Hungarian Visiting Research Coordinator, Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
After graduating international relations with a focus on the Caucasus region my research interests shifted towards the broader area of European foreign policy and international affairs as seen from an outside global perspective. I am also interested in the question of how contemporary Hungarian identity is shaped both from within Hungary and abroad
Having most recently spent 8 months working at a civil/non-profit organization in Budapest, I have been active in working with NGOs and community organizations facilitating initiatives of the European Committee related to entrepreneurship and international development. Much of this work included working with young Hungarian entrepreneurs and exposed me to the enormous human capital capacity in the country.
Building on my previous experience of working at the Hungarian Cultural Centre in Brussels and in other international exposure opportunities, one of my goals is to help the Wirth Institute and the University of Alberta in developing greater ties to post-secondary institutions in Hungary, while at the same time assisting in the planning of a major international conference and cultural festival. The academic conference, Hungary 1956-2016, aims to examine topics related to contemporary Hungary 60 years after the revolution. The cultural festival will be a major celebration of Hungary’s contributions to the world and an opportunity to highlight our rich and flourishing diaspora communities abroad. A benefit of working on such a project is the exposure to the volunteer sector so well ingrained in Canadian society. I am familiar with the volunteer sector having taken part in a hospital building project in Equatorial Guinea in such capacity and through some of my previous work with communities abroad. My role here at the Wirth Institute includes liaising between the university, the local Hungarian community and the Hungarian communities at large, business, government and the volunteer sector.
In addition, my role as Hungarian Visiting Research Coordinator also allows me to carry out research related to the Hungarian Diaspora in Alberta. The primary objective of my research is to examine the generations of Hungarians who settled in Alberta, focusing on oral history. The recording, preservation and interpretation of this historical information will help us better understand, contextualize and place the role and influence of these settlers within Canadian society.
I encourage anyone with an interest in any of these topics to come visit me at the institute or contact me by phone or e-mail.
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