Courses

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, contribute to building national identity, and help to maintain cultural memory. At the same time they raise a number of...
Instructor: György Szőnyi
Credits: 2.0
This short course will examine intersections between intellectual and scholarly work and filmmaking intended for the public (if not necessarily the popular/mainstream commercial) realm.  Filmmaker Dylan Mohan Gray will present a number of case studies and explore various ethical and cinematic questions and...
Instructor: Dylan Mohan Gray
Credits: 1.0
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
The course offers an overview of the main developments and issues in the philosophical thought of the Latin Middle Ages (cca. ninth to fifteenth centuries), together with its connections to analytical theology (the artes were preparatory to theology). Apart from the issues proper (the emergence of theology as a...
Instructor: György Geréby
Credits: 2.0
Pre-Session, Mandatory for MEDS 1YMA, 2YMA 1st YThe course intends to introduce new medievalist students to the research resources offered by CEU in general and the Department of Medieval Studies in particular, with visits to libraries and museums in Budapest. It also gives an overview of the research facilities and...
Credits: 2.0
The aim of this course is to help you develop as a writer within the English speaking academic community by raising awareness of, practicing, and reflecting upon the conventions of written texts. In addition to addressing issues related to academic writing, the course will also focus on the other skills you will need...
Instructor: Robin Bellers
Credits: 2.0
The aim of this course is to help you develop as a writer within the English speaking academic community by raising awareness of, practicing, and reflecting upon the conventions of written texts. In addition to addressing issues related to academic writing, the course will also focus on the other skills you will need...
Instructor: Eszter Timár
Credits: 2.0
The material and immaterial testimony of Jewish history in Europe is an inseparable component of the continent's cultural heritage, yet it calls for considerations of its own to which this class wants to give a systematic introduction. This seminar will explore the peculiar features of Jewish cultural heritage as a...
Instructor: Carsten L. Wilke
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
The course this year focuses on ancient, late ancient and medieval cosmology. Through a thread of sources, it tackles the approaches taken throughout these periods towards the understanding of the universe. The course gives a general introduction to the ancient, late ancient and medieval notions of science and...
Instructor: Anna Somfai
Credits: 2.0
The aim of the course is to provide tuition in the practical skill of Latin palaeography (book hand). The course focuses on the reading and transcription of various scripts with samples ranging from the 4th to the 15th centuries, covering the whole medieval period. Each class consists of sight reading (reading without...
Instructor: Anna Somfai
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
This course is designed to assist MA students in their academic writing skills.
Instructor: Zsuzsanna Reed
Credits: 1.0
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 one-week workshop links the Prospectus Writing Seminar with the Thesis Planning Seminar. It opens with an introduction of the course participants and continues with a discussion of the prospectus guidelines. Exemplary prospectuses will be discussed critically. Students will pre-circulate a draft of their thesis...
Credits: 2.0
Course Description:  This course is mandatory for all one-year MA students (1YMA/MEDS) and second year two-year MA students (2YMA/HIME) in the medieval track.Writing an MA thesis is conceived of as the central activity of the academic year, assisted by seminars work in each term.The course is divided into two groups...
Credits: 1.0
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 mandatory for all 1Year MA students. The seminar focuses on working with one’s own thesis. During this semester each 1YMA student presents a chapter of his/her proposed thesis (in 10-15 minutes), reflecting the choice of theme, source material, and research methodology. Issues of feasibility need to be...
Credits: 2.0
Part II of the Thesis Seminar sequence is a writing workshop designed to assist students in the completion of selected elements of your thesis. This mandatory, zero-credit course is the continuation of MA Thesis Seminar I, in which students completed their first research chapters. The workshop’s aim is to provide...
Instructor: Brett Wilson
Credits: 0.0
This MA thesis seminar is devoted to discussing a working draft of a research chapter from your MA thesis.  Each student will share and present a first-chapter draft in a seminar format, attended by the thesis supervisor.The author of the chapter will have completed at least 10 pages of the chapter and circulate it at...
Instructor: Marsha Siefert
Credits: 2.0
 Themes: Russian and Western historiography on the Russian Revolution, current Russian approaches to the centenary of the Revolution, and broader intellectual issues of historian’s craft, including questions of objectivity, periodization and “what if?” approaches.
Instructor: Sheila Fitzpatrick
Credits: 1.0
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
Gothic cathedrals, Romanesque monasteries, knightly castles: medieval architecture is one of the most appealing part of art history. However, its language is the most complex and the most difficult for amateurs. Therefore this course offers an introduction into the English terminology of architectural description with...
Instructor: Béla Zsolt Szakács
Credits: 2.0
The aim of the course is to provide familiarity with the medieval manuscript book, the object that transmitted classical and medieval texts and images and now enables us to arrive at a knowledge concerning the environment, interests and scholarship of those who produced and used each codex. The course discusses the...
Instructor: Anna Somfai
Credits: 2.0
In recent years, the situation with regard to cultural heritage issues in Budapest has become exceedingly complex due to a host of factors: there are the continuing historical and political aspects, the increasing economic possibilities, particularly with regard to tourism and the heritage “business,” and ongoing...
Instructor: József Laszlovszky
Credits: 1.0
The course offers a close reading of two of Cusanus’ works: De coniecturis (On Conjectures) from 1441-2, and De visione Dei (On the Vision of God) (1453), completed at the request of the monks of the Benedictine abbey at Tegernsee. The translation will be accompanied by a running commentary, explaining the context and...
Instructor: György Geréby
Credits: 2.0
“Migration is a universal phenomenon; it has always been and will continue to be” (Guy Arnold). It raises a variety of intends as well as political, economic and social issues. Thus, migration is not only to be seen as geographical change of space and interests but is also connected with change or improvement of...
Instructor: Gerhard Jaritz
Credits: 2.0
What has happened and what is being told? Is it not the question that fascinates us through our whole existence, whether in a historical, scientific or personal context? Creating a story out of an event is the creative process of giving meaning to an experience, collective or individual and this narrative framework is...
Instructor: Ildiko Csepregi
Credits: 2.0
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
This course is designed to assist PhD students in their academic writing skills.
Instructor: Zsuzsanna Reed
Credits: 1.0
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
PhD Tutorial II is devoted to writing the PhD dissertation proposal. The first seminar will discuss the essentials of a PhD dissertation proposal, and proposal writing in general. The next part of the tutorial consists of individual hour-long meetings to develop the 20-25 page text of the dissertation proposal. In the...
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 second half of the fourteenth century marks the beginning of academic education in East Central Europe. In less than two decades, three major centres of learning were founded that are still in existence today: the universities of Prague (1348), Cracow (1364) and Vienna (1365). While their early period was marked...
Instructor: Edit Anna Lukács
Credits: 1.0
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, 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
The early centuries of the Islamic era mark one of the most active periods in Christian-Muslim encounters. The dramatic expansion of the Islamic state in the seventh and eighth centuries had brought substantial populations of Christians under Islamic rule, quickly leading to encounters in which fundamental questions...
Instructor: David Thomas
Credits: 1.0
The course intends to give a snapshot introduction into the development of Christian theology and medieval philosophy by focussing on one of the most paradoxical pieces of late antique literature, the Dionysian Corpus and its fate in East and West throughout the centuries. This Corpus, consisting of four short...
Instructor: István Perczel
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
The course provides an introduction to the deciphering and understanding of medieval Latin documents of mainly legal, administrative and economic contents, through the reading of selected examples from the tenth to the sixteenth century. The main emphasis will be on developing practical skills: understanding special...
Instructor: Katalin Szende
Credits: 2.0
The course provides an introduction to the deciphering and understanding of medieval Latin documents of mainly legal, administrative and economic contents, through the reading of selected examples from the tenth to the sixteenth century. The main emphasis will be on developing practical skills: understanding special...
Instructor: Katalin Szende
Credits: 2.0
The age of Justinian was one of deep political and intellectual change, a kind of watershed. What is most well known about this age is the wars in Africa and Italy, the building of the Hagia Sophia and the closure of the Platonist Academy in Athens. This course will go beyond these stereotypes and will present the...
Instructor: István Perczel
Credits: 2.0

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