Piruza Hayrapetyan, currently a PhD candidate at CEU's Department of Medieval Studies after receiving her MA at the department in 2015, received the best conference paper award from the Society of Armenian Studies. Hayrapetyan’s paper addressed the literary context of Ganjs, Armenian hymns dedicated to church feasts and saints that were recited and sung in the Armenian Divine Office. Hayrapetyan is also an exchange fellow at the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Vienna.
Climate of doubt: A re-evaluation of Büntgen and Di Cosmo’s environmental hypothesis for the Mongol withdrawal from Hungary, 1242 CE, an article co-written by scholars from various Hungarian institutions, CEU faculty and doctoral students, has been published in Scientific Reports in response to a scholarly hypothesis developed by two leading scholars from Switzerland and Princeton University.
Games and playing are essential parts of human life that show significant cultural variation and reflect the changes in society. However, their role as an element of cultural heritage and the social identity of various communities is often underestimated.
"One of the great things about Cultural Heritage Studies," explains first-year student Camilo Montoya, "is that its scope is so large you get to look at everything." That is exactly what Montoya is doing as he explores how best to rebuild the Aleppo Souk, Al-Madina. Although his background is in art history, Montoya has always been interested in contemporary issues.
Teaching is an essential element of a career in academia and so acquiring teaching experience is a very important part of the training for such a career. Launched in March 2015, Global Learning Fellowship is a CEU initiative administered by the Academic Cooperation and Research Support Office (ACRO) aimed at helping CEU PhD students and recently graduated alumni improve their teaching skills.
Roman Shlyakhtin (MA ’07), doctoral student in the Department of Medieval Studies at CEU, was awarded a Junior Fellowship in Byzantine Studies at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection for academic year 2015/16.
Shlyakhtin is going to finish his dissertation project, “From Huns into Persians: The Image of the Seljuk Turks of Asia Minor among the Byzantine Literati of the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries,” during his year in Washington, D.C.
Mihail Mitrea, doctoral student in the Department of Medieval Studies, was the seventh doctoral student to give intensive classes at one of CEU’s partner institutions. Mitrea spent two weeks each in Yerevan and Tbilisi in December 2014 teaching a tutorial course on "Greek Paleography and Byzantine Manuscript Studies," hosted by Professor Erna Shirinian (Matenadaran, Yerevan) and Professor Rismag Gordeziani (Tbilisi State University).
Hungarian news portal vs.hu reported on what foreigners like about living in Hungary. They interviewed six young people who came to Budapest and stayed. Derya and Gabriela, who study at CEU’s Department of Medieval Studies, emphasized the architecture, which carries the imprint of the past centuries like a living book of history. Derya, who comes from Turkey, was amazed by how much freedom people have here. ”In Hungary, everybody behaves and dresses anyway they like! In my country, if somebody looks and acts different, people exclude them and speak ill of them.