Information for Students

Starting in the Summer term of 2024, we’re welcoming our seventh Vienna Karl Polanyi Visiting Professor, Attila Melegh, to Vienna. In the course of his stay in Vienna, Attila Melegh, Professor of Sociology at Corvinus
University, Budapest, will hold a PhD-seminar, give a public lecture and participate in an internal workshop at CEU accompanied with a public debate.

The Seminar will be open for students from University of Vienna, Central European University and Vienna University of Economics and Business and requires application by students. 


The Research Seminar Global Social Change and the Migration Turn will be open for PhD-Students at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), University of Vienna and Central European University (CEU). Also, Master-Students from the University of Vienna and CEU will be able to participate. Participation is limited.


Interested Students have to contact our Visiting Professorship Team under the following mail-addresses and pay attention to the end date of the application period. Students can apply with a letter of motivation (1 page max) and a CV.

Send your application to:, by February 21st 2024


This seminar, held by Prof. Attila Melegh and supported by Prof. Andreas Novy, concentrates on a historical sociological analysis of the migration turn that has been occurring since the 1980s until the present day. It focuses on Eastern Europe, but in a global and historical context, in order to show what historical interactions have been evolving, and what historical role has been taken by various actors in the process we call the migration turn: How do we perform dynamic historical sociological analysis? What insights can we gain from population discourses in the 1980s and the start of the globalization cycle? Why are we in a trap?

The broad aim of the seminar is to sharpen a critical perspective on migration, globalization, related politics as well as training to analyze some key historical, socio-material and discursive processes. Due to multiple crises, the seminar contextualizes current debates in broader debates of political ecology, a post-growth society as well as geopolitical and geoeconomic challenges.

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