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Dr Katalin Straner 

Lecturer in Modern European History, Academic Integrity Officer

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I am a historian of modern Europe, specialising in the history of science, urban history and the study of translation and reception in the history of ideas. Most of my work has focused on the history of Habsburg Central Europe, more specifically Hungary, in the long nineteenth century.

I studied English Language and Literature, American Studies, and Education at the University of Budapest (ELTE) and History at the Central European University in Budapest, where I received my PhD. During my PhD I also studied at UCL and was a research fellow at Harvard University. Before coming to Southampton, I taught urban history and history of science at CEU, and held postdoctoral fellowships at the Institute of European History in Mainz, Germany, and at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

I am member of the International Board of the European Association of Urban History.

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Research interests

My research interests include the academic and popular reception of Darwinism and evolution in Hungary and Central Europe; the study of knowledge production and transfer in the long nineteenth century; the role of the city and urban culture, including the urban press, in the circulation and transformations of knowledge; the history of scientific societies, associations and institutions; and the effect of migration and exile on knowledge transfer. 

I am currently working on a book manuscript on the history of the early translation, reception and circulation of Darwinism in Hungary. The book places Darwin’s work in a wider interdisciplinary context by examining how the public understanding of science and knowledge was shaped not only by the scientific community and scientific literature, but also by public intellectuals, the popular and satirical press, and literature. My book will bring together the study of translation and reception in a cultural and intellectual history perspective with a reassessment of contemporary conceptions of progress and modernity; in doing so, it provides new insights into knowledge production and circulation in the public sphere. 

I am also very interested in the urban history of science, that is, locating the spaces of knowledge production of urban space and examining the ways cities and science affect and influence each other in a historical perspective. I study transnational intellectual networks and academic mobility through the study of scientific events and congresses, and the impact such events made on knowledge production and circulation in modern Europe. I am in the early stages of researching a project on the role of exile in building scientific and social networks in modern European cities.  

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Book Chapters

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HIST2106 In Hitler's Shadow: Eastern Europe 1918-1939

HIST2227 Science on the Street: Science, Technology, Medicine, and the Urban Environment in Modern European Cities

HIST3171 The Crisis of Austria-Hungary Part 1

HIST3166 The Crisis of Austria-Hungary Part 2


Areas where I can offer supervision:

Modern European history (particularly East Central Europe), the history of science, technology and medicine in the 19th and 20th century, urban history.

Dr Katalin Straner
Avenue Campus
University of Southampton
SO17 1BF

Room Number: 65/2071

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