Mariia Telegina Wins CEMS Award for Best MA Thesis

June 16, 2017

The CEMS-award for the best MA-thesis written by a student who signed up for the "Advanced Certificate in Eastern Mediterranean Studies" will be given this year to Mariia Telegina for a thesis on “Ceremonial Representation in Cross-Confessional Diplomacy: the Ottoman Embassy of a Christian Ambassador to Moscow in 1621”. The thesis is an extraordinary achievement as Mariia provides an extremely sophisticated analysis based on unedited archival material, complicated by the complete lack of secondary literature on the topic. 

Georgina White, CEMS Post-Doctoral Fellow, Receives Lectureship at Vanderbilt University

June 9, 2017

We are happy to announce that Georgina White, CEMS post-doctoral fellow for “Classics/Ancient Political Thought,” will take up a lectureship in Classics in the "Program in Classical and Mediterranean Studies” at Vanderbilt University. Congratulations!

Dora Ivanisevic wins the International Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Departments of Religious Studies, Classics and History, Brown University

April 5, 2017

Dora Ivanisevic, who recently defended her Doctoral Dissertation on "Epitaphic Culture and Social History in Late Antique Salona (ca. 250-600 C.E.) at the Medieval Studies Department, won the International Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Departments of Religious Studies, Classics and History, Brown University (July 2017-July 2019). Congratulations!

Octavian Adrian Negoita Presented at the 19th Oxford University Byzantine International Graduate Conference, 24-25 February, 2017

March 1, 2017

Octavian Adrian Negoita, CEMS Junior Member and MA student at the Medieval Studies Department, presented at The Oxford University Byzantine Society's 19th International Graduate Conference: “Transmitting and Circulating the Late Antique and Byzantine Worlds,” 24-25 February, 2017. Octavian presented a paper entitled “Writing against Islam in the Ottoman Empire: Pachomios Rousanos (1508-1553) and the Byzantine Polemical Literature against Islam.”

1st Central European Graduate Workshop in Ancient Philosophy, Central European University, March 25-26, 2017

February 7, 2017

This workshop brings together students based in the Central European region and working on innovative and groundbreaking doctoral projects in Ancient Philosophy. After presenting their work, each student will receive comments from a respondent working in their field followed by an open discussion of the issues and questions arising from their work.


John Dillon (Trinity College Dublin)

A Public Lecture by Georgina White (CEMS Post-doctoral Fellow) on "Reading Plato in the East and West: Comparing Histories of Reception," January 1, 5.30pm, Gellner Room, CEU

January 30, 2017

With the exception of archaeological evidence and a few papyrus finds, the study of the ancient world is the study of its reception – the copies, epitomies, and commentaries of earlier works produced by later scholars. The study of Plato is no different. Our understanding of both the texts themselves and their interpretation relies heavily upon their reception in later periods, and, in particular, the manuscript and exegetical traditions of the Middle Ages.

Mariana Bodnaruk Presents at the First Conference on Byzantine and Medieval Studies, Nicosia (Cyprus), 13-15 January, 2017

January 9, 2017

Mariana Bodnaruk, CEMS Junior Member and PhD Candidate at the Medieval Studies Department, is going to present a paper entitled "Inscriptions of Late Antique and Early Byzantine Cyprus: The Imperial and Senatorial Self-Representation," at the First Conference on Byzanine and Medieval Studies, Nicosia (Cyprus), 13–15 January, 2017. The conference is organized by the Byzantinist Society of Cyprus.

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Proceedings of the Third CEMS International Graduate Conference Published

December 5, 2016

We are pleased to announce that the Proceedings of the Third CEMS International Graduate Conference (Budapest, May 30-June 1, 2013), entitled “Tradition and Transformation: Dissent and Consent in the Mediterranean” have been published by Solivagus Verlag. The volume is edited by Mihail Mitrea, doctoral candidate in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. We would like to thank to Mihail, as well as to the contributors for their work on the volume!

Vedran Bileta Presented at the International Workshop “Gaining Imperial Favor. Competition and Cooperation in Late Antiquity,” (Tübingen, Germany)

December 5, 2016

Vedran Bileta, CEMS Junior Member and a PhD Candidate at the Medieval Studies Department, presented at the international workshop “Gaining Imperial Favor. Competition and Cooperation in Late Antiquity,” Tübingen, Germany, 2-3 December, 2016. Vedran presented a paper entitled “The 'Council of Intimates' or Venatio? The Role of Consistorium in the Military Politics of the Late Roman Empire in the West.”

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Call for Papers: Fifth CEMS International Graduate Conference, June 1-3, 2017

November 7, 2016

The Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) at Central European University and its junior members are proud to announce the forthcoming Fifth International Graduate Conference on Building, Bending, and Breaking Boundaries in the Eastern Mediterranean World.