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.



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.


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.


Forthcoming Talk: Jeroen Duindam

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Tuesday 15th November 2016

From Vienna to Istanbul and Beijing: A Social History of Rulership Across the Globe’ by Prof. Jeroen Duindam (Leiden)

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

A last reminder for our next event tomorrow, in which one of Europe’s most distinguished scholars of princely courts, Professor Jeroen Duindam, will be visiting to give us a world historical perspective on dynastic modes of governance. If the bruising political events of the last week have left you fed up with elections and yearning for a time when power was just passed on by hereditary succession, it’s sure to be a tonic…

Full details can be found here.

Forthcoming Talk: Andreas Gestrich

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Tuesday 1st November 2016

The „Wienerisches Diarium“. Press, State and Enlightenment in eighteenth-century Vienna’ by Prof. Andreas Gestrich (GHIL)

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

A quick reminder for you all that next Tuesday will see our second event of term, in which Andreas Gestrich will be visiting from the German Historical Institute to examine the fine line trodden by the ‘world’s longest running newspaper’ in navigating between the demands of government and the public sphere in the 18th century Habsburg capital. Full details are here, we hope to see as many of there as possible.

We are also pleased to announce a late addition to our programme, namely that on Wednesday 23rd of November we will be welcoming back Veronika Čapská to discuss the uses of correspondence as a source for studying friendship, emotions and cultural exchange within the Habsburg monarchy. We will send out a reminder and further details nearer the time, but please do take a look at the abstract here, and of course make a note in your diaries!