Erzsébet Barát

Position: Associate Professor & Convener of the Gender Studies MA Program,
also Visiting Associate Professor
(Gender Studies Department ~
Central European University, Budapest)

Office: 3303 Main Building, Ady tér
Office phone: +36 62 544 526        
Office hours: Friday 15-16
e-mail: zsazsa at



Education and Degrees:

Ph.D. in Linguistics, 2000
Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lancaster, UK
Dissertation Title: A Relational Model of Identity: Negotiating (non-oppressive) relations of  power in (researching) Hungarian women’s life narratives

M.A. in Applied Linguistics, 1993
The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Dissertation title: The Subject-Agent: Positioning Strategies in Kate Grenville’s “Lilian’s Story”

M.A. in English and Hungarian Literature and Linguistics, 1982
Attila József Univer­sity, Szeged, Hungary
Dissertation title: The Anaphora in English and Hungarian: A Generative Comparative Study.

Research Areas:

Theories of identity: Non-exclusionary models
The intersection of sexuality and gender
Relationship of language, ideology and power
Feminist media studies


Selected Publications (for a detailed list of publications click HERE):


Barát, Erzsébet, Studer, Patrick and Nekvapil, Jirí, eds. Ideological conceptions of language in discourses on linguistic diversity. Prague Papers on Language, Society and Interaction (Special Issue), Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2011 (forthcoming)

A nő és a nő/i/esség sztereotípiái. (’Woman’ and Her Stereotypes), Nyelv, ideológia, média, Vol. 2., Könyvtártudományi Tanszék, SZTE, Szeged, 2009. (Co-editor with Sándor, Klára)

A nő helye a magyar nyelvhasználatban. (‘Woman’s’ Place in Hungarian), Nyelv, ideológia, média, Vol. 1. JATE Press, Szeged, 2007. (Co-editor with Sándor, Klára)

Spaces in Transition JATE Press, Szeged PEAS (Papers in English and American Studies Series) Vol. 12. 2005. (Editor)

Chapters in books:

"Les femmes dans la culture << underground >> hongroise du tournant du 20e-21e si`ecle" (trans. László Sújtó). In: Béatrice Didier, Mireille Calle-Gruber and Antoinette Fouque eds. Le Dictionnaire des Creatrices, Paris: ÉdFemmes, 2011 (forthcoming)

“Queer in Hungary: Hate speech regulation. Queering the speech/conduct binary." In Lisa Downing, Robert Gillet (eds). Queer in Europe: Contemporary Case Studies. London: Ashgate. 2011. (February 28; in press)

“A politikai korrektség cinizmusa” (The cynicism of ‘political correctness’) in Barát & Sándor (eds.) A nő és a nő/i/esség sztereotípiái.. (’Woman’ and Her Stereotypes) Nyelv, ideológia, média. Vol. 2., Szeged, 2009, 23-28.

“Les-being and Identity Politics: The Intersectionality of Sexual Identity and Desire”, in M.L.Kohlke and Luisa Orza (eds.), Negotiating Sexual Idioms: Image, Text, Performance, Rodopi Press, Amsterdam and New York, 2008, 103-128.

“Nőközpontúság kontra feminizmus: A „társadalmi nemek” kifejezés tarthatatlanságáról” (Women-Centeredness versus Feminism: The untenability of ‘two genders’) in Barát & Sándor (eds.): A nő helye a magyar nyelvben. Nyelv, ideológia, média. Vol. 1.2007, 15-27.

“A tevékeny együttműködés ideológiája” (The ideology of active co-operation) in Sándor, Klára (ed.) A Pápai feminizmus. (The Pope’s Feminism). Szabó Miklós Liberális Alapítvány, Budapest, 2006, 75-93.

“The Importance of a Discoursal Approach to Translation as an Organized Practice” In: Marlen Bidwell-Steiner, Karin S. Wozonig (eds.) A Canon of Our Own? Kanon und Geschlecht. (Gendered Subjects III), StudienVerlag, Wien, Innsbruck, 2006, 148-158.

“The ‘Terrorist Feminist’: Strategies of Gate-Keeping in the Hungarian Printed Media” in M. M. Lazar (ed.) Feminist Critical Discourse Analysis: Gender, Power and Ideology in Discourse. London: Palgrave, 2005, 205-228.

“Uses and Abuses of Feminism: A Global Social Analytic”, in Eva Blimlinger and Therese Garstenauer (eds.): Women/Gender Studies: Against All Odds. StudienVerlag, Wien, 2005, 21-30.

“The Discourse of Selfhood: Oral Auto/biographies as Narrative Sites for Constructions of Identity” in: A. Donell & P. Polkey (eds.) Representing Lives: Women and Auto/biography, Macmillan, London,  2000, 165-173.


“The troubling internet space of “woman’s standpoint” in Discourse and Communication. special issue on ‘Feminisms in Discourse and Communication’ (ed. by Michelle Maria Lazar), 2009, 3:4.

“A test adatbázissá szelídítése a nyelvhasználat-kutatásban”, Apertura, 2009 Winter, 4:2.

“A gyűlöletbeszéd logikája” (The logic informing hate speech), Századvég, 2008. 48:2. 101-114.

“’Other’ lessons to be learnt in hate-speech debates in the US and the chances of Gender Studies in Hungary”, Americana, 2007, 3:1. Spring.

“Hate speech regulation and the chances of Women Studies in Hungary”, Sydney University Law Society Women's Journal, 2006, 1:22-25.

“Gyűlölködni szabad?” (‘Is it allowed to hate?’), MÉDIAKUTATÓ, 2004 Spring, 41-59.

Conference proceedings:

“A 'politikai korrektség'-re hivatkozás ideológiai csapdái: A 2010-es év óvodapedagógiai változtatásokra tett kísérletet kísérő társadalmi és politikai küzdelmek” In Kádár Judit és Szathmáry Judit (szerk.) Gondolatok a másságról. Mi/Más Konferencia 2010. Eger: Amerikanisztika Tanszék, Esterháry Károly Főiskola 2012, 66-74.

“A politika és a populáris kultúra metszéspontja: queer (politikai) divatok” (The intersection of politics and popular culture: Queer (political) fashion) in Tarnóc András és Kádár Judit (szerk.) Mi-Más Konferencia 2008. Gondolatok a toleranciáról.  Amerikanisztika Tanszék, Esterháry Károly Főiskola, Eger, 2009, 26-36.

“Les-being and Identity Politics” in M.L. Kohlke and L. Orza (eds.), Sex and Sexuality 3: Probing the Problematics, (ebook) Inter-disciplinary Press, Oxford, 2008 (ISBN : 1-904710-43-3), 127 – 136.


Current research projects:

LINEE: Director of Gender Task Force and Work Package leader in Thematic Area A “Language, Identity and Culture” Discourses of Refugees on the regional level (2007- 2010).

LINEE (Languages in a Network of European Excellence) is an EU-funded FP6 research project within which the Gender Issues Task Force is responsible to “develop appropriate measures to call participants’ attention to gender mainstreaming and supervise the implementation of the gender dimensions, both in research and in LINEE’s working environment.” (Gender Action Plan)

Project ZONE –  Interdisciplinary Training for Department of Intermedia and Multimedia, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Slovakia; member of an international group of scholars from Vienna, Hamburg, Bremen, and Szeged. A series of workshops through three years  exploring the possibilities of implementation of new interdisciplinary options in education of visual arts. The central question is concerned with the role and influence of seemingly unrelated fields of knowledge, sociology, queer theory, and semiotics on the artistic practice (education). (2008-2010)

Currently writing a book on the Hungarian debate on hate-speech regulation.

Prospective courses:

Gendering Theory – Theories of Gender; Gender and Society;  Conteporary Debates in Feminist Scholarship;  Language and Gender; Queering the Gaze in Popular Culture; Feminism and Masculinity; Language and Sexuality; The Intresection of Gender and Sexuality; Gendering the Subject.

Awards and Honors:

PhD part-time scholarship, British Council, Budapest,  October, 1996 - December 1999;

Individual grant, Research Support Scheme, Soros Foundation, Central Europe, Prague, 1996, July - 1998 June;

Special Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship Fund for MA degree, the Australian Government, 1992-1994.

Membership in Associations:

Hungarian Society for the Study of English (1992-), Hungarian Association for American Studies (2004-), European Society for the Study of English (1993-) Association of Hungarian Sociologists, Founding member of Gender Studies Division (1998-), BAAL (British Association of Applied Linguistics) (1997-), ATHENA (Network of European Gender Studies) (2006-), ISA (International Sociologists Association) (2008-)


Director of Gender Studies Research Group and MA Track
From 2008 to 2010 Deputy Head of Department of English Studies
Academic Advisor



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