Projects and Partners

PROJECTS

OTTOCONFESSION 

A digital database is integral to the project entitled “The Fashioning of a Sunni Orthodoxy and the Entangled Histories of Confession Building in the Ottoman Empire, 15th-17th Centuries” (Project acronym: OTTOCONFESSION; funded by ERC Consolidator Grant, 2015-2020).The OTTOCON database aims to bring together polemical texts articulating a particular religious and confessional identity and aiming to define (or resist) the boundaries of orthodoxy and orthopraxy produced in the Ottoman Empire. 

HUNGARIAN MIGRANT STUDENTS ABROAD BETWEEN THE WORLD WARS

(Agnes Kelemen, PhD Candidate, Jewish Studies/History)

A comparative study of the social background of Hungarian Jewish students (Hungarian in terms of citizenship and Jewish in terms of religion) enrolled in four different cities’ (Prague, Vienna, Berlin, Bologna) universities abroad in the interwar period. Kelemen is gathering and processing data that the students gave about themselves in their university enrollment forms about their name, religion, father’s occupation, place of birth and place of residence (in Hungary). The project’s larger framework is her dissertation on interwar Hungarian Jewish student migration provoked by the antisemitic Hungarian “numerus clausus” law of 1920.

SPACE AND SOCIETY IN KRAKOW, 1300-1500

(Leslie Carr-Riegel, PhD Candidate, Medieval Studies)

INSTERACTIVE CULTURAL ATLAS OF CENTRAL EUROPE

The project’s objective is to develop the first interactive Cultural Atlas of Central Europe, a professional web-based application accessible through personal computers and mobile devices. The expected outcome is an online tool featuring an embedded map that is linked to a database consisting of written and visual materials, which have been accumulated over the last twenty years by the students and faculty of the Department of Medieval Studies about the region’s rich cultural and visual resources. Because of its academic-standard written and visual materials, the Cultural Atlas of Central Europe will be suitable for individual as well as classroom learning, while its user friendly features such as an option to generate and customize one’s own travel routes and guidebooks (potentially supplemented by English language audio content) will serve intellectually inspired recreational purposes. The process of developing this atlas will simultaneously enhance the digital humanities expertise and experience of the department’s faculty and students, adding a valuable new dimension to their professional profiles.  

 

PARTNERS

VERA AND DONALD BLINKEN OPEN SOCIETY ARCHIVES

Blinken OSA is a complex archival institution. OSA is both a repository of important collections, primarily related to the history of the Cold War and grave international human rights violations, and a laboratory of archival experiments on new ways of assessing, contextualizing, presenting, and making use of archival documents. It is a research institute  dealing with archival, taxonomical, informational and historical problems related to its holdings, and also reflecting on the role, obligations, and limits (as well as how to overcome the limits) of repositories that preserve important historical sources. As an archival institution, OSA problematizes its existence, its tasks, its practices; we seek to work in a self-reflective way. OSA not only serves but works together with researchers who come to work in the archives, whose experiences we draw upon to assess and evaluate our holdings and practices.

SPATIALMAPPING AND ANALYSIS RESEARCH GROUP (SMARG)

SMARG aims to be a focal point of the University geospatial research and teaching activities. Initiated and hosted by the CEU Systems Laboratory, the Research Group brings together faculty, researchers and students from various University departments and units. The Group's interests are defined by possible application of geospatial methods, technologies and software packages to CEU research areas. The Group organizes regular open lectures by invited and CEU speakers as well as provides a platform for CEU community to discuss running and plan potential mapping projects.

VISUAL STUDIES PLATFORM  (VSP)

Visual Studies Platform (VSP) is a cross-disciplinary initiative designed to explore and propose innovative approaches to research and teaching visual imagery in the digital century. It encompasses research on visual theory, method and history across different media forms, including visual arts, film, photography and performance.