More than one beginning: the start of Australian Studies in Hungary
Subject: Australian studies
Australian Studies in Hungary has a long and varied history. How long exactly? This paper seeks to contextualise the beginning of this relatively new scholarly field in Hungarian tertiary education. It became clear during the research process, which involved archival research, document analysis and personal interviews, that instead of determining one specific date for the beginning, only the process of the evolution of Australian Studies can be traced, its stages of development and the motivations of its participants. The paper argues for the role personal and professional contacts and scholarships and grants, as well as diplomatic support and political regimes, may play in the launching of a regional study field within a distant culture.