HSAC Annual Conference
May 22-24, 2009
Carleton University, Ottawa, ON
The Hungarian Studies Association of Canada (HSAC) held its annual conference as part of the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences of Canada at Carleton University, Ottawa, May 22-24. In addition to papers by scholars and graduate students from Canada and Hungary (there were five papers presented by visiting Hungarian academics) in history, education, literature, fine arts and music, the conference provided an opportunity to become informed about the Hungarian contribution to the National Gallery’s major summer exhibition on 16th century Italian art about Rome.
Part of the conference was a special public lecture with Canadian writer Anna Porter, entitled “Memory, History, Citizenship – Reflections on Hungary and Canada.” Anna talked about her published work relating to Hungary, including the award-winning Kasztner’s Train (Douglas and McIntyre 2007), The Storyteller (Doubleday 2000, re-issued by Douglas and McIntyre in 2006), as well as work in progress. About 75 people attended the talk.
After the conference a visit was arranged for those interested to the Preservation Centre of the Library and Archives Canada where conference participants had the opportunity to find out about the Centre’s technological services and to view a selection of materials relating to Hungarians in Canada from the Collection of the Library and Archives.