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visiting doctoral students

Iurii Rudnev


  • B.A. in Philosophy, Higher School of Economics, 2011
  • M.A. in History of Knowledge, Higher School of Economics, 2013
  • M.A. in Medieval Studies, Central European University, 2017

Research interests:

  • Intellectual History
  • Renaissance Art and Magic
  • Global History
  • History in Higher Education

Dissertation Title

“Esoteric Knowledge in the Florentine Academy of the 16th c.”


Iurii Rudnev is a doctoral candidate in Medieval Studies at Central European University (CEU, Vienna); his research deals with the intellectual history of the Florentine art in the 16th c. that developed around the Florentine Academy. Among others, Michelangelo, Bronzino, Vasari, and Benvenuto Cellini were influenced by the Florentine academic discourse disseminating some magical and esoteric teachings. Iurii’s research looks for a broader comparative perspective crossing the local borders of the Florentine academic discourse and matching it with the similar intellectual processes developing not only in Europe (for instance, Germany) but also in other parts of the early-modern world. In addition to his research, Iurii has been extensively teaching for the access programs for displaced and Roma students, including within Princeton University’s Global History Lab (GHL) of which both the University of Potsdam and CEU are participating institutions. Iurii also has extensive teaching experience as Teaching Assistant for Prof. Schenck’s Global History Dialogue Project, a course taught every year within the GHL.

Dates of the visit: Oct 1, 2022 – Sept 30, 2023

Supervisor (at CEU): Prof. Marcell Sebők