Summary and Info
The summer of 2013 marked a significant event in the history of the Faculty of Humanitiesand Social Sciences at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, and particularly in the history ofthe two academic partnerships the university is a member of: the International ResearchUniversities Network (IRUN) and the Catholic Universities Partnership (CUP), a networkestablished and supported by the University of Notre Dame. Between 29 and 31 August, 2013,almost 70 graduate students currently enrolled in Masters or Doctoral studies, gathered for athree-day conference in the historic venue of Szent Adalbert Conference Centre in Esztergom,the historical capital of Hungary and centre of the Hungarian Catholic Church. The primaryaim of the conference was to encourage student research and tighten the connections amongmembers of IRUN and CUP, by sharing both scientific results and interests that may lead tofurther cooperation and joint projects in the future. The conference was made possible by agenerous grant of the European Union and the New Széchenyi Plan by the NationalDevelopment Agency of the Hungarian Government.These days, when in many countries the humanities are fighting day-to-day battles to provenot only their popularity among students, but also their relevance and significance to theglobalised world of the twenty-first century, this conference and the present volume of theconference proceedings may serve as a bright beacon of hope for everyone worried about thefuture of such traditional disciplines. During the three days of the conference, students oftwelve universities from all over Europe presented high quality scholarly research in a widerange of topics from all traditionally important disciplines within the humanities and socialsciences, engaging in fruitful discussions and opening up an amazing number of vistas forfurther projects, proved that there is indeed a future to the academia, to universities, to theyoung generations of European intellectuals.The structure of the volume is fundamentally thematic, with essays organised on the basisof the broader disciplines they have originated from; thus the reader will find essays onliterary studies, from traditional philological work to contemporary theoretical arguments onliterature and criticism; these are followed by investigations into various areas of theoreticaland applied linguistics. Historical studies offer a natural introduction to interdisciplinarystudies within the social sciences, political and economic studies. The volume is rounded offby studies on philosophy, theology and psychology, and in this way it provides ampleillustration from nearly the whole spectrum of disciplines that belong to the humanities andsocial sciences. All thirty-one articles that have been selected for inclusion in the volume haveundergone meticulous editing, and in some cases careful revision by authors, both as regardscontent and language, to ensure that the final form of the volume will remain a source of pridefor the authors even when they have reached the peaks of their academic careers in the yearsto come.