Course date

17 July - 11 August, 2000
Application deadline
15 February, 2000
Course Director(s): 

Janos Bak

Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Nancy van Deusen

Claremont Graduate School, United States of America
Course Faculty: 

Maria Dobozy

Department of Languages, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, United States of America

Laszlo Dobszay

Institute for Musicology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Zsolt Hunyadi

History, Szeged University, Hungary

Damir Karbic

Croatian Academy of Science, Zagreb

Paul Knoll

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, United States of America

József Laszlovszky

Cultural Heritage Studies Program/Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary / Vienna, Austria

Katalin Szende

Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Richard Unger

History, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Guest Speaker(s): 

Wojciech Falkowski

History, Warsaw University, Poland

Piotr Gorecki

Department of History, University of California, Riverside, United States of America

Gerhard Jaritz

Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Renata Mikolajczyk

Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Beatrix Romhanyi

Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary

Frantisek Smahel

Center for Medieval Studies, Prague, Czech Republic

Vladimir Vavrinek

Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague

Hanna Zaremska

Institut Jean Nicod, CNRS, EHESS and ENS, Paris, France
This course is to be offered in conjunction with North American and Western European medievalist associations (CARA and FIDEM) and aims at introducing medievalists of different disciplines from "East" and "West" to the resources available in Central Europe for research and scholarly exchange. 
By presenting the research work in the region's different countries and the archival, monumental, library and museum resources of several countries, the course would offer possibilities for future research to Westerners and scholars from the region in their neighbouring countries alike. Additionally, personal contacts of scholars from East and West (as well as from several countries of the region among each other) would enhance scholarly exchange of ideas and persons and may also lead to joint research projects as well as support for graduate studies in the region and beyond. 
The course will also discuss the fate of cultural heritage in the region and the problems of their preservation and presentation. 
The course will concentrate on a few crucial aspects of medieval studies in the region and the resources (sources) for   their study, such as: 
  • Kingship and Noble Elites;
  • Urban Development;
  • Ecclesiastical Centres and Their Treasures;
  • Monastic Sites and their Archaeology;
  • Everyday Life in Central Europe;
  • The Art of Central Europe in the Gothic Age.
Course level, target audience 
The course is intended for medievalists who have sufficient professional, linguistic (Latin, Greek, Old Slavonic or medieval vernaculars), and technical (archaeological, palaeographical, etc.) skills to be able to pursue original research in archives, libraries, archaeological sites, etc. Historians, archaeologists, and historians, archivists and literary scholars are welcome. According to interest special selections will be offered for the different medievalist disciplines.
Participants will be assessed on the basis of
(1) participation in discussions [25%],
(2) short reports on research resources of their choice or assigned ones [25%] and
(3) a final research proposal [50%], which will have to include a set of major issues to be addressed and identify the resources to be utilised, based on their visits to the relevant resources and presented in the last week of the course for plenary discussion and, if relevant, elaborated upon during the field trip (in situ).