Orban govt abolishes gender studies in Hungary

At the beginning of the week Hungarian universities received 24 hours from the Ministry of Human Capacities (EMMI) and the Ministry of Justice (IM) to comment on a proposed amendment, which declares that no gender studies courses can be launched in the future, HVG.hu reported on Friday.

According to HVG.hu, the part of the amendment which concerns gender studies provides no explanation whatsoever. Two universities are concerned: Hungary’s biggest state-funded university ELTE, and the Central European University, founded by George Soros. If the amendment becomes official, it will mean that nobody can attend gender studies courses in Hungary and get a degree in the subject. HVG.hu notes that CEU offers both Hungarian and American degrees, the amendment will not affect the latter.

The Ministry of Human Capacities told HVG.hu later today that there is absolutely no interest for gender studies graduates in the Hungarian job market. EMMI added that the course is economically irrational, so they assume that it’s not launched to give the students useful knowledge, but it serves other interests. According to the ministry, the gender studies MA takes away resources from other courses and harms the economic stability of the universities.

Christian Democratic members of the government have been criticising gender studies courses, according to them it’s an ideology, not science – HVG reminds.

Hungary Journal
Photo: CEU

38 thoughts on “Orban govt abolishes gender studies in Hungary

  1. Great!

    Gender ist socialist bullshit! Anti-human and therefore anti-God.

    I am German and Christian, living in Slovakia, not paying taxes to the criminal STASI Merkel regime and the Mohammedanasation of Europe!

    I have the greatest possible respect for the Hungarian Volk and their fight against the EUdSSR!

    Please, please keep on!

    And let’s never ever forget 1683 at the Kahlenberg!

    We need Jan IV Sobieski!


    1. I am for eliminating such identity politics “subjects” from the academic curricula. But you are ignorant to think that gender studies is in any way related to socialism. Socialist thought aims for equality, solidarity and collective identity as humans and does not focus on special identities like female, gay, black. That is precisely what Merkel and the neo-liberal coporate states promote — splitting populations and encouraging strife and confrontation. In addition to imposing uniform ideology based on austerity and business culture, they also de-stablize states (targeting Hungary and others who don’t submit), for example, by bringing into them new and hostile “identities”, such as militant islamists whom they also wish us to respect a-priori). They would have no problems with splintering the liberal arts with studies of gender, religion, sexual orientations, etc. and other details – as long as the big human picture is obscured. That is what is going on now – identity politics is a sister of globalization. A distraction from reality from real humanist values and national (not always bad!) interests. So Orban is not to be seen as anti anything really – rather as pro-reason. The real enemies of the people are Western oligarchs (Merkel, Macron, Clinton) who consolidate their position by having people like you – who claim to oppose them – actually support their agenda!
      The capitalists’ attacks on socialism is in their interest – not in yours (especially if you insist on misrepresenting the philosophy/theory of socialism. Socialism is anti-war and for equality and a better life for the working class. Right wingers could also have the same aims. But capitalist war mongers? What do they want? wars, endless profits and stupid masses who whether they know it or not support their anti-humanistic mission..
      You seem to accept their propaganda. The capitalists’ “leaders”” campaign of hate against socialism rests on the fact that have been able to sell to so many people the falsehood that what was called socialism – in Germany or Soviet Union – was the genuine thing. It was not: socialism was killed by Hitler and by cold warrior America and its Western Allies).
      Get a little education, history: more reason than passion. Otherwise you are playing right into Merkel’ and Macron’s etc. hands.


      1. Where has socialism worked? Don’t say Nordic countries as they are capitalistic economies that have high degree of welfare programs.


  2. Universities are not places that should provide jobs or economic value but knowledge. Wether you agree with current paradigms in gender studies or not – banning an entire field because it does not stand to make a profit comes down to cutting free speech and thought. Very innovative indeed.


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