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.

Due to the Covid pandemic all events at the Center for Austrian Studies for fall semester will be held remotely.

Fall 2020 Public Programming

All times noted according to Central Time Zone

Monday, September 21. Kann Memorial Lecture"Against the World: The Collapse of Empire and the Deglobalization of Interwar Austria." Tara Zahra, Homer J. Livingston Professor of East European History and the College, Department of History, University of Chicago. 12:00pm, webinar via Zoom ( Presented by the Center for Austrian Studies, with the support of individual donors to the Robert A. Kann Memorial Lecture fund, cosponsored by the Department of History; part of the greater North American Austrian Centers' fall event program collaborative.

Thursday, October 1. Lecture. "Warfare and religion in medieval Japan and medieval Catholic Europe." Philippe Buc, University of Vienna. 12:00pm, webinar via Zoom ( Organized by the Center for Medieval Studies.

Tuesday, October 6Book Talk. "Spaniards in Mauthausen: Representations of a Nazi Concentration Camp." Sara J. Brenneis, Professor of Spanish, Amherst College. 12:00pm, webinar via Zoom ( by the University of Minnesota's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Center for Austrian Studies, and Department of Spanish and Portuguese; cosponsored by the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity (Western Washington University), the Center for Inter-American Studies of the University of Graz (Austria), and the Centro Sefarad-Israel (Madrid).

Tuesday, October 20. Lecture. "Geneva Attacks: Violence, Just War and the Calvinist Tradition." Graeme Murdock, History, Trinity College, Dublin. 1:25pm, webinar via Zoom ( Organized in conjunction with HIST 8900: Religion and Violence in the Premodern World. 

Friday, October 30. Keynote Lecture. "Tourism and the 75th Anniversary of the Austrian Second Republic: An Interdisciplinary Approach." Gundolf Graml, Professor of German and Assistant Dean for Global Learning, Agnes Scott College. 11:30am, webinar via Zoom (  Organized in conjunction with the "Tourism, Sports, and Politics in the 19th-21st Centuries" Seminar Fellows Program.   

Tuesday, November 17. Community Lecture. "Joseph Süss Oppenheimer (“Jew Süss”): The Rise and Fall of an Eighteenth Century Court Jew."  Yair Mintzker, History, Princeton University. 4:00pm, webinar via Zoom ( Presented by the Center for Jewish Studies.