Scholarly Events

Since its inception, the Center for Austrian Studies has offered a regular series of presentations by scholars in a wide variety of disciplines: the humanities, social sciences, fine arts, business, and medicine. CAS seminars range from descriptions of academic works-in-progress to presentations about more general subjects including reports of current events in Austria and Central Europe. The lectures are free; students, staff, and the public are cordially invited to attend.

Special Spring 2019 Opportunity: Climate in Motion Reading Group
The Center for Austrian Studies, Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World, and Environmental Humanities Initiative are pleased to present a reading group to discuss Deborah Coen’s 2018 book Climate in Motion: Science, Empire, and the Problem of Scale (University of Chicago Press).  A fascinating look into how Habsburg empire politics helped shape modern climate science, the book lies at the intersection of environmental humanities, history of science, European studies and other fields.  The group will meet roughly once per month during the Spring semester (first meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 26th from 12:00-1:30pm in 710 Social Sciences) and conclude in Fall 2019 with a visit by the author. To participate please email premod@umn.edu

Spring 2019 Schedule

Thursday, February 14. Lecture. Barbara Falk, Associate Professor, Department of Defence Studies, Canadian Forces College. "Dispatches from the Past to the Present: The Relevance of Cold War Politics Today." 4:00pm, 710 Social Sciences. Presented by the Center for Austrian Studies, cosponsored by the Department of Political Science.

Thursday, February 21. Lecture. Marcela Perett, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies, North Dakota State University. “Late Medieval Populism: Toward a New Understanding of Lollard and Hussite Movements." 4:00pm, 1210 Heller Hall. Presented by the Center for Medieval Studies, cosponsored by the Center for Austrian Studies

Tuesday, March 12Lecture. Sonja Wentling, Professor of History and Global Studies, Concordia College. "A Tale of Two Cities: Concordia Language Village's 'Waldsee' in the Crucible of History and Memory." 4:00pm, 1210 Heller HallPresented by the UMN Institute for Global Studies, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Center for Jewish Studies, Center for German and European Studies, Center for Austrian Studies, Department of History, and Department of German, Nordic, Slavic, and Dutch; and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC). 

Tuesday, March 26. Lecture. Joshua Teplitsky, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Stony Brook University. "How One Collector Built History's Most Remarkable Jewish Library: David Oppenheim (1664-1736), Chief Rabbi of Prague." 4:00pm, 710 Social Sciences. Presented by the Center for Austrian Studies, cosponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies.

Thursday, April 4. Community Event. Literaturlenz book tour from the Goethe-Institut Chicago with German-language authors. 6:00pm, Upson Room, Walter Library. Presented by the Center for German and European Studies, cosponsored by the Center for Austrian Studies and the Department of German, Nordic, Slavic, and Dutch.

Tuesday, April 9. Lecture. Philipp Ther, Professor of Central European History at the University of Vienna, and Visiting Fellow at the Remarque Institute, New York University. “The History of Refugees in an Enlarged Europe.” 4:30pm, 1210 Heller Hall. Presented by the Center for Austrian Studies, cosponsored by the Department of History, Immigration History Research Center, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Center for German and European Studies, and Institute for Global Studies.

Wednesday, April 17. Lecture. Gary Cohen, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, University of Minnesota. “Thinking about the Afterlife of the Habsburg Monarchy.” 4:00pm, 710 Social Sciences. Presented by the Center for Austrian Studies.

Friday, April 26. Keynote Lecture. Max Bergholz, Associate Professor, Department of History, Concordia University (Montreal). “Histories of Violence Without Borders." 12:15pm, 1210 Heller Hall. Presented by the Mediterranean Collaborative and the Center for Early Modern History, cosponsored by the Center for Austrian Studies.

Thursday, May 2Lecture. Juergen Pirker, Assistant Professor of Institute for Public Law and Political Science at the University of Graz, and Visiting Professor in the Department of History, University of Minnesota. “Memory Politics and Minority Rights in Central Europe (1867-2019).” 12:00pm, 710 Social SciencesPresented by the Center for Austrian Studies.