Ildikó Barna

Barna IldikóIldikó Barna is Associate Professor of sociology at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest, Hungary, where she also serves as a head of the Department for Social Research Methodology. In 2009 she received a PhD in Sociology from ELTE.

Ildikó Barna has written a number of publications, including: Túlélőkészlet az SPSS-hez. Többváltozós elemzési technikákról társadalomkutatók számára. [Survival Kit to SPSS. Multivariate Techniques for Social Researchers.], co-authored with Mária Székelyi (2002); A siker fénytörései [The Refractions of Success], co-authored with Mária Székelyi, Antal Örkény, and György Csepeli (2005); and Political Justice in Budapest after World War II, co-authored with Andrea Pető (2015). Her presentations include: “Jewish Identity in Transition Changing Strength and Content,” European Association of Jewish Studies Conference, Sorbonne and Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, and “Hungarian Postwar Justice through the People’s Tribunal of Budapest: Quantitative Research on Archival Data,” at The Holocaust in Eastern Europe in the Records of the International Tracing Service Digital Archive in May 2014 at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington D.C.

In 2003 Dr. Barna received the Károly Polányi Award by the Hungarian Sociological Association for the best publication of 2002 (Túlélőkészlet az SPSS-hez. Többváltozós elemzési technikákról társadalomkutatók számára [Survival Kit to SPSS. Multivariate Techniques for Social Science Researchers] (Budapest: Typotex Kiadó, 2002, with Mária Székelyi). From August till November 2015 she was a visiting fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC. During her residence at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, she was working on her project, “Analyzing Hungarian Jewish Displaced Persons using the International Tracing Service (ITS) Archive: An Interdisciplinary Approach.”


Presented lecture: “Getting Closer. Ideological and Rhetorical Shifts on the Right of the Hungarian Political Spectrum”

Since 2010, two parties dominate the right of the Hungarian political spectrum. The governing FIDESZ-Hungarian Civic Alliance, led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, and the far right Jobbik, the Movement for a Better Hungary, led by Gábor Vona. In the 2010 and 2014 parliamentary elections, Fidesz won supermajorities in the National Assembly, while Jobbik became the largest opposition party overtaking the Socialists. At the same time, the political weight of the so-called democratic opposition has diminished. Fidesz and Jobbik clearly became each other’s biggest opponent, and one of their main goals became to attract voters from the other one. In this rivalry for votes, the two parties which in many aspects were different in their ideology and rhetorics before became – at least on the surface – shockingly similar. Jobbik by all means has been trying to show a softer image of itself while Fidesz took a more extreme stance. The lecture deals with the process of this change, looking at it from various aspects.

Selective List of Publications

  • “Jewish Identity of Three Generations of Holocaust Survivors in Hungary. Quantitative Analysis Using Structural Equation Modeling”, forthcoming in Michael Brenner, Johannes Heil, and Guy Katz (eds.), Diversity and Identity (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Verlag, 2016).
  • “Egocentric Contact Networks in Comparison: Taiwan and Hungary”, [with Beáta Dávid, Éva Huszti, and Yang-chih Fu] forthcoming in Social Networks 44 (2016): 1, 253–265.
  • “Teaching about and against Hate in a Challenging Environment in Hungary: a Case Study”, Casopis Za Kritiko Znanosti 43 (2015): 2, 272–283.
  • Political Justice in Budapest after WW II. (Budapest: CEU Press, 2015, with Andrea Pető).
  • “Budapestinek lenni. A helyhez való viszony meghatározó tényezői
    Budapesten” [To Live in Budapest. Factors Influencing Place Attachment in Budapest], in Zsuzsanna Bögre and András Keszei (eds.), Hely, identitás, emlékezet [Place, Identity, Memory], 93–115 (Budapest: L’Harmattan, 2015).
  • “Én már nem görögül álmodom: A magyarországi görögök második és harmadik generációjának identitása” [I do not dream in Greek anymore: Identity of Second and Third Generational Greeks in Hungary], in Nikosz Fokasz (ed.), Identitások határán [On the Borderline of Identities], 56–75 (Budapest: Új Mandátum Kiadó, 2013).
  • “Régi módszerek új köntösben” [Old Methods in New Fashion], in Erika Kurucz (ed.), Roma kutatások 2010: Élethelyzetek a társadalom peremén [Researches on the Roma 2010: Life Situations on the Edge of Society], 189–202 (Budapest: National Institute for Family and Social Policy, 2011).
  • A siker fénytörései [The Refractions of Success] (Budapest: Sík Kiadó, 2005, with Mária Székelyi, Antal Örkény, György Csepeli).