Agoston Horanyi

Laidlaw Scholar, University of St Andrews

About Agoston Horanyi

Hullo! I'm postgrad student in St Andrews reading Sustainable Development with a focus on urban planning. My bachelor's degree at Durham centred around Chinese & French language, culture, and literature, which I'm still involved with on the side, along with photography and Continental & Eastern philosophy.

I am a/an:

Alum: Undergraduate Leadership & Research Programme


Durham University University of St Andrews

Laidlaw Cohort Year


Research Topic

History Regional & Area Studies Slavonic and East European Studies Society & Culture

Area of Expertise

Arts Environment Humanities Languages

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I speak:

English French Hungarian Mandarin

My hobbies/interests are:

Art Cycling Hiking/walking Music Nature & environment Photography Reading

I am open to participating in mentoring/buddy programmes


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Durham University

Recent Comments

Sep 20, 2021
Replying to Fatima Formuli

What an interesting read! I would never have considered how much history there is behind tea

Thank you for your kind feedback, Fatima! I'm wanting to explore the topic more in the future — hopefully, I can share new findings before too long.

Apr 02, 2020

I think there might be a small mistake here: location is in fact one of the parameters when using the 'All Members' directory.

Apr 02, 2020
Replying to Nikol Chen

Sounds super interesting, Agoston! I had no idea that tea сulture in China was only invented recently. I love that you chose puer too - it's definitely special...Back in Kazakhstan, many university students drank several cups of puer per day for its effects :) 

Thank you, Nikol! How very nice, it would be fascinating to look into how and when puer tea found its way to places all around the world.  
It is important to note, though, that it is not so much tea culture itself that has only recently been invented: it has millenia-old history in China. But when it comes to the kind of ceremony—often referred to as gongfu—that is associated with Chinese tea culture today, it is indeed but an amalgam of different traditional brewing methods. The key is to realise that it is only one way of drinking it and is not at all representative, especially not from a historical point-of-view. : )


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