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
Historical thought in non-European traditions is not only of relevance to scholars of non-European history. This class engages with the rich tradition of Arab historiography and with primary sources and secondary literature in Arabic language frequently met by classical and modern historians. Understanding these texts...
Instructor: Nadia Al-Bagdadi
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Instructor: Mike Griffin
Credits: 2.0
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
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 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
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
Format: The reading class is an exercise in the analysis of primary sources. It is meant as a seminar accompanying lecture "Religion and Political Thought: Europe 1200-1700". Therefore, this reading class should only be take in combination with the lecture. For details about the course content please see the syllabus...
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
The course offers a general introduction to the relationship between science and religion from classical antiquity to the modern period. Are they incompatible, independent, compatible, or cooperative? We will survey various scholarly theses about this issue and examine the senses in which natural philosophy could...
Instructor: Karl Hall
Credits: 2.0
 In turbulent times, artists have had various social roles and commitments to history, politics and ideology. These roles and commitments went far beyond the notion of their traditionally conceived role as visual entertainers, and as providers of pure aesthetic pleasure. The course will focus on modern, 19th and 20th ...
Instructor: Edit Andras
Credits: 4.0
"On my way to the bakery on the morning of August 7, 1945, I stopped to glance at a newspaper and discovered President Truman's announcement that at eight a.m. the previous day, August 6, an atom bomb of enormous destructive power had been dropped on Hiroshima. I was so stunned that my legs practically gave way. There...
Instructor: Karl Hall
Credits: 4.0
Looking back from the 21st century the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy can be interpretated like an early form of the European Union. (Common economical system and politics etc.) This four credit course will focus on the major structural elements, social and economical contradictions of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy; the...
Instructor: András Gerő
Credits: 4.0
The elective seminar is designed to provide a larger comparative and entangled view on the Soviet history from Lenin to Stalin. MA and PhD students are welcome. The course discusses the comparative and entangled perspectives on Soviet history, using both contemporaneous and diachronic cases (e.g. pre-WWI empires and...
Instructor: Alexandr Voronovici
Credits: 2.0
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, and British;...
Instructor: Tolga U. Esmer, Niels Gaul
Credits: 2.0
The course offers a general introduction to the relationship between science and religion from classical antiquity to the modern period. Are they incompatible, independent, compatible, or cooperative? We will survey various scholarly theses about this issue and examine the senses in which natural philosophy could...
Instructor: Karl Hall , Marianne Saghy
Credits: 2.0
The course provides a systematic introduction to the history and historiography of two political ideologies, set of movements, and regimes which have greatly shaped Central Europe’s development in the twentieth century: fascism and communism. A main purpose of the course is to critically question the analytical...
Credits: 4.0
Studies of Visual Culture represent much more than research into images or works of art.  They are based on multidisciplinary and cross-faculty approaches concerning a variety of aspects that constitute the visual world as well as its perception and creation by humans. Therefore, they also mean a particular broadening...
Credits: 2.0
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) excitement of finding women in the archives. We will address the history of women’s and gender...
Instructor: Francisca de Haan
Credits: 2.0
The course examines the process of violent demise of socialist Yugoslavia. It is organized around four levels od analysis: (1) crisis and collapse of the country, (2) wars which erupted on its ruins, (3) crimes committed in the course of warfare and (4) attempts to prosecute those responsible. To that end, the course...
Instructor: Vladimir Petrovic
Credits: 4.0