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“Cultural Tradition in the Modern East-Asian State” Conference at the ELTE Confucius Institute, Budapest, Hungary

2016. április 08.

The conference “Cultural Tradition in the Modern East-Asian State” was held at the Confucius Institute at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest (Hungary) on 8 April, 2016. The conference was organised by the Research Centre of Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Pázmány Péter Catholic University' Research Group on Modern East-Asia, the Institute of East Asian Studies at Eötvös Loránd University and the Confucius Institute at Eötvös Loránd University.

At the plenary session, which was conducted in English and chaired by Dr. Gergely Salát (Professor at the Chinese Department of Eötvös Loránd University and Head of the Chinese Department at Pázmány Péter Catholic University), there were lectures on the traditions of China’, Japan’, India’s Mongolia’ and Korea’ which have taken on new roles in the 21st century. These lectures were delivered by Sándor Zoltán Kusai (diplomat, former ambassador of Hungary to China), Judit Hidasi (Professor at the Budapest Business School), S. Shobha Kiran (freelance academic researcher, Former Director/Associate Professor of the Department of Management Studies at the David Memorial College of Management at Osmania University Hyderabad, India) and Ágnes Birtalan (Head of the Department of Mongolian and Inner Asian Studies at Eötvös Loránd University).

The plenary session was followed by eight more sessions running in parallel. During these, numerous important and exciting topics were discussed, ranging from Japanese martial arts through the media to the development models of Chinese politics.

This conference clearly showed the many different ways in which traditions have been utilized by East-Asian countries in the 20th and 21st centuries.