Cultural Heritage Studies is an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary two-year MA program of Central European University (CEU) intended to educate individuals who wish to become heritage experts and practitioners, offering a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. The Cultural Heritage Studies Program combines theoretical and practical education, offering a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches with a strong emphasis on practical knowledge and skills based on fieldwork, and internships with local, regional and global heritage organizations. Graduates of the program will be capable of working at various levels in cultural heritage and resource research, protection, and management. The program focuses on developing aptitudes for the critical assessment of tangible structures and objects such as buildings, monuments, archaeological sites, and works of art; on intangible heritage like traditions, languages, and knowledge; and on environmental heritage connected to human-nature interactions. The Cultural Heritage Studies Program degree should be broadly convertible, future professionals might include architects, art historians, archaeologists, cultural anthropologists, environmental professionals, museum curators, archivists, librarians, conservators of artifacts and monuments, policy and management experts, and so on. Heritage-related activities can be connected to various types of institutions or organizational structures, with special emphasis on governmental decision-making bodies (policy issues) and networks of NGOs in the field of cultural heritage management.
József Laszlovszky (PhD), is Head of the Cultural Heritage Studies Program and Professor at the Department of Medieval Studies at Central European University. He obtained his PhD in History (Hungarian Academy of Sciences), and he holds two MAs in History and Archaeology (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest). He was the leader of several archaeological field projects in the framework of European co-operations (Mont Beuvrey, France; Senlis, France; Ravenna, Italy; Visegrád, Hungary). His cultural heritage-related activity covers a broad area. He organized a number of summer schools in various topics, such as Cultural Heritage in Danger; Documentation and Reconstruction of Cultural Heritage; People and Nature in Historical Perspective. He was a convener in the nomination of Visegrád as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the author and editor of volumes on the royal palace there. He was a project team leader of the Jaya Koh Ker Heritage Project in Cambodia. One of his current projects concerns the research and management of the complex cultural and environmental heritage site Pomáz-Nagykovácsi-puszta. Professor Laszlovszky teaches courses on the historiography and research resources of cultural heritage, on various aspects of environmental heritage, on monastic heritage, on the concept of ruins as tangible heritage, on the urban heritage of Budapest, and he has been organizing academic field trips for students of the CEU for two decades. He is the Chairman of the Curatory Board of the Archaeolingua Foundation and Publishing House.
Dóra Mérai (MA, PhD candidate), is academic co-ordinator and visiting lecturer of the Cultural Heritage Studies Program. She holds three MA degrees: in Art History, Archaeology (Eötvös Lorán University, Budapest), and in Medieval Studies (Central European University), and she is to defend her PhD in Medieval Studies within the next few months (Central European University). She worked eight years in museums starting as an assistant and finishing as the director of a town museum. Her research is focused on early modern material culture and issues related to memory, identity, ethnicity, and religion. She was involved in programs inventorying tangible heritage in various parts of Central-Eastern Europe that were the first step of conservation and revitalization programs. As a board member of the Association of Hungarian Archaeologists, she has been involved into a number of projects targeting the involvement of the broad public into heritage-related questions; for example, she is one of the initiators and organizers of the Day of Archaeology in Hungary, an annual festival organized in heritage-related institutions all over the country. In the Cultural Heritage Studies Program, she has taught courses on cultural heritage project management as well as on the urban heritage of Budapest.