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Five days in Vancouver — in Photographs

I tried to pack lots into my five days in Vancouver: a conference presentation given, a panel chaired, met up for dinner with a former high school teacher of mine from two decades ago, had a morning coffee with a former colleague from the History honours program at Concordia University, dinners, lunches and lots of travelling on the SkyTrain…All in all, a great mix of business and pleasure on Canada’s West Coast.

I presented a paper entitled “A Hungarian Church on the Margins” and chaired a panel called “Pieter Judson’s The Habsburg Empire as a Framework for Hungarian History” at the annual conference of the Hungarian Studies Association of Canada (HSAC). Each year, HSAC organizes a conference under the aegis of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences which this time was held at the University of British Columbia. (The 2019 HSAC conference program is available here.) My own presentation explored Reverend Gábor Iványi’s Methodist community, which  refers to itself as the Hungarian Evangelical Fellowship. Reverend Iványi, formerly a liberal Member of Parliament during the transition to democracy, is perhaps more systematic and intentional in his involvement in what one might call the Social Gospel, and in advocacy work among the marginalized, than any other Christian religious leader in Hungary. Iványi’s work with the poor dates back to the seventies and he and his followers were frequent victims of police harassment under the Kádár regime. My paper argues that Iványi’s community attempts to bring his church not only to the economic margins, but to the margins of the Christian faith itself, to those who have had negative experiences with Christianity or to those who simply do not fit into the mainstream framework of what it means to be a Christian in Hungary today.

Steven Jobbitt of Lakehead University speaking at the HSAC conference. Photo: C. Adam
Of monuments and palm trees in Gastown., near Waterfront. Photo: C. Adam.
Vancouver Waterfront. Photo: C. Adam.
The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden: my visit to these gardens was one of the favourite parts of my trip to Vancouver. Photo: C. Adam.
The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is an example of a traditional scholar’s garden–these once served as spaces of leisure and reflection for China’s elites and literati. Photo: C. Adam.
An example of “leak windows.” These are carefully patterned to allow air, light and various views to “leak in” in the classical garden. Photo: C. Adam.
Another example of a “leak window.” The pamphlet handed out to visitors reads: “Symbols of naturally harmonious yin and yang abound — shapes, sizes, colours and textures.” Photo: C. Adam.
Standing in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. This is actually the first full-scale classical Chinese garden built outside of China. It is modeled after the gardens of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), found primarily in the city of Suzhou.
The China Maple Hall. The classical gardens aim to showcase examples of life and culture in an ancient dynasty. Photo: C. Adam.
The China Maple Hall. Photo: C. Adam.
We read in the pamphlet handed out to visitors: “The classical Chinese garden reflects the Daoist philosophy of yin and yang. Light is balanced by darkness; rugged and hard are balanced by soft and flowing and small by large… Photo: C. Adam.
Good Morning, Pacific! Let me suggest that UBC, in all likelihood, has the nicest campus of any university in Canada. This photo was taken the morning before my conference at UBC, in a quiet corner of Wreck Beach. It’s worth a visit, but the trail and steps leading back up to campus is steep. Photo: C. Adam.
A selfie with the Pacific as my background.
Hungarian Studies Association of Canada — Before dinner at the University of British Columbia.
Street scene. Vancouver’s Gastown neighbourhood is a great spot for bistros, restaurants and pubs–and for an after work drink. Photo: C. Adam.
Gastown street scene. Photo: C. Adam.
Gastown, Vancouver. Photo: C. Adam.
Near Waterfront, in downtown Vancouver. Photo: C. Adam.
Sea, skyscrapers and mountains. Photo: C. Adam
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