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 Seminars in Michaelmas

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With the next academic year fast approaching, we already have some dates for your diary. Full details of all these events will appear on the website in due course, and please watch this space for further announcements.


Tuesday 18th October 2016, Senior Parlour, Gonville & Caius College, 5-6pm
Mark Cornwall (University of Southampton)
The Law and Rhetoric of Treason in the Late Habsburg Monarchy: The Case of Croatia

Tuesday 1st November 2016, Senior Parlour, Gonville & Caius College, 5-6pm
Andreas Gestrich (GHIL)
The „Wienerisches Diarium“. Press, State and Enlightenment in eighteenth-century Vienna

Tuesday 11th November 2016, Senior Parlour, Gonville & Caius College, 5-6pm
Jeroen Duindam (Leiden University)
From Vienna to Istanbul and Beijing: A Social History of Rulership Across the Globe

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We hope you enjoyed Katy Bond’s talk yesterday; many thanks to all those who came. There is not long to wait until the Network’s next event, our annual lecture, which will be taking place from 5 – 6:30pm next Tuesday in the Leslie Stephen Room of Trinity Hall (please note the slightly longer time and different location to normal). Further details are as follows:

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Update: Katy Bond and Professor Howard Louthan

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For those of you planning to attend our events next month, here is a brief update to confirm where they will be taking place. Katy Bond’s paper on the role of costume books in Habsburg power networks will be happening in the Senior Parlour, Gonville & Caius College, whilst Howard Louthan will be delivering our  annual lecture, entitled ‘The Habsburgs and their Eastern Neighbours: Re-evaluating the Religious Landscape of 16th-century Central Europe’, in the Leslie Stephen Room, Trinity Hall (not in Caius, as previously advertised).

Furthermore, an abstract of Professor Louthan’s talk – which will address the crucial yet neglected relationship between the Habsburgs and their Jagiellonian neighbours in Poland-Lithuania – is now available here to whet your appetite.


Forthcoming Talks: Katy Bond and Professor Howard Louthan

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Following the success of our annual workshop earlier in the month (a full report of which is now available here), the Network is looking forward to two further exciting events next term. Firstly, on the 10th of May Katy Bond will be giving a talk on the political forces which shaped the development of the costume book genre, and then on the following Tuesday we will welcome Professor Howard Louthan as he delivers our annual lecture, with the ambitious aim of revising our understanding of Central Europe’s religious topography  in the 1500s and the Habsburgs’ place within it. More details of both these events are to follow in due course, but do put them in your diary now as they are not to be missed. In the meantime, we wish everyone a happy Easter for the coming week!

Tuesday 10th May 2016

Costume Books: 16th-century Habsburg Networks and Power’ by Katy Bond (University of Cambridge)

Gonville and Caius College, 5 – 6pm

For further details and a full abstract, see here.

Tuesday 17th May 2016

The Habsburgs and their Neighbours: Re-evaluating the Religious Landscape of 16th-century Central Europe’ by Prof. Howard Louthan (Center for Austrian Studies, University of Minnesota)

Gonville and Caius College, 5 – 6:30pm

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Here is a quick reminder of our upcoming workshop next Friday, which is set to be the highlight of our calendar this year. Please note one small change to the programme; we regret that Peter Büttner will not be able to join us, but we are pleased to announce that Dr Anna Ananieva of Queen Mary University of London will be giving what promises to be a fascinating talk on the journalism of the “elegant world” in Habsburg Hungary. Extracts of all the talks are available here.
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Forthcoming Event: Annual Workshop

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The Network’s biggest event of the year is fast approaching, and we are pleased to be able to announce the full programme for our annual workshop, this year themed around ‘New Approaches’. All are welcome and attendance is free, although it would be helpful if you could let us know you are coming by emailing Janine Maegraith at cjm80@cam.ac.uk. For further details about each talk please follow the link below.

Friday 4th March 2016

Senior Parlour, Gonville and Caius College, 2 – 6:45pm

The programme is as follows:

2pm Welcome and Introduction

Professor Estella Weiss-Krejci (University of Vienna)
The House of Habsburg as data source for the interpretation of general archaeological questions

Dr Ingrid Matschinegg (Salzburg University)
Why objects matter. Research perspectives at the Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture at Krems (Austria)

Tobias Roeder (Clare College, Cambridge)
Army Officers of the Habsburg Monarchy and Social and National Mobility, 1740-1790

4.00-4.30pm Coffee break

Dr Peter Büttner (University of Zurich)
Schändlich und schmutzig – Distribution und Produktion zweier sittenwidriger Lesestoffe um 1800 und ihre Zensurgeschichte in Kurbayern (in German)

Professor Yvonne Wübben (Freie Universität Berlin)
Practices of Censorship: Arthur Schnitzler and Sigmund Freud publish their dreams (in German)

Dr Claire Morelon (Queen’s College, Oxford)
Streetscapes of war and revolution: the First World War and the end of the Habsburg Empire in Prague, 1914-1920

6.15 – Concluding discussion


Forthcoming Talk: Konstanze Fliedl

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The Network is looking forward to welcoming Professor Fliedl of the University of Vienna, who is visiting us next week to deliver a talk on the intersection of chess, Habsburg loyalism and racial politics in Stefan Zweig’s acclaimed Schachnovelle (1942). For more information please click the link below, and stand by for further details concerning the programme of our Annual Workshop Day, which is to be held on Friday 4th March.

Thursday 4th February 2016

Jewish Chess: Stefan Zweig’s Novella in the Context of Racial Polemic‘ by Prof. Konstanze Fliedl (University of Vienna)

Green Room, Gonville and Caius College, 5:30 – 6:30pm

Please note that the talk will be delivered in German.

This talk is sponsored by the Cambridge DAAD German Research Hub.