CEU Humanities Initiative Awards Funding to Six Proposals

As an expression of CEU's commitment to strengthen the humanities, a call was issued earlier this year inviting proposals by CEU faculty members. The aim of the Humanities Initiative is to provide  incentives for new cross-departmental and interdisciplinary research and teaching activities in the humanities (and to help existing ones to gain a firmer footing), and to infuse our social science programs with perspectives, approaches and accomplishments taken from the humanities.

After careful consideration, six proposals have been selected for funding, in the aggregate value of approximately 500,000 EUR between 2015-2018. The following proposals will be supported by the program:

  • the Advanced Certificate and Specialization in Political Thought (Head of the Department of History Matthias Riedl and colleagues);

  • Classical studies and ancient thought (Associate Professor in the Department of Medieval Studies and Director of CEMS Volker Menze / CEMS);

  • the Fellowship Program at IAS (Academic Director of IAS Eva Fodor);

  • the study of political literature, especially utopianism (former CEU IAS Fellow Zsolt Cziganyik);

  • CEU Medieval Radio;

  • the creation of a Visual Studies Platform at CEU (Visiting Professor in the Departments of History and Medieval Studies Gyorgy Endre Szonyi and colleagues);

  • the introduction of a humanities perspective into the teaching and research of international relations (Head of IRES Matteo Fumagalli / IRES).

The funded projects are expected to materially contribute to attaining the goals of CEU's Humanities Initiative.  The University's endeavor to promote the humanities also aims to inspire further thinking and activity in the community, resulting in new submissions. These can be sent on an ongoing basis to Andrea Katona (katonaa@ceu.hu) or to the pro-rector@ceu.hu e-mail account, but will be assessed together, after  March 31, 2015. In the meantime, informal discussions of the overall endeavour and the interim results will be held. Information about this will be communicated in due course. The Humanities Initiative is led by  

Provost / Pro-Rector Liviu Matei and Laszlo Kontler, Pro-Rector for Social Sciences and Humanities & Hungarian Affairs.