Organisers

Kirsty Kay

profilepicKirsty graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2007 and after a period teaching English went on to study Central and Eastern European Studies at Postgraduate level at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. She is currently working towards a PhD at the University of Glasgow. Her research is a comparative study of Scottish and Hungarian folk dance revivals and their relationship to national identity, political transitions and notions of East/West Europe; her fieldwork uses multimodal methodologies relating to embodiment to elicit non-elite experiences of lived nationalism. This year she will be a visiting researcher in the Sociology department at Corvinus University, Budapest, having won a scholarship from the Balassi Institute. Kirsty also works as a freelance writer and editor and, having worked in Central Europe and Scotland for over a decade, writes about both regions online. At present she is co-editor of the Scottish Journal of Performance. You can find her academic profile here.

Anikó Szilágyi

szemüvegesAnikó has an MA in English Literature and Celtic Studies, an MLitt in Modernities, and an MPhil in English Literature from the University of Glasgow. She is currently pursuing a full-time PhD in Translation Studies. In 2012 she founded the Glasgow University Postgraduate Research Network, which she currently co-ordinates. She also runs the TranslationStudies@Glasgow Facebook page and blog. Anikó has taught English Literature and Academic Writing at undergraduate level, and she is currently teaching on the MSc and Translation Studies and the Comparative Literature undergraduate programme at Glasgow. She has co-edited Quaich: An Anthology of Translation in Scotland Today (2014), and her Hungarian translation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was published in 2013. You can view her university profile here.

Kyle Taggart

Screen shot 2014-10-07 at 19.48.35Kyle has an MA in History & Economics from the University of Glasgow, graduating in 2009. Following two years spent in Japan as an English teacher he returned to Glasgow to complete an MSc in Russian, Central and East European Studies, during which he developed a keen interest in Hungarian politics. Currently he is pursuing an International Studies PhD at Queen’s University Belfast. His research is concerned with member state compliance within an enlarged European Union (EU), using recent political developments in Hungary as a case study. His research is aimed at providing a better theoretical understanding of the relationship between international organisations and domestic compliance, postsocialist transition, and enlargement of the EU. Kyle is a two-time Balassi institute Hungarian language scholarship holder and is currently the postgraduate coordinator of the UACES-sponsored Centrifugal Europe Collaborative Research Network. Follow him on twitter here.

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