Hungarian Cultural Association Inaugural Conference

Written by Fulbright on 04/07/2014. Posted in News

Inaugural Conference of the Hungarian Cultural Association of Indiana University

The Hungarian Cultural Association and Department of Central Eurasian Studies of Indiana University hosted an inaugural & interdisciplinary conference on topics related to Hungary on April 5-6, 2014. Economist and Visiting Fulbright Professor István Benczes (’13 Indiana University, Bloomington) delivered the keynote address: From goulash communism to goulash populism: Path-dependence in Hungarian economic transformation.

The Contemporary Hungary: Cultural and Linguistic Issues session was chaired by László Borhi (’12 Indiana University, Bloomington). Katalin Parti (’13 Bridgewater State University) talked on Stories of My Grandfather: Historical Milestones of Life in Hungary during the 20th Century while Tamás Csapó (’13 Indiana University, Bloomington) on Comparison of tongue contour extraction methods from ultrasound images for use in text-to-speech synthesis. The Hungarian Legacies and Hungarian Identity session was chaired by Lynn Hooker (’95 & ’11 Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Musicology).

The conference complemented the Russian and East European Institute’s Roundtable on Post-Communism: Cyberlink in the Post Communist Era: The International Politics of the Internet, Cyberspace, and Cybersecurity. Anna Péczeli (’13 Federation of American Scientists) gave a talk entitled The Central Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone and Other Regional Treaties and Models for the Middle East.