According to the current philosophy of Hungarian Studies, all these terrains that formerly were treated as separate disciplines should be studied as a whole, with the subsequent fields in relation to each other. The study encompasses not only the scholars in Hungary but also Hungarians outside of Hungary, as well as foreign scholars conducting their research in other languages than Hungarian. This is to say that Hungarian Studies as a discipline is intrinsically created by its intercultural circumstance from what it follows that the views and interpretations made from non-Hungarian standpoints are considered equally valid. Further, those Hungarian scholars that explore and interpret their own culture in the light of another culture inevitably apply Hungarian Studies informed standpoints.
The International Association of Hungarian Studies
A central organ urging and supporting research and education relating to Hungarian language, culture and society is The International Association of Hungarian Studies. As one of its major tasks the Association sees the enhancing of cooperation between institutions and forums that contribute to the study of Hungarian Studies in Hungary and worldwide. The Association acquaints itself with Hungarian Studies related activities and renders accessible this information. The Association has a publication series of its own, which undertakes the publication of articles and monographies. The Congress of Hungarian Studies, organized every five years, brings together 400–500 scholars worldwide. In addition to the congresses, the Association organizes several conferences in between the congresses, mainly with the purpose of supporting the doctoral education within Hungarian Studies. Through these conferences the Association provides a forum for doctoral students in and outside Hungary.
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