Courses

The aim of this course is to introduce students to a variety of sources and styles of Hungarian historiography that they can encounter in their own research. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to study primary sources as well as become more familiar with digital and online databases and source editions...
Instructor: Gabor Szegedi
Credits: 2.0
This course aims to offer perspectives on some key and debatable problems in historiography of medieval and imperial Russia, attacking our subjects from a non-ideological, comparative and preferably multidisciplinary angle.More specifically, this course aims:- to analyze comparatively and from the longue durée...
Instructor: Mikhail V. Dmitriev
Credits: 2.0
Historical thought in non-European traditions is not only of relevance to scholars of non-European history. However, without the relevant language competence, major works of non-European traditions remain inaccessible. This class engages with the rich tradition of Arab historiography and with primary sources and...
Instructor: Nadia Al-Bagdadi
Credits: 2.0
The aim of this course is to provide students familiarity with a select set of textual and archival sources related to early modern Ottoman history. More specifically, the course has a focus on the period of 1580-1700, which many scholars today consider the beginning of a long era of “crisis and transformation” in the...
Instructor: Gunhan Borekci
Credits: 2.0
The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (www.osaarchivum.org), one of the most significant Cold War and human rights archives in the world, offers a three-credit interdisciplinary course to the students of the Human Rights Program of the Legal Studies Department. The course includes an introduction to the...
Credits: 3.0
The title of this course is borrowed from Moshe Idel's book published by CEU Press which treats magical ideas and practices in Jewish mysticism aiming at the deification of man, similar to Elijah's ascension or Enoch's translation in the Bible. The ambition to follow their example or to achieve something similar has...
Instructor: Gyorgy E. Szonyi
Credits: 2.0
4 credits = Core class + tutorial2 credits = Core class onlyThis course offers a topical survey of the so-called "General Crisis of the Seventeenth Century" as experienced concurrently in Europe and the Ottoman Empire from the late sixteenth century to the turn of the eighteenth century. Using both a lecture and...
Instructor: Gunhan Borekci
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. But can communist times indeed be...
Instructor: Francisca de Haan
Credits: 4.0
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
“You are what you consume” has been the motto of ‘modern’ societies since the late 19th century. Besides being a key issue among broader economic and political processes, consumption is an important part of identity building. This class will examine 20th century capitalism and socialism through the lens of consumption...
Instructor: Oana Adelina Stefan
Credits: 2.0
This course is intended to assist first year PhD students in preparing for the comprehensive exam by surveying a major regional field. It deals with the vast space of Eastern and East-Central Europe that became the borderland of the Romanov, Habsburg and Hohenzollern empires after the collapse of the Polish-Lithuanian...
Instructor: Alexei Miller
Credits: 2.0
The course will survey recent developments in “Eastern Christian Studies,” particularly as they pertain to the research on Greek-, Slavic-, and Armenian-speaking Christians in the Ottoman Empire between the 14th and 18th centuries. Studies on Christians in the Ottoman Empire have tended to completely disregard the...
Instructor: Tijana Krstić
Credits: 2.0
The course will address the mechanisms of imperial growth and patterns of imperial rule, with special focus on managing cultural, linguistic and religious diversity. We shall mechanisms of transfer from indirect to direct rule and vice versa, mechanisms of nationalization of imperial politics, strategies of...
Instructor: Alexei Miller
Credits: 4.0
The course will address the mechanisms of imperial growth and patterns of imperial rule, with special focus on managing cultural, linguistic and religious diversity. We shall mechanisms of transfer from indirect to direct rule and vice versa, mechanisms of nationalization of imperial politics, strategies of...
Instructor: Alexei Miller
Credits: 4.0
Empires have been a prominent feature of world history: from the Assyrians to the Persians (Achaemenid), Athenians, Romans, Sasanians, and Chinese via the Byzantines, Umayyads, Abbasids and Mongols (not to mention the as yet ‘undiscovered’ empires of the Americas) to the Ottoman, Mughal, Spanish, Dutch, French, and...
Credits: 2.0
This course is designed to introduce students to the methodological and theoretical approaches to cultural history and everyday life experience and apply these approaches to much larger social concerns like the study of empires and their aftermaths.  Until recently, the study of economic, “hard-data” tabulation-types...
Credits: 4.0
On-going debates on the secular and the religious call for a rethinking of the historical, analytical and conceptual frames under which common concepts of these two were conceived. In particular, this rethinking has to integrate changing forms of religious expression and the globalization of religious movements. The...
Instructor: Nadia Al-Bagdadi
Credits: 2.0
This course aims to introduce students to issues that arise in discussions pertaining to state and religion, their connections, intersections, concordances and distinctions, following a discussion of why the issue of religion-state relations arises, and under what circumstances. The approach adopted is intended to...
Instructor: Aziz Al-Azmeh
Credits: 2.0
This exploration of modern Turkish history focuses on political history from the early twentieth century to the present with particular attention to the domestic, regional and international challenges facing the country. Following the foundation of the Turkish Republic in 1923, its leaders embarked on sweeping series...
Instructor: Brett Wilson
Credits: 4.0
We will attempt to explore how gender (“women’s policy”) was understood in different parts of the socialist bloc and in different phases of state socialism. In the Soviet Union the 1920s was an era of gender emancipation and experimentation with various family forms. The high Stalinism of the 1930s put an end to this...
Instructor: Eszter Bartha
Credits: 2.0
This course offers an introduction to a vast field of historical and sociological research at the intersection of gender, medicine, and science in the modern world. We explore the gendered nature of the three interrelated realms of medical and scientific knowledge production, practices, and technologies, together with...
Instructor: Emese Lafferton
Credits: 2.0
Both Russians and Ottomans created multiethnic, multireligious and multicultural land empires, sovereign, but loosely bounded in overlapping borderlands. They emerged in European imaginary as friend or foe around the same time, and their identities were shaped to a large extent by complex interdependencies with the...
Credits: 4.0
Growing recognition of cross-disciplinary applicability and importance made Geographic Information Systems (GIS) a popular approach in historical studies. 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
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
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: 2.0
Film studies has been gaining an increasing share and popularity among the disciplines of the humanities. Films are in many ways connected with historical studies; historical films represent history, at the same time raise a number of theoretical issues about representation, interpretation, hermeneutics, cultural...
Instructor: György Szőnyi
Credits: 2.0
On the eve of the Great War the educated classes of the Habsburg and Romanov Empires remained a tiny elite, even if the universities had begun to facilitate upward social mobility, and more functions for the "intellectual" were gradually taking form. This course explores themes connecting intellectuals and the...
Instructor: Karl Hall
Credits: 4.0
This course aims at the exploration of the two key categories of social, cultural, and intellectual history of modern Eastern Europe in comparative and transnational perspectives. The interconnected formation and transformation of the concepts of “intelligentsia” and “peasantry” will be analyzed in the broader context...
Instructor: Ostap Sereda
Credits: 4.0
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
While this class is offered by Medieval Studies at the PhD level and forms part of the course offer in the Jewish Studies Specialization, it also accepts CEU students at the MA level following more general interests in (inter-)cultural history. The relations between Christians and Jews, which will be explored in this...
Instructor: Carsten L. Wilke
Credits: 2.0
This course is dealing with making and braking of the laws of war, and in particular with appalling crimes committed during the Second World War and their prosecution in the postwar period. It revisits one of the central paradoxes of the 20th century, characterized with extensive use of mass atrocities, yet at the...
Instructor: Vladimir Petrovic
Credits: 2.0
The tutorial is an string of informal and flexible sessions discussing academic writing issues tailored to the needs of participants in workshop format. Sessions: The course entails three 90-minute workshops and three consultations sessions where students will have the opportunity of individual thesis/prospectus...
Instructor: Zsuzsanna Reed
Credits: 0.0
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
Part I of the Thesis Seminar sequence is a writing workshop designed to assist students in the completion of their first research chapters. This is the exciting part! You’ve spent the past year plotting, planning, and researching. Now is the time to launch a trial balloon – your first research-based chapter. Only by...
Instructor: Charles Shaw
Credits: 0.0
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
More so than other regions, the steppe and oases between the Caspian Sea and the Altai mountains – a.k.a. the modern “’stans” – has been shaped by the circulation of humans and the exchange of goods and ideas. Some of these movements – like nomadic migration, sufi networks, religious pilgrimage, and trans-regional...
Instructor: Charles Shaw
Credits: 4.0
 This seminar course aims to explore some selected aspects of a huge problem in historical and cultural studies, that of the “Byzantine-Orthodox Traditions and European Societies, from Middle Ages through the XXth century” from a comparative (Orthodox East and Latin West) angle. Our main objective will be to get...
Instructor: Mikhail V. Dmitriev
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
The course explores, from an interdisciplinary perspective, social mechanisms of political radicalism since the French Revolution. Lectures will introduce different interdisciplinary perspectives, employing approaches from the fields of social and intellectual history, social anthropology, sociology, and political...
Credits: 4.0
The course explores, from an interdisciplinary perspective, social mechanisms of political radicalism since the French Revolution. Lectures will introduce different interdisciplinary perspectives, employing approaches from the fields of social and intellectual history, social anthropology, sociology, and political...
Credits: 4.0
 The course, being a part of the Specialization in Political Thought, will introduce students into the interpretation of modern literary works in the framework of history and other social sciences, particularly in the understanding of political ideologies. We will focus on literary works that aim at social and...
Instructor: Zsolt Czigányik
Credits: 2.0
The seminar will provide students in the Jewish Studies Specialization with the necessary complement to the methodological classes and thesis workshops offered by their departments. Its leading idea is that analytical categories such as modernity, spatio-temporal continuity, cultural embeddedness, social and symbolic...
Instructor: Carsten L. Wilke
Credits: 2.0
This course provides students with a critical approach to the history of race and science in the modern world. We explore how different disciplines within the natural and social sciences were employed in the processes of constructing or exploiting racial theories and creating gendered ethnic, national and imperial...
Instructor: Emese Lafferton
Credits: 4.0
This course is an introduction to a conceptual history of South Asia (India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal) through a study of concepts and themes (e.g: imperialism, post-colonialism, nationalism, globalization, and transnationalism) that have dominated the historiographical methods of the...
Instructor: Sanjay Kumar
Credits: 2.0
Format: The course is be offered as two 2-credit courses. The lecture is mandatory for students registered for the Specialization in Political Thought. It is possible to take the lecture without the concomitant reading class. However, it is not recommended to take the reading class without the lecture.Content:The...
Instructor: Matthias Riedl
Credits: 2.0

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