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Welcome back to the new academic year. We have an exciting seminar programme and schedule of events this year. We are extremely grateful to the Cambridge DAAD German Research Hub which has offered us funding to support our work this year and we are acknowledging this in our new title: the DAAD-Cambridge New Habsburg Studies Network.

Tuesday 27th October 2015, Green Room, Gonville & Caius College, 5-6pm
Philip Hitchings (University of Cambridge)
‘Christendom’s Great Champion’?: Images and Representations of the Habsburg Dynasty in the English Public Sphere, 1710-1713 

Friday 6th November 2015, Coleridge Room, Jesus College, 4.30pm
Professor Klaus Ries (University of Jena)
‘Die Legende von der “politischen Romantik”: Über die Wirkmächtigkeit romantischer Denkfiguren im langen 19. Jahrhundert’.
(in association with the Department of German and Dutch)

Tuesday 24th November 2015, Green Room, Gonville & Caius College, 5-6pm
Shiru Lim (UCL)
‘Is it useful to deceive the people?’: Frederick II and Jean Le Rond d’Alembert on philosophical kingship.

Friday 27th November 2015, Coleridge Room, Jesus College, 4.30 pm
Dr Laura Anna Macor (University of Oxford)
The Intrigues of Love in Schiller’s Early Plays
(in association with the Department of German and Dutch)



22–24 October 2015, University of Bolzano
Stipulating – Litigating – Mediating: Negotiation processes within the competing fields of gender and property



Transcribing Schnitzler
A transcription initiative organised by the Schnitzler Digital Edition Project
Register and explore Schnitzler’s creative workshop here:

Can you read a doctor-writer’s handwriting? Explore Arthur Schnitzler’s literary texts online by transcribing his unpublished drafts and sketches. The Transcribing Schnitzler ‘sprint’ aims to ‘crowdsource’ transcriptions of a set of Schnitzler’s papers (some in German Kurrent) in four weeks. The initiative will start on 19.10.15. Anybody who is interested in deciphering difficult handwriting or Schnitzler’s literary texts can join the conversation at German language skills are needed to explore the website and Schnitzler’s creative workshop. A selection of the most successful transcriptions will be published on the website at the end of the ‘sprint’.



Forthcoming Talk: Dr Ilya Berkovich

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The network is pleased to announce the details of a seminar to be held at Gonville & Caius college on the subject of Habsburg conscription. For more information about what promises to be a fascinating paper, please follow the link below.

Tuesday 28th April 2015

‘Old Regime Armies? Conscript Armies? The Case of Habsburg Austria 1740-1792’ by Dr Ilya Berkovich (Visiting Researcher, University of Vienna)

Gonville & Caius College Green Room 5-6pm


News and Forthcoming Events

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The network is delighted to announce the details of two seminars to be held in Lent Term 2015. Please watch this space for further information about future events.

Wednesday 18th February 2015

‘Entangled Objects? The Material Culture of Cross-Cultural Negotiations: Habsburg–Ottoman Diplomacy 1527–1648’ by Harriet Rudolph (Professor of Early Modern History, Regensburg University)

Gonville & Caius College Auditorium, 5-6pm


Wednesday 4th March 2015

‘The Habsburg Army 1619-1918’ by Richard Bassett (former Times correspondent for Central and Eastern Europe)

Gonville & Caius College Senior Parlour, 5-6pm


WELCOME TO THE CAMBRIDGE NEW HABSBURG STUDIES NETWORK ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Supported by the DAAD Cambridge Research Hub with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office (FFO)

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The network aims to promote Habsburg studies in Cambridge by exploring new approaches to the history and cultures of Central and Eastern Europe, including the new methodologies of gender studies and social history. The network offers scholars the opportunity to present their research on any aspect of Central and East Central European history and to discuss current debates within the field. It provides a forum in which Cambridge researchers can exchange ideas both with others in Cambridge and with visiting scholars, especially those from Central and East Central Europe.