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Dr James Koranyi

Assistant Professor (Modern European Cultural History) in the Department of History
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42994

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James Koranyi is a historian of east-central Europe with a focus on memory, minorities, and space in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has published on minorities and memory cultures in Romania, Serbia, Hungary and Germany, as well as on landscape and spatial history. He guest edited a special issue in National Identities (with Dr Tricia Cusack) on 'The making of Landscape in Modernity'. Currently he is completing a book on German minorities in Romania in the twentieth century. He is also researching the discovery of the Carpathian Arc in the second half of the nineteenth century by British travellers and local associations. He is collaborating with Dr Bernhard Struck on a book on Modern Europe, 1760-2000: A Transnational History. He is President Elect of the Society for Romanian Studies.

Doctoral Supervision

James Koranyi welcomes research students interested in memory studies, transnational history, and spatial history. He is also interested in supervising projects on east-central European history (Romania, Hungary, Habsburg Empire, Germany, the Balkans) in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 

Research Groups

Department of History

Research Interests

  • East-central Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
  • Memory cultures
  • Minorities in east-central Europe
  • Spatial and transnational history

Teaching Areas

  • Central and Eastern Europe 1800 to Present
  • Memory and History


Chapter in book

  • Koranyi, James & Struck, Bernhard (2016). Space: Empires, Nations and Borders. In The Routledge History of East Central Europe from 1700 to the Present. Livezeanu, Irina & von Klimo, Arpad Routledge.
  • Koranyi, James (2015). The Thirteen Martyrs of Arad: A Monumental Hungarian History. In Sites of Imperial Memory: Commemorating Colonial Rule in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Müller, Frank Lorenz & Geppert, Dominik Manchester: Manchester University Press. 53-69.
  • Koranyi, James & Wittlinger, Ruth (2011). ‘From Diaspora to Diaspora: The Case of Transylvanian Saxons in Romania and Germany’. In Diaspora and Citizenship. Sutherland, Claire & Barabantseva, Elena Routledge.

Journal Article

  • Koranyi, James & Cusack, T. (2014). Introduction. The making of landscape in modernity. National Identities 16(3): 191-195.
  • Koranyi, James (2014). Voyages of Socialist Discovery: German-German Exchanges between the GDR and Romania. Slavonic and East European Review 92(3): 479-506.
  • Koranyi, James (2011). ‘Reinventing the Banat: Cosmopolitanism as a German Cultural Export’. German Politics and Society 29(3): 97-114.
  • Koranyi, James & Wittlinger, Ruth (2011). From Diaspora to Diaspora: The Case of Transylvanian Saxons in Romania and Germany. Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 17(1): 96-115.
  • Koranyi, James (2010). ‘The Narrative of Lost Utopias: The Saxon and Anglo-Saxon Edens’. Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Working Paper Series 227.
  • Koranyi, James (2009). ‘Byzantium 330-1453: A Commentary on Europe’. Transylvanian Review 18(3): 98-105.