Benedek Lang

Benedek Lang

dates de séjour

17/09/2012 - 15/07/2013




Associate Professor


Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hongrie

pays d'origine


projet de recherche

A social history of cryptography and secrecy in East-Central Europe – 1400-1700

A large number of early modern enciphered sources survived from the Central European area, which are as yet unsolved, even though mathematical and statistical methods are available to decipher them. These are usually most relevant sources for the political and social history of the period. A second problem is that the secondary literature of cryptography focus exclusively on the enciphering methods, which are hardly contextualized as far as the wider social and intellectual environment is concerned. A third problem is that the use of early modern cryptography is rarely researched outside the political sphere of diplomacy, even though noblemen, medical doctors, scientists, university students, engineers, and “everyday” members of the society often used enciphering methods for their own purposes. The aim of the present research is (1) to give a systematical catalogue of Central European enciphered sources, (2) to decipher those sources which are not yet deciphered, and by doing so, to provide other historians with new sources, and finally (3) to integrate this kind of sources into in the larger intellectual milieu of secrecy (private, medical, scientific, religious, alchemical, magical, and political secrets). I am going to offer a socially sensitive contextualizing monograph on the history of cryptography on the basis of this rich source material.




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Benedek Lang is Associate Professor at Budapest University of Technology and Economics, where he teaches history of philosophy. He did his undergraduate work at ELTE and at the Central European University, where he studied History, and obtained a PhD in Medieval Studies from the Central European University, in 2003. He has held academic positions at Budapest University of Technology and Economics, ELTE and Corvinus University of Budapest. From 2003 until 2004, he was a consultant fot the Office of the Hungarian Scholarship Board. Benedek Lang is also member of different organizations of Philosophy, Medieval History and Magic Studies.