Australian Studies Programme  

School of English and American Studies - Eötvös Loránd University   

1088 Budapest, Rákóczi út 5. office 406,  phone: (36-1) 485 52 00 extension 4399, email: ausprog[at]     




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Memorable Moments


Outstanding Thesis Awards 2021


Two theses in Australian Studies were awarded the recognition this year:


Dóra Sápi: Lost Childhood: The Traumatic Experiences of Child Migrants in Australia and their Search for Identity

MA thesis, supervisor: Cecilia Gall


Hamza Khan: The representation of Aboriginal Women in Australian Cinema

BA thesis, supervisor: Cecilia Gall


Congratulations! The theses can be read in OverSEAS at:





Outstanding Thesis Awards 2020


In 2020 the Outstanding Thesis Awards were presented online. Two theses in Australian Studies were recognized:


Afaf Hamada: The representation of Australian Aboriginal Women in Selected Works by non-Aboriginal Authors

MA thesis, supervisor: Cecilia Gall


István Mátyás Mihályi: Aboriginal Landrights in Australia

BA thesis, supervisor: Cecilia Gall



Congratulations! The theses can be read in OverSEAS at:




Outstanding Thesis Award 2018


One of the Outstanding Thesis Awards this year went to Mónika Riesenberger for her MA thesis entitled:

Representation of Aboriginal identity in the works of Jack Davis. 
Mónika's work was supervised by Cecilia Gall. 
The study - together with the other award-winning theses - can be read at: 








On 26 April, 2018 Ms Alison Drury, Deputy Head of Mission of the Australian Embassy in Vienna, visited the Faculty of Humanities. She attended lunch with the dean of the Faculty, Gábor Sonkoly, the head of the School of English and American Studies, János Kenyeres and deputy vice dean for international affairs, Krisztina Károly, who is also the head of the Department of English Language Pedagogy, home of the Australian Studies Programme. The Programme was represented by Cecilia Gall and Dorottya Holló. We discussed possibilities to enliven inter-university relations between Australian universities and the Faculty of Humanities of ELTE. Following this, Ms Drury gave a public lecture. After conducting an interactive trivia game about Australia, she talked about the Foreign Policy White Paper*, explaining that Australia's  approach to the world is based on - among other things - values related to liberal democracy, human rights, global cooperation, stability, the rule of law and sustainable development. She also answered the students' questions. These focussed on multiculturalism in Australia, the life of Indigenous people and Australian - Hungarian bilateral relations.  

*The White Paper is available from:













On the occasion of the first ever visit of the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia to Budapest on 27-29 September 2017, even the city was decorated in Australian colours:


                                                                                                                (Photo: Anthony Gall)



At a lunch in honour of the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (retd) and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove hosted by His Excellency Ambassador Brendon Hammer in Kárpátia Restaurant on 28 September 2017, the Governor-General met academics teaching Australian Studies in Hungary and members of the Australian-Hungarian community. The Australian Studies Programme at ELTE was represented by Cecilia Gall and Dorottya Holló. In a conversation with Lady Cosgrove we explained that our Programme aims to emphasise the values of diversity and multiculturalism in Australia.


from left to right: Cecilia Gall and Dorottya Holló (ELTE), Gabriella Espák (Debrecen Uni.), Sir Peter Cosgrove,

Ildikó Hortobágyi and Éva Forintos (Pannon Uni. Veszprém), Dr. Brendon Hammer

(Photo: Sam Groves, Enhancement: Zsolt Király)




On 3 May, 2016 Mr. David Lewis, Deputy Head of Mission of the Australian Embassy in Vienna gave a talk about multiculturalism in Australia. The audience was made up of both Hungarian and international students and colleagues who certainly found that the issue was  not only relevant Down Under and that Australia can provide a model in multicultural development. The talk was followed by a short question and answer session. In follow up discussions it turned out that the students found the talk enjoyable and highly informative. They also appreciated David's informal and humorous style of presentation.







The Australian Studies Programme organised a POSTCOLONIAL DAY on Tuesday the 29th of September 2015, as an associated event of the biennial international EASA (European Association for Studies of Australia) conference in Veszprém.


The morning programme featured two international scholars’ talks, both of them keynote speakers at EASA:  

The first speaker was Dr Nathanael O'Reilly faculty member at Texas Christian University. The title of his paper was Australian Literature: Postcolonial, Colonial, Postcolonising?  

The second speaker was Dr Inez Baranay, Australian writer and currently lecturer at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University (Turkey). Her talk was entitled: National myths, transnational truths, what does it mean to be an Australian at Gallipoli?




The afternoon programme included talks by three student presenters.

Blanka Koczó (MA in ELT student at ELTE) opened the session with her paper: “Differences between the two islands of New Zealand”, in which she talked about geological and social geographical aspects of north and south.

László Németh, (BA student, Pannonia University, Veszprém) spoke about “The impact of colonisation on indigenous learning in Australia”.

Robin Nagy (MA student, ELTE, postcolonial track) rounded off the event with his talk entitled: “Australia’s waltzing around the world: A postcolonial foreign policy”.




The event showed that both seasoned academics and novice speakers have a lot to offer to the audience, who certainly had quite some food for thought after the two sessions.


                                                                                                          © Nagy Robin



Two of our graduating students received the School of English and American Studies'

Outstanding Thesis Award in 2014.


Every summer SEAS selects a small number of theses submitted in that academic year, which are deemed worthy of special attention. The authors of these theses are distinguished by the Outstanding Thesis Award.


András Páli's MA thesis is entitled The representation of Australia’s war-time contribution on screen and in fiction and

Tamás Soproni's MA thesis is entitled   Pacific Solution: The most controversial immigration policy of the 2000s

were awarded the prize this year.

Tamás Soproni's paper can be read at The theses can be read at 


Both thesis writers' work was supervised by Cecilia GALL




The theses can be read at




Australian Studies Symposium

Celebrating 20 years of Australian Studies in Hungary


held on Tuesday, 24 April, 2012


An Australian Studies Picnic: Papers by Australian Studies teachers  from the universities of Debrecen, Pécs, Veszprém and ELTE





Australia in Hungarian: Interactive presentations of Australian books translated into Hungarian and Hungarian books written about Australia

The details can be downloaded from: Programme20120424.doc


                                                                                                                                                        © Eszter Gall







His Excellency The Australian Ambassador, Mr John GRIFFIN visited the Australian Studies Programme on 11 April, 2012. The Dean of the Faculty, Professor Tamás DEZSŐ received the ambassador in his office, and they discussed possibilities for further co-operation. Mr GRIFFIN then talked to the tutors of the Australian Studies Programme and gave a talk to a group of BA students about Australia's position in the world today. 


HE Mr John Griffin



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Before leaving his post in Budapest, HE The Australian Ambassador, Mr Alex Brooking gave a talk to students and staff in May 2011. Just like the ambassador's previous speeches, the talk gave a wonderful insight into current issues in Australia and was highly acclaimed by the audience. Krisztina Károly Vice Dean for education and Tibor Frank Head of School presented him with the Dean's medal of the Faculty of Arts.



                  HE Mr Alex Brooking                                                                                                                 © Eszter Gall


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Two of our graduating students received the School of English and American Studies'

Outstanding Thesis Award in 2010.


Every summer SEAS selects a small number of theses submitted in that academic year, which are deemed worthy of special attention. The authors of these theses are distinguished by the Outstanding Thesis Award.


Judit Jankó Brezovay's MA thesis is entitled "The making of a hero – Ned Kelly and Jesse James", and was supervised by Cecilia Gall.


Mátyás Szabó's BA thesis is entitled "The Impact of Post World War II Immigration on Australian Legislation", and was supervised by Dorottya Holló  - The thesis can be read at: The thesis can be read at


The certificates were handed over by Head of School, Professor Tibor Frank:







In earlier years the following theses in Australian Studies were deemed worthy of the award:

2007: Victoria Maria Nagy: One Leader and His Movement: Jeff Kennett and the Resurgence of the State of Victoria in Australia (supervisor: Miklós Lojkó)


2003: Judit Szakács: Education of Minorities in Australia and in Hungary (supervisor: Cecilia Gall)


Congratulations to all the awardees!

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Listen to Cecilia Gall talking about Australian films on Hungarian Radio

(Gondolat-Jel, December 2, 2007  -  10 minutes)





The third meeting of the Australian Studies Regional Network (ASRN) took place at ELTE on 26-27 August, 2008.



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The 3rd SEAS Bridge Event took place on 12 June, 2008. The major theme was Australia.


Our Australian Afternoon started with a didgeridoo performance by János Kerekes, who later also talked about the instrument and demonstrated some techniques that are used to play it. Then three presentations on Australian geography by Nóra Kollerits, Anna Koczor and Zsolt Bencsik were followed by Nóra Lelkes talking about the Stolen Generations and PM Kevin Rudd's Apology to those who had been mistreated through government sponsored policies. Visiting Australian archaeologist Simon Gall gave us valuable insight into current day Aboriginal life and attitudes to the land and the past through discussing his work with Aborigines in Queensland. László Kiss described some interesting characteristics of Aboriginal languages and language use, including borrowing and transforming vocabulary from English. Gyula Tankó reflected on all the presentations by linking their topic to Australian films. He also gave an account of his study trip to Australia describing techniques of how to prepare for such an experience to be able to make most of it, how to exploit every opportunity on the spot to learn about the country and how to relate to it afterwards. Gabriella Varga brought some of the decorations and souvenirs offered by the Australian Embassy. A quiz about Australia concluded the afternoon with some small prizes going to the winners.

The event was photographed by Christopher Ryan. These are just a few memorable moments:


The contributors:




and some people who seem to enjoy it all:







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