Master of Arts in European Women's and Gender History (MATILDA)

Established as part of the EU Erasmus programme, the MATILDA European Master in Women’s and Gender History is designed for students wishing to develop expertise in women’s and gender history, as well as European history, and who are interested in intercultural exchange.

The programme of study is spread over two years, includes 120 ECTS points, and links five leading European universities in an exciting, innovative and unique venture. Students can expect to study at least two different partner institutions (a ‘home’ and a ‘host’ institution), choosing from among the following:

  • University of Vienna (coordinating institution)
  • The Central European University (CEU) in Budapest
  • The Universite Lumiere Lyon 2
  • The University of Nottingham
  • The Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski

MATILDA profile

The MATILDA curriculum includes courses in core subjects in Women’s and Gender History (theory, methodology, and practice) and specialist options covering medieval to modern historical epochs, such as: History of Nationalism and Post-/Colonialism and History of Post-/Socialism; History of Masculinities; History of Gender in the Sciences; History of Gender and Work; History of Gender and Education; Comparative History of Women’s Movements, Women’s Oral History and Gender and Religion.

MATILDA supports integrative perspectives which go beyond local, regional, and national histories in order to situate these histories, as well as European history as a whole, in broader contexts. With its focus on comparative, entangled and transnational history, MATILDA aims to:

  • explore the history of gender differences and similarities in European cultures and societies;
  • investigate the role of gender in shaping European history;
  • challenge gender inequalities.

In addition to studying in at least two different countries there will also be a summer Intensive Programme during which all students on the course will come together with faculty in order to learn and to strengthen cooperation.

Transparency and comparability will be assured through the European Credit Transfer System and Diploma Supplement/Transcript.

General information about the program can be found on


At CEU transnational and comparative approaches are foregrounded, with place, class, “race,” religion and other categories informing the study of women and gender in history. Thematic foci include comparative histories of “state-socialism,” women’s activism and gender politics, as well as East/West-North/South relations, nation/nationalisms, and the study of the relationship between humanity and nature. MATILDA at CEU brings together faculty from many countries and research traditions with expertise in Gender and Historical Studies (including medieval studies).

Students who enter MATILDA through CEU and graduate from CEU will receive a US-accredited diploma and a Hungarian (and thus European) diploma.

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Responsible for MATILDA at CEU:

Professor Susan Zimmermann, email


Professor Francisca de Haan, email:


Title Instructor Credit
Foundations of Gender Studies II (2018/19) Hadley Z. Renkin 2.0
(De)Militarisms Ben Schrader 4.0
Academic Writing Part 1 (2018/19) Andrea Kirchknopf
Borbála Faragó
Sanjay Kumar
Academic Writing Part 2: Thesis development (2017/18) Hadley Z. Renkin 1.0
Building narratives: Self-expression through literature, art and performance Sanjay Kumar 2.0
Commodification of the Human Body (2017/18) Judit Sandor 4.0
Communism and Gender: Historical and Global Perspectives (2018/19) Francisca de Haan 2.0
Critical Interdisciplinary Approaches to Doing Research in Gender Studies (2017/18) Jasmina Lukic 2.0
Critical perspectives on human nature Maria Kronfeldner 2.0
Critical Policy Studies (2017/18) Sarah Smith 2.0
Critical Race Theory: Race and Law from the United States to Europe Angéla Kóczé
Mathias Möschel
Critical Romani Studies: Past, Present, and Future Approaches to Roma (Gypsy, Travellers, Sinti, etc) Related Studies Angéla Kóczé 2.0
Discourse Analysis (2017/18) Erzsébet Barát 2.0
Equality Policies in Comparative Approach Andrea Krizsan
Violetta Zentai
Equality Policy in Comparative Perspective Andrea Krizsan
Violetta Zentai
Feminism and Masculinities (2018/19) Erzsébet Barát 4.0
Feminist Activism, NGOization and the Global Gender Equality Regime: Transnational and Regional Perspectives (2017/18) Selin Çağatay 2.0
Feminist Biopolitics and Cultural Practice (2017/18) Hyaesin Yoon 4.0
FEMINIST QUALITATIVE METHODS (2017/18) Nadia Jones-Gailani 2.0
Foundations in Gender Studies I (2018/19) Susan Zimmermann 4.0
Foundations in Gender Studies I (2018/19) Éva Fodor 4.0
Foundations of Gender Studies II (2018/19) Eszter Timár 2.0
Gender and Migration (2018/19) Nadia Jones-Gailani 4.0
Gender and Nationalism (2018/19) Elissa Helms 4.0
Gender and Sexuality in Compulsory Education (2017/18) Dorottya Rédai 2.0
Gender, Peace and Security (2018/19) Sarah Smith 4.0
Gender, Race, Class: Global Inequalities Angéla Kóczé 2.0
Gender, Terrorism and Political Violence (2017/18) Sarah Smith 2.0
Gendered Inequalities: Development and Globalisation (2017/18) Sarah Smith 4.0
How to Think about Science: An Introduction to Philosophy of Science Maria Kronfeldner 2.0
Human Rights and Emerging technologies (2017/18) Judit Sandor 4.0
Introduction to Affect Theory (2017/18) Eszter Timár 2.0
Islamic Feminism in Historical Perspective (2017/18) Nadia Jones-Gailani 2.0
Just Data Miklós Koren, Department of Economics and Business
Arieda Muço, Department of Economics and Business
Chrys Margaritidis, Dean of Students
Roberta Sinatra, Department of Mathematics and Its Applications
Karoly Boroczky, Department of Mathematics and Its Applications
Jozsef Martin, Transparency International Hungary
Achilles Georgiu, Department of Economics and Business
Neo-Victorian Cultures Today (2017-18) Andrea Kirchknopf 2.0
Postcolonialism and feminism(s) (2017/18) Nadia Jones-Gailani 4.0
Power and Resistance Dorit Geva 2.0
Public Lecture Series (2018/19) Faculty, staff 1.0
Queer Ecologies: Gender, Sexuality, and the Environment (2017-2018) Marianna Szczygielska 2.0
Queer Theory (2018/19) Eszter Timár 4.0
Re-imagining Social Movements (2018/19) Hadley Z. Renkin 4.0
Research Preparation Seminar (2017/18) Jasmina Lukic 2.0
Strategies of Reading (2017-18) Jasmina Lukic 2.0
Text Analysis Across Disciplines - Data Collection and Curation Jessie Labov, Center for Media, Data and Society
Tamas Kiss, Department of Medieval Studies
The Law and Politics of Combatting Violence Against Women Andrea Krizsan
Mathias Möschel
The ethos of science: Objectivity, disintrestedness and autnomy Maria Kronfeldner 2.0
The Nature of Performativity (2017/18) Eszter Timár 2.0
The perfect ambassador: International Relations and the origins of Diplomacy (1500-1800) Jan Hennings 4.0
Thesis Writing Workshop Group 1, 2 (2017/18) Francisca de Haan 4.0
Thesis Writing Workshop Group 3, 4 (2017/18) Hadley Z. Renkin 4.0
Women's and Gender History: An Introduction to Theory, Methodology and Archives (M) (2017/18) Francisca de Haan 2.0