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Oxford Hungarian Society - Hilary term 2001

Week 1: Wednesday 25 April, MacGregor room, Oriel College, 8 p.m.

Jonathan Morgan: An Englishman in Tartu: A Personal View of the International Finno-Ugric Congress, 2000

Jonathan Morgan is the Archivist to Dr Williams’ Library in London and has a growing interest in Uralic studies.

Week 2: Thursday 3 May, Lecture Theatre, Kellogg College (i.e. Rewley House, St John St.), 8 p.m.

Film: Hagyjállógva Vászka/Letgohand Vaska

A modern fairytale, spiced with gallows humour, directed by Péter Gothár, with English subtitles. It will be introduced for us by Bence Nánay, an art critic and doctoral student at Cambridge and at Berkeley.

Week 3: Wednesday 9 May, MacGregor room, Oriel College, 8 p.m.

Graeme Murdock: Dreaming Hungary

Dr Murdock (University of Birmingham) was a student at Oxford and his doctorate here on the history of Hungarian Calvinism has just been published. His talk is on the changing ideas of Hungarian identity and Hungary’s role in Europe.

Week 4: Wednesday 16 May, MacGregor room, Oriel College, 8 p.m.

Amanda Bayley: Bela Bartok’s National Identity: Pride and Prejudice

Dr Bayley is senior lecturer in Music at the University of Wolverhampton and editor of the new Cambridge Companion to Bartok. She will discuss aspects of the composer’s life and works during a time of political turmoil.

Week 5: Wednesday 23 May, MacGregor room, Oriel College, 8 p.m.

Marius Turda: Transylvania Imagined: An Apolitical Romanian Perspective

Marius is a doctoral candidate of the Central European University at Budapest and a visiting graduate student of Oriel College.

Week 6: Thursday 31 May, MacGregor room, Oriel College, 8 p.m.

Balazs Deri: Coptic Music from Personal Experience

The liturgy of the Copts, or Egyptian Christians, is of great antiquity. Some of the most important students of it have been Hungarians. Balazs Deri is a classical philologist and musicologist who has spent four years among the Copts. His talk will be illustrated with his own audio and video recordings.

Week 7: Saturday 9 June, from 9 a.m.

Mystery Tour?

A Proposed Outing to some local places of interest, with picnic lunch en route (please bring) and high tea at the Evans’ house in Sunningwell. Please let us know by 23 May if you would like to come, and whether you are willing to be a driver or need to be driven. More details to follow.

For more information contact Kati Evans at or call 01865 73 69 73.