Gábor Klaniczay

Academic rank: 
University Professor
Position (magyar): 
egyetemi tanár
Department of Medieval Studies
Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
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Academic/Professional Experience and Achievements: 

Born in 1950

Married to Mária Kövendy; three children: Sára Víg, Anna Klaniczay, János Klaniczay


Education, academic titles

Graduated in History, Medieval Studies, and English Philology in 1974 at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

1976 postgraduate studies in Paris with Jacques Le Goff (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales) and Michel Mollat (Sorbonne)

1983 Dr. Phil. at ELTE

1994 Cand. Sci. at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

2001 Dr. Habil., Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

2005 Dr. Sci. of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

2014 Correspondant étranger de l‘Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres, Paris


Employments, academic and administrative charges

1974-78 Editor at the review Világosság

1978–84 Assistant Research Fellow at the Institute for Historical Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

1985–90 Secretary of the National Committee of Hungarian Historians.

1984–90 Assistant Professor, 1990– Associate Professor, 1994–97 Head of the Department of Medieval European History, ELTE

1989-1993 Founding Editor of Budapesti Könyvszemle (BUKSZ) 1993-2001 Chairman of the Editorial Board

1990-97 Program Director, Historical Anthropology Program sponsored by the Soros Foundation, ELTE, Budapest, (together with András Gerő)

1991-1997 Editor of Budapest Review of Books

1991–92 Associate Dean for International Relations at ELTE, Faculty of Humanities.

1992–97, 2004-2006 Head of the Department of Medieval Studies at CEU, Budapest.

1993- Professor of Medieval Studies, since 2005 University Professor  at CEU, Budapest.

1997- 2002 and 2008 Rector of Collegium Budapest

1997- 2011 Permanent Fellow of Collegium Budapest

2005-2007 Head of the Department of Medieval Studies at CEU, Budapest



1986 Research Fellowship, Columbia University, New York, (Institute on East-Central Europe)

1989 ‘Maître de conférences associé’ at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris

1990–91 Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin

1992 Getty Scholar at the Getty Center for Arts and the Humanities, Santa Monica

1996 Resident Scholar at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center

2003-2004 Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford

2011-12 Fellow at the Institut d’Études Avancées, Paris


Distinguished invitations and awards in the last 8 years

2005 Opening lecture at the first Hagiotheca conference in Dubrovnik

2006 Special session of the Hagiography Society dedicated to my book Holy Rulers and Blessed Princesses (Cambridge, 2002) at the International Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo

2007 Introductory lecture at the Konstanzer Arbeitskreis, Reichenau conference (Böhmen und seine Nachbarn)

2007 Special Prize from the Mayor of Budapest “Budapestért”  for managing academic exchange in Collegium Budapest

2007-8 Co-Direction of the SIAS Summer Institute  on “The Vision Thing”, with William A. Christian, at CASBS, Stanford and Collegium Budapest

October 2008 – Hungarian speaker in the series: 27 leçons d'histoire européenne par 27 des plus grands historiens de l'Union Européenne, arranged by the French Presidency of the EU in Paris

2013 “Opus mirabile” prize from the “Art History Commission” of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, for a conversation with Pál Lővei on monument protection, published in BUKSZ, Fall-Winter 2012.

2013 - Lecture at the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres, invited by André Vauchez


Academic Services

  • Member of the editorial boards of the reviews Budapesti Könyvszemle (BUKSZ); Századok; Magic, Ritual & Witchcraft; The Medieval History Journal; Sanctorum; Hungarian Historical Review; Acta Poloniae Historica
  • Editor of the book series Mikrotörténelem (Microhistory), since 1988, with the Budapest publishers Magvető, then Osiris, currently at l'Harmattan - altogether 17 volumes published.
  • Member of the Committee of History at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1985-2000
  • Member of the Committee of Cultural History at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2002-2010
  • Member of the Advisory Council on Social Sciences and Humanities at the European Commission Brussels, 2004-2006
  • Member of the History Panel of Starting Grants – European Research Council, 2007-2011
  • Member of the Hungarian Accreditation Board (MAB), History Panel 2006-2010
  • Director of the organizing committee of the Natalie Zemon Davis Annual Lectures at CEU, 2006 to present
  • Member of the Academic Advisory Board of Collegium de Lyon – Institute for Advanced Study, 2008 to present
  • Member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Graduiertenschule der Geisteswissenschaften Göttingen (GSGG), 2008 to present
  • Membre du jury Institut Universitaire de France (IUF), 2010 and 2011
  • Member of the History Panel of Consolidator Grants – European Research Council, 2013
  • Membre du Conseil Scientifique du LABEX HASTEC, Paris, 2012 to present
  • Membre du jury du Prix du livre d'histoire de l'Europe, organisé par l'Association des Historiens, Paris, 2014-15
  • Member of the Committee of History at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2014 to present


Principal Academic Interests: historical anthropology of European Christendom (sainthood, miracle beliefs, stigmata, visions, healing, magic, witchcraft); comparative cultural and religious history of Hungary and Central Europe, modern uses of Antiquity and the Middle Ages

Courses taught by Gábor Klaniczay

Theses supervised by Gábor Klaniczay

The Father of the Bohemian Reformation: Iohannes Milicius de Cremsir's Criticism of the Church in Pre-Hussite Bohemia
Thesis author: Olga Kalashnikova
Year of enrollment: 2018/2019
Birth of a National Saint: Saint Jerome Between Identities in the Late Middle Ages Croatia
Thesis author: Ines Ivić
Year of enrollment: 2016/2017
Roberto Caracciolo da Lecce’s Sermons as a Source for Religious and Intellectual History of Late Fifteenth-century Italy
Thesis author: Giacomo Mariani
Year of enrollment: 2015/2016
A Century of Learning: Transferring the Canons of the Fourth Lateran Council into Central Europe
Thesis author: Igor Razum
Year of enrollment: 2014/2015
Our Lady of Our Land: The Sacred Landscape of Marian Sanctuaries in East-Central Europe, 14th-16th centuries
Thesis author: Karen Stark
Year of enrollment: 2014/2015
The Representation of the Saints of the Mendicant Orders in Late Medieval Hungary
Thesis author: Eszter Konrád
Year of enrollment: 2011/2012
An Agency of a Sponsor: The Patronage of Monasteries in Medieval Serbia and Later Byzantium as an Economic, Political, Social, and Artistic Phenomenon
Thesis author: Anna Adashinskaya
Year of enrollment: 2011/2012
‘How the Corpse of a Most Mighty King... The Use of the Death and Burial of the English Monarch (From Edward to Henry I)’
Thesis author: James Plumtree
Year of enrollment: 2010/2011
Between Personal Devotion and Political Propaganda: Iconographic Aspects in the Representation of the sancti reges Hungariae in Church Mural Painting (14th – Early-16th Century)
Thesis author: Dragos-Gheorghe Nastasoiu
Year of enrollment: 2010/2011
Charms, Amulets: Rites: Verbal Magic and Daily Life in Late Medieval and Early Modern Bulgaria
Thesis author: Svetlana Tsonkova
Year of enrollment: 2007/2008
Saint Margaret, Queen of the Scots: Her Life and Memory
Thesis author: Katie Keene
Year of enrollment: 2006/2007
Preachers and Confessors Against "Superstitions". The Rosarium Sermonum by Bernardino Busti and Its Milanese Context. (Late Fifteenth Century)
Thesis author: Fabrizio Conti
Year of enrollment: 2005/2006
Pictorial and Iconographic Reflexivity: Images-within-Images in Italian Painting (1278-1348)
Thesis author: Peter Bokody
Year of enrollment: 2004/2005
Hagiography as Memory: Saints' Cults and the Construction of the Past in Medieval Dalmatia
Thesis author: Trpimir Vedriš
Year of enrollment: 2004/2005
Preaching Saint Stanislaus: Medieval Sermons on Saint Stanislaus of Cracow and Their Role in the Construction of His Image and Cult
Thesis author: Stanislava Kuzmová
Year of enrollment: 2003/2004
The Making and Undoing of the Elites: Classical Edudation in Slovenia between Renaissance and Demise
Thesis author: David Movrin
Year of enrollment: 2003/2004
Radicals and Heretics: The Dresden School in Prague
Thesis author: Petra Mutlova
Year of enrollment: 2002/2003
The Birth and the Agents of an Episcopal Civic Cult: St John of Trogir (12th-15th Century)
Thesis author: Ana Marinković
Year of enrollment: 2001/2002
Aspects of the Cult of St. Elizabeth of Hungary with a Special Emphasis on Preaching, 1231-c.1500
Thesis author: Ottó Gecser
Year of enrollment: 2000/2001
The Noble Elite in the County of Körös (Križevci) 1400 - 1526
Thesis author: Tamás Pálosfalvi
Year of enrollment: 1999/2000
Learned Magic and Its Readers in Central Europe in the Fifteenth Century
Thesis author: Láng Benedek
Year of enrollment: 1999/2000
Early Sienese Paintings in Hungarian Collections, 1420-1520
Thesis author: Dóra Sallay
Year of enrollment: 1999/2000
Court, Fashion and Representation: The Hungarian Illuminated Chronicle Revisited
Thesis author: Kovács Annamária
Year of enrollment: 1997/1998
Eremitism in Central Europe between East and West (11th Century)
Thesis author: Miladinov, Marina
Year of enrollment: 1996/1997
The Miracles of St. John Capistran
Thesis author: Andrić, Stanko
Year of enrollment: 1994/1995
The Bdinski Sbornik: A Study of a Medieval Bulgarian Book (Historical, Typological, and Textual Analysis)
Thesis author: Petrova, Maya
Year of enrollment: 1994/1995