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
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 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
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
The course aims to foster the critical engagement with recent and classic scholarship on empire and nationalism in 19th – early 20th century. Particular attention will be focused on four continental empires on European periphery – Germany, Habsburg monarchy, the Romanov Empire and the Ottoman Empire. This course...
Instructor: Alexei Miller
Credits: 1.0
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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