The Traveling Professor
Professor Cynthia Horne - Research in Central & Eastern Europe
Statue of Marx and Engels from Memento Park near Budapest, Hungary
Statue from Memento Park near Budapest, Hungary
Professor Horne with Lenin Statue
Church frescos from the Rila Monastery in Bulgaria
Street Musicians in Warsaw, Poland
Professor Horne was granted Professional Leave for the 2012-2013 academic year to conduct research on transitional justice policies in post-communist countries, and conduct field work in Poland, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Read on for more details or visit with her upon her return in Fall Quarter 2013.
Professor Horne is examining how countries in Central and Eastern Europe grapple with the historical memory and institutional vestiges of communism. She teaches classes in International Political Economy, Comparative Political Economy and Post-Soviet Politics and Economics. Visit her faculty profile or her personal web page for more information.
During the Summer of 2012, Professor Horne was a visiting research scholar at the Center for the Study of Democracy, Sofia Bulgaria. The Center focuses on rule of law initiatives, anti-corruption efforts, and democratization in the post-communist region. Here is a link to their web page: http://www.csd.bg/index.php?id=2101. Professor Horne also noted that they are always interested in interns!
Professor Horne visited Memento Park just outside of Budapest, Hungary to capture some of the photographs above. After the revolutions in 1989, many post-communist countries had to figure out what to do with the physical remnants of Communism and Soviet control. Hungary removed many communist era statues from Budapest and placed them on the outskirts of town, in what became a monument graveyard. Here you can find monuments to Lenin, Marx, Stalin and the people's army as a reminder of the past and a cautionary remark for the future.
Photos courtesy of Cynthia Horne
Photo on right: Fisherman's Bastion on the Danube River in Budapest