Department of Dutch Studies - Eötvös Loránd University

Personal data

Name: dr. Orsolya RÉTHELYI
Date of birth: 22 April 1970
Address: Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Rakóczi út 5
H-1088 Budapest, Hungary (work)
Telephone: (+36 - 1) 411 65 00/4209




For complete CV and list op publications see:



Research interests

Medieval and early modern cultural history and literature, comparative court studies, early modern towns and literature, early modern towns and civic ceremonial, cultural transmission, cultural contacts between Hungary and the Netherlands, reception studies, modern medievalism, theatre studies.

Together with prof. dr. Remco Sleiderink (Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel) and dr. Ton van Kalmthout (Huygens Institute, The Hague)I currently coordinate the international research project 'Beatrijs Internationaal'  with focus on the translation and reception history of the Middle Dutch 'Beatrijs'. For more information about the project see:


University Education

2000–2010: Central European University (CEU), Budapest Medieval Studies PhD; (Title of dissertation Mary of Hungary in Court Context (1521-1531). Supervisor: Dr. Katalin Szende.)

1999–2000: Central European University (CEU), Budapest. Medieval Studies MA;

1993–1997: Utrecht University (Major: English Language and Literature specialization: Medieval Studies; Second Major: Medieval Studies

1990–1994: Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest (Major: English Language and Literature, Second Major: Dutch Language and Literature)


Recent Employment and Professional Experience

Sept 2006 – present Full-time lecturer (now assistant professor) in Medieval an Early Modern Literature and Cultural History at the Department of Dutch Studies of the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest (ELTE).

2007 – March 2008 Advisor of the exhibition Matthias Corvinus, the King: Tradition and renewal in the Hungarian Royal Court 1458–1490 at the Budapest History Museum

Oct 2005 – 2007 Co-editor of the conference volume Maria von Ungarn, eine europäische Persönlichkeit zu Anbruch der Neuzeit in de series Geschichte in der Epoche Karls V. (Aschendorff-Verlag) in cooperation with Dr. Martina Fuchs from the University of Vienna.

April 2004 – Oct 2005 Organisation (including fundraising) of the international conference Maria von Ungarn, eine europäische Persönlichkeit zu Anbruch der Neuzeit realised as a cooperation between the Budapest Historical Museum and the Institute of Habsburg History of Budapest.

Sept 2004 – Feb 2006 Project manager and curator of the Mary of Hungary Project at the Budapest History Museum. Project results: international exhibition in Budapest and Bratislava, catalogue and exhibition guide in Hungarian and English.

Sept 2004 – 2005 Co-editor of the English and Hungarian exhibition catalogue Mary of Hungary: The Queen and the Court 1521–1531.

Jan 2004 – Sept 2004 Preparing the detailed plan and budget of the Mary of Hungary Project, including international including international sponsor recruitment activities and EU grant application. Writing of the exhibition concept for the exhibition Mary of Hungary: The Queen and the Court 1521–1531 for the Budapest History Museum commemorating the 500th anniversary of the birth of the queen.

May 2003 – Oct 2004 Initiation, organization and coordination of the international workshop entitled Medieval Queens and Queenship, at the Medieval Studies department of the CEU.


Awards and Grants

September 2009–June 2010  Research Grant from the Public Foundation of Habsburg Studies

January 2005                         Advanced Doctoral Students Award

April–June 2004                     Doctoral Research Support Grant (CEU) to the Netherlands for archival research

January–March 2004Doctoral Research Support Grant (CEU) to the Vienna for archival research

February 2003                       Research Travel Fund (CEU) to Vienna for archival research

June 2002                              Research Travel Fund (CEU) to the Netherlands for archival research

June 2000                              Tanasa Award for Outstanding Scholarship