2nd Annual Workshop of the Late Habsburg PhD Network, 22-23 June 2023

This Workshop aims to provide members of the Late Habsburg PhD Network* with the opportunity to present their ongoing research and receive valuable feedback from experienced scholars in the field of Habsburg Studies.

Organized by Daniel Gunz and David Smrček

22 June 2023

18:00 KEYNOTE: HABSBURG CENTRAL EUROPE'S POST-WAR IMPERIAL ORDER | Pieter M. Judson (European University Institute)

The period after 1918 is often understood as a post-imperial or even post-colonial period in Habsburg Central Europe. The successor states drew sharp contrasts between their allegedly democratic and national values on the one hand, and the allegedly oppressive non-democratic and anti-national values of the empire they had replaced on the other. Research in the past decade has complicated this narrative in several ways. First, it has shown that imperial and national values often developed in tandem and shared a similar logic. Secondly, we now see that a range of continuities (institutional, administrative, cultural, personnel) linked the rejected imperial regime to the successor states. The lecture explores some of these continuities, examining the elements of imperial practice adopted by the successor states and pointing out where some new imperial practices distinguished the successors from the empire they replaced

Pieter M. Judson is Professor of 19th and 20th Century History at the European University Institute in Florence. He has been awarded several prices for his publications, such as the Karl Vogelsang – Staatspreis in 2010. The Habsburg Empire. A New History was published in 2018 and has since been translated into German, Italian and French. His research focuses on a variety of topics, including the history of modern Europe, the history of empires, nationalism and conflicts, cultural and political history.

venue: Hörsaal 6 Franz König, Hauptgebäude Universität Wien, Tiefparterre Stiege 9, Hof V

free entrance, not registration required 


23 June 2023

08:30 – 08:45 WELCOMING WORDS | Martina Steer (Doctoral School of Historical and Cultural Studies), Peter Becker (University of Vienna), David Smrček and Daniel Gunz (University of Vienna)


“Guardians of the Nation” Revisited: Czech and German School Associations in the Ceded Areas of Lower Austria | Martina Schmidinger (University of Innsbruck)

Politicians in the Street Politics of 1897 | David Smrček (University of Vienna)

Nationalism and language use in court: the multifaceted issue of customary court language(s) at the Kreisgericht Bozen in Tyrol (1870-1903) | Alexander Teutsch (University of Vienna)

10:15 – 10:30 COFFEE BREAK

10:30 – 12:00 PANEL 2: IDENTITY

Aristocratic Supranationalism, the Nationalities Question and a Remote Alpine Principality: The Role of National Identity in the Lives of Johann II and Aloys of Liechtenstein | Cornelius Goop (University of Vienna)

Domesticating the Foreign and Consuming the Exotic: Julius Meinl Food Advertisements, 1890-1937 | Amy Millet (University of Kansas)

Unveiling the Forgotten: Women Artists and their Exhibitions in Interwar Prague | Magdalena Eriksröd-Burger (University of Bamberg) 

12:00 – 13:00 LUNCH BREAK


“All Persons Afflicted with Congenital Pederasty are Mentally Ill…” Queer Identity Constructions within the Oesterreichische Kriminal-Zeitung 1907/08 | Daniel Gunz (University of Vienna)

Community Ties in Urban Life: a Case Study from Braşov, Transylvania | Megan Palmer (University of Nottingham)

Success is rarely a coincidence: The Popularization of the "Quartett Gebrüder Schrammel, Dänzer und Strohmayer" in the late 19th Century | Tanja Weber (University of Vienna)

14:30 – 15:00 FINAL DISCUSSION

comments by Pieter Judson and Peter Becker

venue: Seminarraum Geschichte 3, Hauptgebäude Universität Wien, 2. Stock Stiege 9, Hof VII.

Please register by writing to Daniel Gunz.


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

* About the Late Habsburg PhD Network: It 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 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 David Gunz or David Smrcek.