Courses

German-speaking historians have contributed significantly to the development of history as an academic discipline. This fact is strongly correlated with the central geographic position of the German cultural sphere on the European continent and the political importance of German states in European history over the...
Instructor: Max Trecker
Credits: 2.0
This course offers a problem-oriented approach to the arts in a national context. Alternating between close 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
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
Credits: 4.0 (with tutorial), 2.0 (without tutorial)This course explores the broad topic of dynastic states in early modern Eurasian history. More specifically, it seeks to discuss the complex patterns of continuity and change in the key institutions of the so-called 'composite empires' between the 1450s and the early...
Instructor: Günhan Börekçi
Credits: 4.0
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
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
The course is made up of twenty-four classes (one hour and forty minutes each). The introductory classes assess the epistemological status and academic relevance of area studies, and explore the intellectual history and ideological connotations of the concepts of historical regions (e.g. “Central Europe” “Eastern...
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
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
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
This is a required core seminar for students in the Science Studies specialization, but it is open to other students with the permission of the instructors. The selection of course readings does not assume any prior training in history and sociology of science, and for that reason the readings will perform a dual...
Instructor: Karl Hall
Credits: 2.0
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 course aims to introduce students to the basic debates and methodologies of the digital humanities (DH), and to think through how these approaches and methods might best be applied in their respective (historical or other humanities) projects and disciplines. After tracing how this interdisciplinary field has...
Credits: 2.0
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
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 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
Renaissance Studies form a connecting link between medieval studies and modern history, just as the Renaissance is often referred to as the "early modern" period between the Middle Ages and modernity. The familiar labels attached to the Renaissance since its first historical construction by Jacob Burckhardt, such as "...
Instructor: Gyorgy E. Szonyi
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