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  • Abstract of Talk by Robert McFall: 11 January 2021 at 6.30pm


    Béla Bartók and Folk Music    – Join us for a TALK


    by Robert McFall, on January 11, 2021 @ 6.30 pm


    It was during the summer of 1904, while staying in Gerlicepuszta


    near Ratkó in Slovakia, that the young Bartók overheard a girl


    from Transylvania singing a traditional song. In this talk I want to


    explore how this pivotal moment set Bartók on a new course


    compositionally, which ultimately had a huge influence on


    twentieth century music. The talk will be accompanied by musical


    clips, including some of the original cylinder gramophone


    recordings which Bartók brought back from his folk song


    collecting expeditions.


    Please register for a zoom link with Silvia Papp – szilvia@ecreationtech.co.uk




    Abstract of TALK by Prof Attila Kiss 14 December 2020 at 8.15pm

     PROGRAMME for Autumn 2020 –  Spring 2021


    Professor Attila Kiss :                December 14 at 8.15pm

    University of Szeged, Department of English

    Research Group for Cultural Iconology and Semiography (REGCIS)


    TALK :  Herder, National Identity, and the Hungarian Cult of Shakespeare

    From the early nineteenth century on, the Shakespeare name and brand have been disseminated and deployed as the standard against which the cultural maturity of a nation was to be measured in a world which was witnessing a growing dominance of Anglo-Saxon powers. Several poststructuralist critical orientations have mapped out the interrelationships and antagonisms of cultural imperialism, canonization and ideological technologies of authorship, including the formation and the use of the cult of Shakespeare. Two names, Herder and Shakespeare, coin a very special couple in the history of Hungary under the suppressive reign of the Habsburg Empire at the turn of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I would like to elaborate on this peculiar pair and their influence on the emergent Hungarian national identity, which repeatedly had to define and defend itself in opposition to the higher Austrian powers. My contention is that the history of Shakespeare’s reception in Hungary is demonstrative of the agency of the name of the author, and we can throw new light on this specific Foucauldian author function if we approach it through the presence and impact of Herder on the cultural attempts at self-definition in Hungary. This method will help us arrive at a more complete understanding of the cultural logic of the cult of Shakespeare in Hungary, and literary cults in general.




    Please Register for a link to attend this talk on virtual technology

    contact :- Professor Rowland Wymer @ ARU



    Abstract of TALK on 23 November at 6.30pm by Prof. Gyorgy Szonyi

    TALK: 23rd November 2020                 at 6.30 pm




    An online talk by Prof. György E. Szönyi (University of Szeged / Central European University)


    The “politics of memory” or the “politics of commemoration” is as old as human civilization.

    We do not know for sure, but there is good reason to think that already the Altamira cave paintings commemorated heroic deeds of the tribe or its leaders. It is also enough to think of the Egyptian pyramids, the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, the triumphal arches or columns such as that of Trajan’s in Rome, which all eternized rulers or political regimes, eventually supported ideological agendas. Throughout the centuries, Hungary was no exception to this custom and today I plan to show some of the visual representations that purposed to keep the memory of persons, deeds, events alive, always in service of an unmistakable agenda, or message. After proper theoretical and historical introduction, the presentation will focus on the developments of the past few decades since the regime change in 1989.





    NB  for zoom link & registration please contact Rowland.wymer@anglia.ac.uk

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