Architecture, Cultural heritage, Environmental studies, Geography, History, Urban topography

In cooperation with the European University Institute (EUI) at Kőszeg, Hungary

Course date

21 June - 27 June, 2010
Application deadline
15 February, 2010
Course Director(s): 

Katalin Szende

Medieval Studies Department, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Gabor Gyani

Department of History, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Sarah Rees-Jones

Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, UK

Peter Johanek

Institute of Comparative Urban History , Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, Germany

Rossina Kostova

Department of Archeology, University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria

Anngret Simms

School of Geography, Planning & Environmental Policy, University College Dublin, Ireland

Urban settlement has always had a strong and complex spatial dimension. Each town or city developed its unique structure and built form, which has undergone several changes, including rapid and fundamental alterations in modern times. The result of these processes: our urban cultural heritage, its research, protection and possible uses form the core of the planned course. The participants will investigate the interaction of people and place across the medieval, early modern and modern periods. Through a series of topographical features, which were present in various forms in the majority of medieval European towns (defences; squares and streets; churches, chapels, monasteries; cemeteries; marketplaces and shops, etc.), we shall examine how the built form of settlements reflected and influenced the needs of medieval and early modern society. An equally important issue is the place, role and use of these elements of urban environment in our modern world. Participants are encouraged to contribute with examples from their own research or practical work experience.

This summer school will be complemented by another one-week course organized by the European University Institute (EUI) at Kőszeg, under the direction of József Laszlovszky, the main theme of which will be the principles and practice of heritage management in historic towns. The participants of the CEU SUN course are encouraged to apply to the course at Kőszeg and will have priority in the selection among the applicants.

Target audience

The theme and program structure of the course has been designed for specialists in history, archaeology, human geography, architecture. As one of the key aspects of the course is the interpretation of cultural heritage monuments, experts of this field, specialists working in urban planning, conservation and heritage management are also encouraged to apply. An MA degree or its equivalent is the minimum requirement; preference will be given to doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers or practicing professionals.