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Conference Report Köztes terek / Spații intermediare / Spaces In Between

The Intercultural Confluences Research Centre of the Department of Humanities, Faculty of Economics, Socio-Human Sciences and Engineering, MiercureaCiuc, Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, and the Regional Committee in Cluj of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences organized the trilingual international conference Köztesterek / Spaţiiintermediare / Spaces In Between on 26-27 April, 2019.Over 140 speakers from eight countriesparticipated in the event.

The event proposed to think further the central topic of the previous conferences organized by the research centre – border crossings, imagology, multilingualism, representations –, this time focusing on spaces in between. The interdisciplinary conference was aimedat approaching the issue from the various perspectives of literary, linguistic, social and cultural and media studies.

Besides linguistic border phenomena, the lectures discussed a great variety of topics such as cultural transitions, intercultural transgressions; processes of identity formation, in-between spaces of memory, marginal  cultures, minority identity; figurations of in-betweenness in contemporary literature;reception, understanding, dialogical in-betweenness; metaleptic transgressions at the boundary of fiction and reality; spaces between high and popular literature; in-between space configurations: border zones, heterotopias, non-places; transitions between art forms; spaces in between in the processes of transnational migration; challenges of transitionsin teacher training. Names of theorists such as Homi Bhabha, Marc Augé, Alain Badiou, Hayden White, Gérard Genette, Michel Foucault, Raymond Williams, Roland Barthes and many otherswere frequently mentionedin the course of the two-day event.

The plenary speakersrepresented all the three languages as well as the interdisciplinary character of the conference. Judit Navracsics, professor of the University of Pannonia, Veszprém,presented the results of the most recent researches onchildhoodmultilingualism. In his lecture on a Danish crime movie series, Caius Dobrescu, professor at the University of Bucharest, highlighted the reality-revealing and socio-criticalrole of popular genres.The first three volumes of his crime series centered around the protagonist Vlad Lupuwere presented by Zsuzsa Tapodi and Ingrid Tomonicska within the framework of a book launch that was the opening event of the conference, organized in cooperation with the Kájoni János County Library. Ágnes Pethő, professor at the Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Faculty of Sciences and Arts, Cluj-Napoca spoke about intermediality through dioramas and further art-historical connections in contemporary cinema.The live lectures were presented in 29 panels, while the virtual ones were available online.

The research groups had the opportunity to present their results together, besides, it was especially interesting to hear converging conclusions of lecturers independent from each other, for example, in the case of Krisztina Horváth (ELTE, Budapest) and Csilla Gizinska (Warsaw), who examined the in-betweenness in the works of writers of Hungarian-French and Hungarian-Polish double identity respectively, focusing on the process when both sides of the border between the image of the self and the otherare highlighted.

The dialogue of disciplines could be observed in the course of several lectures. For instance, Erika-Mária Tódor (Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Miercurea Ciuc) approached the textual features of the novel Death in Szeklerland by Caius Dobrescu from the point of view of translanguaging, while Erzsébet Dani (Debrecen) examined the crossroads of Hungarian and Romanian literary heritages from the perspective of the sociology of reading; Simber Atay (Izmir) analysed Haruki Murakami’s novel from similar perspectives asthe ones applied to the adaptations of Budapest Noir by Anna Keszeg and Sándor Kálai (intertextuality, transmediality). Alessandro Zuliani (Udine) dealt with issues of cultural mediationin connection with the translatability of collocations, while cultural mediation was also in the focus of lectures held by Júlia Somodi (Budapest), as well as Zsuzsanna Ajtony and Enikő Pál from the organizing department.

Searching for horizons and change of dimensions, anamorphosis, the heterotopiaof the ship, labour migration, the identity of Finno-Ugric people, popular genres, videogames, multilingual students, posters, the role of rituals, narrative memory, in-between spaces of solitude and fear, modernity and tradition, metalepsis, contemporary theories of history, prejudices, hibridity, linguistic landscape, exhibition space, textual and visual spaces, multimediality, propaganda, memorial sites –we could continue the list of keywords in order to illustrate the broad scientific spectrum that the lectures represented.

Thewritten versions of the papers will be published, based on a peer reviewing process, in the upcoming issues of the scientific journal Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Philologica, indexed in several international databases, as well as in conference volumespublished by acknowledged publishing houses.

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