The conceptual history of service to the people in Transylvanian Hungarian public writing

In progress
Project manager:: Attila Gidó (ISPMN, Kolozsvár) – József Lőrincz D. (JEA, Kolozsvár) – Nándor Bárdi (MTA TK KI, Budapest)
Research period:: 2010-2012
External researchers: Stefano Bottoni, Attila Gidó, Gábor Egry, Tamás Gusztáv Filep, Ágnes Horváth, Attila Hunyadi, József Gagyi, István Gaucsik, Márton László, Katalin Ágnes Miklós, József Lőrincz D., Sándor Oláh


From the 1960s onwards, the Hungarian community in Romania, having examined its own features as a social and cultural community, gave emphasis in public writing to Transylvanianism as an influential and “progressive tradition” and as an identity ideology. The issues to be addressed by basic research:

In substantial terms, the notion of “service to the people”, which appeared in Transylvanian Hungarian public writing in the 1930s, can be regarded as a cultural code that facilitates an understanding of how the Hungarian minority communities function. 

What does the community think of its own society, and how is this construed by a Hungarian minority elite group in the 20th century? What is the community construct whose perceived or real interests are represented by the minority elite – by region and at various periods of time? How do these society constructs, as they become central to the minority’s self-perception, exert an effect on socialization?