Researchers Interview with Anna Kinde (CEU)

In 2018, Anna Kinde received an MA in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern studies at CEU, and wrote her thesis about the use of ambulatories in fourteenth-century Central European cathedrals. Her present research continues this theme and focuses on the use of the eastern end of late Medieval cathedrals in Central Europe. We talked with her about her research.
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MECERN Memeber appointed the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions’ Research Fellow at the Royal Holloway University of London

Starting from July 1, Nada Zecevic, the MECERN’s Research Companion to Medieval Central Europe Managing Editor and Associate Professor in Medieval History at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of East Sarajevo, has been appointed the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions’ Research Fellow at the History Department of the Royal Holloway University of London. There, she will conduct her research on A Comparative Diachronic Analysis of Post-Byzantine Networks in the Early-modern Europe (15th-18th c.) (MSCA IF-EF-ST no. 747857, acronym MIGWEB), in collaboration with Prof. Jonathan Harris.

The project focuses on the emigration from the Balkans and Greece to western Europe since the fall of the Byzantine capital of Constantinople in 1453 to the mid-eighteenth century, when the Balkan region was dominated by the Ottoman Empire. It will examine how the émigrés connected with each other to build efficient networks that kept and protected their interests, but also how various émigré groups interacted with their host societies amidst changing historical conditions. In order to discern some common „patterns” of exchange and interaction that channeled the émigrés’ integration into the wider context of the early-modern Europe, the project will use an interdisciplinary approach that integrates historical, anthropological and demographic analysis, thus also reflecting upon the wider significance which the movement of people from the Byzantine and post-Byzantine East had in building the common European heritage.



MECERN long term project: The Research Companion to Medieval Central Europe

The Research Companion to Medieval Central Europe is the network’s long-term project. It is intended as a research handbook that will serve as the starting point for new in-depth studies of medieval Central Europe.

It will contain a comprehensive and critical review of regional resources and results of up-to-date modern research centered on the Kingdoms of Hungary, Poland and Bohemia as well as their surrounding areas (“from the Baltic to the Adriatic”) with which these kingdoms had lively interactions.

Edited by Daniel Ziemann (Editor-in-chief), the volume will include twenty thematic chapters written as studies situated within recent cutting-edge scholarship and contributions on various aspects of regional medievalia, spanning disparate subjects and ranging from spatial organization through elites, religious practices, economic cooperation and everyday life, intellectual and artistic expressions. The volume is expected to be launched by 2018.




As the first pilot project of MECERN, we launched an essay competition about the image of historic (mainly medieval) neighbors in the schoolbooks of the Central European region – in cooperation with the Georg Eckert Institute for International Schoolbook Research (Braunschweig).  The announcement was written up in English, German, French and – with the help of MECERN members in the various countries – local vernaculars. With their and other colleagues’ help, we have established a mailing list of universities, research institutions, libraries, and associations of history teachers in 20 countries, comprising of some 250 electronic addresses who received e-mailed or printed announcements. (We have now placed this contact list on the MECERN webpage under Research Resources: it may be useful for members to circulate invitations or announcements. Of course, the addresses and names are those valid at the time of its compilation, September 2015.)

We have requested that interested parties, students and teachers, register their intention to submit essays in either of the languages of the announcement by 1 November 2015. We were pleased that 25 registrants signed up for the competition. The deadline for submission was 1 February 2016. At that time, eleven essays arrived. Regretfully, a number of registrants did not manage to complete their work in time. Unfortunately, the submission were unevenly spread over region; no essays arrived from Poland, the Czech and Slovak Republics or Hungary. The successful participants came from Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Moldova, Romania, and Russia.

The essays were submitted for evaluation to an international jury consisting of Anna Adamska of Utrecht, Rune Brandt Larsen of Lund, Vasco LaSalvia of Rome, and Robert Maier from the Eckert Institute. János M. Bak from CEU, founding member of MECERN, chaired the jury.

Upon mature deliberation, the jury decided to spread the prizes and instead of giving – as originally planned – one first and two second prizes, granted three second and two third prizes with additional honorary mention of two additional contestants.  By doing so, the jury intended to encourage the younger contestants to pursue their historical and educational careers. A grant from Central European University’s Humanities Initiative enabled us to add monetary awards to the prizes.

The final decision of the jury was to grant the second prizes (in the value of € 500 each) to  Sergej  Filipović from Croatia, Kerli Kraus from Estonia, and Sergiu Musteaţā from Moldavia;

the third prizes (in the value of € 250) went to Viktorija  Antolković from Croatia and  Diana Nikolaeva  Mitea from Bulgaria;

Onoriu Colācel from Romania and the duo Artem Istranin-Alexander Dronov from Russia received honorary mentions.

We congratulate the winners and wish them all the best for their future endeavors.

Some of the best essays have been published in August 2017 as a Dossier in the electronic series of the GEI. edited by János M Bak and Robert Maier as  Mutual Images – Essays on the Image of Historic Neighbours in Some Textbooks from Europe’s East. Eckert. Dossiers 10 (2017). Reference: urn:nbn:de:0220‐2017‐0142.