Special Visits

The Department of British and American Studies FF UPJŠ is well-known in Mexico

Before the summer break, a valued guest from far-away Mexico arrived at our department to spend his one-month research stay with us. Anselmo Hernandéz is a PhD student at the National Autonomous University in Mexico, the oldest university on the whole Southern American continent. Throughout his PhD studies, Anselmo has been dealing with word-formation in Sanskrit, applying his own onomasiological approach to the research. Due to his interest in this theoretical framework, Anselmo has decided to visit P. J. Šafárik University in Košice in order to consult his approach with Prof. Dr. Pavol Štekauer, DrSc., the pioneer of onomasiology. Apart from expanding his academic perspectives, our guest had the opportunity to familiarize himself with Košice and its history, as well as with our university life at the Juniáles event organized in the university’s Botanical Garden on June 23rd, 2017. On the following day, Anselmo had the opportunity to enjoy Slovak folklore on Cassovia Folk Fest with the members of the Department. During the last days of his stay in Košice, our guest met with several experts from various countries all over the world, who attended the Department’s conference, Postmillennial Sensibilities in Anglophone Literatures, Cultures and Media, which took place from June 29th to July 1st, 2017. We are delighted to say that this visit has been of great value to both our guest and ourselves, and we wish for more guests such as Anselmo.
Mgr. Vesna Kalafus Antoniová
PhD student at KAA FF UPJŠ

11th February 2016
Members of the Department of British and American Studies met with the newly appointed public affairs officer of the American Embassy, Mr. Jason Khile at the Info USA, Scientific Library. The meeting was organized by the Head of ARC, Ms. Paula Holotňáková and co-organized by Mr. Jozef Fabrici, the Director of the Info USA. The members of the Department who are involved in the American section of the Department thanked Mr. Khile for the ongoing assistance of the Embassy to the Department and discussed further possibilities of extending cooperation.

On 9th of March 2015 we welcomed a very precious guest, a Charge d'affaires of the American Embassy in Bratislava Mr Norman Thatcher Scharpf together with Ms Heather Bostock, an intern at the US Department of State. Mr Scharpf gave our students a lecture on the American foreign policy and was open to discussion afterwards. Some members of the Department guided Mr Sharpf through the language lab, TOEFL testing centre and had an informal discussion over lunch. Special thanks belongs to Mrs Pavla Holotňáková, the Director of American Reference Centre for organizing the event.


Prof. Vesna Lopicic, PhD. – University of Nis, Serbia
Milena Kostic, MA.- University of Nis, Serbia
Doc. Nieves Pascual, PhD.- University of Jaen, Spain
Doc. Marta Fernández Morales, PhD. – University of the Balearic Islands, Spain
Doc. José Igor Prieto Arranz, PhD. – University of the Balearic Islands, Spain
Dr. Andrada Pintilescu – Transilvania University, Braşov, Romania
Haluk Ucel, M.A. – Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey
Doc. PhDr. Tomáš Hoskovec, CSc. – Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic


Piotr Mamet (Erasmus) – Uniwersytet Śląski, Poland
Elzbieta Rokosz (Erasmus) – Uniwersitet Rzeszow, Poland
Stanislav Kavka (Erazmus) – Ostravská univerzita, Česká Republika
Ema Jelinková – Olomouc, Česká Republika
Astrid Fellner – Saarland University, Austria
Nieves Soller Pascual – Jaen University, Spain


Doc. Tomas Hoskovec, PhD. Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.
Prof. Zoltan Kovecses. Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary.
Prof. Lachlan Mackenzie. ILTEC Institute, Lisbon, Portugal.
PhDr. Miroslav Cerny, PhD. Ostrava University, Ostrava, Czech Republic.
Prof. Haluk Ucel. Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey.
Prof. Dr. Jose Igor Prieto-Arranz. University of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca, Spain.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Murphy. University of Maryland – European Division, USA/Italy.
Doc. Dr. Piotr Mamet. University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland.
Doc. Dr. Grzegorz Drozdz. University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland.
Jim Bee. Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK.
Prof. Jan Fronek. Brno, Czech Republic.
Dr. Ildiko Dosa. Budapest, Hungary.
Ghil'ad Zuckermann. University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.


US Ambassador. On November 29, our special guest speaker was the US Ambassador Rodolphe Vallee. Mr. Vallee spoke to a gathering of students and faculty about the US system of presidential elections.

Michael Rundell. On November 15, a leading British lexicographer Michael Rundell gave a lecture for teachers and students of the department. Mr. Rundell is the editor-in-chief of Macmillan dictionaries of English.


British Ambassador. Her Excellency Judith Macgregor, UK Ambassador to Slovakia visited the Department of British and American Studies as part of her trip to Kosice. She first met with Prof. PhDr. Stekauer, CSc. to discuss cooperation between Slovak and British universities, the participation of institutions providing education in EU programs and the department’s activities in this field.Afterwards, Her Excellency gave a lecture on the possibilities of studying at British universities. The lecture, which took place at the Department of British and American Studies, Moyzesova 50, was attended by 1st and 2nd year students. Following the lecture was a discussion concerning study opportunities in Britain as well as bilateral relations, multiculturalism in the UK, and the relation between English and other languages within UK.

American Press Attache. On 15 November Keith Hughes, Press Attache of the US Embassy, visited our Department. After meeting with the management of the Department, Mr Hughes had a discussion with the students at Moyzesova 50, during which he also distributed books released by the US Department of State.Mr Hughes showed a keen interest in the Department’s mission in providing first and second-degree programs in British and American studies, which should eventually be followed by a graduate program in this field.