September 1929, when the ministry of culture established the department
of ethnology at the University of Szeged, the first of its kind in Hungary, was
an important milestone in the history of ethnology as a discipline in Hungary.
The later professor and head of the department was Sándor Bálint (1904-1980),
outstanding researcher on the cultural history and folk life of Szeged and
ethnology of religion in Hungary. In the 2004/2005 academic year the University
of Szeged, the museum and the municipality commemorated the 75th anniversary of
the establishment of the department of ethnology and the centenary of the birth
of Sándor Bálint with an exhibition, the publication of books, anniversary
conferences and film screenings. The anniversary events were held with the
participation of Hungarian and international representatives of our discipline
and the related fields.