WELCOME TO THE CAMBRIDGE NEW HABSBURG STUDIES NETWORK ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Supported by the DAAD Cambridge Research Hub with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office (FFO)

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The network aims to promote Habsburg studies in Cambridge by exploring new approaches to the history and cultures of Central and Eastern Europe, including the new methodologies of gender studies and social history. The network offers scholars the opportunity to present their research on any aspect of Central and East Central European history and to discuss current debates within the field. It provides a forum in which Cambridge researchers can exchange ideas both with others in Cambridge and with visiting scholars, especially those from Central and East Central Europe.

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Michaelmas Term 2018

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With the new academic year upon us, it’s time to announce our termcard for the coming Michaelmas, which features two excellent speakers in the form of Inken Schmidt-Voges and Clemens Ruthner. Abstracts can be found in the poster below and the ‘upcoming events’ pages.

Important note: Professor Klaus Ries’ talk on Fichte and terrorism, originally advertised to be taking place in October, has now been put back slightly and will most likely take place in Lent Term.

Forthcoming Talk: Marie Kolkenbrock

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Tuesday 5th June 2018

‘Exhibiting the “Austrian by Training”: Arthur Schnitzler between Pacifism and Patriotism’ by Dr Marie Kolkenbrock (University of Cambridge)

Senior Parlour, Gonville and Caius College, 5-6.30pm

After an exciting year of talks covering topics that have ranged from the Croatian borderlands to the American frontier, we return to Vienna for the final event of our 2017-18 programme, in which Marie Kolkenbrock will be exploring the subtleties of the writer Arthur Schnitzler’s approach to ideas of nation and peacemaking during the world war which ended the Habsburg Empire. We look forward to welcoming you to this lecture, and we thank everyone whose attendance and participation has contributed to the Network’s successful activities this year.

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Forthcoming Talk: Sascha Becker

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Tuesday 29th May 2018

Human Capital Accummulation and Forced Migration: the Evidence from Post-War Polish Population Transfers‘ by Dr Sascha Becker (University of Warwick)

Senior Parlour, Gonville and Caius College, 5-6.30pm

Join us next week for what promises to be a fascinating talk, as the Network ventures closer to the present day than ever before and examines (courtesy of Sascha Becker) the long-term impact of the resettlements sparked by the Second World War on the economic prospects and outlooks of Polish forced migrants.

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Forthcoming Events: Annual Lecture and Annual Workshop

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Here is a final reminder about the not one but two events happening this week. Both our flagship annual lecture and our annual workshop will be taking place, so we would be delighted to see you at either or both of these occasions.

Thursday 3rd May 2018 – Annual Lecture

‘Managing Memory: Tower Ball Deposits in the German Lands’ by Professor Beat Kümin (Warwick)

Bateman Auditorium, Gonville and Caius College, 5-7pm

For centuries, communities in what is now Germany, Austria, and Switzerland engaged in the fascinating practice of placing objects in a kind of time-capsule atop churches and other towers. Professor Kümin will be offering us new insights into what these deposits can tell us about the worldviews and priorities of their creators, and the relationship they wished to have with posterity. This lecture will be invaluable to those interested in material culture, memory studies, and the social history of communities in a time of turbulence and transformation.

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Friday 4th May 2018 – Annual Workshop

Borders‘ featuring Laszlo Kontler (Budapest), Richard Morris (Cambridge), Sabine Jesner (Graz), Attila Magyar (Hanover), Antonios Nasis (Paris), and Benedek Varga (Cambridge)

Senior Parlour, Gonville and Caius College, 1:30-6:30pm

On the following day we will be continuing the conversation with our yearly workshop, which this time will address the theme of ‘borders’ and include contributions addressing the management of frontiers in the Balkans, the Mediterranean, and beyond, as well as more imaginative conceptions of borders in science, ritual, and historiography. All are welcome to attend this free afternoon of talks and discussions, and full details of the programme and abstracts can be found on the event page.

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Easter Term 2018

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With Easter week upon us and the winter apparently relinquishing its grip on Cambridge at last, it’s time to look ahead towards our programme for next term. Highlights will include our annual lecture (this year delivered by Beat Kümin) and our annual workshop (this year with the theme ‘Borders’), but we also have more to look forwards to, and further details and reminders will be posted here in due course.

Forthcoming Event: Annual Workshop on ‘Borders’

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Friday 4th May 2018

Senior Parlour, Gonville & Caius College, 1:30-6:30 pm

As we reach the end of another term, the network is pleased to announce the theme and schedule for this year’s annual workshop, which will take place in May and will address the varied and ever-relevant topic of borders. Please follow the link below to see our programme of speakers, who will present on numerous aspects of the cultural, intellectual, military, and administrative history of borders in Habsburg-ruled Europe. Full abstracts and further reminders will be sent out nearer the time; in the meantime, we invite you to like our Facebook page which has just been set up and will provide another way to keep up with the network’s programme of events and opportunities.

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Forthcoming Event: Graduate Seminar on Policing and Policy

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Tuesday 20th February

‘The Making of a European Panopticon: Austrian conservative policies and transnational political policing, 1849-1859’ by Christos Aliprantis (Cambridge)

‘Informal ways to the Emperor’s Desk – The policy networks of Adolf Braun 1865–1899’ by Andreas Enderlin (University of Vienna)

Senior Parlour, Gonville and Caius College, 5-6:30pm

Thank you to all those who came to Professor Buczynski’s talk last night, and we hope you enjoyed it. Our next event takes place in three weeks’ time and will involve postgraduate researchers from Cambridge and beyond coming together to present findings on networks of power and surveillance centred around the Habsburg Monarchy of the  nineteenth century. We look forward to seeing you there.

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