Eszterházy Károly Főiskola
Kommunikáció- és Médiatudományi Tanszék
3300 Eger, Egészségház u. 4.
Tel./Fax: +36 (36) 520 483
E-mail: media@ektf.hu

Curriculum Vitae of Tamás Pólya, PhD

Dr. Pólya, Tamás Dr. Tamás Pólya PhD, associate professor, head of Department of Communication and Media Studies
Office phone: +36 (36) 520 400 ext. 3055
Email: polya (at) ektf (dot) hu, tompolya (at) gmail (dot) com
Fields of research:
(1) new media theories and effects (CMC, ideology and visuality, the impact of video games);
(2) cognitive film theory, mise-en-scène and visual semiotics, stylistic analysis of feature films, Far-Eastern cinema;
(3) linguistic pragmatics, intentional communication and philosophy of mind, philosophy of language (the concept of meaning), linguistics in cognitive science, theories of interpersonal communication.

Degrees and Education

2007PhD in communication studies (summa cum laude)
2005Submission of PhD thesis; title: The effect theory of meaning. A cognitive pragmatic approach to the constitution of meaning in verbal interaction. PhD tutor: Özséb Horányi
1999-2003PhD student, Communication Program of the Doctoral School of Linguistics, University of Pécs
1999-2000Non-degree Doctoral Support Program in Philosophy, Central European University, Budapest
1999MA in Italian Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Janus Pannonius University (now University of Pécs)
Title of thesis: A semantic/pragmatic theory of the meaning of linguistic elements and its application to poetry interpretation (in Italian)
1993-1999Regular student of Hungarian Literature and Linguistics and Italian Language and Culture Studies, Janus Pannonius University
1988-1993Kodály Zoltán Secondary School, Hungarian-Italian bilingual class, Pécs, Hungary

Academic Positions

2009 Julyhead of department, associate professor, Department of Communication and Media Studies, Eszterházy Károly College, Eger, Hungary
2009 Jan.head of department, associate professor, Department of Media Studies, Eszterházy Károly College, Eger, Hungary
2008assistant professor, Center for the Study of the Moving Image, University of Pécs, Hungary
2004-2007assistant lecturer, Center for the Study of the Moving Image, University of Pécs, Hungary
2002-2003invited lecturer, Department of Communication Studies and Center for the Study of the Moving Image, University of Pécs, Hungary
2001-2003assistant lecturer, Department of Communication Studies, Eszterházy Károly College, Eger, Hungary
1997-1999teaching assistant, Department of Linguistics, Janus Pannonius University, Hungary

Academic Awards

2008Thomas Sebeok Award of the Hungarian Society for the Study of Communication and invited keynote speaker at the Communication research and/or cognitive research? conference
2005Special award of the Chancellor of the University of Pécs for "Intellectual Achievement of the Year", for the book Specificity recognition and social cognition (with László Tarnay)
1997PRO SCIENTIA Golden Medal

Academic Memberships

2009-member of the International Communication Association (ICA)
2007-member of the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS)
2007-2008member of the Debrecen-Szeged-Pécs Inter-university Research Group for Theoretical Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
2005-founding member of the Hungarian Society for the Study of Communication
1999-2008member of the Linguistic Branch of the Pécs Chapter of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
1999-Behavioral and Brain Sciences (BBS) Associate
1997-2003member of the NOMIC Cognitive Research Team, Dept. of Philosophy and Dept. of Psychology, Janus Pannonius University, Pécs

Grants and Fellowships

2000-2001Fulbright student researcher, Linguistics Department, University of California at Berkeley (USA), one academic year. Host tutor: professor dr. George Lakoff
2000Hungarian State Eötvös Fellow, English Language and Culture Department, Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), 5 months. Host tutor: professor dr. J. Lachlan Mackenzie
2000Aktion Österreich-Ungarn Foundation guest researcher, Institute of Linguistics, Vienna University, 2 months. Host tutor: dr. Helmut Gruber associate professor
1999-2000Doctoral support grant of the Hungarian Soros Foundation and Central European University
1998-1999ERASMUS student, English Language and Culture Department, Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), fall semester
1997holder of a student bursary for the Theories of Representation conference (Bolzano, Italy), 12-14 December
1996Vilém Mathesius Courses in Linguistics and Semiotics, Charles University (Prague, Czech Repuclic), two weeks
1995Summer School of Generative Linguistics, Olomouc (Czech Republic), one month
1995Vilém Mathesius Courses in Linguistics and Semiotics, Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic), two weeks
1994Summer school, Trento University (Levico Terme, Italy), one month

Language Proficiency

Courses Delivered

Communication Studies and Linguistics (generally in Hungarian):

Film Studies (generally in Hungarian):

Conference Participation

2010How to Analyse a Video Game? – Games as Experience, Spectacle and Ideology (in Hungarian)
talk at the „Communication Theory int he Digital Age – The Uses and Social Impact of New Media” conference, organized by the Department of Communication and Media Studies, Eszterházy Károly College, Eger, Hungary, June 4-5.
2010Interpersonal Communication Through New Media – Problems of Medium, Interface and Communicability (in Hungarian)
talk at the „Communication Theory int he Digital Age – The Uses and Social Impact of New Media” conference, organized by the Department of Communication and Media Studies, Eszterházy Károly College, Eger, Hungary, June 4-5.
2010Theoretical Approaches and the Social Impact of New Media (with József Gagyi, in Hungarian)
talk at the „Communication Theory int he Digital Age – The Uses and Social Impact of New Media” conference, organized by the Department of Communication and Media Studies, Eszterházy Károly College, Eger, Hungary, June 4-5.
2010Values and Norms on the Digital Playground – A Cultivational Approach to Video Games (in Hungarian)
talk at the „New Media Conference 2010 | New Media Spaces” conference at Sapientia Hungarian University, Marosvásárhely (Tirgu-Mures, Romania), March 4-5.
2009Emoticons vs. Avatars - Coding Differences Between the Visual Displays of Emotion and Identity (in English)
talk at the "Cyberspace 2009 – 7th International Conference" at Masaryk University, Brno (Czech Republic), November 20-21.
2009Visual Effects and the Depiction of Violence in Video Games (in Hungarian)
talk at the "Effects of Media on Children and Adolescents - V. International Media Conference" organized jointly by the Hungarian Branch of the International Children’s Safety Service and the (former) National Radio and Television Commission (ORTT), Balatonalmádi, Hungary, October 28-30.
2009Analogue and Digital Coding in Online Communication Forms (in Hungarian)
talk at the „New Media, Media Convergence and Cultural Change” conference, Sapientia Hungarian University, Marosvásárhely (Tirgu-Mures, Romania), March 27-28.
2008Solipsist cognition vs. communication, or can the communicative ape break open the nut of cognition?
Thomas Sebeok-award keynote speech at the Communication research and/or cognitive research? conference of the Hungarian Society for the Study of Communication, Budapest, Hungary, 13-14 June.
2007Linguistic and non-linguistic kinds of evidence in studies of mental state attribution (in Hungarian)
presentation at the Linguistic Theory, Data and Linguistic Evidence conference of the Debrecen-Szeged-Pécs Inter-university Research Group for Theoretical Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Pécs, Hungary, 16 November.
2007Philosophy of science and cognitivism (in Hungarian)
a reply to "It's only a cigar - On the Applicability of Psychoanalytic Methods in Film Theory" by András Bálint Kovács, Apertúra Workshop, University of Szeged, Hungary, 15 February.
2006Cinematic tourism: Possibilities of the cross-cultural understanding of films (in Hungarian)
presentation at The Exotic: "Scientific" and "Layman" Conceptions conference, organized by the Hungarian Museum of Ethnography, the Communication and Mass Media Studies Department of the University of Pécs and that of the University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary, 15-16 September.
2006Eroticism and lyrical visuality in the films of Sergei Parajanov (in Hungarian)
presentation at the 1st Hungarian Psychoanalytic Film Conference: Where the Screen Meets the Couch of the Doctoral School of Psychology, University of Pécs, Pécs, Hungary, 7-9 December.
2006Omitting depth cues: The aesthetics of perceptual reflexivity (.pdf)
presentation at the 5th CCSMI conference Narration and Spectatorship in Moving Images: Perception, Imagination, Emotion, Konrad Wolf Academy of Film and Television, Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany, 20-23 July.
2006Forms of reflexivity in a cognitive perspective (with Erika Kapronczai, in Hungarian)
presentation at the 9th Conference of Cinema Studies in Transylvania, Sapientia Hungarian University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 19-20 May.
2005Meaning, intentional attribution and cognition (in Hungarian)
presentation at the conference of the Hungarian Society for the Study of Communication, Institute of Social Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary, 23-24 November.
2005On the appreciation of films (in Hungarian)
presentation at the 8th Conference of Cinema Studies in Transylvania, Sapientia Hungarian University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 24-25 May.
2005Where aesthetics and ecology meet
presentation at the Ecological theories of film conference, University of Pécs, Hungary, 20-21 May.
2005CGI animation, synthesized motion and virtual reality
presentation at the Ecological theories of film conference, University of Pécs, Hungary, 20-21 May.
2005On the Aesthetics of Filmic Experience (with László Tarnay, in Hungarian)
presentation at the Kép, szöveg, reprezentáció a multimediális korban conference, University of Szeged, Hungary, 25-27 April.
2005The Analogue/Digital Distinction and the Aesthetics of Filmic Experience (with László Tarnay)
presentation at the Cinema and Technology conference, Lancaster University, England, 6-9 April.
2004The Analogue/Digital Distinction (in Hungarian)
presentation at the 7th Conference of Cinema Studies in Transylvania, Sapientia Hungarian University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 27-28 May.
2004Film studies from a philosophy of science perspective (in Hungarian)
invited speaker at the 7th Conference of Cinema Studies in Transylvania, Sapientia Hungarian University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 27-28 May.
2003Embodiment and Specificity (with László Tarnay)
presentation at the Enactive consciousness: Perception, intersubjectivity and empathy - Seventh Annual Conference of the Consciousness and Experimential Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society, St. Anne's College, Oxford, 28-29 June.
2003Coherence and interpretation (in Hungarian)
presentation at the conference of the Doctoral School of University of Pécs, Kán, Hungary, 29 May-1 June.
2003On meaning holism: Is miscommunication all we have? (with László Tarnay)
presentation at the The Philosophy of Hilary Putnam conference, University of Pécs, Hungary, 5-6 May.
2003Affordances and categories: how to separate them (with László Tarnay, in Hungarian)
presentation at the 11th conference of the Hungarian Association for Cognitive Science (MAKOG), Pécs, 30 January - 1 February.
2002Object Continuity vs. Spatio-temporal Continuity: The Relevance of the Two Cortical Pathway Hypothesis (with László Tarnay)
presentation at the Representation of Time and Space in Film conference, Pécs, Hungary, 16-18 September.
2002Meaning and the attribution of intentions (in Hungarian)
presentation at the conference of the Doctoral School of University of Pécs, Esztergom, Hungary, 30 May-1 June.
2002On the theory of attribution of intentions (in Hungarian)
presentation at the Communication: theory and practice conference, Department of Communication Studies, Eszterházy Károly College, Eger, Hungary, 26-28 April.
2002On iconic categorization (with Özséb Horányi, in Hungarian)
presentation at the 10th conference of the Hungarian Association for Cognitive Science (MAKOG), Visegrád, Hungary, 28-30 January.
2002Representation and specificity (with László Tarnay, in Hungarian)
presentation at the 10th conference of the Hungarian Association for Cognitive Science (MAKOG), Visegrád, Hungary, 28-30 January.
2001Representation Revisited: From Natural Meaning to Affordances
presentation at the Problems of Pictorial Representation conference, University of Pécs, Hungary, 5-7 November.
2001The semantics of verbal compounds with the particle ki- ('out of') in Hungarian
presentation at the International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Santa Barbara, California, USA, 22-27 July.
1999Three levels of meaning and the lexicon (in Hungarian)
presentation at the Lexical meaning - Current meaning conference, Department of General and Applied Linguistics, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary, 25-26 October.
1999How to take the rationality stance in communication: rethinking the non-natural meaning formula of Grice
presentation at the Dennett's Mind conference, Pécs, Hungary, 22-23 March.
1999The lexicon as a conceptual module of language
presentation at the Functional Grammar Colloquium, Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 19 February
1999Semantic processes in the prefixation of Hungarian verbs: analogies and the status of lexical elements
poster at the conference of the Language Contact Study Centre, Wassenaar, The Netherlands, 20-22 February.
1998On rationality and relevance
presentation at the 4th Relevance Theory Workshop, Luton, England, 9-10 September.
1998A frame-based, lexicalist approach to describing functions of the verbal prefix "le" (with József Andor)
presentation at the Fourth International Conference on the Structure of Hungarian, Pécs, Hungary, 26-28 August.
1998Can the content of experience be non-conceptual?
presentation at the John McDowell, Mind and World: Kant in analytic philosophy conference, Pécs, Hungary, May
1998On the use of vague predicates: Can a computational system be called "conscious"?
presentation at the Rules and Rule-following conference, Pécs, Hungary, 12-14 April.
1998Systematicity in connectionist models and in the perspective of the philosophy of mind (with Mezősi Gyula, in Hungarian)
presentation at the conference of the Hungarian Association for Cognitive Science (MAKOG), Visegrád, Hungary, 23-24 January.
1997A third type of metaphors: Eventual metaphors in Hungarian
presentation at the Student Session of the 5th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 14-19 July.
1997Hungarian verbal prefixes as predicates
presentation at the annual Postgraduate Linguistics Conference of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary, 6 June.
1997Is context really a problem? (with László Tarnay)
presentation at the Context-Workshop of the 2nd European Conference on Cognitive Science, Manchaster, England, 9-11 April.

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