Csaba Pronai (Budapest, 1966)

Work: 1996- Department of Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Eotvos Lorand (University, Budapest, Hungary)

Position: associate professor, chairman

Education: 2001 Ph. D. Sociology (The History of Cultural Anthropological Roma Research in France), ELTE;

1996 M.A. Teacher of Hungarian Language & Literature (Roma Literature), ELTE;

1996 M.A. Aesthetics (Art and anthropology), ELTE;

1994 M.A. Cultural Anthropology (Behavioral Norms among the Roma), ELTE;

1992 M.A. History (Social Perception of the Apollo Program in Hungary), ELTE


4th place at young scolar competition in „history” (1984)

Mihaly Fazekas Silver Medal (1985)

Gold Grade in Who Knows What: Folklore Category (1993)

I. place at the XXIth National Scientific Student Conference (1993)

Ferenc Erdei Memorial Medal (Hungarian Sociological Society, 1998)


1998/99-2000/2001 Bolyai Fellowship; 1998 Fulbright Research Fellowship (3 month); 1998 Collegium Budapest: Junior Fellowship (3 month); 1996/1997 Hungarian State Fellowship (3 month, USA); 1995/1996 Hungarian State Fellowship (3 month, Germany)


2006-2009 „Roma and Education from Cultural Anthropological Point of View (SubProject of Anyos Jedlik Program): leader of the project;

2003-2006 „Interethnic Relations of Roma and non-Roma Cultures in the Carpathian Basin” (National Research Found): leader of the project from 2004;

2001-2004 „Roma Cultural Anthropological Encyclopedia” (National Research Found): leader of the project;

1997-2000 „Cultural Anthropological Paradigm of Roma Studies” (National Research Found): leader of the project


Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland (2002-), American Anthropological Association (1996-), Magyar Kulturalis Antropológiai Tarsasag /Hungrian Cultural Anthropological Association/ (1996-), Magyar Szociológiai Tarsasag /Hungarian Sociological Society/ (1995-), Gypsy Lore Society (1994-)


1993- lectures and seminars at Eotvos Lorand University: „Introduction to Roma Studies”, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology”, Theory and Method in Cultural Anthropology”

Publications in englisch:

1995    The Gypsy Way. Budapest Review of BOOKS 5 (1): 21-26.

1995    Review about Michael Stewart’s „Daltestvérek” (1994). Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society, 5th Series 5 (2): 113-117.

1998    The Antecedents of Hungarian Anthropological Gypsy Studies. Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society, 5th Series 8 (1): 47-66.

2002    Romanian Roma in Hungary: Beggars, Merchants, Workers. A Case Study. In Roma Migration. Szerk. Kováts András, pp. 35-41. Budapest: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Minority Research/Centre for Migration and Refugee Studies (coauthor: Imre Vajda)

2003    The Present State of Cultural Anthropological Gypsy Studies in Hungary. In Ethnic Identities in Dynamic Perspective. Proceedings of the 2002 Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society. Szerk. Sheila Salo – Prónai Csaba, pp. 77-84. Budapest: Gondolat/Roma Research Group, Ethnic and National Minority Studies Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

2004    Gypsy Migration in Hungary. In Roma Migration in Europe: Case Studies. Szerk. Will Guy – Zdenek Uherek – Renata Weinerova, pp. 119-133. Prága/Münster: Institute of Ethnology of the Academy of Sciences/LIT Verlag

2006    Review about Elisabeth Tauber”s „Sinti und Roma. Eine Spurensuche” (2005). Romani Studies 16 (1): 87-93.

2007    Review about Carlotta Saletti Salza’s „Bambini del ’campo nomadi’. Romá bosniaci a Torino” (2003). Romani Studies 17 (2): 258-262.

2007    Bernard Formoso’s Tsigane studies. Anthropolis 3 (2): 135-147.