Summer Course in Cultural Heritage, 2017

Cultural Heritage Summer Course

5–16 June 2017

Central European University


The Cultural Heritage Studies Program at Central European University offers a 2-week study trip organized in the summer of 2017, 5–16 June. The offer includes in-class sessions at CEU combined with guided "heritage walks" in Budapest, two field trips to various parts of Hungary, and further programs connected to cultural heritage.

The program consists of various fields of studies, including historical studies, cultural anthropology and sociology, humanities, environmental studies and policy, public policy, business and management studies. Involved faculty members include experts in a variety of disciplines, such as archaeology, art history, anthropology, history, legal studies, and environmental studies. The topic and title of the Study Visit should be decided by the parties together.

The program consists of three modules:

* The Cultural Heritage of Central Europe

The aim of this course element to introduce students to the particular character and aspects of Central Europe. Historical and cultural studies have argued that Central Europe represents a particular region in Europe, where influences from the Western and Southern parts of the continent and from Eastern Europe as well as from Central Asia have created a particular historical milieu with the interaction of different cultures and artistic centres. Selected periods will be presented to the students to understand these aspects of Central Europe and the discussion of the selected historical periods will serve also as the basis for the understanding of historical processes connected to the emergence of various heritage layers.

* Ottoman-Turkish Period (16th-17th Century) Heritage in Budapest

The aim of this module is to demonstrate how the Ottoman-Turkish Period has contributed to the heritage of Central Europe. The Ottoman Empire has conquered the Balkans and in the early 16th century, also the central part of medieval Hungary. Significant monuments (mosques, baths, fortifications), elements of material culture and every-day life belong to this period and reflect the influence of different aspects of Ottoman power and culture until the present day. The module presents historical processes related to the Ottoman conquest of the area, and discusses various aspects of interactions between the Ottoman Empire, the Habsburg Empire and various other European states.

* Art Nouveau Decoration and Structure. The Franz Liszt Music Academy of Budapest

Art Nouveau represents an important period for the monuments and artistic production in Hungary, and it is also crucial for the understanding of historical processes of the late 19th and early 20th century. Although Art Nouveau has emerged in France, a very significant part of the style’s art production is connected to Central Europe. Major centers of the region (Vienna, Prague, Budapest) have played a significant role in this process, thus, Art Nouveau can also be seen as a characteristic element of the cultural heritage of Central Europe. This module focuses on the general trends in this process as well as on the main Hungarian aspects of Art Nouveau.


1 MARCH 2017

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Outline of the Cultural Heritage Summer Course Program:

The in-class program, lectures: average of two 100-minute sessions per day for 10 days, organized and taught by faculty members and teaching assistants of the Cultural Heritage Studies Program

Guided tours in Budapest supplementing the lectures: theoretical knowledge gained in the lecture room is supplemented by practical knowledge through site-visits in Budapest. Visits focus on specific segments of the urban heritage, e.g. medieval and modern topography, management of historical sites, Ottoman Turkish heritage, urban and social landscape from the 18th to the 20th century.  Students are accompanied by CEU lecturers.

Course requirements:

Attendance of in-class lectures

Attendance of Budapest site-visits

Readings for the classes

Preparation of short presentation on a chosen topic during the course

Submission of written assignment after the course

Accommodation: Students will be hosted in CEU Residence Center, in two-bed rooms:

Field trips outside Budapest: In addition to the in-class sessions we can offer two one-day excursions to various parts of Hungary. The cost of these include travel, entrance fees, and social programs.

Program fee: 950 Euro/student for the 2-week course.

Early bird discount: 15%

Program fee includes in-class program, site visits in Budapest, accommodation, two one-day excursions and entrance fees to visited sites.

The program provides a Certificate when course requirements are met – contact us directly to discuss possibilities of credit transfer.

Application: send your interest to and visit