Courses

Looking back from the 21st century the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy can be interpreted like an early form of the European Union (common economic system and politics, etc.) This four-credit course will focus on the major structural elements, the social and economic contradictions of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, and the...
Instructor: András Gerő
Credits: 4.0
The goal of the course is to develop the students' ability to read Russian-language secondary sources. It will introduce the students to the key Russian historiographical concepts, debates, writing styles and the language usage in historical sources. The classes will be organized around reading and discussing specific...
Instructor: Anna Mazanik
Credits: 2.0
This course offers a problem-oriented approach to the arts in a national context. Alternating between deep analysis of selected representative examples and a critical approach to national self-representation in comparative perspective, it aims to introduce students to the creation and display of objects ranging from...
Instructor: Robyn Radway
Credits: 2.0
This class combines a basic survey in Islamic history based on lectures in the first half with seminar discussions on assigned readings in the second half of the each class that examine scholarship and approaches to Islamic borderlands and frontiers from early Islamic conquests in the 7th century to the rising threat...
Instructor: Tolga U. Esmer
Credits: 2.0
This class combines a basic survey in Islamic history based on lectures in the first half with seminar discussions on assigned readings in the second half of the each class that examine scholarship and approaches to Islamic borderlands and frontiers from early Islamic conquests in the 7th century to the rising threat...
Instructor: Tolga U. Esmer
Credits: 2.0
Narrative is a basic human strategy for coming to terms with fundamental elements of our experience, such as time, process, and change, and thus this a study of the distinctive nature of narrative and its various structures, elements, uses, and effects would help us in understanding the nature of identities. This...
Instructor: Sanjay Kumar
Credits: 2.0
This in an introductory course in the developing field of studies on communism and gender, in which we will explore historical, theoretical and global perspectives on the topic.Mainstream narratives about communism in Europe or China depict it as oppressive, gloomy, and a failure. In 1956 Soviet leader Joseph Stalin’s...
Instructor: Francisca de Haan
Credits: 2.0
The purpose of the course is to familiarize students with the aims, rationale, methods, and various cases of comparative studies in the social sciences and in historiography, with a focus on recent criticism of the comparative approach and the innovative “paradigms” proposed to overcome its shortcomings. In order to...
Credits: 2.0
The course will try to give an overview of the history of the Holy Roman Empire in the period between 900 and 1400 A.D. The course will cover the most important political events as well as the legal, social, economic and structural developments. It will also discuss the concepts of the “Holy Roman Empire”, the...
Instructor: Daniel Ziemann, Teaching Assistant: Iliana Kandzha
Credits: 4.0
The recent scholarly interest in communication processes and media has opened new approaches to the ways in which the so-called book religions have placed supreme authority in a certain canonic text, considered to be the unfallibly truthful message of the divinity. Sanctified by its long-duration transmission, the...
Instructor: Carsten L. Wilke
Credits: 2.0
Growing recognition of cross-disciplinary applicability and importance made Geographic Information Systems (GIS) a popular approach in the Humanities. Until lately maps development and spatial analysis had been a prerogative of cartographers and, later, experts in specialized computer software (early GIS packages)....
Instructor: Viktor Lagutov
Credits: 2.0
The aim of this course is to help you develop as a writer within the English speaking academic community by raising awareness of, practicing, and reflecting upon the conventions of written texts. In addition to addressing issues related to academic writing, the course will also focus on the other skills you will need...
Credits: 2.0
This is an elective course for doctoral candidates intended to foster academic research methods and writing skills that are hoped to enable the participants to actively engage with scholarly life and discourse as professionals. At this stage students are expected to work on developing a clear statement of dissertation...
Instructor: Zsuzsanna Reed
Credits: 1.0
The members of the seminar will try to come to terms with the historical validity of narratives, confessions, and biographies of the accused produces under duress. The class will analyze both police, and court documents, censored diaries, pseudo-autobiographies, but also attempts that try to interpret, make use and...
Instructor: Istvan Rev
Credits: 2.0
A filmmaking course for historians and those in related fields combining theoretical and practical components. The theoretical part of the course surveys classical and experimental documentary films and discusses the mechanisms of constructing and challenging established visual historical narratives. Introduction to...
Credits: 4.0
This mandatory MA historiography seminar addresses the emergence and recent transformations of the Mediterranean as an historical object. The first part of the course will offer an overview of the historiography of the Mediterranean from Braudel to his most recent critics, and situate this historiography within the...
Instructor: Brett Wilson, Volker Menze
Credits: 2.0
This Grand Debates course invites students to critically discuss major historiographical approaches to the history of Russia and Eurasia over the longue durée and to set a framework in which they can probe broader historiographical concepts and interrogate their own research interests.Russian historiography has...
Instructor: Charles Shaw, Jan Hennings
Credits: 2.0
FormatThe course is divided into a lecture, mandatory for students in the 2YMA program, and a seminar (mandatory for students in the 1YMA program, elective for all others. The lecture will consist of a presentation by the instructors followed by half an hour of questions and in-class discussion.ContentRepresenting...
Credits: 4.0
Captioned press photos, music videos, illegible handwriting, typographic film, visual poetry, cinema trailers, digital hypertext … the intersections of image and writing are numberless. The course will explore this heterogeneous field by focusing on selected ‘written images’ or ‘pictorial script’ from the 19th century...
Instructor: Ulrich Meurer
Credits: 2.0
The final decades of the Ottoman period and the dawn of the Turkish Republic mark a period of rapid and profound change. It has inspired a great deal of recent academic work due to its importance in the broader arc of regional and global history combined with the abundance of sources available for use. This course...
Instructor: Brett Wilson
Credits: 2.0
Historians routinely engage in comparisons. But not all history is comparative history. What distinguishes comparative historians is that they make more or less explicit use of comparison as a method traditionally based in the social sciences. More recently, transnational and global approaches to the past have thrown...
Instructor: Jan Hennings
Credits: 2.0
The aim of this course is to help you develop as a writer within the English speaking academic community by raising awareness of, practicing, and reflecting upon the conventions of written texts. In addition to addressing issues related to academic writing, the course will also focus on the other skills you will need...
Instructor: Robin Bellers
Credits: 2.0
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the latest methodological and theoretical developments in the field of labor history. Over the past decades, labor history established itself as one of the more innovative sub-fields of social history, reaching across disciplinary borders into the neighboring domains...
Instructor: Adrian Grama
Credits: 2.0
This course is designed to assist MA students in their academic writing skills.
Instructor: Zsuzsanna Reed
Credits: 1.0
With this course the systematic work of two-year MA students towards their thesis begins. It opens with an introduction of the course participants and a discussion of the prospectus guidelines. In week 2 exemplary prospectuses will be critically discussed.Starting from week 3 discussions of individual thesis ideas...
Credits: 0.0
This one-week workshop links the Prospectus Writing Seminar with the Thesis Planning Seminar. It opens with an introduction of the course participants and continues with a discussion of the prospectus guidelines. Exemplary prospectuses will be discussed critically. Students will pre-circulate a draft of their thesis...
Instructor: Balázs Nagy, Jan Hennings
Credits: 2.0
This course is a history of media in communist societies with particular attention to the modes and institutions of production, dissemination, and reception in an international context. The course begins with the premise that the mass media - the press (increasingly accessible in conjunction with the literacy campaign...
Instructor: Marsha Siefert
Credits: 4.0
In this course we focus on social, political and cultural transformations of the East Central Europe, by which we understand the territories of the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth that in the late eighteenth century were incorporated into the Romanov, Habsburg, and Hohenzollern monarchies, and through the...
Credits: 4.0
Peasants in general made up the great majority of the constituencies claimed by the region’s national movements and budding nation states. The course invites students to map out continuities and ruptures in the peasantry’s collective identifications during the long nineteenth century and to assess how far peasants...
Instructor: Agoston Berecz
Credits: 2.0
PhD Tutorial I is devoted to developing the structure, topics and faculty committee for the PhD Comprehensive Exam. This involves preparing the bibliography of at least 100 books and articles on topics related to the dissertation and to composing an essay explaining their selection. One group session also addresses...
Instructor: Marsha Siefert
Credits: 2.0
It is expected that students will hone their ability to present their research dissertation project, with an emphasis on their working hypothesis and research methodology; will develop their capacity to engage in debates over the comparative history of the region and to respond comprehensively to complex inquiries;...
Instructor: Constantin Iordachi
Credits: 2.0
The course combines an introduction to the major methodological developments in the history of political ideas with a thematic overview of the history of modern political thought in our region. It uses the excerpts, previously unavailable in English, provided by the collective project Regional Identity Discourses in...
Instructor: Balázs Trencsényi
Credits: 4.0
This is the first part of a two-term Middle English reading workshop which provides an introduction to reading a variety of sources, both literary and historical, verse and prose, ‘popular’ and scholarly / theoretical, from the Middle English period in the broadest sense of the label, ranging from the 12th century to...
Instructor: Tamás Karath
Credits: 1.0
The reading class is an exercise in the analysis of primary sources. It complements the lecture on Religious and Political Thought in the Age of Reformation. All texts correspond to the respective lectures given earlier the same week, which will provide the intellectual and historical background for each set of texts...
Instructor: Matthias Riedl
Credits: 2.0
The temporal focus of the course is on the first half of the 16th century; however, in order to provide the necessary context, earlier reform movements (Hussites, Devotio Moderna, Biblical Humanism) will be taken into consideration. The course will focus on intellectual history and explore the thought of key figures...
Instructor: Matthias Riedl
Credits: 2.0
The comparative historical analysis of revolutions and civil wars calls for interdisciplinary dialogue between sociology, political science, and history.  Revolutions and civil wars bring radical changes in social structures as well as in states’ functions and political structures that must be studied both internally...
Instructor: Julián Casanova
Credits: 4.0
Recent research in Jewish cultural history, following post-modernist or situational perspectives, has voiced strong objections against any essential definition of Jewishness. In Judaism, with its characteristic absence of a central authority, religious and cultural norms indeed presented themselves often as matters of...
Instructor: Carsten L. Wilke
Credits: 2.0
The course aims at dealing with the emergence of late medieval and early modern scientific practices that is the more concentrated efforts of experimenting nature, empiricism and offering new interpretations. The context for discussing scientific advancement is the contemporary intellectual network, the Republic of...
Instructor: Marcell Sebők
Credits: 2.0
This class will deal with the collective developments that shaped modern Jewish societies in Europe during the high period of Jewish modernity in 1850-1939. As the emancipation period had disbanded pre-modern autonomous institutions, and secularization trends started weakening the religious norms of Jewish modernity,...
Instructor: Carsten L. Wilke
Credits: 2.0
Sufism – often referred to as Islamic mysticism - is one of the major traditions of asceticism, piety, and scholarship that has evolved in the lands shaped by Muslim rule and/or the practice of Islam. It is also a key nexus for European intellectual life and the Islamic world, inspiring curiosity as well as revulsion...
Instructor: Brett Wilson
Credits: 2.0
This course is a survey of the emergence and development of the caliphates as imperial systems in the context of late antique and later political, social, religious and economic conditions, and in the regions stretching from Iran to Spain, albeit with special emphasis on the eastern Mediterranean region. It will start...
Instructor: Aziz Al-Azmeh
Credits: 2.0
The recent academic career of "Visual Studies" has an important component, which examines the role of images (whether moving, pictorial, or verbal) in defining culture and constituting its mediality. Studies of Visual Culture represent much more than research into pictures, let alone works of art.  This scholarly...
Instructor: Gyorgy E. Szonyi
Credits: 2.0
This course introduces students to the history of as well as contentious debates regarding the Ottoman Empire’s long presence and legacies in the Balkan Peninsula.  The first half of each meeting will consist of a brief lecture component in which the instructor provides the students with a long-duree lens to...
Instructor: Tolga U. Esmer
Credits: 4.0
Few aspects of early modern statecraft left more traces in written and visual sources than the activities of diplomats and those who represented states in less official capacity. Traditional historiography has connected the history of diplomacy with the rise of the nation state, bureaucrats, and official documents...
Instructor: Jan Hennings
Credits: 4.0
This seminar offers a combination of in-depth reading of selected classic texts elaborating central concepts in the study of religion, and approaching themes relevant to the specific research interests of seminar participants. In an effort to bring into discussion students of pre-modern and modern periods from...
Instructor: Nadia Al-Bagdadi
Credits: 2.0
The course goal is to present new developments in the research of ethnogenesis processes and the questions of nationalism and nation-building in a longue durée perspective. Questions of ethnogenesis have been intensively dominated by national historiography and closely linked with the political processes of the...
Credits: 2.0
Since the seventies of the twentieth century historical research has shown an increasing interest in the fields of Women and Gender Studies and their integration into the analyses of the past. In its further development, the interest in gender as a historical category has moved away from rather dealing with isolated...
Credits: 2.0
This Topical Survey course offers an overview of the development of towns in Europe from  Late Antiquity to the twenty-first century, in other words from their post-Roman origins through their medieval and Early Modern transformations to industrialization and the contemporary urbanism. The course will primarily focus...
Credits: 2.0
The course is giving an overview of recent research and source publications on this topic. We will examine both medieval and early modern theories on “superstition”, “magic”, demonology, and modern explanations thereof: scapegoating, nightmares, panic, witch hunting. Historical sources will include manuals of ritual...
Instructor: Gábor Klaniczay
Credits: 2.0
Part of Mandatory “Foundations in Historical Methods and Theories” for Matilda students.This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the field of women’s and gender history and its main concepts, theories and approaches, and to familiarize them with the challenges and (hopefully)...
Instructor: Francisca de Haan
Credits: 2.0