The 10 most popular publications of the research institute for e-book readers

2023. January. 09.

The electronic publications of the Institute of Art Theory and Methodology of the Hungarian Academy of Arts (MMA MMKI) can now also be downloaded from our website in EPUB format, making it more convenient to view them on e-book readers.

EPUB (short for Electronic Publication) allows for ease of use and customization (including changing the font, font size, line spacing, and margins) on e-book readers, as this file type can adapt texts intended for display to the output device. The EPUB format is supported by most major e-book reader brands (Kindle, PocketBook, Sony, Kobo, etc.). The files are available for free and easily by clicking on the "Download E-book" button for each volume. The publications of our research institute include, among other things, monographs on literary, philosophical, dance, music and, last but not least, methodological research, as well as multi-author study volumes, which have been of considerable interest in the past period. From the sense of novelty, we have collected our 10 most popular e-books so far:

10. Dezső Szabó's place in Hungarian culture

Dezső Szabó's inescapable importance in the history of ideas justified the art theory conference organized by the MMA MMKI in connection with his oeuvre in October 2019. Due to the wide-ranging character of the oeuvre and its multi-directional historical impact vectors, the scientific exchange of ideas invited representatives of various scientific fields to a dialogue. The studies, in terms of their subject matter, present Dezső Szabó's life path, family background, contemporary relationship system, political ideology, literary approach, as well as the reception and impact history of the oeuvre. The writer is undoubtedly an influential and unavoidable figure in Hungarian cultural history. However, both his contemporaries and the evaluators of posterity saw the importance of his role and the extent of his influence in a different way. The contemporary historiographical public consciousness also considers Dezső Szabó as a key figure in the history of political ideas of the Horthy era, which is supported in the volume on the one hand by the power of The Drifted Village to shape public thinking, and on the other hand by the impact of the writer's ideas on the popular movement.

9. Possibilities of the history of ideas

The workshop conference series began in 2018, and the MMA MMKI publishes this selection from the study versions of its lectures. The well-known objective of the research institute is that, in addition to research related to individual art forms, studies discussing the social relations of art are also an integral part of its activities, and it also counts methodological research among its tasks. The results so far, the colleagues’ researches , and their publication in the professional public showed that the history of ideas can be one of the methodological connecting elements, and even an integrating and structuring principle, among researches with different themes. The research of the history of visual arts, music and literature interacts and forms a common section with the more closely considered history of ideas. This raised the need to review the different methods of the history of ideas, as well as the exploration of the relationships that can be observed in the history of ideas among other trends in history, especially the history of culture. The aim of the authors of this volume is to support the reality of the possibilities and to justify the further application of the method of the history of ideas.

8. New ways in cultural marketing

We recommend our book Dér Cs. Dezső – Renáta Márkus: New ways in cultural marketing, which focuses on the world of online marketing, primarily illustrated with domestic practical examples, to marketing professionals and readers interested in all aspects of marketing. In addition, it is supplemented with a glossary and the presentation of structures that are considered fundamental in cultural management and communication: for example, how to prepare different analyses, what aspects are involved in a press analysis, a PR analysis, an online marketing analysis or a communication analysis. The authors decided to bring art and marketing to a common consensus.  So if a marketing professional takes the book, after reading it he should be able to communicate more easily with a professional who works in the art field, and vice versa.   

7. Dance and method - Dance methodology research

The purpose of the study volume is to examine dance training and dance teacher training in Hungary. The range of dance education in Hungary is wide: among the formal education frameworks there are basic art education institutions, vocational high schools and two higher education institutions. The publication follows the principles of the Hungarian University of Dance in matters of dance methodology. As with the educational institution conducting the highest-level dance teacher training and dance artist training, secondary and elementary dance art educational institutions are also connected to it. Therefore, the questions of dance methodology affect these spheres as well. The first part of the book deals with the general questions of the art of dance and the presentation of the individual branches of the art of dance, in the second part the questions of dance history and music history that form the basis of the practical education of dance are discussed, and in the third part the methodology of education is approached from the point of view of the entire European higher education. The volume provides a comprehensive picture of solution-focused procedures for this special segment of art higher education.

6. Tripolis, Miskolc, Senlis - György Cziffra's memory

The authors of the study volume undertook to delve into the individual details of Cziffra's life and analyze it using a scientific method. Their sympathy for the author helped them to find the tedious and in many cases, barely guessable data, to make musical comparisons which are difficult to put into words, and if necessary, to confront the most popular legend. The publication was presented at two conferences jointly organized by MMA MMKI and the Cziffra Festival ("Cannons and flowers" - memory of György Cziffra, November 20, 2019 and "A pianist and journalist" - memory of György Cziffra, March 22, 2021). edited version of lectures. We hope that such a canonical figure of classical music as György Cziffra will be cleansed of the legacy of party-state disinterestedness, the legends imposed on him out of sympathy, and the obligatory but disturbing frills of the genius myth through the scientific dialogue. Listening to him as a person is just a pleasure. Along with him we can reach Senlis from Tripoli via Miskolc.

5. Shostakovich Syndrome – The Burdened Memories of Central European Societies in the 20th Century

Our present volume is nothing more than a selection of academic essays discussing Central European cultural memory, which examine, among other things, the reception of Dmitri Shostakovich as a symbol of the memories of works of art, persons, and societies. The participants of the MMA MMKI international meetings in Szigliget discuss Central Europeanness in a different approach every year. The experience of the conferences is that the Central European self-consciousness experienced by individual nations cannot be brought to a common denominator, but the work that explores them still gives rise to scientific dialogue. Although the annual workshop meeting of the MMA MMKI in Szigliget was postponed in 2020, we still invited the researchers to explore the following questions in their studies: How did modernisms appear in the region? Which ideological problems of interpretation can be discovered in the culture that are no longer relevant? What is the region-specific relationship between memory, culture and politics? Finally, how can culture exist without external pressure? From the history of ideas to dance, from architecture to press history, from pop music to film to sociological interpretation, we can find many approaches in the volume.  

4. On the threshold of time - The history of Hungarian ballet The purpose of the dance studies conference and the study volume bearing the same title is to place two outstanding traditions of the history of Hungarian stage dance at the center of the academic dialogue. The romantic Hungarian ballet tradition can only be explored through historical research, though the effects of Bartók's model on dance are still alive today. However, the two eras are connected by the greatest figure in Hungarian ballet history, Milloss Aurél (1906–1988). The romantic Hungarian ballet traditions were defined by Emília Aranyváry, a contemporary of Ferenc Erkel, the creator of Hungarian opera, and Béla Bartók's close colleague and one of his spiritual heirs, Milloss, created his unique style from his heritage, Hungarian folk dance, and experiences on European modern ballet stages. The influence of the first Hungarian prima ballerina, along with Hungarian musical romanticism, is only now becoming known, but Milloss remained noticeably present. Thus, through his example, we show - at the workshop meeting and in the volume - the impact of ballet on the history of Hungarian ideas.

3. #stayathome#wearewithyou# - Online communication of Hungarian theatres in the first year of the pandemic (March 11, 2020 - March 27, 2021)In the life situation that has developed since 2019, the theatre has a significant role. Its role cannot be based on fear, as it has its own community, to which it also bears responsibility. The authors of the volume believe that this thought initiated the activities born from the first reactions, which at that moment could only be realized in the online space. In order to prepare the book, they reached 15 Hungarian theaters, out of which 11 online interviews were conducted. The recorded written and spoken interviews by other media outlets were processed. In addition, an analysis was completed that examined the online interfaces of 23 Hungarian theaters through the eyes of an external visitor, based on technical and content aspects. The results of this show the extent to which the theaters were able to use the possibilities of online interfaces from a communication point of view.

2. Art overview – Research on the situation and possibilities of art education, curricular and extracurricular artistic activities and eventsOur e-book in second place, edited by Judit Váradi, presents the results of a large-scale research. The Educational and Cultural Studies Doctoral Program of the University of Debrecen, the Faculty of Music and the Music Pedagogy Research Group of the Future Art Foundation, with the support of the MMA MMKI, examined the artistic activities of elementary school children outside of school hours and the possibilities of participating in art events. Eighteen researchers summarize their experiences on the results. This work is unavoidable for all those who are interested in the issues of child upbringing, artistic and aesthetic education, and leisure pedagogy, but it also demands attention from those who are only interested in the development and international comparison of subject skills and achievements that can be converted into economic success. Based on the analysis, it can be clearly concluded that catching up lower-performing students and supporting those who start school at risk of falling behind can begin with art education.

1. The appearance of the online space in music education and concert visitsOur most popular electronic publication responds to the situation caused by the coronavirus epidemic.  As a result of it all education systems in the world - including Hungary - were faced with an unexpected situation, and schools were forced to conduct emergency absentee/distant education for health reasons. A wide range of research has already analyzed the consequences of pandemic education, highlighting problems that hinder education: such as weak online education infrastructure, inexperience of teachers or difficulties related to the home environment. In this regard, the present volume of studies has important novelty value: it examines the domestic experience of moving music education online. The publication contains eight high-quality essays, which present the results of research carried out in collaboration with the Doctoral Program in Education and Cultural Sciences of the University of Debrecen, the Faculty of Music of the University of Debrecen, and the Art Pedagogy Research Group of the Future Art Foundation. The research "The appearance of the online space in music education" was launched in October 2020 with the support of the Hungarian Academy of Arts' Institute of Art Theory and Methodology, which examines the experiences and impact of online art education at all levels of education in Hungary and in the Hungarian education beyond borders, including the changes in music teachers' use of art during the pandemic.

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