Current Institutional Affiliation
Associate Professor, History, Marywood University
International Dissertation Research Fellowship 2001
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
History, Brown University
Commercialized Modernities: A History of City Marketing and Urban Tourism Promotion in Paris and Budapest from the Nineteenth-Century to the Interwar Period
The purpose of this project is to examine the role cultural tourism and extended Parisian stays of Hungarian politicians, artists and writers played in the incorporation of a Parisian "myth of modernity" in the identity politics of turn-ofthe-century Budapest. Using a comparative framework I intend to write a genealogy of· Budapest's self-representation as a "Paris of the East". My research purports to underscore the importance of East-West cultural contacts in the fashioning of a new type of modernist and democratic urban imaginary in East-Central Europe.