Faculty of Arts, Comenius University Bratislava
The aim of the dissertation will be to examine the discourse on women at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries in the Kingdom of Hungary, with an emphasis on the Slovak-speaking environment. The research will focus on the categorical representations of women based on gendered social/political roles and status (such as girl, daughter, child-bearer, mother, wife, suffragette, etc.), and on attributed moral, ethical and intellectual characteristics (assumed “essential” givens) in relation to the argumentations for or against the demands and appeals for political, economic, educational, and social equality of women. The research will focus on both the emancipatory discourses of the women’s movement and the patriarchal discourses shaped by men (and women). The aim is to explore the dynamics of conceptual interplay, transfer, and reconceptualisation of ideas between these discourses.
The thesis should include a comparative perspective, especially in relation to “women’s discourses” within the Kingdom of Hungary, particulalry the dominant discourse of the Hungarian-Magyar feminist movement. One of the original results of the thesis should be the (hitherto largely absent) interpretation of the Slovak women’s movement discourse within the overall political and social context of the Kingdom of Hungary.
Further specification of the topic is expected during the first semester.
Intensive theoretical and methodological training (discourse theory and methods of critical discourse analysis, methods of intellectual history, especially research on the transfer of ideas, gender/feminist theories, theories of nationalism and nationalist political movements) will be part of the study during the first two semesters.
Language skills: knowledge of Slovak, Czech, English (min. B2), and ability to read sources in Hungarian required. Knowledge of German is an advantage.