1. The main Institute task in 2009, apart from research related to 1956, is the Institute project: "Kádárism as a Post-Stalin Version of a Soviet-Type System". Almost all staff will take part in the third stage, based on individual assignment plans. Initial findings are expected by the end of the year.
 The Institute's financial position will probably be less favourable in 2009 than in 2008. Nothing certain is known about the funds to be expected from the central budget as this is written (on February 6, 2009). The subsidy from Budapest Capital City is quite uncertain. The Institute clearly has to make various competitive funding applications. It is intended that some researches under the Kádárism project, mainly on the history and attributes of consumption, should be joined to an EU competitive application headed by Professor György Péteri (Trondheim, Norway). Similar cooperation is planned with the oral history projects of institutions in Prague. The planned number of publications in 2009 will be similar to 2008's or slightly lower. The Institute's international contacts will mainly take the form of conference participation and maintenance of joint (regional) organization of events. The level of computer and IT equipment will be maintained. There will be hardly any chance to engage staff in 2009. It will probably be possible to offset the expected (hopefully slight) reduction in the nominal level of funding with economy measures and a reduction in publication activity. A plan of action for this will be compiled in the first quarter.

2. Some publications planned for 2009 tie in with the 1989 change of system in Hungary. It is also hoped that some longer-term individual research by staff members will reach fruition. Thematically, therefore, this will be a varied year, as was 2008. Further content will be added to the Institute website.
3. Some of the individual research in 2009 will continue to be centred on the 1956 Revolution. Attila Szakolczai is preparing a PhD dissertation on the events of Köztársaság tér and continuing to work on a great monograph on the history of the revolution. László Eörsi is researching the insurgents of Budapest's 7th District and the university national guard. Éva Standeisky will complete by the end of the year her monograph entitled "The Experience of Freedom-the People during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution".
The following individual research tasks will be undertaken in 2009 as part of the Kádárism project:
• Csaba Békés: monograph entitled "Hungary and International Politics 1953-91" (several-year programme).
• László Eörsi: "Aczél's Cultural Policy and the Gergely Csiky Theatre, Kaposvár".
• Pál Germuska: Conversion between defence and civilian production, arms exports to the Third World,  scientific and technological spying and smuggling.
• Márkus Keller: The experimental housing estate in Óbuda.
• Gyula Kozák: Island of freedom-artist residents of Rottenbiller utca 1. and relations between them.
• András Lénárt: The socialist state, tourism, the church (the Benedectine Grammar School at Pannonhalma).
• Adrienne Molnár: Extension of the Internet content entitled "Private History".
• János M. Rainer: János Kádár and Kádárism (assembling and writing material for an essay collection).
• Katalin Somlai: Foreign scholarship policy in the Kádár period.
• Attila Szakolczai: Operation of the reprisal machinery under Kádár.
• János Tischler: Hungarians at the Olympics, from the state-security view point of view.
• Judit Topits: Construction of the Hungarian section of the Orenburg gas pipeline, 1973-9.
• Tibor Valuch: Examining the micro history of the Ózd working class.
• Pál Germuska will complete his monograph on the Hungarian defence industry.
András Lénárt and Márkus Keller will defend their PhD dissertations during the year, and Attila Szakolczai will complete the manuscript of his by the end of the year. Krisztián Ungváry will be working on the second volume of his historical monograph on the state security. Éva Standeisky is likely also to submit her monograph mentioned earlier as a doctoral dissertation for the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

4. In the OHA, Zsuzsanna Kőrösi will continue her analytical processing of the "Repatriated" research. Interviewing and interview-processing for the programmes "Other Hungary-Democratic Opposition" and "Economic Leaders" will continue. Interviews will be selected for the Internet content about June 16, 1989. Adrienne Molnár will finish the interview compilation "Change of System and 1956".

5. János Kenedi, János M. Rainer and Judit Topits will compile multimedia content entitled "16.06.1989-Anatomy of a Day", to mark the 20th anniversary of the change of system.

6. In connection with the "16.06.1989-Anatomy of a Day" Internet content, the Library will compile a thematic bibliography, and also a bibliography of the historical literature on critical/opposition movements for the OHA project entitled "Other Hungary-Democratic Opposition".

7. The following feature in the publication plans for 2009:
7.1 Books
a. Valuch, Tibor: Magyar hétköznapok-a mindennapi élet változásának néhány jellegzetessége Magyarországon a szocialista korszakban (Hungarian everyday-some features of change in daily life in Hungary in the socialist period). Jointly with Corvina Kiadó.
b. Tischler, János, ed.: Yearbook 2009. Subject-matter to be decided later.
c. Szakolczai, Attila: Studies on 1956 (working title). Jointly with the state-security archives ÁBTL.
d. Standeisky, Éva: A szabadság megtapasztalása - a nép az 1956-os magyar forradalomban (The experience of freedom-the people during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution). Jointly with the ÁBTL if completed by September.
e. Molnár, Adrienne, ed.: Az 1956 és a rendszerváltás az OHA interjúiban (1956 and the change of system in OHA interviews).
f.  Germuska, Pál: A középgépipartól az elektronikai hadviselésig. A magyar hadiipar és haditechnikai termelés 1948 és 1980 között (From the medium-weight engineering industry to electronic warefare. The Hungarian defence industry and arms production in 1948-80).
g. Kozák, Gyula: Selected Studies. If completed by September.
7.2 E-books and Internet content
a. Kenedi, János, János M. Rainer and Judit Topits, eds:  890616-egy nap anatómiája (16.06.1989-Anatomy of a Day). Multimedia Internet content.
b. Már húsz éve...?! Magyar rendszerváltás, magyar demokrácia. Események és szereplők Nagy Piroska fotóin (Twenty years already? Hungarian change of system, Hungarian democracy. Events and participants in the photos of Piroska Nagy.
www.rev.hu/honapkepei. Continuously every month.

8. On the change of system, there are plans to hold jointly with the OSA Archives a partly analytical, partly performance-style series of occasions on the events of 1989. The Institute plans to hold in Budapest at the end of the year an international conference in the series "NKVD/KGB Activities and Cooperation with other Secret Services in Central and Eastern Europe 1945-1989". Such conferences were held in Bratislava in 2007 and Prague in 2008. The Institute is discussing with the state-security archives ÁBTL the prospect of holding a joint conference on the state-security problems to do with the change of system in Hungary. Internal workshops will be held in March and November to discuss the initial findings under the Kádárism project.

Note on March 12, 2009: Realization of the plans outlined under Points 7 and 8 will be contingent on the level of funding available.

Budapest, February 9, 2009                           János M. Rainer, director-general

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