HSAC's annual conference, entitled "Building Diverse Communities? Hungarians at Home and Abroad" is designed not only to be in line with with the overall Congress theme "Gathering Diversities" but it also allows for a broad range of presentations that deal with questions of community, not just in Hungary and its surrounding region, but also within the Hungarian diaspora. It allows presenters to look at how Hungarians have "gathered" in the past, the present and the future and encourage papers that help us to think more critically about the idea of community itself, and about how communities are built and maintained on the local, national, and/or transnational level.
In addition, we welcome papers that explore issues of diversity at home or abroad; given the current discussions in Hungary around notions of diversity, and questions surrounding global migration and the future of the European Union, papers on such topics are also being encouraged. The middle day of the conference will include an all-day trip to see two of the earliest and most significant sites of Hungarian settlement in Canada: Kaposvar Historic Site (Roman Catholic stone church and complex near Esterhazy, Sask.) and Bekevar Presbyterian Church Historic Site (near Kipling, Sask.). This will provide an opportunity to listen to local community historians and have an exchange with Canadian and international scholars, many of whom will visit such sites for the first time. The invited keynote speaker Prof Steve Seegel of the U of Colorado will add a historical perspective and generate discussion around the main theme of building diverse communities at home and abroad. A special effort has been/ is being made to include graduate students in the program.
The meaning and construction of "communities" in the national and transnational sense; diversity in Canada and Hungary; migration, refugees, and intercultural relations in Canada and Hungary; early history of immigration and the Hungarian community in Canada.
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Steve Jobbitt, Lakehead University
Oliver Botar, University of Manitoba