Members

By means of introduction, the members of the research group were asked to answer three questions.

  1. What has been your biggest inspiration?
  2. What do you do in the very little time that you have left after doing your research?
  3. What is the meaning of life?

If you are interested in a more academic introduction, you can find our research proposals for 2016 here, and our list of research topics for 2017/18 here.

Organizers

Kata Gyuris (Eötvös Loránd University, Modern English and American Literature and Culture Doctoral Programme)

  1. What has been your biggest inspiration?
    Seeing (and hoping) that perseverance is good. And all the people I’ve met in the past ten years.
  2. What do you do in the very little time that you have left after doing your research?
    Reading for pleasure (although I sometimes feel guilty for doing the same under the guise of research), speaking to people about non-academic subjects over coffee or beer, and travelling as much as I can.
  3. What is the meaning of life?
    Realizing – after you’ve spent so much time getting to know or love someone or something – that there is a lot more to learn.

Read Kata’s CV here.

Eszter Szép (Eötvös Loránd University, Modern English and American Literature and Culture Doctoral Programme)

  1. What has been your biggest inspiration?
    “Hello, I’m Tom Mitchell.” And the handshake that followed.
  2. What do you do in the very little time that you have left after doing your research?
    I have a beer and meet friends. Alternatively, I travel and meet friends.
  3. What is the meaning of life?
    To love. And to talk to people.

Read Eszter’s CV here.

Members

Noémi Albert (University of Pécs, Doctoral School of Literature)

  1. What has been your biggest inspiration?
    Listening to other people talk about different topics with great enthusiasm, through which I got closer to various stuff. That is what I would love to achieve: inspire somebody to read something and start thinking about it.
  2. What do you do in the very little time that you have left after doing your research?
    Have a beer with my friends and talk about very different topics, watch serials, cook, take a walk, dance (folk).
  3. What is the meaning of life?
    Always setting out new goals.

Read Noémi’s CV here.

Anna Bíró-Pentaller (Eötvös Loránd University, Modern English and American Literature and Culture Doctoral Programme)

  1. What has been your biggest inspiration? People I have known – like my high school literature teacher, my (BA) supervisor, many of my professors, my husband. And the fiction of Joseph Conrad.
  2. What do you do in the very little time that you have left after doing your research? First and foremost I spend time with my son. I like playing music, watching crime series, meeting friends.
  3. What is the meaning of life?To “only connect.”

Read Anna’s CV here.

Melinda Dabis PhD (Pázmány Péter Catholic University)

  1. What has been your biggest inspiration?
    Words.
  2. What do you do in the very little time that you have left after doing your research?
    Work for a living, sleep and have fun.
  3. What is the meaning of life?
    To search for it

Read Melinda’s CV here.

Lilla Farmasi (University of Szeged, British and American Literature and Culture Doctoral Program)

  1. What has been your biggest inspiration?
    Technically, hot showers and coffee. Otherwise, people who share my enthusiasm and believe in what I do.
  2. What do you do in the very little time that you have left after doing your research?
    There are way too many things I cannot have enough of! To keep it short, I paint, run, meet (new) friends, and feed my addiction to music, TV serials and literary fiction.
  3. What is the meaning of life?
    My 25 years of life experience tells me that there must be more than one and that being carefree and struggling both must be among them.

Read Lilla’s CV here.

Ágnes Harasztos (Eötvös Loránd University, Modern English and American Literature and Culture Doctoral Programme)

  1. What has been your biggest inspiration?
    The unwavering respect my high school classmates and teachers unanimously have had for my general understanding and my erudition.
  2. What do you do in the very little time that you have left after doing your research?
    I work as a full-time director of operations, where I am responsible for three important associates. My scope of activities here includes negotiation, data management and physical maintenance (I am at home with my children aged 2-7).
  3. What is the meaning of life?
    Getting to know this world, its limits, all that’s beyond it and let yourself be burnt away by all that.

Read Ágnes’s CV here.

Réka Major (Eötvös Loránd University, Modern English and American Literature and Culture Doctoral Programme)

  1. What has been your biggest inspiration?
    My mum, grammar school, Shakespeare and Byron
  2. What do you do in the very little time that you have left after doing your research?
    I watch TV series and British stand-up comedy, I read some more, and try really hard not to lose touch with reality
  3. What is the meaning of life?
    My cats. Meow.

Read Réka’s CV here.

Péter Kristóf Makai PhD (University of Szeged)

  1. What has been your biggest inspiration?
    A love of life despite every setback, the wit of writers, the joy of literature, the natural order of the universe, the beauty of existence, an optimistic belief in the human spirit and some good claret.
  2. What do you do in the very little time that you have left after doing your research?
    I confess I’m a lazybones and I mostly do my research/reading while commuting to other events, so I sink an inordinate amount of time into Runescape, my choice of MMORPG instead, and gaming in general, and I spend a lot of time with fellow Mensans, and above all, my family.
  3. What is the meaning of life?
    Is this even a question? Forty-two. (But really, unlike literature, life has no intrinsic meaning and we’re probably better off that way. Saves me the trouble of worrying about stuff and nonsense. Oh, well, okay, I guess it’s to help others and bring a smile to someone else’s face. And fame, fortune and everything that goes with it. No, it’s definitely love. Wait, it might be contentment and leading an ataraxic life. Or was it hedonic? Hell, just remembering who you are when everybody else wants to change you is a challenge enough. Aaaaanyways, the second sentence is enough.)

Read Péter’s CV here.

Yuliia Terentieva (Eötvös Loránd University)

  1. What has been your biggest inspiration? My biggest inspiration is people I have met so far in both my everyday life and academy. All the teachers and groupmates, authors and inspired individuals, who teach, lead, advise and are simply out there to reach for.
  2. What do you do in the very little time that you have left after doing your research? I usually walk aroud Budapest and take pictures (a lot of pictures!), draw, or watch and discuss new TV shows with friends.
  3. What is the meaning of life? If it’s not 42, then, I guess, the meaning of life is to make the most of it.

Read Yuliia’s CV here.

Kitti Tóth (Eötvös Loránd University, Modern English and American Literature and Culture Doctoral Programme)

  1. What has been your biggest inspiration?
    To be born. Existence has been inspiring me for many years.
  2. What do you do in the very little time that you have left after doing your research?
    I teach, I help,
    I create, I take care,
    I observe, I communicate,
    I try to understand,
    I love.
  3. What is the meaning of life?
    Pursuing a greater good.

Read Kitti’s CV here.

Dóra Vecsernyés (Eötvös Loránd University, Modern English and American Literature and Culture Doctoral Programme)

  1. What has been your biggest inspiration?
    The people I have been surrounded with. Aaand the fiction of Julian Barnes.
  2. What do you do in the very little time that you have left after doing your research?
    I sing in a choir or daydream…or do both at the same time.
  3. What is the meaning of life?
    life:      NOUN (plural lives /lʌɪvz/) — 1 [MASS NOUN] The condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death. . .      (Oxford Dictionary)

Read Dóra’s CV here.

Adél Vékási (Pázmány Péter Catholic University)

  1. What has been your biggest inspiration? Although I’ve since moved away from strictly literary scholarship, my love for Terry Pratchett and his Discworld series is what originally inspired me to pursue an academic career in English literature. In a more general sense, my dad, who’s an amazing polymath and who always takes the time to share his knowledge with me, and has ever since I was very young. Taking turns randomly opening his dictionary of loanwords and playing “what might this word mean?” whenever we were bored is still one of my favorite childhood memories. (You will not be surprised to learn I also inherited my love for Pratchett from him.)
  2. What do you do in the very little time that you have left after doing your research? I play video games and hang out with friends, often both. Don’t ask me how many hours I’ve sunk into SpelunkyRisk of RainCivilization VMonaco, or– actually, I’ll just stop.
  3. What is the meaning of life? I definitely don’t have this figured out yet! But right now I’d say it’s learning – which includes things like empathy, not just facts or even critical thinking, though those are of course valuable too! – and connecting with others.

Read Adél’s CV here.

 

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