An agreement was signed that the Research Center for History of Ideas of the Institute of Hungarian Research and the Forum of Contemporary Women’s Reflections are launching a joint research project entitled “The Culture of Femininity and Femininity in Hungarian Culture.” In the future, researchers will present the results of their work at joint conferences, and will also make them available in electronic and printed form to professionals and the general public.
Miklós Kásler, Director General and Honorary President of the Institute of Hungarian Research, stressed the importance of the two organizations pooling their knowledge and experience, writesMagyar Nemzet.
As part of the collaboration, the book Sponsa mea, Regina nostra. The civilizing role of Hungarian princesses in medieval Europe will be published by the Institute of Hungarian Research and jointly edited by the partners.
The volume will contain the topics of a recent conference held at the Institute of Hungarian Research with great success, supplemented by relevant studies.
Ágnes Kerékjartó, a research associate, said in an interview about the conference that the lectures took the audience on a journey back in time to the Middle Ages, to the centuries when Latin was the language of the church, culture, administration, and international communication in large parts of Europe. It was about European courts where the ruler chose a woman from the Hungarian royal family.
Next year, a joint conference will also deal with a no less interesting topic: the ideal of women in medieval and early modern Hungary, their education, and their spiritual life.
In addition, the collaboration will of course also include a number of other conferences and research projects aimed specifically at understanding the role of women and their representation in the past.
Professor Mária Prokopp, the honorary chair of the Forum of Contemporary Women’s Reflections, explained at the event that the organization was founded a few years earlier, with a motivation very similar to that of the Institute of Hungarian Research, and that the intertwining of the research areas is a natural reason for the collaboration.
The task of the Research Center for History of Ideas of the Institute of Hungarian Research is to systematically record the history of ideas in Europe, including the history of the Hungarians of the Carpathian Basin, with all its connections to other continents, from the prehistory of the Hungarian people to the present day. The main aim of the Center is to develop a systematic series of studies focusing on the fundamental conceptual and cultural changes that led medieval Europe, including Hungary, into modern Europe. In addition, the Research Center for History of Ideas organizes and manages the Society for the European History of Ideas, a cooperative network of Hungarian and international researchers (on all continents) working on the history of ideas in Europe and Hungary. The Society organizes an annual conference series and publishes an international journal in English: Proceedings of the Society for the European History of Ideas.