ACRS MA students

Arin Agich (Macedonia) NATI 2YMA/year1

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Mustafa Aslan (Turkey)  HIST 1YMA

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Abdulrahman Bajodah (Saudia Arabia)  PHIL 2YMA/year1

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Marieta Bazinyan (Armenia) HIST 2YMA/year2          

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Luis De La Pena (Columbia)   HIST 2YMA/year1     

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Cem Durak (Turkey) MED 1YMA

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Dyese Elliot-Newton (USA) MED 2YMA/year2

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Muhammad Osama Iqbal (Pakistan) POLI 2YMA/year1

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Tamas Juhasz (Hungary) MED 2YMA/year2

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Serenay Kaykac (Turkey) NATI 1YMA

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Roman Kovalchuk (Russia)   MED 2YMA/year1

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Ivana Lazaroska 

Department of History
2YMA/year2

Home Country: USA/Macedonia

E-mail: 
Lazaroska_Ivana@student.ceu.edu

Area of study: Secularism in Turkey and Yugoslavia

Ivana was born and raised in Macedonia, but has been a New Yorker for the past thirteen years. She holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from CUNY. Her research interests are in the comparative study of state-sponsored secularism in two post-Ottoman successor states: Turkey and Yugoslavia. She is particularly interested in studying the role of religious ideology in Southeastern Europe and Turkey among “ordinary people,” asking questions about how Turks, Albanians, and Slavic-speaking Muslims identified themselves in relation to their co-religionists and to their fellow citizens.

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Petar Odak (Croatia) GEN 1YMA

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Gabriel Noah Paxton

Nationalism Studies Program
1YMA

Home Country: South Carolina, United States

Email: paxton_gabriel@student.ceu.edu

Area of study: The Religious legitimation of the National Consciousness: Civil Religion, Religious Saliency and National Identity in the Political State

Hello, my name is Gabriel and I am a first year student here at CEU in the Nationalism Studies. I am deeply interested in the study of religious nationalism, national identity and civil religion theory. I previously completed my bachelors degree at Winthrop University where I studied Political Science and Philosophy/Religion. I look forward to channeling my passion for the study of religion and religious identity into a future career in Academia.

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Juan Manuel Rubio  (Columbia)                     MED 1YMA

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Md. Abusalah Sakender (Bangladesh) HIST 2YMA/year2

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Mario Sain 1YMA (Bosnia) HIST 1YMA

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Anna Smelova 

Department of History
2YMA/year2

Home Country:  Russia

E-mail: 
Smelova_Anna@student.ceu.edu

Area of study: Temperance movement in Late Russian Empire as Social and Political Phenomenon

I obtained my BA degree in history at National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in St. Petersburg. The area of my academic interests includes Social History of Imperial Russia and History of Russian Orthodox Church. My BA thesis was focused on the case-study of religious temperance group acted in St. Petersburg at the end of XIX and the early XX centuries as an element of engagement of religious community to social and political life at the lack of “room for manoeuvre”.  I have got valuable experience of carrying out research work in scientific educational group in Research Centre of religion and secularization in HSE.

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Samrat Sil 

Department of Medieval Studies
1YMA

Home Country: India

E-mail: Sil_Samrat@student.ceu.edu 

Area of Study: Connecting the persecuted: A comparative study of witchcraft in Western Europe and South East Asia (West Bengal)

Samrat received his bachelor degree in history from Presidency University, Kolkata in 2015. His work was primarily focused on the influence and wider reconstruction of El Dorado, an early modern colonial conquest in a post-colonial world. He completed his M.A in applied and interdisciplinary history from National Research University Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg Russia in 2017. In his M.A thesis, he focused on the visual imagery of the beard in imperial portraits of the emperors in Byzantine Empire and its implications in the wider socio- political realm. His work in CEU would be based on the concepts of witchcraft in Bengal with a special focus on persecution of women and compare it with the European grand narrative.

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Tedo Tchokhonelidze

Department of History 
2YMA/year1

Home Country:Georgia

E-mail: Tchokhonelidze_Tedo@student.ceu.edu

Area of study: Orthodox Christian Religious and Political Thought

My BA thesis was related to the study of diplomacy in the reign of Ivan III based on the methodological approach of the Modified Linear Model of Communication. The goal of the research was to determine the aspects of communication and the attitudes of the Muscovite potentate to his foreign counterparts by analysing the diplomatic protocol.

My current research interests are Orthodox Christian religious / political thought and eschatology in Byzantine and Medieval and Early Modern Russia. My MA thesis will most probably be related to the Oprichnina of Ivan IV.

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Aaron Tolkamp (USA) NAT 2YMA/year2

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Arina Zaytseva

Department of Medieval Studies
2YMA/year2

Home Country: Russian Federation

Email: Zaytseva_Arina@student.ceu.edu

Thesis: The Text and the Visual: Shaping the Literary Image of the Devil through Performative and Visual Art of the 13-15th Centuries Italy

Supervisors: Gabor Klaniczay, Gerhard Jaritz, Gyorgy E. Szonyi

Arina was trained in the field of Cultural Studies at Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russian Federation. Her BA thesis focused on the medieval literary tradition of Satan Prozessen, and specifically on the treatise Processus Satanae Contra Genus Humanum.

Her current MA research is interdisciplinary and delves into the fields of visual culture, literary criticism, medieval, and religious studies. She aims through this research to shed light on the formation of the image of Satan in the literary and visual sources.