Self portrait with magnifier
by Kiss Márta

Women in the Labyrinth of Budapest

Bus tour

17 May, Thursday - 20.30-22.30
18 May, Friday - 21.30-23.30

In Budapest if you set out to find the traces of women - well, that's a hard task. Of course, you will find monuments of Queen Elizabeth. Of course, every tourist knows who Saint Margaret was. And most of the participants of this conference will have heard of Roza Schwimmer. What about those women who were not beautiful queens or famous actresses? What about those who dedicated their lives to fighting for emancipation, fighting for the right to education and equality at work? What about those who dared to enter politics, or contributed to social thinking and education, or played an important part in culture or other areas of life? Has anybody heard of Johanna Bischitz, who received honors not only from Emperor Franz Josef I, but also from the King of Serbia? Does anybody know who Alice Weiss was? Or where the Women's Casino was located? Budapest seems to have forgotten (and abandoned) the movement to form public spaces for women and to name public spaces after women, a noble movement that started at the end of the 19th century and stopped in 1945 when feminism became "statist feminism".

We shall take a bus ride to pay tribute to these women. Adequately, by the end of the tour we will arrive at Elizabeth Square. In between we learn where the first female Member of Parliament, Margit Slachta, lived and worked. We learn the stories of Blanka Teleki and Klara Lövei who were held prisoners for years opposite the boarding school they founded after 1848. We will (re)discover the places of the city related to women of importance. Most of these places are either hidden or have been deprived of their connection to women. And we will hear engaging stories (old and new) about these women and these places. Enabling us to make a step towards a more democratic framework of historical thinking and get to know Budapest by night.

Concept and route: Andrea Pető, guide: Anna Lénárd (
Ticket price: 10 EUR/person
Tickets are available at the registration desk onsite.