Migrations and Identity: a Comparison of Irish, Hungarian, and Serbian Immigration to the US


Venue: American Corner Belgrade, Makedonska 22/I 

Date and time: Friday, March 16th from 6 pm till 7 pm

Did you know that the former American president Barack Obama has Irish origins, that the most famous film vampire is of Hungarian origin and that a football quarterback has a Serbian Cross tattooed on his back?

You can find out more about the complex issues of emigration to the United States of America over the centuries through the respective fates of Irish, Hungarian, and Serbian migrants. Some of the interesting facts the audience will be able to hear about: who was the first Hungarian in America, how were Irish immigrants greeted, and who the less known Americans of Serbian descent are. By discussing entire migration waves, as well as individual life stories, we can acquire a better understanding of how national identity of US citizens is constantly being shaped and whether the “melting pot” metaphor is still true. After the lecture, there will be a discussion followed by a Q&A session.

Stefan Pajović (1989) defended his PhD thesis entitled “Poetic Toponymy of Seamus Heaney” at the Faculty of Philosophy in Novi Sad. He was a guest translator at the Trinity Centre for Literary Studies at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He actively popularizes scientific research in the area in American and Irish Studies.

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