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Central Europe & the Mediterranean

 

Central European University

Budapest, Hungary
May 28-31, 2003

 


GENERAL INFORMATION


Sponsored by:

Mediterranean Studies Association

Central European University

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Arizona State University

University of Kansas


The Mediterranean Studies Association's 6th annual International Congress, "Central Europe and the Mediterranean" will be held on May 28-31, 2003 at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Papers and sessions on all subjects relating to the Mediterranean region and Mediterranean cultures around the world from all periods are encouraged. Following a half-day optional excursion to the Angevin-Renaissance castle of Visegrad, the congress will open with a plenary session and reception on the evening of May 28. Over the course of the next days over 150 scholarly papers will be delivered before an international audience of about 250 scholars, academics, and experts in a wide range of fields. Held in the center of Budapest at the Central European University, the official language of the congress is English. In addition, complete sessions in any Mediterranean language are welcome. A number of special events are being planned for congress participants that will highlight the unique cultural aspects of Budapest. The congress is sponsored by the Mediterranean Studies Association, the Central European University, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Arizona State University, and the University of Kansas. Selected revised papers will be considered for publication in the Association's journal, Mediterranean Studies.


1. You must be a member of the Mediterranean Studies Association for 2003. Dues are $40. Dues for Editorial Board members are at the reduced rate of $30. If you are not a member for 2003, please pay your dues as part of the registration process below.

2. Fill out the registration form. Indicate any optional expenses such as the Wednesday excursion. Registration fees are non-refundable. Please note if you require audio/visual equipment. You may use the online form or send in a form.

3. If you wish to use one of the conference hotels, contact the hotel directly. The number of hotel rooms is limited. You are urged to book early.

4. If you want to participate in the post-congress tour to Prague, please see the information page. Space is no longer available.

 

1. REGISTRATION

Registration – Everyone attending the conference is required to complete an official registration form. Individuals not presenting a paper or chairing a session may either pre-register or register on site. All conference participants, however, must pre-register. THE PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MAY 1, 2003. One form is to be filled out for each person; photocopies are acceptable. Before February 1 the registration fee is $85, and $40 for a spouse or guest. After February 1 the registration fee is $110, and $40 for a spouse or guest. At the Congress the registration fee is $135, and $40 for a spouse or guest. REGISTRATION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. (US currency only.)

Registrants must pay in US dollars and are urged to use a US bank so as to avoid exorbitant bank fees.  Registrants who wish to pay with a check drawn on a foreign bank may do so, but must add $8 to the total to cover bank fees.

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You may register online or print out the form and send it in. Note: the form to print out requires Adobe Acrobat; to get the latest version click here:

CLICK HERE for the online form.

CLICK HERE for a form you can print out.


2. GETTING TO THE CONGRESS

TransportationStellarTours is the official travel partner of the Mediterranean Studies Association. A division of Stellar Travel Services, StellarTours is a one-stop, full service company staffed by experienced, knowledgeable, and friendly consultants ready to take the worry out of your travel planning by tending to your every travel detail. Specializing in conference, group, and corporate travel, we will get you, anywhere in the world you might want to go and usually at a price lower than standard fare. Whether across the state or around the world, let our professional and personable consultants get you or your group to your destination. From negotiating discount rates with vendors to acquiring preferred seating to arranging special event tickets, we do it all so that you don't have to. It all starts with a toll free call to Deanna. Let her go to work for you so that you can relax and enjoy the trip!

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Hotels — Special arrangements have been made with the following hotels for the period May 27-June 1. You will need to contact the hotels directly. Be sure and identify yourself as a participant in the MSA Congress using the following code: MSA03.

  • Hotel Taverna **** Váci u. 20, H-1052 Budapest; FAX: +36-1-485-3111; e-mail: hotel@hoteltaverna.hu; Single $100; Double $120 (breakfast included). (reservations must be made by April 15, 2003)

 

  • CEU Residence and Conference Center Kerepesi ut 87, H-1106 Budapest; FAX: +36-1-327-3169; e-mail: Ms. Kati Sellyei; single $36; Double $48 (breakfast included). NOTE: You must e-mail Ms. Kati Sellyei <sellyeik@ceu.hu> and identify yourself as a guest with Professor Janos Bak's conference to get this rate. The Center is about 30 minutes by public transportation from the congress site on the CEU campus; see this map. Reservations should be made as early as possible.


Links to Sites about Budapest


Airport Budapest-Ferihegy
(The airport is under reconstruction. Be prepared to have to walk some distance to customs and luggage retrieval!)
If anyone needs a visa for Hungary (Europeans and North Americans do not), this has to be arranged before departure: no visas are issued at the airport.

Transportation to town
(1) Airport Minibus. You can sign up for while waiting for luggage or after leaving customs. One-way costs about HUF 2100, ca. 8-9 EUR/USD. If you purchase a return ticket, there is some savings. You state your destination (they know the hotels and CEU Residence as well) and wait until a busload comes together. Usually not more than 10-15 minutes.
(2) Tourist Taxi. The dispatcher for these is at the curbside on the arrival level. Do not take any other cab, but those arranged by the dispatcher. The fare is set for destinations in the given districts of town and is, for the entire cab (up to 4 persons) between 5000 and 6000 HUF (ca. 20-25 EUR/USD). Since the way back from town with the same outfit is only ca. 3000 HUF (again a carload), it is quite reasonable.
(3) There is also public transport: blue bus to the terminal of the Metro. Metro would take you to FERENCIEK TERE station, whence the two hotels are 3-4 minutes walk. Without luggage this may be quite quick, as it avoids traffic congestion. Price is minimal, bus 150, metro 150 HUF, all told less than EUR/USD 2.00. Not practical for CEU Residence.

Money
Payment for all transportation is in HUF. You can change while waiting for luggage or get money from the ATMs at several points in the airport. Do not change much at the Airport; their rate is usually not very good. There are better change-shops in the center city (hotel and CEU Residence Reception are not advantageous either!) in Váci utca pedestrian street. Or use ATM, easy to find everywhere, also in the lobby of CEU Residence.

Security
Budapest is now a “big city.” Watch your purse and belongings.

Public transport
For those staying at the Residence, a 3-day tourist ticket (HUF 1850=ca.USD/EUR 8.00) may make sense. Alas, you can buy that only at the Metro terminal (say: TURISTAJEGYET KEREK), but for the first bus ride to the Metro you need a single-ride ticket. You will find one in your welcome package at the reception if you have registered with CEU Residence in time. Alternatively, you can buy transfer-tickets at the Metro terminal for your trips to and from CEU (at least 8 for the 3 1/2 days) called ATSZALLOJEGY (pronounce: atsallojedj) for HUF 210 (a bit less than 1 EUR/USD) each. As you see it's about the same, but with the 3-day ticket you have more “freedom.” Guests of the center city hotels will need no public transport to get to and from the venues.


3. AT THE CONGRESS

Before the Congress

Other Conferences and Events in Budapest

  • A conference on Verocchio (for the opening of a major Verocchio-show at the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts) will be held on 26-27 May.
  • Two opera performances may be of interest to participants for Thursday night (at 7 p.m.). In the (old) National Opera House (15-20 minutes walk from city center/CEU/hotels) Verdi's Il Trovatore is scheduled; in the staggione (Erkel Szinház, easy to reach by bus or Metro, ca. 30 minutes from the center, or 10 minutes by cab) Don Pasquale. Saturday night will be a premier (few tickets) of a new study of Pique Dame and (in Erkel) L’exilir d’amore, respectively. Program changes are always possible. Tickets are between HUF 3000 and 7000 (EUR 15-35). The Congress secretariat (palannab@ceu.hu) would be glad to order tickets (to be paid in cash upon arrival), if so requested before April 7.

As details become available, they will be posted here.

Map showing location of hotels, Metro, and CEU:

 

(1) From Hotel Taverna
Turn right (north) on the pedestrian mall Váci utca, cross two squares (Vörösmarty tér and József nádor tér), cross the busy street (József Attila utca) at the traffic light and continue the same direction for another two blocks: at the corner of Nádor utca and Zrínyi utca you will see CEU. Approx. 5 minutes walk.
(2) From City Panzio Mátyás
Turn first right from the hotel, then cross the busy street coming from the bridge by underpass. You are at the end of Váci utca: continue north and you’ll reach Hotel Taverna in a few minutes—then follow directions as above. Max. 12 minutes walk.
NB: in Budapest the Danube flows more or less north to south and gives you easy orientation. (Bridges, thus, mark the east-west axis.)
(3) From CEU Residence
(The Reception usually has maps and instructions for getting to the university!)
Take any bus going towards town (i. e. going left when you come out the main entrance). At its terminal (Örs vezér tere), look for the METRO (red signs) terminal. (Note the place where you got off from the bus to find it on your way home, when you will ride the Metro from Deák tér to Örs vezér tere!) Take metro to the station DEÁK TÉR (ca. 6-7 mins.; on top of the Map!). Leave the station at the exit nearest to the escalator (ahead). Cross the park (Erzsébet tér) diagonally (north-east as it were) and then the busy east-west street at the light. Go (north) two blocks to Zrinyi-utca (you’ll see the Basilica to your right), turn left one block to CEU main entrance. All told 30 minutes is a safe estimate, can be less.

The only external venue (Concert and Friday evening reception) will be the Palace of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The street on the (south) side of CEU, Zrinyi-utca, towards the Danube takes you in a minute to Roosevelt tér (square) and you see the building on your right: MAGYAR TUDOMÁNYOS AKADÉMIA in golden letters at its tympanon. The concert will be in the 1st (one up!) floor; wardrobe on the ground floor; elevator next to the wardrobe to your left. Reception in the Academy Club, ground floor far left.

Congress SiteCentral European University, Nador u. 9, 1051 Budapest

Central European University (CEU) is an internationally recognized institution of post-graduate education in social sciences and humanities. It serves as an advanced center of research and policy analysis and facilitates academic dialogue while preparing its graduates to serve as the region's next generation of leaders and scholars. CEU seeks to contribute to the development of open societies in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union by promoting a system of education in which ideas are creatively, critically, and comparatively examined.

For a virtual tour of CEU, click HERE.

 

 

 

 


Schedule

Wednesday, May 28

Optional excursion to the Angevin-Renaissance castle of Visegrad (lunch in the Royal Palace included).
The bus will leave from Hotel City Panzio Matyas at 9:30 a.m. Hotel Taverna guests should assemble in lobby at 9:15 a.m. from which we walk over together (5 mins). From the CEU Residence (leave, to be on the safe side, by 8:45) take any bus to the Metro terminal and then Metrol ("red line") to ASTORIA station. Exit towards Hotel Astoria and walk down (towards the Danube) Kossuth Lajos street to the last corner before the bridge, turn left, and you'll see the sign of Matyas (max. 10 mins.). We will arrive back to the same place by ca. 3-3:30 p.m.

5:00 pm Registration, CEU
6:00 pm Opening Session, CEU
7:30 pm Reception hosted by CEU

Thursday, May 29

9:00 - 10:30 am Sessions (1), CEU
10:30 - 10:45 am Coffee break
10:45 - 12:15 pm Sessions (2), CEU
12:15 - 2:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
2:00 - 3:30 pm Sessions (3), CEU
3:30 - 3:45 pm Coffee break
3:45 - 5:30 pm Sessions (4), CEU

Friday, May 30

9:00 - 10:30 am Sessions (5), CEU
10:30 - 10:45 am Coffee break
10:45 - 12:15 pm Sessions (6), CEU
12:15 - 2:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
2:00 - 3:30 pm Sessions (7), CEU
3:30 - 3:45 pm Coffee break
3:45 - 5:30 pm Sessions (8), CEU
6:00 pm Concert of Brahms and Fauré, Academy of Sciences, sponsored by Central Michigan University (by ticket only)
7:00 pm Reception, Academy of Sciences, hosted by the MSA, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Arizona State University, University of Kansas (by ticket only)

Saturday, May 31

9:00 - 10:30 am Sessions (9), CEU
10:30 - 10:45 am Coffee break
10:45 - 12:15 pm Sessions (10), CEU
12:15 - 2:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
2:00 - 3:30 pm Sessions (11), CEU
3:30 - 3:45 pm Coffee break
3:45 - 5:30 pm Sessions (12), CEU

Program

Excursions

  • Optional part-day excursion on Wednesday, May 28 to the Angevin-Renaissance castle and palace at Visegrad at $50 each (lunch in the Royal Palace included); sign up on the registration form. See photographs below. Visegrad is a sparsely populated, sleepy riverside village, which makes its history all the more fascinating and hard to believe. The Romans built a fort here, which was still standing when Slovak settlers gave the town its present name (meaning "High Castle") in the 9th or 10th century. After the Mongol invasion (1241-42), construction began on both the present hilltop citadel and the former riverside palace. Eventually, Visegrád could boast one of the finest royal palaces ever built in Hungary. Only one king, Charles Robert (1307-42), actually used it as his primary residence, but monarchs from Béla IV, in the 13th century, through Matthias Corvinus, in the late 15th century, spent time in Visegrád and contributed to its development, the latter expanding the palace into a great Renaissance center known throughout Europe. We will visit the citadel, the donjon, and the Angevin-Rennaisance castle with the newly reconstructed Hercules fountain by Giovanni di Dalmata. Progress and problems of excavations and reconstruction will be presented by the archaelogists in charge of the works. The bus will leave from Hotel City Panzio Matyas at 9:30 a.m. Hotel Taverna guests should assemble in lobby at 9:15 a.m. from which we walk over together (5 mins). From the CEU Residence (leave, to be on the safe side, by 8:45) take any bus to the Metro terminal and then Metrol ("red line") to ASTORIA station. Exit towards Hotel Astoria and walk down (towards the Danube) Kossuth Lajos street to the last corner before the bridge, turn left, and you'll see the sign of Matyas (max. 10 mins.). We will arrive back to the same place by ca. 3-3:30 p.m.

Receptions —

  • Wednesday, May 29, 6:00 pm, opening session and reception at CEU.

  • Friday, May 31, 7:00 pm, reception, hosted by the Mediterranean Studies Association, Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Arizona State University.


4. AFTER THE CONGRESS

PublicationsParticipants are invited to submit their revised papers for consideration for publication in the Association’s journal, Mediterranean Studies. See Guidelines for Contributors.


Questions concerning the conference should be directed to Benjamin F. Taggie, Executive Director, Mediterranean Studies Association, msa@umassd.edu.


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