Monika Baár is Professor by Special Appointment in Central European Studies in the Institute for History at Leiden University. Her early career interests included the history of historiography, cultural history and political thought in East-Central Europe. She is author of the monograph Historians and Nationalism: East Central Europe in the Nineteenth Century (Oxford University Press, 2010) and one of the co-authors of the two-volume book Trencsényi et alii, A History of Modern Political Thought in East Central Europe. More recently her interest has shifted to the history of disability and animal studies and she is at present completing the ERC Consolidator Grant Rethinking Disability: the Global Impact of the International Year of Disabled Persons (1981) in Historical Perspective https://rethinkingdisability.net/, which was also turned into a comics series: https://www.erccomics.com/comics/rethinking-disability. Publications in this field include the article “Disability and Civil Courage under State Socialism: the Scandal about the Hungarian Guide Dog School” in Past and Present (2015) and a co-edited special issue “Rethinking Transition in Eastern Europe through the Lens of Disability” that is forthcoming in the journal Problems of Post-Communism.
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