Courses

This course will explore the internal and external determinants of the recent global migration process to Europe. During the semester we invite excellent researchers and experts to share the most important issues in their field with regard to migration and refugee issue. On the one hand the students will be introduced...
Instructor: Antal Örkény
Credits: 2.0
German-speaking historians have contributed significantly to the development of history as an academic discipline. This fact is strongly correlated with the central geographic position of the German cultural sphere on the European continent and the political importance of German states in European history over the...
Instructor: Max Trecker
Credits: 2.0
The course provides an overview of anthropological and ethnographic approaches to one of the great issues of our time - ethnic and national convlict.Beginning from an examination of the relevance of the sociology of nationalism, we move through a series of ethnographic examples to consider problems of political...
Instructor: Michael Stewart
Credits: 2.0
This course offers a problem-oriented approach to the arts in a national context. Alternating between close analysis of selected representative examples and a critical approach to national self-representation in comparative perspective, it aims to introduce students to the creation and display of objects ranging from...
Instructor: Robyn Radway
Credits: 2.0
The Bible played a fundamental role in 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, theology,...
Instructor: György Geréby
Credits: 2.0
Narrative is a basic human strategy for coming to terms with fundamental elements of our experience, such as time, process, and change, and thus this a study of the distinctive nature of narrative and its various structures, elements, uses, and effects would help us in understanding the nature of identities. This...
Instructor: Sanjay Kumar
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, practising, and reflecting upon the conventions of written texts. The course will also address other skills needed for graduate level work in English.During the course, you will:Become more...
Instructor: Sanjay Kumar
Credits: 0.0
Credits: 4.0 (with tutorial), 2.0 (without tutorial)This course explores the broad topic of dynastic states in early modern Eurasian history. More specifically, it seeks to discuss the complex patterns of continuity and change in the key institutions of the so-called 'composite empires' between the 1450s and the early...
Instructor: Günhan Börekçi
Credits: 4.0
Credits: 4.0 (with tutorial), 2.0 (without tutorial)TA: Dan KnoxThis class, with its associated readings and tutorial, will introduce students to recent developments in the study of the late antique eastern Mediterranean. These developments have revised the periodisation, historiography, interpretation, and...
Instructor: Volker Menze
Credits: 4.0
The course will try to give an overview of the history of the Holy Roman Empire in the period between 900 and 1400 A.D. The course will cover the most important political events as well as the legal, social, economic and structural developments. It will also discuss the concepts of the “Holy Roman Empire”, the...
Instructor: Daniel Ziemann, Teaching Assistant: Iliana Kandzha
Credits: 4.0
The course is designed to start with the essentials of European politics – the understanding of democracy, of parliamentary systems, of elections, of parties and interest groups. Based on these essentials, specific political systems will be approached in form of cases studies, always based on a comparative ...
Instructor: Anton Pelinka
Credits: 4.0
Medieval art is discussed traditionally in its stylistic or iconographical framework. However, the majority of medieval historic monuments and works of art were prepared primarily with special goals. Thus a real understanding of many of the great pieces of art cannot be imagined without the knowledge of their original...
Instructor: Béla Zsolt Szakács
Credits: 4.0
The seminar is devoted to the discussion of planned thesis projects. Each student presents his/her plan after which the seminar continues with a discussion of the conceptual framework, research methodology and available literature on the topic of the proposal.
Credits: 1.0
A documentary filmmaking course designed to fit the interests and needs of CEU students across a variety of departments.  With the proliferation of platforms for moving images in both public and private spaces, the ability to communicate through moving images is a basic skill that is becoming ever more important in...
Instructor: Jeremy Braverman
Credits: 2.0
Since this is an advanced seminar, it will be tailored where possible to the specific research interests of the students, who will develop reading texts and presentation strategies in consultation with the instructors. Those whose primary research focus is not Eastern Europe may also introduce appropriate comparative...
Instructor: Alexei Miller
Credits: 2.0
The course aims to foster the critical engagement with recent and classic scholarship on empire and nationalism in 19th – early 20th century. Particular attention will be focused on four continental empires on European periphery – Germany, Habsburg monarchy, the Romanov Empire and the Ottoman Empire. This course...
Instructor: Alexei Miller
Credits: 1.0
 Most multiethnic and multiracial societies are characterized by an unequal distribution of resources between particular ethnic or racial groups.   States can chose to ignore ethnic and racial cleavages and enforce a strict policy of universalism and individual merit, or they can try to devise policies aimed at...
Instructor: Mária M. Kovács
Credits: 4.0
The course is designed to focus on the analysis of federalism using the cases of three rather different systems. Despite the continental dimension, the EU, the US and India have in common, the three systems differ greatly:* The United States, together with Switzerland, is considered the most traditional federal system...
Instructor: Anton Pelinka
Credits: 4.0
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
Anthropology is the science of humans. Anthropology of religion observes and interprets the phenomenon 'religion' in social and cultural context. Historical anthropology of religion focuses on the beginnings of this approach started in the 19th century. Although the course concentrates mainly on the beginnings, we...
Instructor: András Máté-Tóth
Credits: 2.0
The course will provide an overview and analysis of various state-organized acts of violence, examples of ethnic cleansing, genocides and mass murders during the twentieth century. Questions and events in focus will be examined through a coherent conceptual framework and with a strong comparative aspect. The focus of...
Instructor: Gábor Kádár
Credits: 2.0
The course will provide an overview and analysis of various state-organized acts of violence, examples of ethnic cleansing, genocides and mass murders during the twentieth century. Questions and events in focus will be examined through a coherent conceptual framework and with a strong comparative aspect. The focus of...
Instructor: Gábor Kádár
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 course is made up of twenty-four classes (one hour and forty minutes each). The introductory classes assess the epistemological status and academic relevance of area studies, and explore the intellectual history and ideological connotations of the concepts of historical regions (e.g. “Central Europe” “Eastern...
Credits: 4.0
The seminar, as indicated in the title, complements the general course of historiography with a detailed discussion of all those historical debates, which related the general paradigms of European or world history to the specific problems of the historical region called East-Central Europe.  Conversely, there are also...
Credits: 2.0
Captioned press photos, music videos, illegible handwriting, typographic film, visual poetry, cinema trailers, digital hypertext … the intersections of image and writing are numberless. The course will explore this heterogeneous field by focusing on selected ‘written images’ or ‘pictorial script’ from the 19th century...
Instructor: Ulrich Meurer
Credits: 2.0
The course is designed to provide an overview of the major issues and questions within the purview of the protection of freedom of religion. Following a theoretical introduction and general discussions about the concept of law and human rights; the balancing of conflicting rights and constitutional values and...
Instructor: András László Pap
Credits: 4.0
The course is designed to provide an overview of the major issues and questions within the purview of the protection of freedom of religion. Following a theoretical introduction and general discussions about the concept of law and human rights; the balancing of conflicting rights and constitutional values and...
Instructor: András László Pap
Credits: 2.0
External Minority Protection The course will concentrate on problems of national self-determination and external minority protection.  We will examine various theories of self-determination, the extent and actual content of self-determination rights, the extent to which self-determination is regarded as a legal right...
Instructor: Maria M. Kovacs
Credits: 4.0
The course will examine the main contemporary theories of nationalism, analyze key concepts and discuss classical debates in the study of nationalism. The course will also serve as a methodological introduction to the study of nationalism. First, we will discuss why nationalism is still an important moving force in...
Instructor: Szabolcs Pogonyi
Credits: 4.0
This course aims to broaden its students’ knowledge and understanding of modern Jewish political behaviour. The starting point is the premise that Jewish politics, both in Europe and the United States, during the first half of the twentieth century, encompassed more than only a one-directional path leading to the...
Instructor: Laura Almagor
Credits: 2.0
 This course will compare Jews and Roma in Europe from a variety of perspectives and experiences, focusing on identity and boundary formation, mobilization patterns, as well as larger discourses about authority and authenticity.  This course will also examine forms of exclusion and hatred directed at Jews and Roma,...
Credits: 2.0
Jews have been identified with the city to such an extent that they are often described as the quintessential urban dwellers.  This course examines the multifaceted and multivalent relationships between Jews and the city, from medieval Europe and North Africa to modern Europe, America and the Middle East.  It explores...
Credits: 4.0
Short SyllabusBig Data is all around us – facebook users, records on citizens, the network of neurons in the brain, routes of migrants, impact of publications. The Data itself is neither good or evil, however, it can be used for either purposes. The availability and analysis of big data opens up enormous opportunities...
Instructor: Miklós Koren, Arieda Muço, Chrys Margaritidis, Jozsef Martin, Transparency International Hungary), Roberta Sinatra, Karoly Boroczky
Credits: 2.0
Medieval political thought is usually characterised by the opposition of Church and Empire, or the Pope and the secular ruler. The course will look at the development of these ideas from early Christianity’s conflict with the Roman Empire through the “Constantinian turn,” and then its ramifications into what is...
Instructor: György Geréby
Credits: 2.0
The course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the major issues and questions within the purview of minority protection. Following a theoretical introduction and general discussions about the concept and evolution of minority rights and various rights-based approaches to recognizing minorities, such as...
Instructor: András László Pap
Credits: 4.0
The course will provide a context for the research trajectory which will be dealt with,  in a more condensed form, in the lecture. The readings will focus on the relationship  between history and morphology, history and antiquarianism, antiquarianism and connoisseurship.
Instructor: Carlo Ginzburg
Credits: 1.0
This course aims to introduce students to the basic debates and methodologies of the digital humanities (DH), and to think through how these approaches and methods might best be applied in their respective (historical or other humanities) projects and disciplines. After tracing how this interdisciplinary field has...
Credits: 2.0
In this course we focus on social, political and cultural transformations of the East Central Europe, by which we understand the territories of the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth that in the late eighteenth century were incorporated into the Romanov, Habsburg, and Hohenzollern monarchies, and through the...
Credits: 4.0
The course will concentrate on the most influential sociological and social-psychological theories of nationalism, national, ethnic, supranational and transnational identity, national feeling, majority-minority relations and ethnic conflicts. After a general introduction, the lectures will deal with sociological and...
Instructor: Andras Kovacs
Credits: 4.0
Course description: The course intends to approach the topic of Nationalism from the perspective of Political Theory. After more history oriented viewpoints, the course will focus on different concepts contemporary political theory is using – like modernization, totalitarianism, democracy, transformation. The aspect...
Instructor: Anton Pelinka
Credits: 4.0
After the turbulent years of the 1990s marked by state disintegrations and the ensuing ethnic conflicts, more peaceful mobilizations followed reaching well into the 2000s leading to further state fragmentations. During the last decade, new nationalisms have sprung up in the EU and elsewhere. Currently, ethnic...
Instructor: Beáta Huszka
Credits: 2.0
List of classes:1.   January 9 - Class 1: Introduction: Studying Populism: Approaches and Case Studies (Constantin Iordachi, Erin Jenne)2.   January 16 - Class 2: The psychology of radicalism and populism (Levente Litvay)3.   January 23 - Class 3: Populism in the United States: From Theodore Roosevelt to Donald Trump...
Credits: 2.0
The goal of this course is to develop your confidence and competence as a writer in an academic context. To this end, we will spend the year cultivating the skills necessary for writing well-organized, logically sound, and rhetorically effective papers. We will work on organizational strategies, stylistic finesse,...
Instructor: Szabolcs Pogonyi
Credits: 2.0
How many Roma are there? Who is Roma and who is not? These questions shaped the narratives on Roma by governments and scholars soon after Roma’s arrival in Europe. To date, answers to these questions vary depending on the position of authority of those who investigate them. However, very few existing narratives...
Instructor: Iulius Rostas
Credits: 2.0
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 takes its departure from that of Michael Stewart on "Anthropological Approaches to Ethnicity, Racism and Nationalism." It is deliberately planned to couple the theories, concepts, methodological assumptions, and empirical investigations of anthropology with the respective building-blocks in the sociology of...
Instructor: Julia Szalai
Credits: 2.0
Gender based violence is one of the main social forces producing and reproducing gender inequality. Brought to international and national policy agendas by feminist movements it has lately become a core policy issue discussed not just in the framework of gender equality but related to policies on human rights, crime...
Credits: 2.0
Renaissance Studies form a connecting link between medieval studies and modern history, just as the Renaissance is often referred to as the "early modern" period between the Middle Ages and modernity. The familiar labels attached to the Renaissance since its first historical construction by Jacob Burckhardt, such as "...
Instructor: Gyorgy E. Szonyi
Credits: 2.0
This course will focus on ethnic prejudice and specifically on the sociological understanding of prejudice against certain minority groups. We will examine the most influential classical theories of prejudice and will deal with the more recent developments in this field of research. At the same time, the course will...
Instructor: Luca Váradi
Credits: 4.0

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