The talk maps out recurrent topoi about language and languages in Hungarian, Romanian and Transylvanian Saxon political discourses on Transylvania during the second half of the long nineteenth century. As a whole, they give insights into underlying assumptions of how language works in the social matrix. This linguistic common sense, which seems to have been more universally shared and changing at a slow pace, was used to stereotype the language of the ingroup and those of ethno-national others and thereby to stake various political claims.
Ágoston Berecz is a doctoral candidate at the Department of History at CEU. After a BA degree in Hungarian Philology at ELTE, and an MA at the Department of History at CEU, he is currently researching materials for his PhD dissertation entitled Empty Signs, Nationalist Imaginaries: Nationalizing Proper Names in Dualist Hungary. A number of publications is behind him, and his latest article was published in the Austrian History Yearbook 2016 under the title “Floreas into Virágs: State regulation of first names in fin-de-siècle Hungary.”
All students, faculty and staff members are welcome to attend!
Drinks to follow
Dr. Matthias Riedl (Head of Department), Ágnes Kelemen, Iva Jelušić, and Nikola Pantić
CEU Department of History