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2021-02-27 at 21:31:56
Lili Schnetter from University of Szeged
will present Mapping Szolnok's COVID signs
Abstract
Linguistic landscapes of all sorts surround us every day. In the current pandemic situation we are surrounded by cautionary signs and safety measures wherever we go. This study analyses COVID-related signs in Szolnok to see how the information is being conveyed and how accessible it is for foreigners in the county town. Various languages are taught all over the town's schools, thereby making foreign language knowledge accessible for the citizens, however, foreigners are rare in this area. The weight of these two factors in the life of the citizens can be compared looking at the signs based on one of Durk Gorter's definitions in his 2006 article, Introduction: The Study of the Linguistic Landscape as a New Approach to Multilingualism which was used as a basis for this paper, as according to it, the languages appearing on signs can serve as a representation of said languages in the region.
In section
Language Studies

2021-02-28 at 01:10:20
Amy Kósa from Pázmány Péter Catholic University
will present The Evangelical Controversy: The Alteration of American Evangelicalism in the Past Century
Abstract
Evangelical churches emerged in the 18th Century United States with the aim of encouraging protestant unity, as well as breaking away from the theological battles prevalent in Europe. Evangelicalism eventually grew into the most prominent protestant community in the country, however, in the past few decades, it has become infamous for being preoccupied with politics and shifting its focus towards heavy apologetics. In addition, there has been a growing amount of individuals who decide to abandon conservative evangelicalism in favor of progressive Christianity. How was such a great shift possible in the evangelical worldview, and what is the background of the conservative-progressive controversy? In my paper, I will attempt to find an answer to these questions with the help of formerly (and presently) evangelical authors, scholars and theologians.
In section
Cultural Studies

2021-02-28 at 12:19:35
Luyu Chen; Milad Mehdizadkhani from University of Szeged
will present Qi or IQ: The Study of Representation of Mulan in Two Disney’s Versions
Abstract
The overall purpose of the study was to examine the two versions of Disney’s Mulan (1998 and 2020) in terms of identity and gender issues benefiting from gendered discourses. The animated version of this story earned over $304 million and received several awards; however, the live-action one was considered highly unsuccessful in the film industry since it only could gross 70$ million and received negative reviews from both the audience, especially the Chinese ones, displaying inaccurate depictions of Chinese history and mishandling of Chinese cultural elements. The results revealed that the two versions differ from each other in terms of construction, performative, negotiation construction in interaction, and representation. Additionally, since it is also encouraging to compare the perceptions of Chinese audiences in receiving the two versions in these issues, with the help of the qualitative part, a questionnaire was designed and distributed among them.
In section
Gender Studies

2021-02-28 at 13:08:10
Iren Annus from University of Szeged
will present A matrix of liberation: Painted artworks of Faith Ringgold
Abstract
Faith Ringgold (b. 1930), one of the most multifaceted and widely acknowledged contemporary Afro-American female artists, gained her reputation for her unconventional portrayals of current American racialized and gendered experiences. The presentation investigates a selection of her painted artworks to explore the various strategies she has employed to capture the specifics of the stories and experiences she wished to convey. The paper argues that Ringgold has not only satisfied the propositions put forth by Parker and Pollock (1981) in their classic volume on specific ways in which women artists may “challenge … the normative procedures, inherent assumptions, value system and ideological language that constitute the discipline of Art History” (2nd ed. 2013, xx), but she has also offered further strategies to subvert and deconstruct traditional modernist narratives and mental frameworks, and to construct a matrix of liberation for an intersectionist articulation of gendered and racialized realities through art.
In section
Cultural Studies

2021-02-28 at 16:48:58
Camelia Ienciu from Liceul Tehnologic Sanitar “Vasile Voiculescu”, Oradea; Student Doctorand Universitatea “Aurel Vlaicu”, Arad
will present George Kelly’s Personal Construct Theory applied on Kate Morton’s novel The Clockmaker’s Daughter
Abstract
The main purpose of this research is not only to present Kelly’s theory, but also to compare it with Freud’s. Moreover, I intend to put theory into practice by applying the Personal Construct Theory on Kate Morton’s novel, The Clockmaker’s Daughter. This research paper intends to be a starting point in approaching a subject that hasn’t been studied too much before.
In section
British and Commonwealth Literature