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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.



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.


Forthcoming Talk: Renato Pasta

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Tuesday 7th February 2017

‘Cesare Beccaria and his Context’ by Professor Renato Pasta (University of Florence)

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

On Tuesday the CNHSN will be venturing south of the Alps for the first time, as Professor Pasta joins us from Florence to lecture on the great penal reformer and leading light of the Milanese Enlightenment, Cesare Beccaria, and his relationship with the Habsburg regime in Lombardy. Join us at Caius to learn more about this fascinating figure, whose stand against torture and arbitrary government remains (sadly) topical to this day.


Forthcoming Talk: Wolfgang Burgdorf

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Tuesday 31st January 2017

‘Protokonstitutionalismus – Die Reichsverfassung in den Wahlkapitulationen – Grundrechtliche Gewährleistungen’ by Prof. Wolfgang Burgdorf (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich)

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

Our first event of term is just around the corner, so we would love to see as many of you as possible as we host Professor Burgdorf’s discussion of ‘the German Magna Carta’, namely the Wahlkapitulationen of the Holy Roman Empire, which foreshadowed many more famous constitutional developments occurring later elsewhere.

As a reminder, please note that this talk will be in German.


Lent Term 2017

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Hello, and welcome back after what we hope has been a relaxed Christmas and New Year. The Network will be anything but relaxed this Lent, as we present our busiest termly schedule so far, with three speaker events followed by our annual lecture and the highlight of our yearly calendar, the 2017 workshop which will be themed around ‘Cultural Histories of the Habsburg Empire c1800-1920.’  There will be reminders and further information about all these events on this page and in the ‘forthcoming events’ section, but until then please put the dates in your diaries.