Summer Course in Budapest on The Thirty Years’ War (1618‒1648)

Posted: 14 June 2018

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The Thirty Years’ War (1618‒1648) and its Cultural Impact upon the Early Modern Hungarian and Neo-Latin Literature. Summer course in Budapest, June 18‒22, 2018.

The Renaissance Department of the Institute for Literary Studies, Research Centre for the Humanities at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences organizes a summer course reflecting on how the Thirty Years’ War contributed to emergence of disparate literary and cultural phenomena during the hostilities and their immediate aftermath. While the course will be hosted by the Institute of Literary Studies, the lectures and seminars will be given by the research fellows of the Renaissance Department. Thus 4 doctoral students will have the chance to have a direct scholarly dialogue and work together with some of the leading experts of early modern Hungarian and Neo-Latin literary culture.

The working language of the summer course is Hungarian and all the attendants are students of early modern Hungarian literary studies. The course has been designed to cover three days of intensive teaching consisting of lectures and seminars concluded by a workshop during which the attending doctoral students would introduce their projects. This event, following the example of other leading universities and research centres, first of all marks the 400th anniversary of the outbreak of the Thirty Years War which exerted rather significant and multifaceted influence on the destiny of people inhabiting Royal Hungary and the Principality of Transylvania. Moreover, the course aims to providing a complex understanding how war did shape the emergence of literary genres or had a contribution to delineating epochs or eras within the debated timeframes of early modern period. For surely, wars always liberated passions, feelings, literary and scribal practices that would carve the dominant trends of oral and written literary heritages of those tormented times.

The lectures and seminars will be focusing on the vernacular and Neo-Latin corpus of early modern texts, in order to decipher some historiographic and methodological issues that could help understand the intricate connections between early modern wars and texts. Furthermore, the lectures will cover a large array of disciplines form art history to intellectual history, including cultural studies and literary criticism in order to create the basics of a truly relevant conversation along the freshly introduced or revisited issues considered significant for the format of this type of intensive course.

The summer course is being organised with the financial support of the National Cultural Fund of Hungary ( ) (Application number: NKA 107107/00094).

Contact: Dr. Zsombor Tóth

Image: The battle of White Mountain 1620, Wikipedia

Event Info

Start Date
18 June 2018

End Date
22 June 2018

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