Erika Mikó

TU Dortmund University
First Advisor:
Prof. Dr. Walter Grünzweig
(TU Dortmund)
Second Advisor:
Prof. Dr. Jens Gurr
(University of Duisburg-Essen)

Erika Mikó

Erika graduated from the University of Debrecen, Hungary in 2010, where she majored in American Studies. After her graduation she worked as an English teacher. She taught both children and adults, working at a state school as well as for an American engineering company before she started her research at TU Dortmund. Her M.A. thesis “Celtic Cultural Heritage in American Literature” was motivated by her interest in ethnic and immigrant studies, with special emphasis on urban immigration. Her dissertation topic is a continuation of this interest.

New York’s Urban Transformation from a Hungarian Perspective

The proposed project will be the first extended study on urban transformations of New York City in the twentieth century from a Hungarian cultural and ethnic perspective. It will focus on various representations of space and community with special attention devoted to how Hungarian-Americans perceived them. The research will evolve around three interrelated and interconnected sub-themes: (1) spatial expressions of ethnicity in an urban environment; (2) ethnic dimensions of community development; (3) and the politics of representation as ethnically relevant ideological mechanisms. These sub-themes will be examined thematically to get a thorough overview of New York’s urban transformation.

Selected Presentations

  • January 2014: "American Popular Cultural Influences in Hungarian Travel Writing During the Cold War"
    2014 Ruhr PhD Forum in American Studies. TU Dortmund, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.
  • April 2013: “New York’s Soundscape in Hungarian Communist Travel Writing”
    Urban Transformations Symposium, Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) Essen, Germany.
  • January 2013: "Jules Verne’s Influence on Hungarian Travel Writing on America"
    2013 Ruhr PhD Forum in American Studies. Bochum/Dortmund, Germany.

Selected Conference Participation

  • April 2013: Chair of the presentation “The Rodney King Incident in Language”
    Urban Transformations Symposium, Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) Essen, Germany.

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