About me

I’m an independent researcher and a critical geographer, historian of science and global historian. My research is in the geographies of knowledge, world-systems analysis, and the histories of geography, colonialism and racism, with a focus on the historical relations between Eastern Europe and the Global South or the Third World. I presented his work at numerous international academic conferences and taught at various universities and colleges, including Milestone Institute and guest lectures at The University of Manchester and Rutgers University. Between 2015 and 2019, I worked as an assistant researcher in the 1989 After 1989 and Socialism Goes Global projects at The University of Exeter. In 2020, my project Postcolonial Hungary in the EEGA program at The University of Leipzig explored Hungarian colonial history from a world-systemic perspective. Recently, I co-curated with art historian Eszter Szakács the exhibition Transperiphery Movement: Global Eastern Europe and Global South in May 2021 for OFF-Biennale Budapest.

I am currently working on two books. One for Cambridge University Press with James Mark and Péter Apor about the global histories of Hungarian relations to colonialism and anti-colonialism in the long 20th century, entitled “Hungary Between the Colonial and Anti-Colonial Worlds”. The other is my individual book project based on my doctoral research about the global histories of the “quantitative revolution” in geography.

I founded the social media group Decolonizing Eastern Europe (FacebookTwitter). Follow me on Twitter.

✉️  Email: zginelli@gmail.com

Photo: Gergő Pejkó.

What I Do

Critical Geography

Racism & Post/Decolonialism

Eastern Europe – Global South

Global History

Geographies of Science

World-systems analysis

My Work Experiences

(2019 – 2021) 2,5 years
Transperiphery Movement: Global Eastern Europe and Global South exhibition – 2021 OFF-Biennale Budapest

EEGA ScienceCampus Research Fellow
(2020) 6 months
Universität Leipzig

Assistant Researcher, Socialism Goes Global
(2019 – 2020) 1 year
Director: James Mark

OSA Visegrad Fund scholarship
(2017) 2 months
Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives – Budapest
Opening the Semiperiphery: Hungary and Decolonization
Supervisor: András Mink

Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde Visiting Researcher
Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde, Leipzig
Topic: The Historical Geographical Interpretation of the Globalization of German Location Theories
Supervisor: Ute Wardenga

Assistant Researcher, 1989 After 1989
(2015 – 2018) 3 years
Director: James Mark

Lecturer, Eötvös Loránd University
(2014 – 2015)
Department of Regional Science, Budapest (ELTE TTK RTT)
Department of Social and Economic Geography, Budapest (ELTE TTK TGF)
Eötvös József Collegium, Budapest