The inaugural meeting of the network took place in Gonville and Caius College on 17th October 2014. It was
lively and well attended by researchers from History, History of Art, Economics, POLIS and Modern Languages in Cambridge as well as visitors from Freiburg, London, Munich, Oxford, Prague and Vienna. We were particularly pleased to welcome the doyen of Habsburg Studies in Britain, Robert Evans.
Papers were presented by visiting scholars Veronika Čapská (Charles University in Prague, ‘Bohemian Lands as a Space of Translation Flows’), Ellinor Forster (University of Innsbruck, ‘Constructing social spaces in the territories of Tuscany, Salzburg and Wurzburg 1790-1824’) Astrid Köhler (Queen Mary, University of London, ‘Sociability in the Imperial Province: Carlsbad in the early Nineteenth Century’), and Janine Maegraith (Newnham College, independent scholar), ‘On fragile grounds? Negotiating and stipulating widows’ endowments in sixteenth-century Southern Tirol’), and from the University of Cambridge, Suzanna Ivanič (Gonville & Caius College, ‘Religious materiality and multi-confessionality amongst Prague burghers 1600-1620’). The papers highlighted new departures in research into the social, economic and cultural history of the Habsburg lands. There was a lively discussion of questions regarding the use of sociological models in historical methodology and some surprising connections were made across geographical areas and chronological spans. These themes define the scope of the Cambridge New Habsburg Studies Network.