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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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