Paprika, Pálinka, and Politics: Variations on Themes in Hungarian Studies

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Friday, October 16th, 2015

Friday, October 16, 20159:00AM - 6:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place
M5S 3K7
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This one-day event aims to explore the diversity and inclusiveness of Hungarian Studies, while providing a platform for students at all levels and from a variety of backgrounds to share their ideas. Papers will explore the diversity of current research and encompass a wide range of multidisciplinary perspectives. The conference will feature the research of past and present students in the Hungarian Studies program. It is organized for students by students.

9:00 – 9:30 Breakfast

9:30 – 9:35 Welcome and introduction, Prof. Robert Austin, Chair, Dr. Stefania Szabo (Consul General of Hungary in Toronto), and Dr. Eva Tomory.

9:35 – 10:30 Guest speaker, Prof. Laaszlo Borhi (Peter A. Kadas Chair Associate Professor, Department of Central Eurasian Studies School of Global and International Studies, Indiana University): Containment, Liberation or Engagement? The Lessons of US Policy Towards Eastern Europe in the Cold War

10:30 – 11:45 Session 1: Exploring National Identity: Past and Present
Session chair: Dr. Eva Tomory (Hungarian Studies, University of Toronto)

Madelaina DePace (MA candidate, Centre for European, Russian, and
Eurasian Studies): After the Compromise: The Works of Gyula Benczur and the Construction of Hungarian National Identity

Fatin Tawfig (Political Science and Psychology, Trinity College): Budapest and the Revolution of 1956: What (truths) does the Hungarian nation wish?

Maria Mate (European Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs): Konstantinapoly Budapesten/ Constantinople in Budapest

11:45 – 12:00 Break and refreshments

12:00 – 1:15 Session 2: Reimagining Hungarian Art and Literature
Session chair: Prof. Sandor Hites (Guest Professor, Hungarian Studies, University of Toronto)

Hinako Takeuchi (Hungarian Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs/Global Studies, Akita International University): The Impact of Christianity
in Modern Hungarian Literature

Alexander Kritikopoulos (Political Science, Woodsworth College): National Sport as a storytelling vehicle in Literature and in Film

Hyeokjun Kwon (Architectural Design, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design): Laszlo Moholy-Nagy: The Artwork of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and his contribution to the Modern Art

1:15 – 2:00 Lunch break

2:00 – 3:15 Session 3: Re
ections on fining the Other” and Representing Contentious Histories
Session chair: Susan Papp (History, University of Toronto)

Derakhshan Qurban-Ali (International Relations, Trinity College): Asylum in Flux: Refugee Policy and Integration in Hungary and Germany and
the Evolution of Irregular Migration Trends in the European Union

Laurence Cote-Pitre (European Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs):
Why Did Hungary Preserve its Communist Monuments and Create the Statue Park in Budapest in 1993?

Adrienn Goczi (Biochemistry, Victoria College): The Role of the Hungarian Scout Movement in the Lives of Hungarian Children, and Young Adults
Living in the North American Diaspora

3:15 – 3:30 Break and refreshments

3:30 – 4:45 Session 4: Into the Hungarian Psyche: Attitudes and Psychology
Session chair: Dr. Paul Shore (Religious Studies, University of Regina)

Kristen Csenkey (Hungarian Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs):
Madame M. and Psychopathy: New Perspectives on Geza Csath

Matthew Korda (European Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs): Szomoru vasarnap”: the effects of Hungarian history on the national suicide rate

Hinako Takeuchi (Hungarian Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs & Global Studies, Akita International University): A Comparative Study of the
Impact of Western Popular Culture on ELLs in Hungary and Japan

4:45 – 5:00 Presentation of awards

5:00 – 5:30 Concluding remarks


Olga Kesarchuk


Dr. Laszlo Borhi
Peter A. Kadas Associate Chair Professor of Central European Studies, Department of Central Eurasian Studies, School of Global and International Studies, Indiana University

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