At the start of the academic year 2009 dr Monika K. Baár joined the Faculty of Arts as a Rosalind Franklin Fellow. Dr Baár works at the History Department where she specializes in modern European cultural history, with special attention to the problems of small nations.
Monika Baár first studied History, Literature and Linguistics at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and received her MA degree in History from the Central European University Budapest and from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies in London. She completed her doctorate in Modern History at the University of Oxford in 2002.
Dr. Baár’s book, Historians and Nationalism: East-Central Europe in the Nineteenth Century will be published by Oxford University Press in early 2010. In the future she intends to undertake research into the cultural and social history of knowledge, especially the history of academies and learned societies in the modern era. She also contributes to Negotiating Modernity, a project which is hosted by the Centre for Advanced Study, Sofia. The principal aim of this project is to produce a book on the History of Political Thought in East-Central Europe.
A Rosalind Franklin Fellowship is a temporary appointment, which can be converted into a professorship if the candidate lives up to expectations. Fellows are given the opportunity to set up lines of research on the basis of their own expertise. The RUG has introduced these fellowships to increase the number of female academic staff members at the faculties. It is thus able to attract and recruit high-quality women world wide.
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