Other current research in faculty institutes

Multifarious research is being carried out beyond the independent research groups of the faculty as well. Research in literary history and literary theory consider the European reception of francophone and Hungarian literature. These research projects are managed by the Department of French ACRIL (Artes, CRitica, Linguistica) research group, which brings together research activities in the fields of philology, comparative literary studies, linguistics, and translation studies. Every teacher and researcher in the institute is a member of the research group, every year master classes are held. On the basis of this, under the title Cultural transfer through neo-latin languages in Central Europe, an international network (Krakow Jagiellonian University, Brno Masaryk University, University of Graz, Bratislava Comenius University, Budapest PPCU, University of Ljubljana, University of Zagreb) of the CEEPUS-FISH (French, Italian, SpanISH) institutes of Romance studies.

The Department of Italian within the Institute of Romance Studies intends to continue the very successful Vestigia project. The project has already involved a number of international conferences (Piliscsaba 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, Milano 2013, Ljubljana 2014, Budapest 2015, Rome 2015, Fribourg 2016). The review of the findings, Vestigia. Mohács előtti magyar források olasz könyvtárakban (‘Vestigia. Hungarian sources before Mohács Italian libraries’), PPCU 2015, received serious scholarly response. The project is also linked to foreign papers:

  • Chiara Maria Carpentieri: Per un primo censimento delle fonti storiche e letterarie ungheresi dei secc. XV-XVII in tre biblioteche lombarde, Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano, 2013.

The project of the critical edition of the works of Péter Pázmány has been running for more than a decade, headed by Emil Hargittay. Besides the teachers of our faculty we are joined by researchers from several other Hungarian higher education institutes. The first volume of the enormous work was published in 2000, today the volumes are available in electronic form too.

Among the ongoing literary studies research projects we can mention the correspondence of Hungarian scholars, the work of writer Zsigmond Justh, the work of Hungarian writers and publicists, as well as programmes studying elements of the central European cultural sphere.

We are also pursuing research in several directions in historical studies.

Within ancient history researchers are focusing on the study and treatment of sources in Mesopotamian medical history, as well as the presentation of ancient Israeli history and archaeology in digital form.

The source publication entitled Diplomata Hungariae antiquissima is ongoing (a joint project with MTA Humanities Research Centre, Institute of History, financed by the Hungarian Scientific Research Fund [OTKA]), as is the writing and editing of the volumes of the Hungarian Dictionary of Medieval Latinity (MTA, UAI). One important field of research is the identification and publication of Hungarian-related sources in the Vatican archives. Also in the field of medieval studies, the ongoing Collectio Diplomatica Hungarica project (in collaboration with the National Archives) aims to construct and expand the database of medieval Hungarian archival sources with the help of PhD and MA students. A project was launched in collaboration with the Library of Parliament and the National Archives in order to list the sources in the parliament, as well as exploring parliamentary documents from 1861 onwards relating to the construction of the parliament building.

One important direction taken by the institute focuses on research of the world of 18th century history of ideas, the Catholic enlightenment, as well as religious orders, and the workings of the feudal parliament.

Research is also being pursued in the sphere of recent history. Since the sixtieth anniversary of the 1956 revolution and war of independence is celebrated in 2016, the Department of Modern History has linked its research projects to this commemorative year.