Open Week 2022

October 24, 2022

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This year, the Department of Medieval Studies is organising a series of open events to give prospective students a taste of studying with us. In particular, we strongly encourage prospective PhD students to join our How to Apply for a PhD workshop on 10 November. For prospective MA students, we have a series of open classes on topics that range from sexuality to manuscript studies.

Like our Open Day itself and Medievalisms discussion, all these events are open to everyone and we look forward to welcoming participants from around the world.

This is the current schedule of events. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at


Our first recruitment event was held on 10 November, 2022 at 15:40-16:30 (CET). Prospective doctoral students were invited to join us online and learn how to apply for a PhD. Faculty, staff and current students guided them through the application process and answered questions.

This Open Week, the Department of Medieval Studies will be offering five open classes, allowing prospective students to get a taste of what it’s like to study with us. The program is as follows:  

On Monday 14 November, prospective students are invited to join us online for an Intermediate Latin class. Starting at 15:40 (CET) and lasting for 75 minutes, our faculty member and Byzantine specialist Baukje van der Berg will guide students through Latin grammar and modern editions of medieval texts.  

There will be a second opportunity to join this class on Friday 18 November, 8:50-10:05 (CET).  

On Tuesday 15 November, explore Sexuality and Queerness in the medieval and modern world. On a weekly basis, the history and medieval departments share this class with the aim of fostering innovative comparisons between periods. Prospective students are invited to join us for this session where, over 180 minutes starting at 13:30 (CET), there will be discussion based on original source texts and modern theory. All participants will be provided with the readings before the class. 

The same afternoon, 15:40-17:20 (CET), we invite students to join our Gospels, Graffiti, Grocery Lists class on writing culture and its material evidence in antiquity and the Middle Ages. It is taught by Volker Menze, who is also the director of our PhD program.

On Wednesday 16 November, 15:40-17:20 (CET), prospective students are invited to join our Empires course. This class is also shared with the history department, encouraging comparisons between historical periods. In this session, the effect of gender on empire will be discussed, including the question of whether empires were established in order to facilitate sexual exploitation. All participants will be provided with the readings before the class. 

The number of participants in each class is limited, so we recommend registering as soon as possible. Register here.

Friday 18 November is CEU’s Open Day, where we encourage students to join us either in person at the CEU Vienna campus or online around the world. Following the Latin class described above, we will hold a hybrid Meet the Department session where faculty, staff and current students will be available to answer any and all questions from prospective students. Our MA program director, PhD director and Head of Department will describe the department, the courses we offer and the application process. Student representatives can answer questions from their perspective, including community life and the academic experience. 

Our academic coordinators will have open hours immediately after this session, where students who attend in person can ask any further questions.  

Faculty also welcome enquires from potential students at any time. If you would like to apply but have no prospective supervisor in mind, please contact and we will be happy to help.  

Register here.

Two weeks after our Open Day, we will host a webinar on The Middle Ages and Us. On Friday 2 December at 3pm (CET), our PhD student, Jack Wilson, will moderate a group discussion as faculty and students explore the impact of the medieval world on our modern lives. 

If you are interested in the subject, check out our Medievalisms conferences 

This will be followed by a How to Apply for an MA workshop, lead by our MA program director, Katalin Szende.


We look forward to meeting you!

In the meantime, find last year's Meet the Department here: Meet the Department of Medieval Studies ( We also encourage you to join our public lectures and book launch.