Conference Program 2019


At the 2019 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada


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Saturday, June 1st   Location: SWNG 407

14:00–14:15 Welcome and introduction 

14:15–16:15 Hungarian Art and Artists Across Borders, Cultures and Time

  • Chair: Ilona Sándor (Hungarian Literary Club and ESL teacher, Toronto)
  • Gyöngyi Heltai (University of Alberta), “Transcultural Conversations about the Budapest Operetta Industry”
  • Agatha Schwartz (U of Ottawa), “Communicating a Transnational Narrative about Historical Trauma through the Medium of Film: Márta Mészáros’s Aurora Borealis – Északi fény
  • Judit Gábos (U of Eger), “Silenced Melodies: The Jewish Presence in Maramures and its Musical Testimony as Reflected in the Collection and Work of Max Eisikovits”
  • Oliver Botar (U of Manitoba), “The Rediscovery of György Kepes “

16:15–16:30 Coffee Break

16:30–17:30 Keynote Address

  • Chair: Oliver Botar (Professor, Art History, University of Manitoba)
  • Éva Forgács (Adjunct Professor of Art History, Art Center, College of Design, Pasadena, California), “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Little Known Hungarian Avant-Garde and Neo-Avant-Garde”

18:30–19:30 in Roy Barnett Recital Hall, MUSC 201. Piano Recital by Judit Gábos (concert pianist, Professor and Head of Music, Eszterházy Károly University of Eger)

19:30-21:00 Reception in Roy Barnett Recital Hall MUSC 201 (Reception area)

Sunday, June 2nd   Location: SWNG 407

9:00–10:30 Pieter Judson’s The Habsburg Empire as a Framework for Hungarian History

  • Chair: Christopher Adam (Carleton U)
  • Steven Jobbitt (Lakehead U), “Complicating the Story: Empire, Identity, and the Shaping of Nationalist Aspirations in Fin-de-Siècle Hungary”
  • Michael McNeil (Lakehead U), “Franz Nopcsa and the Future of Empire: The Balkans and Beyond”
  • Peter DeLorenzi (Lakehead U), “Empire and the Jewish Experience in Early Twentieth-Century Hungary”

10:30–10:45 Coffee Break

10:4511:15 The Consequences of World War I in Hungary and Romania

  • Chair: Judith Szapor (McGill)
  • András B. Göllner (Concordia U), “Ilona Duczynska: From the Garden of The Woman from Trieste to Breakfast with Lenin at the Smolny Institute”
  • Judit Pál (Babes-Bolyai U), “The End of the First World War and the Change of the Administrative Elite in Transylvania”

11:15–13:30 Lunch Break

13:30–15:00 The Legacy of the Republic of Councils a Hundred Years On

  • Roundtable discussion introduced and moderated by Judith Szapor (McGill). Discussants: Oliver Botár, Éva Forgács, Steven Jobbitt, Árpád von Klimó.

15:00–15:15 Coffee Break

15:15–16:45 Hungary Between East and West: Espionage, Diplomacy, and the Politics of Cold War(s)

  • Chair: Maria Palasik (Historical Archives of the Hungarian State Security)
  • Georg Michels (University of California, Riverside), Espionage and Counter-Espionage in the Ottoman-Habsburg Cold War over Hungary (1660-1680)”
  • Gábor Csepregi (U de Saint-Boniface),Miklós Bánffy and the Spirit of Diplomacy”
  • Arpad v. Klimo (Catholic U of America), “‘Betrayal’ of the West? Global Anti-Communism, Détente, and the fall of Cardinal Mindszenty in Western Europe, the USA, South Africa, and Venezuela (1971-1975)”

 16:45-17:45 HSAC Annual General Meeting

 17:00-19:00 UBC President’s Reception, Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre

 19:00 – 21:30 Annual Dinner,  Sage Bistro: Ideas Lounge (UCLL on campus map)  

Monday, June 3rd   Location: SWNG 407

9:00–9:30 Hungarian Studies Review Editorial Board Meeting and Information Session

9:45–10:45 Special lecture on the 75th anniversary of the Holocaust in Hungary

  • Chair: Judy Young Drache (Canada-Hungary Educational Foundation)
  • Ferenc Laczó (Maastricht University), “Interpreting Responsibility: The First Historians of the Holocaust in Hungary”

10:45–11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 How It Happened: New Insights into the Holocaust in Hungary – Joint Event with McGill-Queen’s University Press (MQUP) – followed by refreshments

  • Roundtable discussion on MQUP’s recently published How It Happened: Documenting the Tragedy of Hungarian Jewry. Moderated by Steven Jobbitt, Discussants: Ferenc Laczó, Richard Ratzlaff, Charlotte Schallié, Judy Young Drache

12:30–13:45 Lunch refreshments in conference room; books available for sale

13:45 –15:15 Memory and Identity in the Post-Communist Period

  • Chair: Arpad v. Klimo (Catholic U of America)
  • Christopher Adam (Carleton U), “A Hungarian Church on the Margins”
  • Mária Palasik (Historical Archives of the Hungarian State Security), “The Historical Archives of the Hungarian State Security and its Role in Researching the History of the 20th Century”
  • Yawei Zhang (Lakehead U), “The House of Terror Museum and the Politics of Memory in Post-Communist Hungary”

15:15–15:30 Coffee Break

15:30–17:00 Theater, Art, Folklore and the Nation: Past, Present, and Future

  • Chair: Gyöngyi Heltai (U of Alberta)
  • Zsofia Opra- Szabo (U of Alberta) and Gergely Ivasko (Hungarian filmmaker), “The Hungarian Amateur Theatre Movement in Canada/North America”
  • Orsolya Kis (ELTE), “Higher-Education Beyond the University System: Schools for Advanced Studies in Hungary”
  • Emese Ilyefalvi (ELTE), “Belief Legends and Verbal Charms: Two Digital Folklore Databases from Hungary”

17:00–17:30 Art and Scholarship in Difficult Times: A Conversation on Hungarian Studies in the Twenty-First Century. Open discussion. Facilitators: Oliver Botar and Orsolya Kis


Final Program, May 15th 2019