Conference Program


Place, Time, and their Significance
University of Manitoba, Canada, 10-11 October 2013

Established in 2007, the University of Manitoba-Szeged University Partnership Conference brings together scholars from Hungary and Canada every second year. This year, 2013, the University of Manitoba hosts the Conference on 10-11 October at the Archives and Special Collections (Dafoe Library, UM). Vice-President (Research and International) Digvir S. Jayas opens the Conference in the afternoon of 10 October at 3 p.m. 

Themed “Place, Time, and their Significance”, the Conference will be attended by eighteen scholars from Manitoba and Szeged, eight of whom are from University of Szeged. Conference papers will be from a variety of disciplines in the humanities and sciences.

Szeged is Hungary’s third largest city and has one of the country’s strongest universities, with particular strengths in mathematics, physics, medicine, agriculture, indigenous studies, minority populations and education. Located in the Tisza plain, which, like the Red River Valley, is subject to flooding, geographical location has shaped the city’s history, which is one of migrations, border changes and contacts between peoples and cultures.

All are welcome to attend.


Place, Time, and their Significance
University of Manitoba, Canada, 10-11 October 2013

All sessions in Room 339, Archives and Special Collections, Dafoe Library, University of Manitoba

Thursday, October 10

3.00  Conference opening and Welcome
• Digvir S. Jayas, Vice-President Research and International), University of Manitoba
• Jeffery Taylor, Dean, Faculty of Arts
• Myroslav Shkandrij, Department of German and Slavic Studies

3.30-5.30   New Thinking, Civilizational Change

Chair: Emőke Szathmáry (President Emeritus, UM)

• Michael Trevan (Dept. Food Science, Dean Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, UM), "Of Physicians Advice on the Dietary or Aliments"
• György E. Szőnyi (Dept. of English, and Hungarian and East-Central European Studies Centre, US), “The Revolution of Communication in the Renaissance – As Seen from Today”
• Gerald Gwinner (Dept. Physics and Astronomy, UM), "Cold, laser-trapped atoms: The 'other' energy frontier in particle physics"
• Martin Scanlon (Dept. Food Science, UM) and John H. Page (Dept. Physics and Astronomy, UM), “Multi-disciplinary approaches to measuring cereal product properties using ultrasound”


5.30   Reception and Addresses
• Emőke Szathmáry (President Emeritus, UM)
• György E. Szőnyi (Dept. of English, and Hungarian and East-Central European Studies Centre, US)

Friday, October 11

9.00- 10.30 Empire and Native

Chair: Renate Eigenbrod (Native Studies, UM)

• Ildikó Sz. Kristóf (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Ethnology, Visiting Professor, US), ‘Wondrous,’ ‘Curious,’ and ‘Natural’: The Representation of Non-European Indigenous People in Central Europe / Hungary in the 17th-19th Centuries” 
• Elena Baraban (Dept. German and Slavic Studies, UM), "Nikolai Gogol’s 'Old World Landowners' in the Light of the Destruction of the Zaporizhian Sich"
• Andrea Kökény (Dept. Modern World History and Mediterranean Studies, US),“Women in Early Texas History”


Coffee break

10.45-12.30 Crisis and War

Chair: Stephan Jaeger (Dept. German and Slavic Studies, UM)

• Beáta Farkas (Dept. World Economy and European Economic Integration Studies, School of Business and Economics, US), “Coping with the crisis in the Central and Eastern and the Mediterranean European countries”
• Myroslav Shkandrij (Dept. German and Slavic Studies, UM), “Opening Eastern Europe’s Secret Police Archives: The Impact on Scholarship”
• Alexander Salt (Dept. Political Studies, UM), "Keynes, War Reparations, and the Origins of the Second World War"
• Elikem Kofi Tsamenyi (Dept. Political Studies, UM), “Civil wars and lootable natural resources-where is the connection?”


Lunch break

2.00-4.00  Significance of the Local

Chair: Elena Baraban (Dept. of German and Slavic Studies, UM)

• Bertalan Pusztai (Dept. Media and Communications, US), “The Fate or Success of Places in Tourism: Local Culture in the Age of Globalisation”
• István Petrovics (Dept. Medieval Hungarian History, US), “The Changing Town: the Significance of Time and Space in the Development of Szeged”
• Roman Yereniuk (Dept. of Religion, UM), “Traditional Styles and Canadian Influences: Ukrainian Church Architecture in Western Canada”
• Hai Luo (Faculty of Social Work, UM), "Strengthening Social Capital through Residential Environment Development to Support Healthy Aging: A Mixed Methods Study of Chinese-Canadian Seniors in Winnipeg"


Coffee break
4.15-5.45  Encounter and Record

Chair: Diana Brydon (Canada Research Chair, Dept. English, Film and Theatre, UM)

• Shelley Sweeney (Head, Archives and Special Collections, UM), “Promoting Research and Public Use of University Records and Private Archives: The University of Manitoba Archives Experience”
• Erzsebet Barat (Dept. English, Director of Gender Studies Research Group, US), “Competing Discourses of Migration: Negotiating territorial(ized) belonging”
• Irén Annus (Dept. American Studies, US), “Hungarian Encounters with Mormonism: Post-Socialist Realities and LDS Conversion Experiences”


7.00   Dinner, Fort Garry Hotel, 222 Broadway
• Remarks by Gabor Csepregi (Vice-President, Université de Saint-Boniface), “Transitions from One Place to Another: Learning to be a Guest”

Saturday, October 12 (Hungarian delegates)

 9.30     Winnipeg Trolley tour
11.00    Canadian Museum of Human Rights perimeter tour
12.00    Return to hotel
 1.00     Lunch at Hungarian House
 2.30     Winnipeg Art Gallery Tour with Oliver Botar (School of Art, UM)