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Eastern Mediterranean Studies

Central European University (CEU)

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The Roman empire and its successive heirs and/or rivals, the Byzantine, Umayyad, Abbasid, Fatimid, and Ottoman empires covered a period of roughly 2,000 years of history.  Apply now for this Eastern Mediterranean Studies program at Central European University (CEU).

Overview

By cutting through traditional chronological, geographical and disciplinary boundaries, EMS presents students with a unique opportunity to explore how various and successive traditions were appropriated by and adjusted to the realities of medieval, early modern and modern polities in the Eastern Mediterranean and beyond. 

Conceived as a connected and comparative history of the empires in the Eastern Mediterranean and beyond, the Eastern Mediterranean Studies program at Central European University (CEU) certificate builds on the already existing CEU faculty research and expertise, consolidates the innovative curriculum developed in the last five years, and brings the departments of History and Medieval Studies even closer together while simultaneously opening up current historiographic, thematic and historical issues to students and faculty from other departments.

Learning outcomes

The advanced certificate puts emphasis on transnational/trans-imperial history and actively engages in, among others, the ongoing debate on the relationship between macro and micro historical studies. It encourages reflection on how various coterminous, successive or otherwise connected imperial formations and cultures in the Eastern Mediterranean and adjacent areas interacted, influenced one another or competed with each other at a macro level. As this dialogic engagement with the Roman imperial idea was exported as far as the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, the specialization is designed to also embrace projects that have a more global reach, beyond the Eastern Mediterranean and yet eminently connected to it.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • The Caliphates (Lecture) 
  • The Caliphates (Seminar)
  • Great Themes of Late Antique, Byzantine and Medieval Philosophy
  • The Ottoman Balkans and its Legacies Today
  • The Perfect Ambassador: International Relations and the Origins of Diplomacy (1500-1800)
  • Intellectual and Cultural History of the Late Ottoman Empire

Key information

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.

Language

English

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2. a) 1YMA: Based on the credits required by the Departments of History/Medieval Studies to obtain the MA degree, EMS students must take 4 mandatory credits and obtain 8 elective credits from the approved annual list of EMS courses including source language courses offered under the auspices of the Source Language Teaching Group: since language acquisition is a central aspect of the specialization, credits gained from specialized language courses will count towards the specialization credits.

  • b) 2YMA: Based on the credits required by the Departments of History/Medieval Studies to obtain the MA degree, EMS students must take 4 mandatory credits in the first year of their studies and obtain 12 elective credits over the course of both years from the approved list of EMS courses, including language courses offered under the auspices of the Source Language Teaching Unit.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Vienna

861 - 1331 EUR /month
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