Courses

A historical conundrum exists in the former Soviet Union. As the Soviet past begins to fade, the memory of the Second World War – or the Great Patriotic War as it was known – remains rooted in public life, becoming more prominent and contentious than ever before. Victory Day (May 9) continues to serve as a...
Instructor: Charles Shaw
Credits: 2.0
RELI 6002 CEU University-Wide Doctoral Seminar: Reason, Unreason and Nature in ReligionInstructor: Aziz Al-Azmeh (Department of History and Center for Religious Studies)Host Department: Center for Religious StudiesCross listed: History, Philosophy, Sociology, Cognitive SciencesCredits: 2 creditsStatus: Elective;...
Instructor: Aziz Al-Azmeh
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
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
The term “metropolis” describes the giant city, a phenomenon always transcending the limits of its provincial counterparts in population, economic strength and political influence. One of the most remarkable ancient models was Megalopolis built in Arcadia between 371 and 368 B.C. The giant city both as an urban form...
Instructor: Gabor Gyani
Credits: 2.0
The fields of Eastern European and Soviet history have been greatly enriched by transnational approaches in recent years, refining our understanding of mobility across the Iron Curtain, and illuminating such spheres as competitive consumption with the West, cultural and technological exchanges, and internationalism in...
Credits: 2.0
 Surprisingly few scholars who work on South Eastern Europe manage to read broadly across other fields and disciplines to make their work relevant to people outside the boundaries of their own nation-state and the small international scholarly community that focuses on the region.  Creating a social science framework...
Instructor: Tolga U. Esmer
Credits: 2.0
This course is a comparative exploration of conceptions and practices of memory among thinkers in pre-modern China and Europe, from antiquity through the middle ages. Addressing both the psychology of memory and the place of memory in cultural life, it considers such issues as: images for describing and explaining...
Instructor: Curie Virag
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 Bible played a fundamental role in many and varied ways in the formation of the intellectual (and also material) culture of the Middle Ages. The “language and the logic of the Bible” shaped (to different degrees) the form of the church as an institution, her legal system, the liturgy, the sermons, iconography,...
Instructor: György Geréby
Credits: 2.0
This course will offer an introduction into the dynamics of the fifteenth-century European diffusion of Renaissance humanism by focusing on the example of Venetian Dalmatia.The first decades of the fifteenth century witnessed the transformation of humanism from what had been a pursuit of a handful of literati into a...
Instructor: Luka Spoljaric
Credits: 1.0
This course uses the example of the Habsburg Monarchy to examine crucial issues of political organization in early modern Europe. Though a composite and highly asymmetric structure, comprising regions and societies of very different traditions, laws, nations, tongues, faiths, and socio-economic patterns, the Habsburg...
Instructor: Petr Maťa
Credits: 4.0
This course examines the political and economic changes that took place in the Middle East – both in the Ottoman Empire and in Iran- in the age of nationalism and imperialism. The periodization employed in this class, roughly beginning with the nineteenth century and ending with the settlements after the Great War,...
Instructor: Dr. Hazal Papuccular
Credits: 4.0
The course will focus on the various manifestations of radical identity-politics and criticism of modernity which became prominent in the interwar Europe. All this can be described as the emergence of an anti-modernist discourse. Obviously, anti-modernism cannot be equated with a-modernity. It was rather an internal...
Instructor: Balázs Trencsényi
Credits: 4.0
The seminar will discuss ruins of different historical periods from different point of views, giving a general overview on issues related to architectural history, building archaeology, history of ideas, monument protection and management of built heritage. It will take into consideration the social, economic,...
Instructor: József Laszlovszky
Credits: 2.0
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

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