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.


Forthcoming Talk: Jürgen Overhoff

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Tuesday 10th October 2017

‘Montesquieu’s portrayal of Germany’s federal system and its reception in North America’ by Professor Jürgen Overhoff (University of Münster)

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

Here is a quick reminder that the Network’s first event of term is coming up this Tuesday, when Professor Overhoff will be discussing Montesquieu’s ‘Spirit of the Laws’ as a bridge between federal ideas in Germany and America. At a time when transatlantic relationships are in flux for the first time in decades, please join us for what will surely be a stimulating talk and discussion addressing some of the most deep-rooted connections between our political traditions.


Michaelmas Term 2017

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Welcome back one and all to a new term and a new academic year. Below you can find our full programme for this Michaelmas, which gets underway in a week and a half when Jürgen Overhoff will be visiting Cambridge to discuss the Holy Roman Empire and transatlantic federalism. Further details and fuller abstracts for our Graduate Seminar on Political Economy can also be found here. We look forward to seeing you all very soon.


Forthcoming Talk: Géza Pálffy

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Tuesday 6th June 2017

‘An Old Realm in a New Monarchy: Habsburg Coronations in Early Modern Hungary’ by Dr Géza Pálffy (Institute of History at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

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

With just a few days to go before Britain chooses a head of government, please join us for the Network’s last event of the year to hear about a rather different tradition of appointing a ruler. On Tuesday Géza Pálffy will be visiting us from Hungary to discuss the evolving ceremonies of coronation in the Realm of St Stephen under Habsburg rule, shedding light on the relationship between power and ritual in a composite monarchy. Thank you to all who have attended our events over the year and helped to make them a success, and we hope to see you one last time before the summer vacation.


Forthcoming Talk: Siegrid Westphal

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Tuesday 23rd May 2017

‘The Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation as an Order of Public Peace (‘Landfriedensordnung’)’ by Professor Siegrid Westphal (University of Osnabrück)

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

The network is pleased to welcome a distinguished scholar from the historical home of peaceamaking, Osnabrück in Westphalia, to tell the story of the Holy Roman Empire in its last three centuries of existence with a focus on the concept and implementation of a Perpetual Public Peace. Professor Westphal’s talk will analyse the Old Reich as a system for resolving conflict and maintaining security, tracing the vitality of its functioning all the way through Early Modernity into the eighteenth century. As ever, all are more than welcome to attend.


Easter Term 2017

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Easter term is underway and we are on the home strait for the year, but there’s still time to fit in the big topics of peace and war, throne rooms and borderlands, life and (un)death. Full details and abstracts for all the Habsburg Network’s talks can be found in the ‘Upcoming Events’ tab as always, and we look forward to seeing you next week for our first paper which will be:

Tuesday 9th May 2017

‘Habsburg Control on the Ottoman Frontier: Medicine, the Military and Vampire Mania in an 18th Century Borderland’ by Dr William O’Reilly (University of Cambridge)

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

In the eighteenth century, plagues real and imagined swept the long military borderland dividing the Habsburg Monarchy from the Ottoman Empire; join us as William O’Reilly explains the complex collisison of Enlightenment ideas, military strategy, medical innovation and the living dead in one of Europe’s most fascinating liminal areas.


Forthcoming Events: Annual Lecture and Annual Workshop

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This week is an exciting one for the network, as we will be running both of the flagship events in our 2016-17 programme. Here is a reminder of the details for both:

Thursday 2nd March 2017 – Annual Lecture

Intimate Relationships Between Alleged Opposites: Empire and Nation in Habsburg Central Europe, 1848-1930’ by Professor Pieter Judson (European University Institute, Florence)

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

Please note that the location has changed slightly from that issued on our earlier termcard, but will still be in Gonville and Caius. A full abstract and further information can be found here. Once Professor Judson has tackled the big themes of nationalism and imperialism in the Habsburg Monarchy of the 19th century, on the following day we will have the opportunity to delve into the details of  this period’s rich cultural life, as our annual workshop hosts a full afternoon of talks and discussions on this theme:

Friday 3rd March 2017 – Annual Workshop

Cultural Histories of the Habsburg Empire c.1800-1920’  featuring Martin Schaller (St Andrews), Clara Gallistl (Vienna), Markian Prokopovych (Birmingham). Julia Ilgner (Freiburg), Annja Neumann (Cambridge) and Claire Morelon (Oxford)

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

All are welcome to come for part or all of this free event, with no registration necessary. Full abstracts for all the talks and a timetable for the afternoon are available here. We look forward to seeing you there to round off what has been an enjoyable and wide-ranging term for the Network; many thanks to everyone who has attended and contributed to our events.

Forthcoming Talk: Alexander Schunka

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Tuesday 21st February 2017

‘Early Modern Migrations – The Habsburg Lands and Beyond’ by Professor Alexander Schunka (Freie Universität, Berlin)

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

Please join us on Tuesday for our next event of term, in which Alexander Schunka will be joining us to tackle the topic of migrants in Early Modern Europe and their efforts to develop new forms of self-fashioning and deal with the ‘migratory regimes’ policing the movement of peoples in the Habsburg territories and beyond.

We are also pleased to announce our complete line-up for the Network’s annual workshop, which is also coming up soon. We’ll send out another reminder in due course, but the precise timetable for the afternoon is available here, alongside abstracts for all the talks.