Homo Viator International Conference on Imagology – Miercurea Ciuc and Sfântu Gheorghe, Romania

The conference, organised by the Sapientia Hungarian University, was held between 24-25 April 2015 in Miercurea Ciuc and Sfântu Gheorghe and was supported by the Romanian Society of Hungarology and Romanian Society for Comparative Literary Studies, as well as the Council of Covasna County. Structured around the topos of the journey, the debate in three – Hungarian, English and Romanian – languages focused on the definition of spaces as reflected in the experience of the other. The well-defined panels included presentations on the spatial representations of East-European literary texts, the characteristics of fictional and virtual spaces, spatialisation of memory, bodily borders, the spatial experiences of the journey, the genre of travel books, the experience of genre borders, existential liminality, translation as interlingual communication, multilinguality and interculturality. Besides the “live” presentation, the “virtual” section consisted of articles that could be read on the spot. The conference also celebrated the 220th aniversary of Farkas Sándor Bölöni by visiting the writer’s monument in Bölön, his home village. The keynote speakers were István Fried, professor emeritus of the University of Szeged (his presentation entitled The journeys have a meaning focused on literary periods and journeys) and Mihaela Albu, professor of the University of Craiova held a speach on Homo viator – a cultural/literal topos. The participants represented seven countries: Albania, The Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia. A conference volume is being also planned. The members of our project participated with the following presentations: Vincze Ferenc: Travelling all-around Eastern Europe, Kovács Flóra: Insight in Balla Zsófia’spoem Vonatok / Trains and Vidosa Eszter: Bodily border-crossings in Hungarian literature and film.

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