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Durham University

Department of History

Staff Profile

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 Interests

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


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