Hungarian Department of Ethnography and Anthropology
The beginnings of ethnological teaching in Hungarian at the University of Cluj date back to 1898, when Herrmann Antal (1851-1926) was appointed as a professor of ethnology. The courses included the folklore and way of life of Hungarians, Romanians, Roma, Armenians and Saxons in Transylvania. Herrmann Antal was the initiator of the journal entitled Ethnologische Mittheilungen aus Ungarn, and one of the founders of the Hungarian Ethnological Association. In 1919 the department has been moved to Szeged. Between 1940-1948 the specialization of ethnography functioned again at university of Cluj, with renowned professors like Viski Károly, Gunda Béla, K. Kovács László. Between 1943-1947 the department published a series of papers entitled Erdélyi Néprajzi Tanulmányok. After the dissolution of the department, ethnology and folklore studies has been taught in the framework of different departments by Kós Károly, Nagy Jenő, Faragó József and Antal Árpád. In 1970-80s at the Department of Hungarian Language and Literature Mitruly Miklós offered courses in Hungarian folklore, while Péntek János courses in ethnology/anthropology. The ethnology specialization has been re-established in 1990, on the initiative of prof. Péntek János. In 2002-2003 the teaching staff of ethnology founded the Hungarian Department of Ethnography and Anthropology. Between 2002-2012 dr. Keszeg Vilmos, between 2012-2016 dr. Szikszai Mária was the head of department.