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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
During this course students get familiar with the history and cultural heritage of the region to be visited and prepare short essays for the field trip booklet, on the basis of critical reading of existing scholarship. This provides them opportunity to review scholarly literature (often on subjects that are not...
Credits: 2.0
This course is meant to equip all students enrolled at the Medieval Studies Department with a basic knowledge of Latin as a “technical language” still used today in academic environments. To this purpose, the course will provide an overview of several types of source publications and secondary literature from various...
Credits: 0.0
This course is meant to equip all students enrolled at the Medieval Studies Department with a basic knowledge of Latin as a “technical language” still used today in academic environments. To this purpose, the course will provide an overview of several types of source publications and secondary literature from various...
Credits: 0.0
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 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: Thomas Rooney
Credits: 2.0
This course aims at developing the skills of advanced and intermediate students of Greek for reading philosophical texts . The text to be read is II.9 (33), to which Plotinus’ pupil Porphyry gave the title “Against the Gnostics”. In fact, it is only the final part of Plotinus’ (204/5-269/70) big anti-Gnostic treatise...
Instructor: István Perczel, Csaba Ötvös
Credits: 2.0
The aim of this course is to introduce students to a variety of sources and styles of Hungarian historiography that they can encounter in their own research. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to study primary sources as well as become more familiar with digital and online databases and source editions...
Instructor: Gabor Szegedi
Credits: 2.0
Careful reading of a Latin text, paying particular attention to syntax and vocabulary, with the aim of increasing reading fluency. A possible text is Augustine, De Civitate Dei, depending on need and interest. Interested students are encouraged to get in touch with Gina (gwhite@princeton.edu) with any requests or...
Instructor: Gina White
Credits: 2.0
This is a required course for probationary doctoral candidates intended to foster academic research methods and writing skills that will enable incoming PhD students to participate fully in scholarly life and discourse as professionals. It is designed as a venue for each student to develop a strong dissertation...
Instructor: Zsuzsanna Reed
Credits: 1.0
Historical thought in non-European traditions is not only of relevance to scholars of non-European history. This class engages with the rich tradition of Arab historiography and with primary sources and secondary literature in Arabic language frequently met by classical and modern historians. Understanding these texts...
Instructor: Nadia Al-Bagdadi
Credits: 2.0
The course offers close reading of parts of John Climacus’ (Johannes Scholasticus, Sinaiticus – acme in the early or mid seventh century, nothing is known with precision) great and tremendously influential spiritual treatise, the Ladder of divine ascent. The Ladder is the high peak and summary of earlier developments...
Instructor: György Geréby
Credits: 2.0
Level: the course is open to MA and PhD-level studentsThis course aims at developing the skills of advanced and intermediate students of Syriac for reading narrative sources. This term’s subject is a selection from Syriac chronicles, namely the Ecclesiastic History of John of Ephesus, the Chronicle of Zuqnin by Joshua...
Instructor: István Perczel
Credits: 2.0
The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (www.osaarchivum.org), one of the most significant Cold War and human rights archives in the world, offers a three-credit interdisciplinary course to the students of the Human Rights Program of the Legal Studies Department. The course includes an introduction to the...
Credits: 3.0
The title of this course is borrowed from Moshe Idel's book published by CEU Press (2005) which treats magical ideas and practices in Jewish mysticism aiming at the deification of man, similar to Elijah's ascension or Enoch's translation in the Bible. The ambition to follow their example or to achieve something...
Instructor: Gyorgy E. Szonyi
Credits: 2.0
The title of this course is borrowed from Moshe Idel's book published by CEU Press which treats magical ideas and practices in Jewish mysticism aiming at the deification of man, similar to Elijah's ascension or Enoch's translation in the Bible. The ambition to follow their example or to achieve something similar has...
Instructor: Gyorgy E. Szonyi
Credits: 2.0
The course is intended to be a supplement to the one on the Age of Justinian for those who are able to read the Greek sources in the original. Yet, it is also open to students who want to practice their Greek reading skills and are not taking the thematic course. During the term excerpts from some key sources from and...
Instructor: István Perczel
Credits: 2.0
In this seminar, we will read some of the early medieval (6th to 8th century) poems that formed (and form) the core of Christian religious chant in the Eastern Mediterranean. We will read some of the famous kontakia ascribed to Romanos Melodos; but also the Great Kanon of Andrew of Crete, poems of Sophronios of...
Instructor: Floris Bernard
Credits: 2.0
The present reading seminar will explore the formal conventions and contents of a specific genre, i.e., inscriptions produced in Classical and Postclassical Latin, ranging from Pompeian graffiti to early medieval inscriptions. In addition to reading and interpreting a selection of classical, late antique, and medieval...
Credits: 2.0
The overall goal of this course is 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 projects and disciplines. We will first consider some of the best critical overviews and...
Credits: 2.0
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
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 (in different degrees) the form of the church as an institution, her legal system, the liturgy, the sermons, iconography,...
Instructor: György Geréby
Credits: 2.0
The world of medieval art, albeit very appealing for present-day spectators, is a special microcosm. Most medieval works of art have lost their original context and even those which are in continuous use are subjects of changes from time to time. In order to understand the real significance of medieval art we have to...
Instructor: Béla Zsolt Szakács
Credits: 4.0
The class is an introduction into the analysis of daily life in the past. It concentrates on the Middle |Ages and the early modern period, but offers also comparative approaches to earlier and later eras. Special attention is paid to theoretical and methodological aspects of analysis, the usage of various types of...
Instructor: Gerhard Jaritz
Credits: 4.0
Late Antiquity is the growth industry of recent historiography. But what is Late Antiquity and what made it so important for our generation? This multidisciplinary course introduces students not only into the concept of Late Antiquity as a historical era, but also into contemporary (structuralist and deconstructionist...
Instructor: Marianne Sághy
Credits: 4.0
In historiography of the Ottoman Empire, the sixteenth century has traditionally been depicted as a “magnificent” apogee of a “classical age” (which is said to have lasted from c. 1300 to c. 1600). However, as recent research suggests, rather than featuring “classical” forms of imperial institutions, in the sense of “...
Instructor: Tijana Krstić
Credits: 4.0
TA: Karen StarkThe purpose of this course is to familiarize students with key texts and consequential theoretical interpretations of Latin hagiography from late antiquity to the late Middle Ages. Offering a multidisciplinary approach to the lives of the saints, it challenges divisions between the discliplines of...
Instructor: Marianne Sághy
Credits: 4.0
An overview of some of the most important ideas and concepts in political and ecclesiastical thought from Antiquity until the ReformationNOTE: It is a core class which can go with tutorial. If you take it with tutorial you earn 4 credits, without tutorial it is for 2 credits.
Instructor: Daniel Ziemann
Credits: 4.0
The course will focus on fifteenth century religious history, as influenced by the reform-currents, the ‘obsernacees’ of the two most influential religious orders in the later Middle Ages: the Franciscans and the Dominicans. Our discussion starts with a quick overview, how these orders were founded and evolved...
Instructor: Gábor Klaniczay
Credits: 4.0
By observing the changes in urban landscapes of the late medieval and early modern cities in Anatolia and the Balkans the course examines the process of evolution of the Ottoman perception of urban spatial order. Conceptualizing the emergence of Islamic infrastructure, which adapted the space of the medieval Christian...
Instructor: Grigor Boykov
Credits: 4.0
This is a required course for Cultural Heritage students intended to foster academic research methods and writing skills that will enable students to participate fully in scholarly life and discourse as professionals. Besides providing a solid background in basic research methods and academic writing necessary for...
Instructor: Zsuzsanna Reed
Credits: 2.0
The strand of political theory known as “Republicanism” has both great contemporaryimportance and deep classical roots, coming to us from the Roman res publica, and having itsconceptual origins in Greek political thought. This course will focus on the classical idea of theRepublic, and its importance for later...
Instructor: Gina White
Credits: 2.0
This seminar will explore issues such as the interplay between orality and the written word, conflict and the mechanisms used for its resolution, and the interaction between vernacular and Latin at the beginning of the sixteenth century. These topics will be addressed within the framework of a seminar where we will...
Credits: 2.0
“You are what you consume” has been the motto of ‘modern’ societies since the late 19th century. Besides being a key issue among broader economic and political processes, consumption is an important part of identity building. This class will examine 20th century capitalism and socialism through the lens of consumption...
Instructor: Oana Adelina Stefan
Credits: 2.0
Both Russians and Ottomans created multiethnic, multireligious and multicultural land empires, sovereign, but loosely bounded in overlapping borderlands. They emerged in European imaginary as friend or foe around the same time, and their identities were shaped to a large extent by complex interdependencies with the...
Credits: 4.0
The Core class can be taken with and without the tutorial. They both worth 2 credits.Recent developments in historical research reflect an increasing interest in the field of material culture. This interest has moved away from dealing with isolated and de-contextualized objects and artefacts used by people in the past...
Credits: 4.0
This course will discuss the relationships between texts and society in Byzantium. Primary focus is the way texts are used to shape social groups: monastic/devotional communities, intellectual/elite communities, families, and provincial communities. The concept of friendship as a driving force behind social networks...
Instructor: Floris Bernard
Credits: 4.0
Short Course DescriptionThe course will provide an overview of the crusades to the Eastern Mediterranean of the 11th – 13th centuries. The broad scope of the course requires a certain focus on selected key questions. Apart from analyzing the main events, we will discuss the relationship between the available sources...
Instructor: Daniel Ziemann, Igor Razum
Credits: 2.0
Cultural Anthropology is the study of the way people function socially within the culture(s) that surround them, today and in the past. Thus, understanding the social structures within which people organize their lives offers a critical perspective on how they relate to many aspects of cultural heritage. No single...
Instructor: Alice Mathea Choyke
Credits: 2.0
Memory in non-European societies, created and maintained by specific historical and sociocultural factors, is markedly different from that in the western cultural context which gave rise to the notion of cultural heritage. The course explores the region of South and Southeast Asia in order to raise the specific...
Instructor: Zsuzsanna Renner
Credits: 2.0
Of all the dynamics at work in the production of heritage (including markets, expertise, organizations, social movements), policy is the most central and the most instrumental. The course offers a critical overview of the institutions that have made “cultural heritage” an object of public policy over the history of...
Instructor: Alexandra Kowalski
Credits: 2.0
Heritage experts working in the field of research, protection, policy or management at various organizations or as individuals equally need to work in the framework of projects. The main aim of the course designed for two terms is to introduce the basic elements of managing cultural heritage projects in theory and...
Credits: 2.0
The course is a direct continuation of the "Cultural Heritage Project Management 1" in the Fall Term. The main aim of the course designed for two terms is to introduce the basic elements of managing cultural heritage projects in theory and practice. The course is designed by the concept of “learning by doing”:...
Credits: 2.0
The course is a direct continuation of the "Introduction to Cultural Heritage Project Management" in the Fall Semester. Students initiated and planned a project connected to a cultural and environmental heritage site in the first semester, addressing issues of the operation and sustainable management of the site as...
Instructor: Dóra Mérai, Zsuzsanna Szálka
Credits: 2.0
The course will provide an introduction into the economic transformations of Western and Central Europe in the period of the high and late Middle Ages. It will give an overview of the main determinants of the economic and commercial activities of the period by presenting the various commercial zones and systems and...
Instructor: Balázs Nagy
Credits: 2.0

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