Semsey, Viktória

Semsey, Viktória

Title: Dr habil.
Gender: F
Year of Birth: 1954
Place of Birth (Country): Hungary
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Doctoral Studies
Year of Doctoral Defence (PhD / CSc): 2003
Discipline: Sciences of universal contemporary History
Title of Thesis: Liberal Transformation in the 19th Century Spain 1808-1868
Issuing Institution: University Eötvös Loránd (ELTE BTK)

MA Studies
Year of Obtaining the MA Degree: 1985
Discipline(s): History and  Spanish Literature and Language
Issuing Institution: University Eötvös Loránd (ELTE BTK)

Further Studies and Qualifications

Institution Qualification Year of Obtaining the Qualification
University of Pécs Doctor in habilitation 2011

Current Employer: Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Institute: Institute of History
Department: Modern and Contemporary World History
Current Position(s): Associate professor

Previous Employer: University of Pécs Faculty of Arts
Previous Position Held: Temporary invited Professor

Other Previous Employers: University of Pázmány Faculty of Arts
Other Previous Positions Held: Temporary invited Professor

Areas of Research and Teaching

Contemporary History of Spain (19th century)
Contemporary History of Portugal (19th century)
Contemporary and modern History of Latin-America

Membership in Research Groups and Projects

Educational Functions, Curriculum Development and Other
Teaching-Related Activities

Period Function or Activity
2006-2013 Responsible for Erasmus issues in History Institute of KRE Faculty of Arts
2009/2010 Elaborater and director of Erasmus IP, (Empires, Nations, Churches)
2011-2013 Cooperator and coordinator in textbook: Latin-America: from colonialism to freedom
2008 Author of textbook: Short History of Spain and Latin-America in 19-20th Centuries

Language Skills

Language Level and Kind of Proficiency
spanish Upper (university degree)
portuguese Average (National Language Centre)
english Basic (high school)

Honours, Distinctions, and Prizes

Name of Distinction Issuing Institution Year of Issuing

Membership in Academic Societies

Name of Organization Function (if any)
Hungarian Historical Society Member
Academic Foundation of Religion and
Ecclesiastical History
Member of management

Guest Professorships and Research Fellowships in Foreign

Period Institution Activities

University Complutense,
Madrid (Spain)
University Complutense,
ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon, Portugal
University Selye János, Slovakia
University Partium, Rumania
Guest (TEMPUS)

Guest (Erasmus)
Guest  (Erasmus)
Guest (Erasmus)
Guest (Erasmus)

Ministerio de Educación y
Ciencia, Spain
Ministerio de Asuntos
Exteriores, Spain

Fundacão para a Ciéncia e a
Tecnologia, Portugal

Promotorship in Doctoral Studies

Name of
Doctoral Student,
Research Topic / Title of Dissertation Year of Defence
(if applicable)

Opponentship in Doctoral Defences

Name of
Doctoral Student,
Title of Dissertation Year of Defence


List of Publications


A polgári átalakulás Spanyolországban, 1808-1868. (Civil Transition in Spain, 1808-1868). L'Harmattan Kiadó, Budapest. 2005.

Spanyolország és Latin-Amerika 19-20. századi rövid története. (Spanish and Latin American History in the 19th and 20th Centuries). Zsigmond Király College Press - L'Harmattan Kiadó. 2008.

Edited Books and Journals

Latin America, 1750-1840. From the Desolution of the Colonial System until the Formation of the Independent States. L’Harmattan-Károli, Budapest, 2013.

Chapters in Books

1. Interntaional and National Context of the Independent Wars. 2. Chile, Peru, Bolivia. In.: Latin America, 1750-1840. From the Desolution of the Colonial System until the Formation of the Independent States. L’Harmattan, Budapest, 2013.

Articles in Academic Reviews (Printed and Electronic)

Carta de Lajos Kossuth a José María de Orense, 1868." Trienio. Issue 6, 1985.

Translation and presentation of 2 chapters of Trienio Liberal by Alberto Gil Novales. Világtörténet. 1986.

Polgári átalakulás a 19. századi Spanyolországban." (Civil Transition in 19th Century Spain). Századok. Year 121, Issue 6, p. 1176-1190, 1987.

Abstract on the Importance of the Scientific Work of Catalan Historian Jaimes Vicens Vives. Sic Itur Ad Astra. Issues 1-3. 1991.

Transición política en Hungría, 1989-1990." Centro de Estudios Constitucionales. Issue 78. 1992.

Review of Hungarian Political Transition in 1989 by Carmen González-Enriquez. Papeles de FIM. 1995.

Perspectivas históricas de la transición en Hungría, 1989-1990." Universidad Autónoma Madrid. 1995.

Review of Crisis y cambio en Europa del Este. La transición húngara a la democracia by Carmen González-Enriquez. Papeles de FIM. 1996.

A mérsékelt liberálisok aranykora Spanyolországban." (The Golden Age of Moderate Liberals in Spain). Review of the monography of José Luis Comillas. AETAS. Issues 1-2. 2000. 

Kossuth, primeiro cidadao europeo, 1848-1855." História. October issue. Published in Lisbon, 2002.

Egy ismeretlen ostromrajz Buda visszafoglalásáról." (Site and Expugnation of Buda). AETAS. Issue 1, p. 131-136. 2002.

Los inicios del socialismo-cristiano en Hungría, 1891-1895: Reflexiones clericales y láicas ante la Rerum Novarum." Estudios Eclesiásticos (Universidad Comillas, Madrid). Vol. 78. No. 305. p. 333-359. 2003.

Review of The Hungarian Question: Reports of the Spanish Ambassador in Vienna, 1848-1868 edited by Ádám Anderle. Századok. June Issue, 2003.

Review of Rebels and Passive Resistants: People's Resistance To Liberalism, 1834-1868, monography by Maria de Fátima Sá. Klió Történelmi Szemléző. November Issue, 2004.

"Macau's role in Spanish-Portuguese Relations Between the Two Opium Wars". Paper for the European Expansion Individual Program: Empires and Colonies, Eötvös Loránd University. 2004.

"A portugál sajtó az 1848-1849-es magyarországi eseményekről." (Portuguese Press on Hungarian Events in 1848-1849). Századok. Year 139. Issue 3. p. 659-682. 2005.

"Az ibérizmus Portugáliában. Uniós és konföderációs tervek az Ibériai-félszigeten 1848-1874 között." (Iberism in Portugal. Union and Confederacy Plans on the Iberian Peninsula between 1848-1874). Studia Caroliensia. Issue 4. p. 113-124. 2005.

Historical Reference List for Versos Nuevos - Últimos Barcos. A Collection of Poems by Endre Ady translated into Spanish. La Poesía Señor Hidalgo, Barcelona. 2008.

"Fuentes húngaras sobre la guerra de España, 1808-1814". In: El Comienzo de la Guerra de la Independencia. Congreso Internacional del Bicentenario. ed. by Emilio de Diego, Actas. Madrid. p. 89-111. 2009.

"Floridától a Monroe-elvig" (From Florida to the Monroe Doctrine). In: Két világ kutatója. ed. by Háda B., Majoros I., Maruzsa Z., Petneházi M., Booklet published for the 80th birthday of Aladár Urbán. Department of Modern and Contemporary History, Eötvös Loránd University. p. 357-367. 2009.

"A félszigeti háború nemzetközi összefüggései, 1807-1814." (The Interconnections of the Peninsular War, 1807-1814). Pannon University Press, Veszprém. 2009.

"A Nemzeti Újság illusztrációi a spanyol polgárháborúról." (Illustrations in the newspaper Nemzeti Újság of the Spanish Civil War). Századok. 2010.

Donoso Cortés on the Bible. Conference Booklet for the Year of the Bible, Károli Gáspár Calvinist University. 2010.

"A Guerra Peninsular na imprensa periódica húngara e na cartografía militar austriaca, 1807-1814." Under publication in Lisbon.

"La prensa contemporánea húngara en 1810-1826 sobre América Latina." Lecture at the conference: 1810-2010: Europa, Hungría y América Latina, Centro Iberoamericano, University of Pécs. Under publication. 2010.

"Képzelet és valóság: az inkvizícióról Goya képei alapján" (Imagination and reality: on the inquisition based on Goya's images). Lecture at the conference: Bűn, bűnhődés, büntetés (Crime, Punishment, Expiation), Hungarian Historical Society, History of Religion Branch, Budapest. Under publication. 2010.

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