Mihály Sárkány

Senior Honoris Causa of Institute of Ethnology

Research Center for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Mihály Sárkány studied ethnology and history at the University of Budapest in the 1960s and became a research fellow in the Institute of Ethnology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1968 and was the head of its non-European department from 1988 to his retiring in 2013. After it he has remained attached to this institution as its senior honoris causa. He also lectured at the University of Budapest on sociocultural anthropological theories, on economic and social anthropology from 1973 to 2010. He carried out fieldwork in villages in Hungary and in Kikuyu rural settlements in Kenya in connection with one of his main interest of research: the transformation of contemporary rural economy and society. His other main field of interest has been the history of cultural anthropological theories and research strategies. After 2000 he also contributed to research programs of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (Chris Hann and Mihály Sárkány: The Great Transformation in Rural Hungary. In Chris Hann & the "Property Relations” Group: The Postsocialist Agrarian Question. LIT 2003, pp. 117-141; Studying Peoples in the People’s Democracies. Eds. Chris Hann, Mihály Sárkány, Peter Skalník. LIT 2005); His last research project was devoted to the role that cultural patterns and ideologies play in modernization process. Its results were published in Ethno-lore 29 (2012) in Hungarian.