ACRS PhD Graduates

Ádám Mézes

CEU DEPARTMENTAL DEGREE: History
YEAR OF GRADUATION: 2020
COUNTRY: Hungary

Thesis: Doubt and Diagnosis: Medical Experts and the Returning Dead of the Southern

Habsburg Borderland (1718-1766)

Ádám Mézes successfully defended his thesis summa cum laude at Central European University's Department of History on Wednesday, 3 June 2020. 
His theis entitled Doubt and Diagnosis: Medical Experts and the Returning Dead of the Southern Habsburg Borderland (1718-1766) examines the keen interest in vampires that developed in the eighteenth century. The research focused on gravediggers, surgeons, and physicians of the Habsburg Monarchy, who were entrusted to apply their expertise on diagnosing the vampiric attack and to help regulate the unruly dead. The dissertation argues that the resulting knowledge on vampires was social, political, and bore the mark of the local environment in which it was produced.
A graduate from the CEU's Religious Studies' MA program in academic year 2012/13, Ádám is CEU's first Advanced Certificate in Religious Studies graduating at the doctoral level.