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Katalin Stráner
Lecturer in Modern History



MA (Budapest), MA (CEU), PhD (CEU)

Dr Katalin Stráner is a Lecturer in Modern History. Her research is situated at the intersection of the history of science, ideas, and cultural history, and explores the movement of ideas and people in modern Europe: how knowledge is produced, communicated, and transformed by people in motion across various cultural, intellectual, social, and political contexts – and how knowledge is used to shape those contexts in turn. She works on translation and communication, urban cultures, migration, and the press, focusing on the history of modern Central and Eastern Europe, and more recently on Britain.

Before joining the department at York, she taught at the University of Manchester and the University of Southampton, and held research fellowships in Florence, Mainz, and Budapest. She is Review Editor of the journal Jewish Culture and History and part of the International Committee of the European Association for Urban History.



Katalin Stráner is a historian of modern Europe, working the history of science, urban history, and the study of translation and reception in the history of ideas. Much of her research is about the history of the movement of people and ideas. Research interests include the academic and popular reception of Darwinism and evolution; the history of Hungary and Central Europe in a transnational context; 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; migration and exile.

She is currently working on two projects: both aim to understand the way mobility and cultural encounter matter in writing transnational histories of knowledge. 

In a cultural history of Darwinism in Habsburg Hungary, through a closer reading of the translation and reception Darwin's and his contemporaries' work, she explores how the translation of Darwin’s work, and informing and educating the public became part of a patriotic agenda -- at the same time when publishing, reading, and discussing Darwin and other Western scientific literature also slowly became a form of bourgeois sociability in the Habsburg Empire. More broadly, this work explores the role of local knowledge and empire in knowledge production.

In a new project, she examines the history of migration from East Central Europe in Britain over the last 150 years, exploring how the transformation of knowledge, stereotypes, and public debates about migration, as well as more personal experiences of immigration have shaped Britain's ideas of and relationship with Europe.



The Crisis of the Habsburg Empire? Politics, Society, and Culture in Central Europe, 1900-1918 (first year Period Topic module)

An Inconvenient Truth: Climate and Capitalism in the Modern World (second year Explorations module)

Second-Class Citizens: Migration and Modern Europe (final year Special Subject module)


The City in Modern Europe (MA Option module)

Dr Katalin Straner

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Dr Katalin Stráner
Vanbrugh College V/A/223
Department of History
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: Internal: 2924 External: (01904) 322924

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