The Terra Recognita Foundation was established in November 2005 as a Central European non-governmental foreign policy initiative.
The objectives concern two main areas:
- enhancing the spirit of co-operation among countries of the region and promoting knowledge about Central Europe within Hungarian society;
improving relations between Hungary and the neighbouring countries by dialogue with the majority societies of these countries and by disseminating information.
The membership consists mostly of young researchers and PhD candidates having degrees in history, economics and political science. Since the emergence of the Foundation our activities have been the following:
Central european review
In co-operation with the initiative Reinventing Central Europe (Találjuk ki Közép-Európát), launched by Elemér Hankiss, we ran the periodical ‘Central European Review’ between 2006-2008, publishing 3-5 articles a week based on journal reviews covering Central and Eastern Europe. Our aim was to provide the Hungarian public with information which allowed a better understanding of the everyday life of the societies in question.
the shattered past
The project The Shattered Past (Rozštiepená minulosť – Meghasadt múlt) was launched in co-operation with the Pillar Foundation, and is supported by the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by Central European Foundation in Slovakia (Stredoeurópska Nadácia). The project consisted of 16 short essays aiming to reflect on overlapping points of Slovak and Hungarian history. The volume was published first in 2008 together with the Farkas Kempelen Society of Komárno, Slovakia. The second edition will be published in 2010 in both Hungarian and Slovak.
The history website Múlt-kor (Past Times) also regularly publishes articles by members of the Foundation on the history of Central and Eastern Europe.
1989 - Revolution, transition, system change?
A project entitled 1989 – Revolution, Transition, System Change? was conducted with the assistance of the International Visegrad Fund within the framework of the PhD programme The History of Central and Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries of the Loránd Eötvös University of Budapest (ELTE). This project was carried out with the participation of Slovak and Czech partners. A conference and related workshops were held at ELTE offering talks on the system changes in various Central and Eastern European countries. Conference proceedings are being published in a volume in both English and Hungarian in 2010.
Multicultural Cities in Central Europe
In 2009, with the support of German Erinnerung Verantwortung Zukunft – Geschichtswerkstatt Europa, we have published the first two volumes of the series Multicultural Cities in Central Europe. The Hidden Faces of Budapest and A Capital on the Borderland present the ways in which the multicultural tradition in Budapest and Bratislava lives on today. The volumes, available in English, employ the style of an innovative guidebook.
The unknown neighbour
Supported by the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and in partnership with several Slovak organizations, the Foundation has launched the project entitled The Unknown Neighbour (Neznámy sused – Az ismeretlen szomszéd) which aims to present post-1989 Hungary to the contemporary Slovak audience. The essays cover different fields (such as foreign policy, historical studies, economics, society etc.) and are to be published in a volume. Moreover, these essays were also presented in the first half of 2010 at a series of talks in Slovakia.
1989: revolution, turnaround, regime change?
With the support of the International Visegrad Fund, the Foundation and the ELTE BTK jointly organized a conference on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the fall of Communism entitled “1989: revolution, turnaround, regime change?” In the framework of the project, an English and Hungarian study book was published in 2010.
Europe in budapest - a guide to its many cultures
A new book, “Europe in Budapest – A Guide to Its Many Cultures” was released by the Terra Recognita Foundation in 2011. The English-language volume was timed for the Hungarian EU Presidency, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It presents the various facets of the capital to the reader – each chapter describes the historical relationship of a given national or religious community with Budapest, including the actualities in the life of these comnunities.
war, the post-war and cold war
In 2012, the Foundation participated in the project “War, the post-war and Cold War”. The research was carried out in Hungary and Slovakia with the support of the Geschichtswerkstatt Europa program of the German Stiftung “Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft”. Two historians, Slávka Otcenášová and Csaba Zahorán, contributed to the project which covered 28 European countries
PAREVO INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
In 2012-2013 the Foundation co-organized the Parevo International Documentary Film Festival.
Remembering the City: a Guide Through the Past of Košice
The project “Remembering the City: a Guide Through the Past of Košice” was supported by the International Visegrad Fund, the Balassi Institute and the European Network of Remembrance and Solidarity. The book presents the history and memory of Kosice in several chapters written by Hungarian, Slovak, Czech and Polish young historians. The foundation’s primary partner was the Pavol Jozef Šafárik University’s History Department. The unusual, academic guidebook was edited by Gayer Veronika, Slávka Otčenášová and Csaba Zahorán. During 2012-2013, several workshops were organized by the Foundation in Košice and Bratislava, with the participation of authors of the volume.