Presentation Abstracts Now Available

We are pleased to announce that access to the abstracts of all those who presented on the day of the event (see below) can now be found here. Thanks again to all who contributed in making the first Contemporary Hungarian Studies event a success!

Panel 1: Politics
Rafael Labanino (University of Bern) ‘Why Hungary? Institutional causes of democratic regression.’

Helen Keighley (University of Sussex) ‘Corruption in Hungary: Explaining transposition deficits in anti-bribery legislation.’

Balázs Brucker (University of Pécs) ‘European Parliament criticism of Hungary’s democratic values and Hungarian responses.’

Panel 2: Language & Literature
Sandra Buljanovic Simonovic (University of Belgrade) ‘Language learning and politics: The case of Hungarian in Belgrade.’

Beatrix Tölgyesi (University of Glasgow) ‘The only Hungarian writer who is Lithuanian: A debate on urban vs. rural literature.’

Dr. Kata Bohus (University of Göttingen) ‘Anne and Éva – two diaries, two memories.’

Panel 3: Culture & Society
Ágnes Vass (Institute for Minority Studies, Centre for Social Sciences, HAS) ‘From ethnizenship to diasporisation(?): The effects of preferential naturalisation within members of ethnic Hungarians living abroad.’

Joanna Mellis (University of Florida) ‘Borrowing Communist symbols of power? Building Hungarian prowess through sport then and today.’

Hungarian Women’s Poetry Event

Hungarian Women's Poetry event, Doublet, Glasgow
Thanks to the support of CRCEES we were able to hold an extra event as part of the conference focusing on the rich literary heritage of Hungary and its present-day incarnations. Hosted by Dr. Zsuzsanna Varga from the University of Glasgow, we welcomed the conference keynote George Szirtes and  Dr. Anna Menyhért from ELTE University in Budapest to meet for a discussion around the life and work of one of Hungary’s most famous women writers, Ágnes Nemes Nagy. Considered one of the most important Hungarian poets of the twentieth century who for a time under Communism was forbidden to publish her poetry, Nemes Nagy’ creative work was intrinsically linked to the historical circumstances of twentieth century Hungary. The mythic imagery and eternal questions contained in her poetry masked a subversive historical and political consciousness for the era, placing her voice at the heart of twentieth century European literature.

Anna, whose work tries to raise awareness of Hungarian women poets who have been under-represented in twentieth century European historical memory,  discussed ideas of Nemes Nagy’s and other women poets’ subjectivities in relation to the traumatic events of twentieth century central Europe; George recounted some of his memories from his annual meetings with Nemes Nagy until her death in 1991 and reflected on his own processes of translating her work. The conversation quickly became a discussion of the fluid possibilities of interpreting her work through gendered or socio-historical lenses, or even whether Nemes Nagy should be defined as a ‘women’ poet at all.

The event was held in the Doublet pub in Kelvinbridge, an informal and well-known pub in the West End of Glasgow. It drew an audience from a variety of disciplines within the local academic community as well as the wider Hungarian community. Anna and George discussed Nemes Nagy and her life, read some of her poems in both English and Hungarian as well as reading some of their own poetry. The event concluded with a lively Q&A session lead by Zsuzsanna with the audience and speakers debating issues of gender, memory and Hungarian literature.

George Szirtes’s Blog

One of our distinguished keynotes, poet and translator George Szirtes, has written several thoughtful blog posts on the conference, reflecting on the separate panels and the connecting themes that kept coming up throughout the day. On his website, you can read about the Politics, Language & Literature, Culture & Society panels, as well as his reflections on Dr. Umut Korkut’s keynote critiquing the history of Liberalism in Europe and Hungary, and finally his own keynote on Hungarian identity and the concept of ‘Magyar Ember’ which can be found here and here.

George was one of the many engaging guests at the conference who helped deepen and contextualise the fantastic research presented presented by our postgraduate delegates.

Hungarian Poetry Event

We are delighted to announce an additional event in relation to the postgraduate conference.

On Wednesday 11 February at 8.00pm there will be an evening of discussion and poetry readings from Hungary with celebrated poet and translator George Szirtes and author and Scholar Dr Anna Menyhert. They will read selections of their own poetry, and will be joined by Dr Zsuzsanna Varga from the University of Glasgow to consider the work of Agnes Nemes Nagy.

For more information, please see the attached flyer Hungarian Poetry Event