Ildikó Barna is an Associate Professor of sociology at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) Faculty of Social Sciences in Budapest, Hungary, where she also serves as a head of the Department for Social Research Methodology and Program Director for Ethnic and Minority Policy MA. Her research interest includes quantitative social research, Jewish, Holocaust and post-Holocaust Studies, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, far-right, hate crimes and hate speech, quantitative research on historical data, and digital humanities.
In 2015, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the USHMM, Washington DC where she started her research project on Hungarian Jewish Displaced Persons using the International Tracing Service (ITS) Digital Archive. She was granted the European Holocaust Infrastructure Fellowship for 2017 to continue her research at Wiener Library, London, and ITS, Bad Arolsen. In 2017, she was awarded the János Bolyai Research Scholarship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences for the period 2017–2020.
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); Political Justice in Budapest after World War II, co-authored with Andrea Pető (2015), and Hungary In Modern Antisemitism in the Visegrád Countries, edited with Anikó Félix.
In 2003 and 2016 Dr. Barna received the Károly Polányi Award by the Hungarian Sociological Association for the best publication of the previous year (In 2003 for Túlélőkészlet az SPSS-hez. Többváltozós elemzési technikákról társadalomkutatók számára [Survival Kit to SPSS. Multivariate Techniques for Social Science Researchers] co-authored with Mária Székelyi and in 2016 for “Egocentric Contact Networks in Comparison: Taiwan and Hungary” co-authored with Beáta Dávid, Éva Huszti, and Yang-chih Fu).
Presented lecture: The effects of the refugee crisis in Central-Eastern Europe. Xenophobia in ethnically homogeneous societies
In 2015, the influx of refugees started to arrive in Europe in general, and to the European Union in particular. The societies of the Visegrád countries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia) are ethnically homogeneous, and the refugee crisis did not affect them in almost any way. Nevertheless, xenophobia and anti-migrant attitudes are widespread, and these sentiments are widely used by populist politicians and political parties. What are the roots of these sentiments? How does xenophobia work in such homogeneous societies? What are there in the toolbox of political propaganda of politicians in the region?
Selective List of Publications
- Interdisciplinary Analysis of Hungarian Jewish Displaced Persons and Children Using the ITS Digital Archive In Freilegungen. Rebuilding Lives – Child Survivors and DP Children in the Aftermath of the Holocaust and Forced Labor, edited by Borggräfe, Henning, Akim Jah, Nina Ritz, and Steffen Jost, 194–207. Göttingen: Wallstein, 2017.
- Hungary In Modern Antisemitism in the Visegrád Countries, edited by Ildikó Barna and Anikó Félix, 47–77. Budapest: Tom Lantos Institute, 2017.
- Hungary In Xenophobia, Radicalism, and Hate Crime in Europe – Annual Report 2016, edited by Engel Valery. European Center for Tolerance 2017. (With Bulcsú Hunyadi)
- “Egocentric Contact Networks in Comparison: Taiwan and Hungary” Social Networks Vol. 44. No. 1 (2016): 253–265. (with Beáta Dávid, Éva Huszti, and Yang-chih Fu)
- Political Justice in Budapest after WW II. Budapest: CEU Press, 2015. (With Andrea Pető)
- “Teaching about and against Hate in a Challenging Environment in Hungary: a Case Study” Casopis Za Kritiko Znanosti Vol. 43. No. 2 (2015): 272–283.
- “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 Identitások határán [On the Borderline of Identities], edited by Nikosz Fokasz, 56–75. Budapest: Új Mandátum Kiadó, 2013.
- A siker fénytörései. [The Refractions of Success.] Budapest: Sík Kiadó, 2005. (With Mária Székelyi, Antal Örkény, György Csepeli)
- 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)