Middle Bengali Retreat cum Workshop in Transylvania, 2016

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Middle Bengali Retreat cum Workshop in Transylvania, 2016
Middle Bengali Retreat cum Workshop in Transylvania, 2016
Middle Bengali Retreat cum Workshop in Transylvania, 2016
21 September 2015

The Department of Humanities at Sapientia — Hungarian University of Transylvania, Miercurea Ciuc/Csíkszereda is organising a Middle Bengali Retreat and Workshop between Thursday 11 Aug and Sunday 21 Aug. 2016.


The Department of Humanities at Sapientia — Hungarian University of Transylvania, Miercurea Ciuc/Csíkszereda is organising a Middle Bengali Retreat and Workshop between Thursday 11 Aug and Sunday 21 Aug. 2016.

The aim of the retreat is to bring together scholars and advanced students of Middle Bengali in a relatively informal way, to discuss or simply to enjoy reading together texts on which a specialist is working. In this way, not only the audience would benefit from the leader's expertise but important feedback will also be provided for panel leaders from a qualified audience. Participants are normally academics and graduate students; however, undergraduates with a firm commitment are also encouraged to attend.

Academic content

The format will be similar to the other Intensive Retreats (for Sanskrit see e.g. http://www.efeo.fr/siissr/index.htm) including outings and reading texts outdoors within beautiful scenery. Each day, three ninety-minute reading sessions will be conducted by outstanding specialists. One text will be read through several sessions. For a list of panels and panel leaders, click here.


Arrival: evening Thursday 11 Aug

Readingsessions start on Friday 12 Aug

Departure: afternoon Sunday, 21 Aug.

Trip to the Saxon town of Sighişoara (Segesvár/Schäßburg): Sunday 14 Aug

Daily programme:

8 Breakfast
9 Session A
10.30 tea/coffee
11 Session B
13 lunch
14 Session C (outing to the hills where we read the texts)
19 dinner

Practical information

Accommodation, meals and most of the readings will be at the Faculty of Economic and Human Sciences at Sapientia — Hungarian University of Transylvania in Miercurea Ciuc. Participants are normally lodged at the university’s hostel in the same building. The accommodation is simple, but clean and friendly. There are kitchenettes on each floor. There is no washing machine, but laundry service is available in town. The university is in the town centre next to a park. The participation fee includes accommodation at the hostel with full board.

People requiring accommodation with extra facilities, can make their own arrangement in nearby hotels. The organiser will be happy to advise you on this.

The participation fee including accommodation and meals will be 500 Euros per person (400 for students in shared rooms).



Miercurea Ciuc/Csíkszereda (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miercurea_Ciuc) is situated in the Eastern part of Transylvania 100 kms north of the town of Braşov (Kronstadt/Brassó). Trains from Bucharest take five or six hours. This is the most popular way to reach. The town is at 12-hour train journey from Budapest. Airports in the vicinity are in Tîrgu Mureş (Marosvásárhely) and Bacau. Both are about 3 hours’ drive. Taxi charges cost between 100 and 200 Euros. People travelling together may fly to Tîrgu Mureş or Bacau and take a shared taxi or Minibus from there.

If you intend to apply or if you have any practical query regarding the conference please write to Mr Béla-János Bács (szentmocsariyahoo.com).

Deadline for applications 05 May 2016.

Questions regarding the academic content should be addressed to Lucian Wong:



Imre Bangha

Thibauld D’Hubert

Lucian Wong (lucian.wongmansfield.ox.ac.uk)

Béla-János Bács(szentmocsariyahoo.com)

Zsuzsanna Tapodi (tapodizsuzsasapientia.siculorum.ro)


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