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
The goal of the course is to develop the students' ability to read Russian-language secondary sources. It will introduce the students to the key Russian historiographical concepts, debates, writing styles and the language usage in historical sources. The classes will be organized around reading and discussing specific...
Instructor: Anna Mazanik
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
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
Growing recognition of cross-disciplinary applicability and importance made Geographic Information Systems (GIS) a popular approach in the Humanities. 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
We will look at some of the major arguments for the existence of God, in both their historical forms, and in the more modern versions. This will include especially the ontological argument, the first cause argument, and the argument from design. Then we will move on to consider some of the properties traditionally...
Instructor: Howard Robinson
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...
Credits: 2.0
This is an elective course for doctoral candidates intended to foster academic research methods and writing skills that are hoped to enable the participants to actively engage with scholarly life and discourse as professionals. At this stage students are expected to work on developing a clear statement of dissertation...
Instructor: Zsuzsanna Reed
Credits: 1.0
The members of the seminar will try to come to terms with the historical validity of narratives, confessions, and biographies of the accused produces under duress. The class will analyze both police, and court documents, censored diaries, pseudo-autobiographies, but also attempts that try to interpret, make use and...
Instructor: Istvan Rev
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: 4.0
The final decades of the Ottoman period and the dawn of the Turkish Republic mark a period of rapid and profound change. It has inspired a great deal of recent academic work due to its importance in the broader arc of regional and global history combined with the abundance of sources available for use. This course...
Instructor: Brett Wilson
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 introduce students to the latest methodological and theoretical developments in the field of labor history. Over the past decades, labor history established itself as one of the more innovative sub-fields of social history, reaching across disciplinary borders into the neighboring domains...
Instructor: Adrian Grama
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
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
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
Recent research in Jewish cultural history, following post-modernist or situational perspectives, has voiced strong objections against any essential definition of Jewishness. In Judaism, with its characteristic absence of a central authority, religious and cultural norms indeed presented themselves often as matters of...
Instructor: Carsten L. Wilke
Credits: 2.0
The course aims at dealing with the emergence of late medieval and early modern scientific practices that is the more concentrated efforts of experimenting nature, empiricism and offering new interpretations. The context for discussing scientific advancement is the contemporary intellectual network, the Republic of...
Instructor: Marcell Sebők
Credits: 2.0
Sufism – often referred to as Islamic mysticism - is one of the major traditions of asceticism, piety, and scholarship that has evolved in the lands shaped by Muslim rule and/or the practice of Islam. It is also a key nexus for European intellectual life and the Islamic world, inspiring curiosity as well as revulsion...
Instructor: Brett Wilson
Credits: 2.0
This course is a survey of the emergence and development of the caliphates as imperial systems in the context of late antique and later political, social, religious and economic conditions, and in the regions stretching from Iran to Spain, albeit with special emphasis on the eastern Mediterranean region. It will start...
Instructor: Aziz Al-Azmeh
Credits: 2.0
The recent academic career of "Visual Studies" has an important component, which examines the role of images (whether moving, pictorial, or verbal) in defining culture and constituting its mediality. Studies of Visual Culture represent much more than research into pictures, let alone works of art.  This scholarly...
Instructor: Gyorgy E. Szonyi
Credits: 2.0
This course introduces students to the history of as well as contentious debates regarding the Ottoman Empire’s long presence and legacies in the Balkan Peninsula.  The first half of each meeting will consist of a brief lecture component in which the instructor provides the students with a long-duree lens to...
Instructor: Tolga U. Esmer
Credits: 4.0
Few aspects of early modern statecraft left more traces in written and visual sources than the activities of diplomats and those who represented states in less official capacity. Traditional historiography has connected the history of diplomacy with the rise of the nation state, bureaucrats, and official documents...
Instructor: Jan Hennings
Credits: 4.0
This seminar offers a combination of in-depth reading of selected classic texts elaborating central concepts in the study of religion, and approaching themes relevant to the specific research interests of seminar participants. In an effort to bring into discussion students of pre-modern and modern periods from...
Instructor: Nadia Al-Bagdadi
Credits: 2.0
This seminar offers a combination of in-depth reading of selected classic texts elaborating central concepts in the study of religion, and approaching themes relevant to the specific research interests of seminar participants. In an effort to bring into discussion students of pre-modern and modern periods from...
Instructor: Nadia Al-Bagdadi
Credits: 2.0
The course goal is to present new developments in the research of ethnogenesis processes and the questions of nationalism and nation-building in a longue durée perspective. Questions of ethnogenesis have been intensively dominated by national historiography and closely linked with the political processes of the...
Credits: 2.0
Since the seventies of the twentieth century historical research has shown an increasing interest in the fields of Women and Gender Studies and their integration into the analyses of the past. In its further development, the interest in gender as a historical category has moved away from rather dealing with isolated...
Credits: 2.0
This Topical Survey course offers an overview of the development of towns in Europe from  Late Antiquity to the twenty-first century, in other words from their post-Roman origins through their medieval and Early Modern transformations to industrialization and the contemporary urbanism. The course will primarily focus...
Credits: 2.0
The course is giving an overview of recent research and source publications on this topic. We will examine both medieval and early modern theories on “superstition”, “magic”, demonology, and modern explanations thereof: scapegoating, nightmares, panic, witch hunting. Historical sources will include manuals of ritual...
Instructor: Gábor Klaniczay
Credits: 2.0