Call for Papers 2017

For the joint meeting of the
American Hungarian Educators Association (AHEA)
and the Hungarian Studies Association of Canada (HSAC)

Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada
May 27-29, 2017

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The American Hungarian Educators Association (AHEA) and the Hungarian Studies Association of Canada will hold jointly their Annual Conference from May 27 through 29 May 29, 2017 at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. We invite participation by academics, independent scholars, other educators, and graduate students who are devoted to the teaching, research, and dissemination of Hungarian culture, history, folklore, literature, language, fine arts, and music. Presenters must be or become members of AHEA or HSAC.

The Joint Program Committee invites proposals for papers and panels focusing on the presenters’ individual research and findings connected with this year’s theme:

Sovereignty, Compromise, and the
Making of Modern Hungary: 1867 and Beyond
The Compromise of 1867 was a turning point in modern Hungarian history, and its 150th anniversary invites critical reflection on a wide range of topics dealing with the past, present, and future of Hungarian sovereignty and of Hungarian state and nation building more generally.

Much like Canada in the wake of Confederation (also in 1867), Hungary entered the modern era as a junior partner in a much larger imperial project. For the last 150 years Hungary has seen its own social, cultural, political, and economic destiny tied to broader transnational developments as well as to the geopolitical ambitions of neighboring great powers. Yet, though Hungary’s sovereignty has often been compromised and even threatened, Hungarians have found and continue to create important spaces to exert their own particular agency, sometimes in concert with broader regional, continental, and global developments, and sometimes in opposition to them.

Topics for papers and panels may include, but are certainly not limited to, the significance, impact, and legacy of the 1867 Compromise; the challenges of state and nation building in Hungary and the former Austro-Hungarian Empire (and its successor states) since the late nineteenth century; European integration and the question of sovereignty and independence; the history and legacy of colonialism and imperialism; ideas about Hungary’s place in and relationship to Europe; relations with ethnic minorities; the history and legacy of Jewish emancipation; immigration and the question of assimilation; and issues of identity and subjectivity in the modern era.

We also encourage proposals that explore the conference theme from a comparative perspective, and would especially welcome papers and panels that examine constitutional unions more generally and/or compare Canadian experiences since 1867 with those of Hungary and other successor states of the Habsburg empire.

As in past years, we look for proposals in any discipline in the humanities, social sciences, and arts, including those that might address themes from a cross-disciplinary perspective and thus bring fresh or enriched insights. Papers that do not relate to the overall theme outlined above are also welcome.

Abstracts should consist of 200-250 words; a brief scholarly biography, including degrees and scholarly fields (50-100 words) and full contact information. Proposals must be submitted online at Due date is January 5, 2017. As part of the on-line submission process, you will be asked to select a general category for your proposal to be reviewed under: Arts, Cultural Studies, Education, History/Political Science, Language and Literature, Music/Folklore, Science/Economics. Please select the category you think best fits your proposed paper. If you would like to propose a complete panel of three papers, please submit paper proposals individually, and then e-mail your panel idea to Steven Jobbitt at

A Joint Program Committee of AHEA and HSAC will review the proposals for acceptance. Only one submission per author will be considered for acceptance. Individual paper presentations are limited to twenty minutes and allow for ten minutes of discussion following the presentation. The primary language of the conference is English. Some sessions may be conducted in Hungarian, depending on agreement by the session attendees. Questions about proposal submissions or the conference more generally should be directed to Katalin Vörös (AHEA) ( or Judy Young (HSAC)

Az Amerikai Magyar Tanárok Egyesülete (AHEA) és a Hungarian Studies Association of Canada (HSAC) 2017-ben közösen rendezi konferenciáját a magyar kultúra, történelem, néprajz, irodalom, nyelvészet, szépművészet, zene és más kapcsolódó tudományokból.

Hely: Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Időpont: 2017. május 27-29-ig.

Tekintettel Kanada megalakulásának 150-éves évfordulójára és az ugyanabban az évben létrejött 1867-es Kiegyezés történelmi fordulatának jelentőségére, a konferencia témája a következő:

Függetlenség, Kiegyezés és a modern
Magyarország kialakulása: 1867 és azután
A téma részletes leírása az angol szövegben látható. Az előadások nyelve angol, de lehetőség van magyar nyelvũ előadásokra is. Szeretettel várunk konferenciánkra minden kollegát, érdeklődőt. Akik a fenti témához kapcsolódva a jelzett területek bármelyikéről előadást szeretnének tartani, kérjük, hogy szándékukat 2017. január 5-ig adják be itt: Csak elektronikus beadványt veszünk figyelembe. Előadók AHEA vagy HSAC tagok kell hogy legyenek.

AHEA Program Committee

  • Cultural Studies: Louise Vasvári, New York University
  • Education: Judith Kesserű Némethy, New York University
  • History: Julia Bock, Long Island University Brooklyn, and James Niessen, Rutgers University
  • Literature: Enikő M. Basa, Library of Congress
  • Music/Folklore: Kálmán Magyar and Judith Olson, American Hungarian Folklore Centrum, NJ
  • Science/Economics: Susan Glanz, St. John’s University, NY

HSAC Program Committee

  • Steven Jobbitt (HSAC Program Committee Chair), Lakehead University
  • Christopher Adam, Carleton University
  • Marie Boglari, University of Ottawa
  • Kristen Csenkey, York University
  • Judith Szapor, McGill University
  • Eva Tomory, University of Toronto


Congress 2017 of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canada
American Hungarian Folklore Centrum, NJ

Local Coordinator

Eva Tömöry, University of Toronto (