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Budapest Centre for Irish Studies, University of Budapest

Director: Prof. Dr. Michael McAteer
Budapest, Hungary




Department of English Literatures and Cultures, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest

Email: budapestirishstudies01@gmail.com

The Budapest Centre for Irish Studies (BCIS) comprises of Irish Studies programmes and courses at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Pázmány Péter Catholic University (PPCU), Károly Gáspár University of the Reformed Church of Hungary, and János Kodolányi University of the Applied Sciences. All Universities are based in Budapest. Since its formation in 2013, the BCIS has supported the EFACIS Itinerary Programme, with visits to our Budapest University English Departments from poet Medbh McGuckian, and novelists Glenn Patterson and Deirdre Madden. In conjunction with the Irish Embassy, the BCIS has also supported annual Seamus Heaney Memorial lectures, organised by Prof. Győző Ferencz (ELTE), at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. These have been delivered by Medbh McGuckian, Prof. Paul Muldoon, and retired Prof. W.J. McCormack. The BCIS is also involved each June with the ‘Belated Bloomsday’ celebration in Budapest, organised by the Irish Embassy of Hungary. In 2016, the BCIS hosted 2 Symposia and 1 conference to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising. These included a visit from Prof Michael Laffan of UCD as Invited Speaker to the Károli Gáspár conference, ‘Rebels, Heroes and Terrorists: From Rising to Reconciliation’, and a delegation from the Keough-Naughton Institute of Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame IN, to the Pázmány University Symposium, ‘The Easter Rising and Central Europe’, including Prof. Christopher Fox and Prof Thomas Bartlett. In November 2015, the BCIS supported the W.B. Yeats Commemoration Symposium organised by Dr. Eglantina Remport, at the Institute of English and American Studies, ELTE, with Prof Anthony Roche, UCD, as Invited Speaker. In June 2014, the BCIS supported the Irish Studies Conference, ‘Silence … and Irish Writing’ organised by Dr. Michael McAteer at the Institute of English and American Studies, PPCU, with Prof Emer Nolan (NUI Maynooth) and Dr. Emilie Morin (University of York) as Keynote Speakers. 


  • Dr. Michael McAteer, Department of English Literatures and Cultures Pázmány Péter Catholic University, (BCIS Director)
  • Dr. Borbála Faragó, Former Marie Curie Fellow, Central European University,
  • Dr. Ákos Farkas, Head of Department of English Studies (ELTE)
  • Prof Győző Ferencz, Department of English Studies (ELTE)
  • Dr. Krisztina Kodó, Department of English Language and Literature, János Kodolányi University of the Applied Sciences
  • Dr. Tekla Mecsóbner, affiliate of Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church of Hungary
  • Dr. Dóra Pődor, Head of Department of Linguistics, Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church of Hungary
  • Dr Lili Zach, Independent Scholar with PhD in irish History (NUI Galway)

Research interests:

Modern Irish Literature: James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, Samuel Beckett; Northern Irish poetry: Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, Paul Muldoon, Medbh McGuckian, Ciaran Carson; the Irish Literary Revival; Modernism and Irish Literature; Celtic mythology and folklore; Irish language; 20/21st century Irish film and fiction; Irish and Hungarian cultural history. 

Paul Muldoon - Seamus Heaney Memorial Lecture


  •    2017

Michael McAteer, ed. and introd. Silence in Modern Irish Literature (Leiden: Brill, 2017 forthcoming)

Eglantina Remport, ‘Marxist Utopianism and Modern Irish Drama, 1884-1904: William Morris, W.B. Yeats, and G.B. Shaw’, Utopian Horizons: Ideology, Politics, Literature, ed. Zsolt Cigányik (Budapest/New York: CEU Press, 2017 forthcoming), pp. 119-142.

  • 2016

Győző Ferencz, trans. and Michael McAteer, pref., Remembering Seamus Heaney / Emlékezés Seamus Heaney-re (Budapest: Széchenyi Írodalmi és Művészeti Akadémia, 2016)

Michael McAteer, ‘Honor, Individuality, and Nationhood in O'Grady's Cuculain Narrative’ in Gregory Castle and Patrick Bixby, eds., Standish O'Grady's Cuculain: a Critical Edition (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2016). pp. 226-240.

Michael McAteer, ‘Oscar Wilde: International Politics and the Drama of Sacrifice’ in Nicholas Grene, Christopher Morash, eds., The Oxford Companion to Modern Irish Theatre (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016) pp. 24-38.

Eglantina Remport and Janina Vestergom, ‘Romantic Ireland and the Hollywood Film Industry’, Film and Culture, ed. Dorottya Jászay and Andrea Velich (Budapest: Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem, 2016), pp. 169-185.

  • 2015

Borbála Faragó and Kathyrn Kirkpatrick, eds., Animals in Irish Literature and Culture (Houndsmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

Michael McAteer 'W.B. Yeats's Presence in James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man', Belgrade BELLS (Belgrade English Language and Literature Studies) Vol. VII (2015).

Michael McAteer, 'Beyond Articulation: Brian Friel, Civil Rights, and the Northern Irish Conflict', Theatre and Human Rights After 1945: Things Unspeakable, ed. Mary Luckhurst and Emilie Morin (Houndsmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) 

Michael McAteer, 'Celtic and Irish Revival', Oxford Bibliographies: British and Irish Literature (Oxford University Press, 2015)

  • 2014

Borbála Faragó Medbh McGuckian (Series: Contemporary Irish Writers) (New York: Bucknell University Press and Cork: Cork University Press, 2014)

Michael McAteer, ‘From Ireland to Croatia: Hubert Butler and Alojzije Stepinac’, Ireland, West to East: Irish Cultural Connections with Central and Eastern Europe, ed. Aidan O’Malley, Eve Patten (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Academic Publishers, 2014) pp. 195-210.

Eglantina Remport, ‘History Repeating’: From Belfast to Budapest in Glenn Patterson’s Number 5, Ireland, West to East: Irish Cultural Connections with Central and Eastern Europe, ed. Aidan O’Malley, Eve Patten (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Academic Publishers, 2014) pp. 195-210.

  • 2013

Ákos Farkas, Zsuzsanna Simonkay, Janina Vestergom, eds., Whack fol the dah: Írások Takács Ferenc 65, születésnapjára / Writings for Ferenc Takács on his 65th birthday (Budapest: ELTE BTK, Angol-Amerikai Intézet, Anglisztika Tanszék / ELTE, Institute of English and American Studies, English Department, 2013)

Michael McAteer, "Synge and Edwardian Ireland" ed. Brian Cliff and Nicholas Grene (Oxford University Press, 2012) (Book Review) MODERNISM - MODERNITY 20:(2) pp. 413-415. (2013)

Michael McAteer, ‘G. W. Russell (A.E.), Writings on Literature and Art’, edited by Peter Kuch (2011) (Book Review) THE CANADIAN JOURNAL OF IRISH STUDIES 37: (1-2.) pp. 269-271. (2013)


Deirdre Madden visits Budapest

PhD Projects

ELTE (Supervisor Győző Ferencz): Northern Irish Poetry: Heaney, Longley, Carson

ELTE (Supervisor Ákos Farkas): Theatricality and the Body in Samuel Beckett

PPCU (Supervisor – Michael McAteer): Cognitive Studies of Contemporary Irish Fiction

Irish Embassy Hungary, Student Bursary Awards:

2015 – Dórottya Jászay (Dept. of English Studies, ELTE) for Samuel Beckett Summer School, Trinity College Dublin

2014 – Zsuzsanna Balázs (Dept. of English Literature and Culture, PPCU) for W.B. Yeats Summer School, Sligo


Courses taught:

  • Department of English Studies (ELTE) – Győző Ferencz, Ákos Farkas, Eglantina Remport

BA: Irish Literature, 1800-2000; Irish Film and Culture; Seamus Heaney

MA: Modern Irish Drama; Ireland on Film; Language, Violence, Poetry: Anglo-Irish Poetry from 1790 to the Present; Reading James Joyce; The Easter Rising in Irish Literature

Director: Dr. Michael McAteer

Department of English Literatures and Cultures, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest


  • Department of English Literatures and Cultures (PPCU) – Michael McAteer

BA Specialisation – Irish Studies and English Speaking Cultures

Irish Studies Courses within this specialisation: Modern Irish History; Modern Irish Poetry and Drama; Modern Irish Fiction and Film

MA  (English Language Cultures Specialisation)

Colonialism, Celticism, and National Identities in Nineteenth Century English Literature: Ireland, Scotland, England – with Márta Pellérdi (includes seminars on Edgeworth, 19th cent. Irish Poetry, and Matthew Arnold’s Celticism); Postcolonialism and Twentieth Century Literature: Ireland, Scotland, England - with Márta Pellérdi (includes seminars on W.B. Yeats, George Moore, James Joyce, Elizabeth Bowen and Brian Friel). 


  • Institute of English Studies, Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church of Hungary

Department of Literary and Cultural Studies in English

BA: Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Irish Drama; Samuel Beckett’s Plays on Stage

Department of English Linguistics

BA: Irish language Instruction

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