John is currently pursuing a PhD in Byzantine Greek with the Department of Classics at Harvard University. He received his MA from the Department of Medieval Studies with an Advanced Certificate in Eastern Mediterranean Studies in 2019. His thesis, entitled “Narrating the Byzantine Border: Wilderness Landscape in Kekaumenos and Digenes Akrites,” was supervised by Volker Menze and Baukje van den Berg.
We are delighted to inform you that the CEMS-award for the best MA-thesis (which includes 250 EUR) written by a student who signed up for the Advanced Certificate in Eastern Mediterranean Studies this year goes to Rabia Merve Demirkan Aydogan(History, 2YMA) for a thesis on "Schools for the Holy City: Education, Imperial Loyalty and Missionaries in Late Ottoman Jerusalem, 1876-1909."
Emese Muntan, "Uneasy Agents of Tridentine Reforms: Catholic Missionaries in Southern Ottoman Hungary and Their Local Competitors in the Early Seventeenth Century," Journal of Early Modern Christianity, Volume 7: Issue 1, May 2020, pp 151-175.
Tolga U. Esmer. ‘War, State and the Privatisation of Violence in the Ottoman Empire’, in Robert Antony, Stuart Carroll, and Caroline Dodds Pennock (eds.), The Cambridge World History of Violence, 1500-1800 CE, Vol. III (2020), 194-216.
Maria is currently a PhD student at Georgetown University. She graduated from the Department of Medieval Studies at CEU with an Advanced Certificate in Eastern Mediterranean Studies in 2017. Her MA thesis was on "Ceremonial representation in cross-confessional diplomacy: the Ottoman embassy of a Christian ambassador to Moscow in 1621," supervised by Tijana Krstic and Jan Hennings.
Al-Azmeh's widely known Times of History: Universal Topics in Islamic Historiography was first published in 2007. The main concerns of the work are conceptions of time and temporality, the uses of the past, historical periodisation, historical categorisation, and the constitution of historical objects, not least those called "civilisation" and "Islam".