25 August 2017
Recent questions of the cultural identity
The term of cultural identity refers to the aspects of our identities, which arise from our “ties” to distinctive ethnic, linguistic, religious and national cultures. With this in mind, if we want to get to know people with different cultural backgrounds cultural identity is a prime option to understand and interpret a community and its culture. Above all, it could be specifically interesting and important to recognise our cultural identities in Europe. Despite our historical, socio-cultural similarities knowledge about our own and common cultures, identities, traditions, social and political problems could be deeper.
Therefore, the aim of the course is to show and interpret the questions of cultural identity from the social sciences’ perspective with the help of broad research and descriptions of the Hungarian culture (traditions, history, festivals etc.) and numerous case studies, slides, movies, arts, online media clips and lyrics. The objectives and case studies of the course try to familiarize the students with the variety and complexity of meanings of ethnicity, nationalism and manifestations of the Hungarian cultural identity.
Consequently, the goal of the proposed topics is to give the students possibilities to know in deep and to discuss about the general questions of cultural identity, the cultural-social-political processes and historical-ethnographical background of the cultures and identities in Hungary, the Hungarian minority and religious groups, subcultures, local cultures, national myths, rituals and the recent folklore paying particular attention to examples of the Hungarian ethnicity and nationalism.
The course will give opportunity for interactions between the students and the lecturers to discuss and dispute the arising questions. By the end of this course with the presented approaches, theories and interpretations, students will be able to reflect reflexively and analytically on their cultural identity as well.
The summer university course program is open to candidates, who are above 18 years old and finished secondary school. Although English proficiency test scores are not required, students should be proficient in English (must understand, speak and write).
EUR 400: Covered by fee: 40 classes (45-minute-long), 4 lectures (90-minute-long) on Hungarian culture, history and traditions, related course materials, welcome package, one-day excursion outside of Budapest;
Not included in the fee: travel and visa costs, health insurance, accommodation, meals, social activities and organised visits, personal expenses;