3rd Annual Workshop of the Late Habsburg PhD Network

27 and 28 May 2024
Main Building of the University of Vienna, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna


27 May 2023, 18:00
Hörsaal 50
(2nd floor, staircase 8, court IV)

Dominique Kirchner Reill: Habsburg Immigration Schools New Yorkʼs Mayor?: Fiorello La Guardia in Fiume

In 1933, Fiorello La Guardia was elected mayor of New York by a city population comprising more than 75 % immigrants, mostly from southern and eastern Europe. A little over 25 years before,that same man had served as US Consul in Habsburg Fiume, where the number of migrants passing through the Hungarian port city en route to New York City registered over 20 % of Fiumeʼs total population. This talk will analyse what lessons the future American politician could have learned about immigration, welfare and multi-ethnic politics in his Habsburg times that helped him climb up the US career ladder.

Dominique Kirchner Reill is professor of History at the University of Miami and the Fulbright-IMéRA Aix-Marseille Université Chair in Migration Studies. Her first book, Nationalists Who Feared the Nation: Adriatic Multi-Nationalism in Habsburg Dalmatia, Trieste, and Venice, was published by Stanford University Press in 2012 and was awarded the Center for Austrian Studies’ Book Award and Honorable Mention from the Smith Award. Her next book The Fiume Crisis: Life in the Wake of the Habsburg Empire was published in 2020 with Harvard University’s Belknap Press and received an Honorable Mention from the Jelavich Book Prize.


28 May 2024
(lower ground floor, staircase 4, court IV)

9:00 – 9:15: Welcoming words

9:15 – 10:45 Panel 1: Connected Empire(s)

Henry Blood: Railroads and the Transformation of State and Society in the Habsburg Empire

Corentin Philippe Aurélien Gruffat: The Merinisation of Dalmatia: Animals and Development Politics in an Imperial Periphery (1800s–1870s)

Zihao Song: China in the Austrian Press during the 1873 Vienna Worldʼs Fair

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 12:00 Panel 2: Housing and National Conflicts

Kajetan Stobiecki: Does Beer have a Nationality? Industry and National Conflict in 19th-Century Pilsen

Marie-Theres Antonia Monika Findeisen: A Battle of Ideas on the Housing Question Terrain - the Case of Otto Bauer’s 1908 Response to the Rental Income Tax Debate

 12:00 – 13:15: Lunch break

13:15 – 14:15 Panel 3: Wars and Legacies

Manfred Anselgruber: Mobilization and Leave of Absence: Reserve-Infantry man Johann Failhaber within the Bosnian Herzegovinian Occupation Campaign in 1878/79

Alexander Teutsch: Between Laws, Languages and Liability: The Judiciary in South Tyrol in the Early Years of Italian Administration (1918–1923)


Daniel Gunz and David Smrček

The Late Habsburg PhD Network is a group of motivated students and early career scholars who are working on various themes and aspects related to the late Habsburg Empire. The Network is based at the University of Vienna, but it is open to students from other universities. We meet once a month during the semester with the aim of connecting young scholars who are currently located in Vienna. The Network is inclusive and welcomes students from all disciplines, including master’s students who are completing their thesis as well as postdocs who are seeking to connect with others in their field.

For further information please contact Daniel Gunz or David Smrček 


Supported by:
Doctoral School of Historical and Cultural Studies
Institute of Austrian Historical Research
Department of History