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.


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.