The University of Jyväskylä’s Hungarian Studies Program celebrated its twentieth anniversary with an international conference, held on March 15, 2011. The event was opened by Rector Matti Manninen, who at that time served as the Vice-Rector of the university. The conference participants included people from six European countries who not only commended Jyväskylä’s Hungarian Studies Program, but took accounts of the history of the main international institutions of Hungarian Studies as well, devoting special attention to the developments in the last two decades after the political transition in Hungary.

The conference proceedings, as a collection of papers by the leading figures of the field, contain significant contributions to the history of international Hungarian Studies. In the year of the publication of our proceedings, Professor Tuomo Lahdelma, the founder of the University of Jyväskylä’s Hungarian Studies Program, celebrated his 60th birthday, making this book a Festschrift for him. The volume includes papers in Hungarian, English, and Finnish.