Michael Stewart is is Recurrent Visiting Professor in the Nationalism Studies Program at the Central European University in Budapest.
He is a Professo of Anthropology. In his 1998 publication, The Time of the Gypsies, Dr. Stewart reflects on the survial of the romany speakig Rom in Hungary and their refusal to assimilate into the majority population. A second book Lilies of the Field (a volume co-edited with Sophie Day of Goldsmiths College and Akis Papataxiarchis of the University of the Aegean) focuses on marginal people who live for the moment. 'Lilies' presents an ambitious theoretical comparison of peoples across the globe who share some of the Rom's attitudes to time and history.
He founded and directed the Open City Documengary Festival in London and has been responsible for the creation of a whole suite of media-based programmes in London that link social science research and artitistic media work
Currently Professor. Stewart is working on a study of Romany historical memory in relation to the Holocaust.
At CEU, along with Maria Kovacs, he initiated and help set up the Roma Access Program. He also led a four year inernational Marie Curie consortium for the promotiion of Anthropology of and in central and eastern europe.