English: about the department


H-6722 Hungary, Szeged, Egyetem street nr. 2.. Tel.: +36-62-544418, 544423 fax: +36-62-544418

e-mail: relstud@rel.u-szeged.hu, vtszeged@gmail.com


In 1999, the University of Szeged (formerly József Attila University) started a major in religion and established the Department of Religious Studies at the Faculty of Arts. Theoretical and educational activities aimed at establishing this field of research began in 1996 at the Faculty of Arts of the Attila József University under the leadership of the Applied Religious Studies Research Group, which can be considered the predecessor of today’s department. Both the launch of the major program in religious studies and the establishment of the Department of Religious Studies are of revolutionary importance in the history of Hungarian science. Such a program and department did not exist in the Hungarian higher education system before that. Founder of the department: prof. dr. dr. Máté-Tóth András

Research and publications

The department is specialised on several topics of religious studies, with a special focus on religious pluralism in Hungary and Central-Eastern Europe (especially the Balkan area), festival-religion (event religion), materiality of religion in antiquity and mysticism. In 2021 the department has three ungoing project: Convivence Project on religious pluralism, Danubian Religion on Roman religious communication in the Danubian provinces and Festival religion. In the last 12 years, the department published more than 420 publications (52 books) and had 820 citations. Full publication list of the members of the department: MTMT and academia.edu.

Staff of the department

Head of the department: dr. Réka Szilárdi associate professor

prof. dr. dr. András Máté-Tóth (founder of the department)

dr. Csaba Szabó postdoctoral research fellow

drd. Zsuzsanna Szugyiczki assistant lecturer

dr. Tibor Porció, assistant professor (in leave)