MA Students 2018-2020

One-Year MA (2019/20)

Anja Božič | Slovenia
Title of MA thesis: Praising Saint Jerome or Praising Eloquence: Pier Paolo Vergerio's Sermones pro Sancto Hieronymo and His Letters

Supervisors: Marcell Sebők, György Endre Szőnyi

Eylül Cetinbas | Turkey
Title of MA thesis: A Bride of Christ and an Intercessor of Muhammad: Comparative Saints' Cults of St. Catherine of Alexandria and Rabi'a of Basra in the Middle Ages

Supervisors: Gábor Klaniczay, Günhan Börekçi

Eylül received her BA in English Language and Literature from Hacettepe University in 2016 and went on to complete her first MA at Bilkent University in 2019 where she examined the cult of St. Catherine of Alexandria in late medieval Scotland. At CEU, she will broaden this topic by studying cross-cultural and interreligious exchanges, and the manifestations of saints’ cults between the Christian and Muslim communities. Her comparative case study on female saints will focus on the Christian St. Catherine of Alexandria and the Muslim Rabia of Basra. Eylül’s research interests lie in the cults of saints, religion in late medieval Scotland, comparative religion and theology, interreligious dialogue, mysticism, historical theology, and Quranic exegesis (tafsir). 

Mónika Gácsi | Hungary
Titlte of MA thesis: Looking at the Past through Medieval Glass

Supervisors: József Laszlovszky, Alice Choyke

Mónika Gácsi has received her BA and MA in Archeology at the Eötvös Loránd University. Her main interest is medieval glass, as well as glass workshops in Hungary and in Central Europe. Her BA thesis focused on medieval and early modern glass findings from two excavations in Szécsény, and her MA thesis was a comprehensive catalogue of medieval and early modern glass artefacts found at the castles of Regéc and Sárospatak.

Erzsébet Kovács | Hungary
Title of MA thesis: The Enjoyment of the Foreign: "Muslim" and "Italian" Recipes of Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Supervisor: Gerhard Jaritz

Katrine Mira Sand Kristensen | Denmark
Topic at CEU: Jewish Neoplatonist Texts, 850-1150

Supervisors: Carsten Wilke, György Geréby

Katrine obtained her BA and MA degrees in Hebrew and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Copenhagen. While her BA thesis focused on early Hasidism, her subsequent MA investigated the concept of divine creation in the thought of the North African Jewish Neoplatonist, Isaac Israeli. Currently, her research interests include Judeo-Arabic philosophical and religious literature, medieval Neoplatonism and interreligious relations.

Merve Savas | Turkey
Title of MA thesis: Danger in the Byzantine Countryside: A Case Study of Gregory the Cellarer's The Life of Lazaros of Mt. Galesion

Supervisors: Baukje van den Berg, Volker Menze

Merve obtained her undergraduate degree in EU Studies and Sociology at Istanbul Bilgi University in 2015, and holds a master’s degree in History from Boğaziçi University. She completed her MA thesis entitled People and Politics in Eleventh-Century Constantinople, 1025-1081 in 2019. Her research interests lie primarily in the political participation of people and subversive popular practices in Byzantine history.

Gergely Szoboszlay | Hungary
Title of MA thesis: The Role of Private Towers in the Thirteenth-Century Urban Transition

Supervisors: József Laszlovszky, Katalin Szende

Petra Vručina | Croatia
Title of MA thesis: The Role of Trust in Administering the Incomes of the Zagreb Chapter (1466-1499)

Supervisors: Katalin Szende, Balázs Nagy

Petra graduated in history at the Department of Croatian Studies of the University of Zagreb in 2018. During her MA studies in Zagreb, she took part in the activities organized by the student’s association of history, also acting as a president for some time. She spent one semester at the Université-Paris Sorbonne (Paris IV) as an Erasmus Exchange student. Her research focuses on the institutional and economic late-medieval history of Zagreb cathedral chapter. Examining the functioning of a complex economic system in late medieval Slavonia, her MA thesis will address the role of “sacred trust” in the administration of the Zagreb chapter’s income in the fifteenth century. Petra is also enrolled in the PhD program at the University of Zadar working on her dissertation Landholding Economy on the Example of Zagreb Cathedral Chapter Estates in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth century (provisional title), which she will resume after finishing her studies at CEU.

Two-Year MA (2018 - 2020)

Antonia-Oana Avram | Romania
Title of MA thesis: Sixteenth-Century Travel Literature Collectors and the Image of the Ottomans in Humanist Thought: Francesco Sansovino and Richard Hakluyt

Supervisors: Jan Hennings, Marcell Sebők

Antonia-Oana received her BA in History at the University of Bucharest in 2018, where her undergraduate thesis studied the construction of national identity in Elizabethan England in the works of English promoters of colonization. At CEU she will study perceptions as a historical problem focusing on the ways in which fifteenth-century European travel accounts about the Levant played a role in creating and disseminating national stereotypes and identities. Her current research interests revolve around the history of ideas, intellectual history, power relations, travel literature and cartography in the Early Modern period.

Nikita Bogachev | Russia
Title of MA thesis: Redeeming the Sinful Flesh: John Climacus and Symeon the New Theologian on Penitence and the Body

Supervisor: Baukje van den Berg

Artyom Kachurin | Russia
Title of MA thesis: Implications of French Theory in Approaches To Medieval Literature

Supervisors: Carsten Wilke, David Weberman

Jinsi JR | India
Topic at CEU: Chronicles of Jewish India Traders – A Study of Cairo Geniza Documents and of Vernacular Sources from the Indian Ocean

Supervisors: István Perczel, Carsten Wilke

Michal Machalski | Poland
Title of MA thesis: Loyalty in the Earliest Central European Chronicles

Supervisors: Balázs Nagy, Katalin Szende

Michał received his BA in History at the University of Wrocław. His undergraduate thesis focused on depiction of fidelity in Gallus Anonymus’s Gesta principum Polonorum. During his studies he participated in an international research project “Constantinople-Kucukcekmece: The Destination Port of the Way from the Varangians to the Greeks, a Centre of “Byzantinization” of the Rus’ Community,” organized by the Polish Academy of Sciences. His main research interest remains in Central European narrative sources and in the way they reflect the cultural and social development of the region. At CEU Michał will focus on the mentalities and political imagination of Central European elites by examining concepts of fidelity depicted in the earliest surviving Polish, Bohemian and Hungarian narrative sources.


Tamás Reinicke | Hungary
Title of MA thesis: With Unlearned Tongues in the Wilderness of the World: European Otherness in the Icelandic Riddarasogur

Supervisor: Zsuzsanna Reed

Iskander Rocha Parker | Mexico
Title of MA thesis: Conflicting Conceptions of Hermetic Thought in Fifteenth Century Italy: The Writings of Marsilio Ficino and Lodovico Lazzarelli

Supervisor: György Endre Szőnyi

Iskander obtained his BA in Classic Literature from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), completing a thesis about The Hermetic Celestial World in De Vita Coelitus Comparanda. He actively participated in the International Congress of Philosophy in Mexico organised by the Mexican Association of Philosophy, presenting his research on the Liber Alchimiae.  Before his studies at CEU, he taught Spanish and Latin language and literature in a secondary school. Iskander’s main research interests include Hermetism and its reception during the Renaissance.

Halit Serkan Simen | Turkey
Title of MA thesis: The Grand Vizierate(s) of Koca Sinan Pasha: A Reassessment of the Ottoman Court Politics and Intra-Elite Rivalry in the late Sixteenth Century

Supervisor: Günhan Börekçi

Serkan obtained his BA degree in History from Middle East Technical University (METU). His field of interest lies in sixteenth and seventeenth-century Ottoman history, focusing on the network and power relations of pasha households and the transformation of the patrimonial structure of the Empire. As an undergraduate, he examined the “Decline Paradigm” in the context of the advice literature, which emerged during the General Crisis of the seventeenth century. Serkan’s current research focuses on the competition of elite pasha households between 1580 and 1594 and the role of appointment (tevcihat) as a tool for the consolidation of power. His other interests include military history, Ottoman historiography, ideology and imperial institutionalization, foundation period of the state and Anatolian civilizations in antiquity.

Cevat Sucu | Turkey
Title of MA thesis: The Most Marvelous among the Marvelous Things (Acebu'l-Uccab) Disseminating and Reframing of the Occult Knowledge for the Ottoman Audience in the Early Fifteenth Century

Supervisor: Tijana Krstic, Günhan Börekçi

Cevat Sucu received his BA in History from Middle East Technical University. He completed his MA from Bilkent University, Turkish Literature Department with the thesis entitled “Making a Cosmopolitan Model in Rum: Ahmed-i Dai and 15th Century Ottoman Textual Culture”. He currently focuses on the occult sciences, encyclopedic culture, and the learning of littérateurs in the late medieval and early modern Ottoman and Islamic world.

Lili Tóth | Hungary
Title of MA thesis: Painted Textile from Riggisberg - An Old Testament Cycle in the Context of Hellenistic Jewish and Christian Art

Supervisors: György Geréby, Béla Zsolt Szakács

Lili obtained her BA degree in art history and religious studies at Eötvös Loránd University Budapest. Her research focused on a Late Antique painted textile artifact decorated with Old Testament scenes. She spent a semester in the University of Florence in 2016, and in 2018 she worked as a research assistant with the International Archeological Institute of Tel Aviv University. She participated in the 2018 CEU Undergraduate Conference in History. Her research interests include the iconography and the common roots of the Classical, Jewish and early Christian art. Her research at CEU will focus on how Roman iconography influenced Hellenistic Jewish and ancient Christian artistic language. She is interested in the study of ancient and modern languages and she is a member of an art colony as a practicing artist.

Jordan Voltz | USA
Title of MA thesis: How the Arpads Got their Stripes: Changes in the Denotation of the Arpad Stripes During the Middle Ages

Supervisors: Gábor Klaniczay, András Gerő (second reader)