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Alexander Vari <email@example.com>
|Address:||2300 Adams Ave.
Social Sciences Department
Scranton, Pennsylvania 18509
|Primary Phone:||(570) 348-6211|
|Fax Number:||(570) 340-6012|
|H-Net Positions:||Reviews Planning Committee
|List Affiliations:||Review Editor for H-Urban
Associate Professor of Modern European History, Marywood University, 2012-present
Assistant Professor of Modern European History, Marywood University, 2007-2012
Visiting Assistant Professor, Furman University, 2006-07
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University, 2005-06
Ph.D. Brown University, 2005
M.A. Brown University, 1999
B.A. Babes-Bolyai University, 1988
Fields of interest: Urban History, Nationalism Studies, Histories of Travel and Tourism, Everyday Life under Socialism
Socialist Escapes: Breaking Away from Ideology and Everyday Routine in Eastern Europe, 1945-1989, co-edited with Cathleen M. Giustino and Catherine Plum, New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2013.
Book Chapters And Journal Articles:
“The Nation in the City: Ceremonial (Re) Burials and Patriotic Mythmaking in turn-of-the-century Budapest,” Urban History, 40, 2 (May 2013): 202-25.
"Re-territorializing the ‘Guilty City’: Nationalist and Right-Wing Attempts to Nationalize Budapest during the Interwar Period,” Journal of Contemporary History, 47 (October 2012): 709-733.
"From ‘Paris of the East’ to ‘Queen of Danube’: Transnational Models in the Promotion of Budapest Tourism, 1885-1940," in Touring Beyond the Nation: A Transnational Approach to European Tourism History, edited by Eric G. E. Zuelow (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011), 103-125.
"Bulfights in Budapest: City Marketing, Moral Panics, and Nationalism in Turn-of-the-Century Hungary," Austrian History Yearbook, 41 (2010): 143-169.
"Disappearing Montmartre: Anchoring the Memory of A Neighborhood in Interwar Paris," in (Im) Permanence: Cultures in/out of Time, edited by Judith Schachter and Stephen Brockmann, (Pittsburgh: Center for the Arts in Society, Carnegie Mellon University, distributed by Penn State University Press, 2008), 73-87.
"Exile, Urban Tourism and Identity: Hungarian Travelers in Paris, 1918-1940," Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing, 7 (2006) 1: 81-109.
"From Friends of Nature to Tourist-Soldiers: Nation Building and Tourism in Hungary, 1873-1914," in Turizm: The Russian and Eastern European Tourist under Capitalism and Socialism, edited by Anne Gorsuch and Diane Koenker (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2006), 64-81.
"A Case of Female Hysteria in Hungary in the 1880s," Budapest Review of Books (Winter 1999):179-187.
"Economic Development, State Patriotism and Ethnic Conflict: Recent Works on Habsburg History," History: Reviews of New Books, 36 (2007) 1: 13-17.
“About Vienna from an American Perspective: A Review of Carl E. Schorske, Fin-de-siècle Vienna. Politics and Culture (transl. in Hungarian by Miklós Győrffi),” Budapesti Könyvszemle (Winter 2000): 324-334 (in Hungarian).
Review of Free Access to the Past: Romanticism, Cultural Heritage and the Nation, edited by Lotte Jensen, Joep Leerssen, and Marita Mathijsen (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2010), Nations and Nationalism, 19, 2 (2013): 398-400.
Review of Nationalism and the Reshaping of Urban Communities in Europe, 1848-1914, edited by William Whyte and Oliver Zimmer (Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) European History Quarterly, 43, 1 (2013): 197-98.
Review of Post-Communist Nostalgia, edited by Maria Todorova and Zsuzsa Gille (New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2010) in Nationalities Papers: The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity, 40, 6 (2012): 969-72.
Review of Agata Anna Lisiak, Urban Cultures in (Post)Colonial Central Europe (West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2010) in American Hungarian Educators’ Association (AHEA) E-journal, vol. 5 (2012)http://ahea.net/sitefiles/ejournal/2012/2012.index15.pdf
Review of Balkan Departures: Travel Writing from Southeastern Europe, edited by Wendy Bracewell and Alex Drace-Francis (New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2009) in Slavonic & East European Review, 90, 3 (July 2012): 493-95.
Review of Djurdja Bartlett, Fashion East: The Spectre that Haunted Socialism (London and Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2010) and Pleasures in Socialism: Leisure and Luxury in the Eastern Bloc, edited by David Crowley and Susan E. Reid (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2010) in Europe-Asia Studies, 64 (2012) 5: 969-972.
Review of Yugoslavia’s Sunny Side: A History of Tourism in Socialism (1950s-1980s), edited by Hannes Grandits and Karin Taylor (Budapest and New York: Central European University Press, 2010), in Journal of Tourism History, 4 (2012) 1: 109-111.
Review of Sebastian Conrad, Globalisation and the Nation in Imperial Germany (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010) in Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d’histoire, 46 (2011) 3: 755-757.
Review of Imagining the West in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. Edited by György Péteri, (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010) in The History Teacher, 44 (August 2011) 4: 620-622.
Review of Eric Storm, The Culture of Regionalism: Art, Architecture and International Exhibitions in France, Germany and Spain, 1890-1939 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2010) in Nations and Nationalism, 17 (2011) 3: 679-680.
Review of Ginette Verstraete, Tracking Europe: Mobility, Diaspora and the Politics of Location (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010) in Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, 9 (2011) 2: 153-156.
Review of Histories of Tourism: Representation, Identity and Conflict. Edited by John K. Walton (Clevedon, UK: Channel View Publications, 2005), in Journal of Tourism History, 2 (20100 3: 242-245.
Review of Karl D. Qualls, From Ruins to Reconstruction: Urban Identity in Soviet Sevastopol after World War II (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2009), in Europe-Asia Studies, 62 (November 2010)9: 1597-1598.
Review of Paul Steege, Black Market, Cold War: Everyday Life in Berlin, 1946-1949 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007) in Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d’histoire, 44 (2009) 2: 324-326.
Review of Pál Germuska, Indusztria bűvöletében: fejlesztéspolitika és a szocialista városok/Under the Spell of Industry: Development Politics and the Socialist Cities (Budapest: 1956-os Intézet, 2004) and Sándor Horváth, A Kapu és a Határ: mindennapi Sztálinváros/The Gate and the Border: Everyday Life in Stalin City (Budapest: MTA, 2004), in Slavic Review, 66 (2007) 3: 526-528.
Review of Robert Nemes, The Once and Future Budapest (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2005) in Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d’histoire, 41 (2006) 2: 374-376.
Selected Conference Presentations:
"A Metropolis in the Making: World-City Dreams and Representational Polarizations in Turn-of-the-century Budapest" at the Sixth Biennial Conference of the Urban History Association, Columbia University, New York City, NY, October 2012
"From Tool of National Mobilization to Instrument of Moral Degeneration: Debates on the Role of Horse Races in Turn-of-the-Century Hungary," at the Association of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies Conference in Washington, DC, November 2011
"Nationalism and the Dead: Ceremonial Burials and Reburials in turn-of-the-century Budapest," at the Cities and Nationalisms Conference, Center for Metropolitan Research, Institute for Historical Research, University of London, UK, June 2010
"Redeeming the ‘Guilty City’: Nationalist and Right-Wing Visions of Budapest’s Role as Capital City during the Interwar Period," Association for the Study of Nationalities World Conference, Columbia University, New York City, NY, April 2009
"From 'Paris of the East' to 'Queen of Danube': International Models in the Promotion of Budapest Tourism, 1885-1940," American Historical Asociation Annual Convention, New York City, NY, January 2009
"Nation Building and City Marketing: Turn-of-the-Century Exhibitions in Budapest and Bucharest," American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies Conference, Philadelphia, PA, November 2008
"Urban Planning, Mega-Events and the Selling of the Central and Eastern European Cityscapes, 1860-1940," Cityscapes Conference, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, March 2008
"Places for Leisure and Fun? Re-Inventing Budapest's Nightlife, 1957-1975," Section on Popular Culture in Eastern Europe, National Popular Culture & American Culture Association's Joint Conference, San Francisco, CA, March 2008
"Between Local Realities and Global Aims: Paris's and Budapest's Location in the Transnational Urban Networks of the 1920s and 1930s," European Social Science History Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, March 2006
"Salzburg, Szeged, Edinburgh, Avignon: Comparing the History of four Summer Festivals in Europe in the Twentieth-Century," Center for the Arts in Society, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, February 2006
"Globalizing Cities in Eastern Europe: The Trope of Paris in Budapest's and Bucharest's Urban Marketing Discourses, 1870-1940," Romanian Studies Center Conference, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, October 2005
"From 'Paris of the East' to 'Queen of the Danube': Budapest's Urban Representation and Touristic Marketing Strategies between Desire and Reality, 1870s to the 1930s," Second Biennial Conference of the Urban History Association, Milwaukee, WI, October 2004