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.



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!

Forthcoming Talk: Professor Mark Cornwall

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Tuesday 18th October 2016

The Law and Rhetoric of Treason in the Late Habsburg Monarchy: The Case of Croatia’ by Prof. Mark Cornwall (University of Southampton)

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

The new term has begun and our seminar programme gets underway in less than a week, so we’d like to remind you of what’s in store for this Michaelmas. Next Tuesday we will be hosting Professor Mark Cornwall as he examines Habsburg Croatia’s very own ‘Dreyfus trial’ and the light thrown by questions of treason and loyalty on the Austro-Hungarian elite during the dynasty’s final years. Please see the event page for further details of this exciting topic, and we hope to see you at Caius next week. Then two further talks in November will take us from the public sphere during the Viennese Enlightnment to a global comparison of the Habsburgs’ place within world histories of rulership: please note the updated date of the 15th November for Jeroen Duindam’s talk, not the 11th as previously stated.


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 15th 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:

Louthan Talk

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.