History and Institutionalization of Ethnography and Folkloristics in Hungary

Course information


History and Institutionalization of Ethnography and Folkloristics in Hungary


Gábor Barna

Course code

XSE021-; YSE_BTK011-


4 credits


Bálint Sándor lecture room


the timetable is determined by the teacher latter

Course description

Short description

Ethnography, folkloristics were born in Hungary in the middle of the 19th century under the influence of romanticism. It won its institutions at the end of the 19th century. Its representatives from the romanticism through positivism, psychoanalysis, functionalism etc. gave new approaches to the study of (folk) culture. E.g. Hungarian folkloristics belongs to one of the leading disciplines in many fields, especially in folk tale research, folk music research, semiotics etc.The course gives a survey on the history, aims, methods, sources, intitutions (museums, journals, publications etc.) of the ethnography, folkloristics as academic disciplines in Hungary in Central-European context.


1.Birth of a discipline

2. First institutions in the 19th century

3. First determinative representatives and results in the 19th century

4. Decisive decades at the turn of 19th-20th century

5. Museums and collections

6. Music folklore and its representatives

7. Folk tale research and its representatives

8. New trends, methods in the 20th century

9. Frames and institutions of Hungarian ehtnography and folkloristics today


autumn 2018/2019


Requirements to get the grade

Students should write an essay or take an exam.

Reading list

Dégh, Linda 1949: History of Hungarian Folklore. Folia Ethnographica I. 72–98.

Ortutay, Gyula 1972: Hungarian Folklore. Essays. Budapest

Suggested reading list