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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 Talk: Alexander Buczynski

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Tueday 30th January 2018

‘The Josephinian Reorganisation of the Military Frontier’ by Professor Alexander Buczynski (Croatian Institute of History, Zagreb)

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

Welcome back to a new term and a new year, in which we will be starting our programme with a lecture from Professor Alexander Buczynski, who joins us from Croatia to discuss the role of subsistence crises in driving the transformation of society and the military carried out by Joseph II along his empire’s Balkan border. Further information about the Network’s subsequent events for this term will be released shortly.

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Forthcoming Event: Graduate Seminar on Political Economy

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Tuesday 7th November

‘Mines, soil, and the origin of wealth in the eighteenth-century Habsburg State of Milan’ by Lavinia Maddaluno (Rome Fellow, British School at Rome)

 ‘Ludwig Zinzendorf’s political economy in the Habsburg monarchy, 1750-1770’ by Simon Adler (Cambridge)

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

This coming week sees the Network hosting our first ever joint graduate seminar, in which we will be hearing two papers examining different aspects of political economy during the eighteenth century. All are very welcome to attend this event, which promises to shed new light on cameralism in theory and practice, and to throw up fruitful possibilities for comparison across the Habsburg realms.

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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.

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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.

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