Projects

The research project “Literary Criticism and Cultural Studies at the Dawn of the New Millennium” (Az irodalomtudomány és a kultúrakutatás horizontjai az ezredfordulón, 2001-2004) built on earlier achievements by the same research association, and was intended to survey and introduce to the Hungarian public recent international trends in literary criticism. The main focus was on the challenges facing a literary theory informed by philosophical hermeneutics. The critical reception of recent schools and trends served as a foundation for a renewed questioning, in the context of cultural studies, of the practice of textual interpretation as well as the self-image of literary criticism.

The next research project, “Media, Culture, Literature. The Intellectual Contexts of Literary Criticism and Cultural Studies in the 20th Century”  (Médium – kultúra – irodalom. Az irodalom- és kultúratudomány gondolkodástörténeti távlatai a 20. században, 2005–2007) was an attempt to move forward. We endeavoured to review in a systematic manner the achievements of 20th-century Hungarian literary scholarship that appear to have gained a new significance when viewed from the perspective of recent developments in cultural studies. In this context, the historical variants of the self-image of Hungarian literary criticism came to the fore; that is, we focused on critical procedures that served to determine the object and the field of literary scholarship, with a view to the ever more specialized cultural techniques.

Simultaneously with research sponsored by the National Research and Development Programmes (NKFP), we have also carried out research projects financed by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The project entitled “The Increasing Appreciation of Literary Language as a Medium in Hungarian Literature and Literary Scholarship in the Early 20th Century”  (Az irodalmi nyelv medialitásának felértékelődése a 20. század első felének magyar irodalmában és művészetelméletében, 2003–2006) aimed to look beyond the problem of linguistic and cultural mediation, and drew attention to the mediated aspects of aesthetic perception itself. Theoretical investigations were driven, from the start, by historical interests; focusing on the literary critical discourse of early-20th-century Hungary, we have studied a tradition of Hungarian literary and art theoretical thinking that has always treated the medial aspects of aesthetic experience as crucial.

A natural consequence of this project has been the historical research beginning in 2007, in a project called “Philology as a Cultural Technique. The Relationship Between Philology, Interpretation and Media History in Early-20th-Century Hungarian Literature” (A filológia mint kultúrtechnika. Filológia, interpretáció és médiatörténet viszonya a 20. század első felének magyar irodalmi hagyományában, 2007-2011). This research has a twofold aim: first, to map out the historical interpretations of philological activity, with special emphasis on their underlying media historical determinations, and second, to contrast these historical interpretations with the most recent definitions of philology as a discipline in the ever-changing international scholarly discourse.

 

Literary Criticism and Cultural Studies at the Dawn of the New Millennium (2002-2004)
Funded by the National Research and Development Programmes (NKFP)

The Increasing Appreciation of Literary Language as a Medium in Hungarian Literature and Literary Scholarship in the Early 20th Century (2003-2006)
Funded by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA)

Media, Culture, Literature. The Intellectual Contexts of Literary Criticism and Cultural Studies in the 20th Century (2005-2007)
Funded by the National Research and Development Programmes (NKFP)

Philology as Cultural Technique (2007-2011)
Funded by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA)

Event – Medium – Publicity (2010-2014)
Funded by the Hungarian Scientific Research Fund (OTKA)

Cultural Media, Practices and Techniques (2012-2017)
Funded by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA)