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Call for plays

On behalf of the organising committee we are happy to announce that the English and American Studies Institute, University of Pannonia, the American Corner Veszprém, Eötvös Károly County Library and the Petőfi Theatre of Veszprém will organize the seventh annual festival of amateur theatre in English in the spring of 2015 (exact date to be released soon). The 7th National English Language Drama Festival in Veszprém, 2015 intends to provide opportunities for theatre-lovers to prove their talent on stage in English.

We look forward to productions:

• from any college or university and secondary school as long as the cast is made up of Hungarian students speaking English

• that are in English and the running time does not exceed 90 minutes but keeps the audience in their seats for at least 20 minutes.

Deadline for application to the festival: Midnight, November 5, 2014

See the details in the attached document.

International Week 2014


Book on festivals published

Exploring Community Festivals and Event

Exploring Community Festivals and Event

A book was published with title “Exploring Community Festivals and Events” edited by Dr. Alan Clarke, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Business and Economics, and his colleague Allan Jepson.

Exploring Community Festivals and Events

Edited by Allan Jepson, Alan Clarke

The development of the festival and event industry has seen large scale growth and extensive government support as a result of objectives to enhance and project the image of place and leverage positive sponsorship and regeneration opportunities. As we move deeper into austerity measures prompted by economic recession, community festivals and events as a sacred or profane time of celebration can be considered even more important than ever before.

This book for the first time explores the role and importance of ‘community’, ‘culture’ and its impact through festivals and events. Split into two distinct sections, the first introduces key themes and concepts, contextualises local traditions and culture, and investigates how festivals and events can act as a catalyst for tourism and create a sense of community. It then questions the social and political nature of festivals and community events through examining their ownership. The second section focuses on communities themselves, seeking to examine and discuss key emerging themes in community event studies such as; the role of diaspora, imagined communities, pride and identity, history, producing and consuming space and place, authenticity, and multi-ethnic communities. Examples are drawn from Portugal, the Dominican Republic, the USA, Malaysia, Malta, Finland and Australia making this book truly international.

This significant volume will be valuable reading for students and academics across the fields of Event, Tourism and Hospitality studies as well as other social science disciplines.

Chapter Listing;

1. Defining and exploring community festivals and events Allan Jepson & Alan Clarke

2. Organic Festivity: A Missing Element of Community Festival Vern Biaett

3. Experiencing Community Festivals and Events: Insights from Finnish Summer Festivals Maarit Kinnunen & Antti Haahti

4. Festivals and sense of community in places of transition: The Yakkerboo Festival, an Australian case study Michelle Duffy & Judith Mair

5. New and old tourism traditions – The case of Skieda in Livigno, Italian Alps Margherita Pedrana

6. ‘Whose festival?’: Examining questions of participation, access and ownership in rural festivals Jodie George, Rosie Roberts, & Jessica Pacella

7 . “Wha’s Like Us?” Scottish Highland Games in America and the Identity of the Scots’ Diaspora Jenny Flinn & Daniel Turner

8. Football on the Weekend: Rural Events and the Haitian Imagined Community in the Dominican Republic Nicholas Wise

9. Pride, Identity and Authenticity in Community Festivals and Events in Malta Vincent Zammit

10. The Importance of community events in nationalist oriented political environments: the case of Portuguese Estado Novo Cândida Cadavez

11. “Something Greater than the Sum of its Parts”: Narratives of Sense of Place at a Community Multicultural Festival Kelley A. McClinchey

12. Open House Food Catering: Does It Destroy Local Culture and Traditions? A perspective from Malaysia Azilah Kasim, Mohamed Azlan Ashaari & Shahrul Aman Sabir Ahmad

13. Religion, Community and Events Rev. Ruth Dowson

14. ‘Taste’-ing Festivals: Understanding Constructions of Rural Identity through Community Festivals Jessica Pacella, Jodie George & Rosie Roberts

15. Swiss and Italian Identities: Exploring Heritage, Culture and Community in Regional Australia Leanne White

16. The Pozières Son et Lumière: Peace and memory after the Great War Caroline Winter

17. End of the rainbow? A review of community events in Liverpool W. Gerard Ryan

18. Exploring, defining and concluding upon community festivals and events Allan Jepson & Alan Clarke

Halloween in the American Corner Veszprém

HalloweenThursday, October 30
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

American Corner Veszprém is turning its regular English Conversation Club into a Halloween Potluck Costume Party on October 30!

When: October 30, 2014, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Kisfaludy Room, Eötvös Károly County Library (entrance from Komakút tér)

Here’s the concoction AC Veszprém has put together for you:

There will still be plenty of chatting PLUS
– lots of English language board games
– short presentations on Halloween traditions, ghosts, and ghostly places in the U.S. by American visitors, and professors at the English and American Studies Institute, University of Pannonia
– exciting Halloween games and activties
– a costume contest with ACH prizes (results at 8:00)
– Halloween crafts
– delicious snacks and drinks

Please, contribute to this potluck event with snacks and/or soft drinks of your choice.

Don’t be scared to join the program! It’s going to be terribly awesome!

Find the event on American Corner Veszprém’s Facebook page.

Procurement in Health Care: Practice and Research

Untitled10th October 2014

1st International Workshop: R&D in Stakeholder Driven Procurement:Health care, Public sector, Hospitality industry and the Humanitarian sector

Morning session: Status of Health Care Procurement
Afternoon session: Research Workshop

Morning 9-13h:

Procurement in Health Care: Best Practice and Research
Health care is becoming more expensive everywhere in the world. Whether organised as private health care institutions, Public Bodies or mixtures of these, the rise in costs of medical care is wide spread. In this context, most Governments try new institutional arrangements to control expenditure, while at the same time hospitals and care institutions look for ways to reduce costs, although they are at the same time under pressure to improve the quality of medical care.
In this context, we organise a special day on Friday the 10th of October 2014, reviewing both the state of the art of modern procurement practice in hospitals in Western-Europe in the morning  and the latest research findings and practitioner experiences in Stakeholder dependent activities like Hospitals, Public Procurement, Humanitarian activities and the Hospitality sector in the afternoon.
The Department of Supply Chain Management of the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Pannonia in Veszprém, in cooperation with the largest University Hospital of the Netherlands – the University Medical Centre of Groningen – and its Procurement Department will organise the day.
In the morning, after the opening at 9.00 by the Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics, Dr. Lajos Szabó,  guest speakers will share their experience with the participants:
• Prof. Dr. Péter Mihályi, Professor at the University of Pannonia, Faculty of Business and Economics, Head of Department, Department of Finance: Cost-benefit analysis in health care and the current financial state of the Hungarian health care system
• Prof. Dr. Dirk-Jan Kamann, Research Professor at  the University of Pannonia, Faculty of Business and Economics: External dynamics: new challenges and opportunities
• Hans Bax MBA, Procurement Manager of the UMCG and President of the Dutch Association of Purchasing Dept of Health Care (NEVI Zorg): Procurement at the UMCG: challenges and results
• Prof. Dr. Ning Qu, Thorax Surgeon at Tianjin Chest Hospital, International Project Manager at UMCG and Chairman of Sino-European Medical Innovation and Co-operation (SEMICO): Sourcing in China for medical devices? Some results
• Prof. Dr. Zoltán Kovács, Professor at the University of Pannonia, Faculty of Business and Economics, Head of Department, Department of Supply Chain Management, Márta Vörös: Hospital purchasing: a case study

Afternoon 14-18h:

Research Workshop
After lunch, the afternoon will cover research contributions in procurement in sectors were typically various types of Stakeholders are important: examples we think of are the health care sector, public sector, the hospitality sector and the humanitarian sector. We welcome papers on results, proposals and new ideas. Practitioners, Researchers and PhD students will be invited to present their work and/or discuss experiences in the field. We already received contributions on for instance the adoption criteria for doctors, insurance companies and staff when it comes to medical devices, but also a presentation by the Hungarian Armed Forces on supply chains in crisis. While expert researchers and PhD students are invited to present their work and other new ideas that may arise, interested practitioners are warmly welcomed to provide us with their views and experiences. Hopefully, a new international network will arise for future cooperation in this field.
The day will receive the support of the International Purchasing and Education Research Association (IPSERA). The costs of participating for will be kept low (max 10.000 ft or 35 euro for the morning; free for the afternoon).

More information about the program:

Prof. Dr. Dirk-Jan Kamann, University of Pannonia,
Faculty of Business and Economics,
Egyetem Utca 10,
H-8200 Veszprém,

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Emotional intelligence as an important 21st century competence:

Which wolf do you feed?

3-4-5 October, 2014 Veszprém

“All learning has an emotional base”-said Plato. When learning has a positive outcome unconsciously we smile and feel satisfied or even proud. On the other hand negative outcome makes us sad, frustrated or even angry. To express and control our emotions is innate, but can it be learnt how to understand, interpret and respond to the miscellaneous impulses? You can have extremely high IQ and be an expert in your field but with whom and how would you share your feelings? What makes you happy? Why would you volunteer? What makes you perform better?
In the interactive plenary I am going to explain the concept of emotional intelligence and attempt to answer to these questions by introducing the results of some research that have been carried out recently. Moreover the secret of long and content life is revealed spiced with a little emotional “mirror drama”.

Conference programme

Written by Edit Komlósi, Department of Management

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