The Institute of Hungarian Linguistic, Literary and Cultural Studies comprises three departments: the Department of Ancient and Classical Hungarian Literature, the Department of Modern Hungarian Literature, Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, and the Department of Hungarian Linguistics.
The fields of research in the Institute are extensive and include ancient Hungarian literature, history and theory of poetics, classical and modern Hungarian literature, fairy tale studies, Hungarian literature abroad, genres of popular literature, theories of mediality, and media studies of literature and Protestantism in view of literary and media theories. The institute hosts two research groups: Literature for Children and Young Adults and Central European Novel Research Group. Linguistic studies within the Institute include mainly descriptive studies, applied linguistics (native language education, Hungarian as a foreign language, Hungarology, lexicography, terminology), studies in pragmatics, and onomastics. The Institute also houses one of Hungary’s leading groups of Terminology Research (TERMIK).
The Institute takes part in several national and international partnerships, and members of the faculty regularly publish worldwide in several literary forums at home and abroad. The success of the strategies of the Institute is well shown in several flourishing student workshops as a means of effective support in education. Context Workshop and New Nautilus, for example, have become well-known and highly esteemed in the past decade throughout Hungary. Members of the Scientific Students’ Associations in the fields of the History of Hungarian Literature, Literary Theory and Comparative Literature have also gained three first, three second, and five third prize awards at National Students’ Association Conferences since 2001.