The multidisciplinary Inter-American Research Center of the Faculty of Arts, University of Szeged was founded in the early fall of 2015 by the joint effort of the Department of American Studies and the Department of Hispanic Studies with the aim to enhance the complex study of the entire American continent through common conferences, publications, group and individual research, and lecture series on the Americas as an interconnected area of study by focusing on various topics including Native issues, immigration and migration, transnational and trans-regional subjects, gender and environmental questions, multiculturalism, political connections, economic cooperation, American literatures and their contexts, visual cultures of the Americas, current linguistics, and many more. We also hope to build bridges of cooperation with regional, national and international partners working in the area study of the Americas.
The Gender Studies Research Group at the Institute of English and American Studies (IEAS), University of Szeged is responsible for the postgraduate program “Gender through Literatures and Cultures in English” as one of the three tracks that students admitted to the MA in English Studies degree must choose for their specialization. The program is launched in September 2009. To our professional and personal pride, it is the first (and yet the only) one of its kind in the educational program of the Hungarian University Faculties of Humanities.
Researchers working in the fields of iconography, iconology and semiotics founded the Research Group for Cultural Iconology and Semiography under the auspices of the English Department of the University of Szeged in 2001. The interdisciplinary program of the group is grounded in the long-standing research of tradition-based cultural representations (such as the work of the “Warburg School”), and in the poststructuralist theories of visual representation and the postsemiotics of the speaking subject. It programmatically aims at uniting the traditions of semiotic and iconographic studies and various related workshops that have been functioning in association with the Faculty of Arts at the University of Szeged for several decades now.