Literary communities of Debrecen



Members of Institute teach Hungarian literary history, literary theory and cultural studies from a comparative perspective, at BA and MA level, and they supervise PhD-students. We manage international conferences in English or German, and several symposiums in Hungarian, published volumes of studies, monographs and papers which are related to the fields of early modern, modern, and contemporary Hungarian and world literature. From 1993 we launched four book-series, and Studia Litteraria is a 60 years old peer-reviewed journal of the Institute.

Research Group for Reformation and Early Modern Cultural History is involved in the research of Catholic and Protestant printed materials and manuscripts in the Renaissance and Baroque period, taking into account the various factors shaping confessional, national and linguistic identities in the multi-cultural Carpathian Basin.

Textological Research Group of 18-19th Century Hungarian Literature is to publish several classics of the Hungarian Classical Literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in critical editions. The project based upon previous editions of mainstream authors’ oeuvres is involved in the exploration and publication of further oeuvres requiring additional critical editions.

Research Group for Hungarian Realms of Memory launched the first Hungarian project on “sites of cultural, national, and religious memory” in 2010. It aims to explore systematically the constructions of early modern and modern Hungarian memories and counter-memories as a mixture of different national, regional, religious, and cultural identities.

Research Group for Biopoetics in 20th and 21st Century Hungarian Literature tries to explore, what effects the political, biological, and biotechnological discourses and developments had on the self-understanding, or even self-definition of literature.



The Institute of English and American Studies at the University of Debrecen is the second oldest academic centre of its kind in Hungary. It offers a wide variety of courses in Anglophone literature and culture, classic and contemporary alike, covering postcolonial, African-American, American Indian, Canadian, Irish, and Australian culture and literature besides mainstream British and American studies.

The Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies (HJEAS), the peer-reviewed journal of the Institute showcases the best of Hungarian and international scholarship in the interdisciplinary field of English and American Studies.

Founded by faculty members of the Institute, the Gender, Translocality and the City Research Group (2015-2018), organized a number of successful international conferences. The group’s most significant publication is the volume Geographies of Affect in Contemporary Literature and Visual Culture: Central Europe and the West (2021) published by Brill. Another major academic achievement of the Institute was the international conference entitled Crises of Care: Pandemic Culture, Biopolitics and Medical Humanities organised by senior lecturer Eszter Ureczky in June 2021 with participants arriving from 12 different countries. The Institute is also host to the International Students’ Festival of Drama in English, reintroduced in 2019 with the support of the University Theatre of Debrecen and the Municipal Authorities of the city. 



The Italian Studies Department at the University of Debrecen is the definitive centre for Italian studies in Eastern and Northern Hungary.

Alongside teaching and research we also focus on representing Italian culture outside the university and cultivating Hungarian-Italian cultural relations. Our international conferences (Boccaccio, Italian Debrecen, Years of Lead: Anni di piombo, Bonaviri, Dualismo Nord–Sud) are public and open to those interested in Debrecen. We have Erasmus agreements with fifteen Italian universities, which not only facilitates student and teacher mobility, but also offers the possibility of joint literary and theatrical initiatives such as producing L’impronta del Genio in Debrecen as well as in Chieti, Pescara and Rome. 

Our department operates an Italian cultural centre entitled DOLCE (Debreceni OLasz CEntrum) in the Debrecen Youth Centre, where in addition to language classes and discussion clubs we hold cultural and literary nights, especially in the framework of the programme series entitled the Italian Language Week in October each year. We have reached out to many residents of the city, primarily secondary school students, through our escape room game organised as part of the programme Night of Researchers, in which we used Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose.


The Dutch Studies programme at the University of Debrecen was launched in 1996, then only as part of the foreign language department. The major was accredited in 1999, and it became an independent department in 2007. This is when the Dutch-Hungarian relations research group ( was established, whose primary goal was to investigate the connections between the two countries’ literature, culture and history. The research group organised several (international) conferences in Hungary and abroad, with its own Dutch-language journal (Acta Neerlandica and Hungarian-language book series (, in which they touch upon topics from the up to four hundred years of Dutch-Hungarian relations as various as peregrinating Hungarian students in the Netherlands, the history of the galley slave preachers and Admiral De Ruyter and twentieth-century relations (cultural transfer, travel literature, translations, child relief, etc.).

Our department converges the cultures of the two countries through not only scholarly research but also through cultural festivals organised in the region (e.g. Flemish Spring), informational presentations, exhibitions and Dutch film nights, which are open to the greater public, too. These programmes have commanded the interest of participants who are intrigued by the popular side of Dutch culture.



The Institute of German Studies at the University of Debrecen is a regional centre for teaching and disseminating German language, literature and culture. German literature and culture are not only the main feature of the seminars and lectures but we also lay great emphasis on Debrecen students experiencing German culture and securing their active participation in the German-language literary milieu, which they are offered locally.

The Institute has a continually broadening network of relations with primary and secondary schools, including over 30 schools now. Younger and older students are regular visitors at the German Drama Festival and the Fair of German Professions, and we frequently have the Rakamaz Schwab children’s dance group performing at our institute. In addition, we organise didactic film screenings, which are related to current German cultural and social phenomena such as tolerance, coexistence, multiculturalism.

German-language literature is inexorable in the training programme. Each year there is a literary seminar where the students can meet an author or translator who reads their works. We have invited Lídia Nádori on several occasions, but in our library we have also welcomed contemporary writers Karin Peschka, Martin Waltz and Mieze Medusa. With the support of the Budapest Goethe Institute and the Austrian Cultural Forum the institute has housed several literary and cultural exhibitions, presenting to Debrecen’s university students Herta Müller’s oeuvre, events of the change of regime, the history of women’s suffrage and the world of German comics in the past years.




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