About us

Our story

The education of ethnology in Hungarian at the University of Cluj began in 1898 with the nomination of Antal Hermann (1851-1926) as professor of this discipline. In 1919 the department was reestablished in the frame of the Faculty of Letters. Between 1990-2000 the speciality existed as a secondary specialization, between 2000-2003 as a principal one. Nowadays it exists also as a monospecialization.

Teaching personnel

Prof. dr. János Péntek (ethnobotany); assistant drd. Dóra Czégényi (introduction to folkloristics, ethnosemiology, popular mythology); prof. dr. Vilmos Keszeg (introduction to folcloristics, narratology, popular mythology, the anthropology of writing); lect. dr. Csilla Könczei (cultural anthropology, visual communication); prof. dr. Ferenc Pozsony (introduction to ethnology, social anthropology, popular customs, ethnical groups of Transylvania); asssisant dr. Árpád Töhötöm Szabó (economy, social anthropology); lect. dr. Mária Szikszai (cultural memory, the anthropology of arts); conf. dr. Vilmos Tánczos (the anthropology of religion, archetypal symbols).

The forms and levels of specialization

 BA programs (three years): ethnology (monospecialisation); MA program; PhD program.

Studying facilities

During their studies, the Department of Hungarian Ethnology and Anthropology organizes for its students fieldworks, trips, camps, professional practice in museums and archives, conferences and colloquiums, scholarships in other countries, and the assures the required apparel.

The educational programme of our Department offers the following courses and seminars
• Folklore – History, Methodology and Terminology; Folklore – Texts and Rites; Folklore – Calendars and Rites; The Semiotics of Folklore; Narrative and Cognitive Everyday Structures; The Archetypical Symbolism of Folklore; The History of Romanian Folklore Studies;
• Ethnography – History, Methodology and Terminology; Ethno-cultural Regions; Economy and Ways of Life; Popular Religion: Texts and Rites in the Moldavian Csango Culture; Wearing – Object and Message; The Meanings of the Artefact; Museology and Museological Practice; Ethnobotanics;
• Introduction to Cultural and Social Anthropology; Social Anthropology; Historical Anthropology; A Typology of Cultures; Visual Communication; Cultural Memory; The Anthropology of Writing; The Anthropology of Arts; Literature and Anthropology;
• Sociology; The Anthropologic Film and the Documentary; The History of Arts;
• Esthetics; Comparative Literature; The History of Hungarian Literature; Cognitive Linguistics, Onomastics.

Regarding the Master Studies, we offer the following:

• Popular Religion and Folk Belief in Transylvania – Ethnographic Sourcers, Methods of Analysis;
• Cultural Interferences – Ethnic and Regional Cultures in Transylvania;
• Theory, Methodology and History of Cultural Research (The Transylvanian Plain – Between Myth and Reality);
• Construction of Ethnographic Data Bases – Processing and Archiving;
• Historical Anthropology – Norms and Deviance in the Social Relations;
• Representation and Power (in English).


Head of Department: dr. Töhötöm Szabó Á.

E-mail: neprajztanszek@yahoo.com

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Babes-Bolyai University
Faculty of Letters
Department of Hungarian Ethnology and Anthropology
Cluj-Napoca, str. Horea nr. 31.