Centre for the Study of History and Culture of Eastern Europe and the Balkans:
The centre established in 2001 is a free association of university staff members and researchers. With its establishment, cooperation among different university departments was made possible but researchers from other institutions are also free to join the centre. Its aim is to unite academicians working in the field, coordinate projects, and submit applications for grants which would contribute to the improvement of teaching and research on the areas mentioned. The centre organizes regular conferences (the first one took place in 2001) and issues selected papers of these conferences as well as monographs as part of the series called ‘East-European and Balkan Studies’.
The centre places great emphasis on the training of postgraduates interested in the field: this work is manifested in MA theses and Ph. D. dissertations.
Evolutionary Psychology Research Group of Pécs:
The research group was founded in 1999 with the aim of carrying out psychological tests based on Darwin's theory. Research is not limited to one or two specific topics; it covers a number of fields using different theoretical frameworks and methodologies, including areas such as altruism and prosocial behavior, machiavellism, sexual attraction, mate choice, reproductive behaviour, childhood socialization, etc.. Our main goal is to employ an evolutionary approach in the analysis of the psychological issues, and to explore the mechanisms which operate psychological phenomena. The results of our studies have been published in international journals such as Evolution and Human Behaviour, Human Nature, Current Anthropology, Proceedings of the Royal Society, Personality and Individual Differences, etc.. We regularly participate in international conferences and invite foreign lecturers.
The Evolutionary Psychology Research Group consists of one professor, two senior lecturers, five additional lecturers and some PhD and MA students. The group is divided into smaller units in order to achieve specific research goals. The direction of current research is basically formed along two evolutionary paradigms: (1) the relationship between mate choice and facial features; (2) the pro-social behaviour in real life situations and the manipulation and analysis of experimental games.
Institute of English Studies:
The Department of English Literatures and Cultures
- British and Postcolonial Studies Research Group
The British and Postcolonial Studies research group explores general theoretical issues of postcolonial criticism, contemporary British, Scottish, Irish, American, African and Canadian literatures in the broader context of postmodernity and postcoloniality. Within the field of British studies it focuses on issues of history, culture and literature from the early modern to the contemporary period. Research in British history and culture includes social history, popular and folk culture, as well as the media. In the area of literature, it concentrates on English literatures from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century under the theme of empire, especially the ways in which different writers like Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Swift, Samuel Johnson, Walter Scott and James Joyce have responded to the experience of cultural contact and exchange, and to related issues like language, nationality, history, gender and class. The coordinator of the research group is Gertrud Szamosi, the participants are Gabriella Hartvig, Norbert Gyuris, Mária Kurdi, Noémi Najbauer, Andrew C. Rouse, and Gabriella Vöő.
- Irish Studies Research Group
Within the broader discipline of Irish Studies this research group focuses on the following fields: Anglo-Irish prose fiction, especially the works of Jonathan Swift, Laurence Sterne and Maria Edgeworth; Irish drama from the Revival to the present, especially the works of J. M. Synge, Brian Friel, Tom Murphy, Frank McGuinness and women playwrights and performers; Irish-Hungarian and Irish-Central-European intercultural studies. In conference papers and various publications members of the research group explore the redefinitions of Irish identity and questions of form and language, the links between Irish modernism, nationalism and postcolonial issues, variations on comic techniques and interfaces of Irish and Hungarian literature and culture, among other subjects. Co-ordinator of the research group is Mária Kurdi, the participants are Zsuzsa Csikai, Gabriella Hartvig and Gabriella Vöő.
- American Studies Research Group
Within the rich field of American Studies, our research group explores how social, cultural and political capital is being produced in North America, (1) most notably as observable in the manifold traditions of the novel from the late eighteenth century to the contemporary period, in the mainstream as well as on the peripheries, (2) in what is collectively known as popular/mass culture marketed worldwide, ranging from music to theater, film and television, (3) the way in which the making of social, cultural and political capital is being shaped by the ethnically, racially, religiously, class- and gender-wise diverse constituents of North America, and (4) the relevant theoretical questions posed therein. The coordinator of the group is László Sári B., researchers include Mónika Fodor, Norbert Gyuris, Mária Kurdi, Gertrud Szamosi, Gabriella Vöő.
- Reception, Translation and Adaptation Studies Research Group
The research group explores Hungarian translations and critical receptions of major English-speaking writers as well as studies the strategies of theatre and film adaptations of the works of some European writers in English-speaking literatures. Individual authors are examined from the aspects of how they have been rendered, read, published, reviewed and adapted in other literatures. Theoretical approaches such as reception, translation and adaptation studies together with the reception history of the discussed authors are also part of our scholarly research. Members of the group have largely contributed to the international project “The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe” launched by the BritishAcademy in 1998. The co-ordinator of the research group is Gabriella Hartvig, the participants are Zsuzsa Csikai, Mária Kurdi, Gertrud Szamosi, and Gabriella Vöő.
Lingua Franca Research Group:
The Lingua Franca Research Group was formed in the mid-1990's to support high quality empirical research studies in applied linguistics as well as the the publication of these works by Hungarian and international colleagues. More recently, under the joint auspices of the team and the Department of English Applied Linguistics of the University of Pécs, seven applied linguistic and language educational conferences have been organized: the University of Pécs Roundtable (UPRT) events, since 2006. These events have attracted colleagues and PhD students from Canada, UK, Croatia, Ukraine, Poland, Italy, among others, as well as from Hungary. The links above point to the ebooks of select papers of these conferences.
Local Society Research Centre:
Head of Centre: dr. Katalin Füzér
Research activities cover complex studies on the region’s rural and urban settings (including annual week-long field research involving BA, MA, PhD students), contribution to local databanks and assistance to research project generation for ERC, HAS and Hungarian Research Fund project proposals. Applied research focuses on rural and urban local development strategies and projects that apply evidence-based, area-based and participatory methods (such as the European Capital of Culture project PÉCS2010 or the complex rural development project Ős-Dráva). Conferences, talks and workshops organised by the Centre provide a platform for the local social research community to meet, exchange ideas and team up for joint research. Our international networks are build along ERASMUS partnerships and a planned CEEPUS thematic network.
Research Group for Modern Russia and Soviet History:
Head: Dr. habil. György Bebesi
Founded in 2004, as an independent workshop of the Faculty of Humanities Interdisciplinary Doctoral School. The group is a unique seminar of the Institute of History since 2008. The research group as the scientific workshop of the doctoral programme and institute was established with the aim to become a free association of independent researchers and lecturers. Its mission is to coordinate the work of dealing Sovietologist experts within the region, to provide consultation and publication forum for them, to contribute to the professional education of youth, as well as to strengthen the scientific publicity by organizing conferences and media presentations strengthen.
Social Innovation Evaluation Research Centre:
Contact: Erdős Márta
The Centre has been established at the Department of Social and Community Studies (Institute of Social Relations) in 2008, and is member of an international research network. (http://bucks.ac.uk/research/research_institutes/SHEU/about_us#.U99TT_l_tRo) The aim of the centre is to promote the idea and practice of independent, complex project evaluation in Hungary. Simply meeting pre-determined project indicators is insufficient for fine-tuning and replicating best practice models, what is a waste of financial resources. (More details at http://szocialismunka.hu/files/tiny_mce/SzSz2013_7_9.pdf; http://szocialismunka.hu/files/tiny_mce/SzSz2013_10-13.pdf and http://www.amazon.com/Evaluation-Hungarian-Students-Placements-Cheshire/dp/1905929498/ref=la_B00J1PNSO0_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1407145562&sr=1-1) The Centre also hosts community based learning (CBL) activities in the field of independent evaluation.
Addiction & Recovery Studies Network:
Contact: Prof. Gábor Kelemen
The network has been established at the Department of Social and Community Studies (Institute of Social Relations) in 2001. The network has become a renowned national and international centre for addiction studies. The research team, led by Prof. Gabor Kelemen, has conducted several projects on the process of recovery. (EU-funded Phare and Equal projects; and projects funded by the National Research Foundation.) Recently, the team has published their research results in „Reflective Recovery”http://hu.orioldbooks.com/2011/07/reflective-recovery.html and in „Felépülő közösségek” http://ujkonyvek.hu/Erdos-Marta---Mark-Monika.Felepulo-kozossegek). Some scholarly papers are also available at http://szocialismunka.hu/menu/26. In 2014, Professor Kelemen has received Elige Vitam Award (Ministry of Human Resources).
Research Centre for Social Inclusion and Social Economy:
Contacts: Department of Community and Social Studies, Institute of Social Relations, Faculty of Humanities, University of Pécs; H-7621 Pécs, Rókus street 2., 3rd Floor, Room 306
The research centre was founded to plan and carry out professional and scientific activities on the correlated research areas of social inclusion and social economy. This activity is realized through cooperations in social sciences, human research-development and innovation. The research centre intends to contribute to the efforts of the University of Pécs to broaden the scope of its research-development-innovation services, as well as the development of the university’s national and international relations. This can be achieved by the discovery of new research fields in accordance with social and economic needs, as well as by organizing a network of cooperation on professional and scientific bases. These will provide further opportunities for university students to acquire knowledge and experience to develop their expertise and enhance their performance.
The Latin American Centre was founded in 2001 (Ibero-American Centre from 2004), which integrates the scientific activities of teacher-researchers working at the UP and other educational institutions of the country. On the initiative of the Centre was established in 2008 a Working Group on Ibero-America Studies within the framework of the activities of the subsidiary of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Pécs in Hungary, where Ibero-American Studies teacher-researchers from other universities and external members participate. The Centre has a tradition of more than a decade of organizing the Jornadas Iberoamericanas in Hungary. To demonstrate the significance of the Centre one of the most mentionable moment was the visit of the Spanish royal couple, the former crown prince Felipe de Borbón and crown princess Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano.
The Centre is maintaining great relationship with numerous international scientific organizations as AHILA and CEISAL. Apart from the scientific program, the conference will also offer a wide range of cultural programs for university students and the general public in cooperation with the Hungarian Spanish Association of Pecs. The yearly held conferences also serve as the most important forum for Hungarian researchers. The center has a yearly issued scientific journal Iberoamericana Quinqueecclesiensis and participates in several programs (BA, MA, PhD) in the Faculty of Humanities (International Relations, History, Spanish Studies). Also a Joint Master Program is under process in cooperation with the University of Primorska (Koper), the Instituto Ortega y Gasset (Madrid) and with the University of Megatrend (Belgrade).