The Department of English Literatures and Cultures of the Institute of
English, University of Pécs, in cooperation with the Society for the Popularisation of English Culture and of Hungarian Culture in the English Language Medium, invites
submissions for the interdisciplinary 44th International Ballad
Conference of the Kommission für Volksdichtung.
We welcome papers focusing upon ballads and songs relating to
environments inhabited by different ethnic groups, either in their
narratives, their settings, tunes, or in other ways, as well as papers
on ballad and song more generally.
The university city of Pécs (in 2010 Cultural Capital of Europe) is also
the county seat of Baranya, perhaps Hungary's most ethnically varied
county. The nearby Roman Catholic pilgrimage church at Máriagyűd, which
in the past has served as Turkish Mosque, and
Greek Orthodox church, and Calvinist church, and which was built by
King Géza II in thanks for being spared the onslaught of the Byzantines
in the twelfth century, has the Lord’s Prayer painted on its inside
walls in Hungarian, Croatian and German, and its
annual festivals include a Gypsy pilgrimage.
The University of Pécs has departments for all the three minority
languages, and the city also has kindergartens and schools for its
minority populations; many of the county’s villages still have
populations for whom Hungarian is not the first language. The
county shares its name with the neighbouring Croatian county (Baranja)
and from August 14–20, 1921, there existed a short-lived Serb-Hungarian
Pécs, a World Heritage Site, is full of the remains and reminders of
other visiting cultures, too, among them the Romans and Ottoman Turks,
both of whom stayed for long periods of time – Pécs has Hungary’s only
intact mosque and minaret, as well as ruins of
Turkish baths. On the hillside stands a memorial to those of Napoleon's
army who fell nearby. In such an environment it is easy to organise an
“international” folk festival without stepping outside the county
- ballads and songs reflecting multi-ethnic environments in their narratives, their settings, tunes, or in other ways
ballads and songs which treat the area in and around Hungary and the region
on the 450th anniversary of his birth, papers about the ballad in the musical context and legacy of William Shakespeare
Papers that address other topics will also be considered.
Abstracts will be peer-reviewed. Submission is invited by 17 March 2014.
- Papers should focus on new, unpublished research.
Abstracts should include a résumé of the paper including, where
appropriate, questions and problems addressed, methodology used, and the
context of the work in relation to previous scholarship.
The author’s address, affiliation and contact details should be
clearly stated, along with a brief account of the author’s career,
interests and other research.
It is intended that papers will be published.
Please submit abstracts of up to 200 words within an email, or as a
Word/RTF attachment. (If you do not receive email acknowledgement of
your submission, please resend.) Address the email to email@example.com
and place IBC 2014 ABSTRACT in the subject line.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 17 March 2014