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.

Fall 2018 Schedule

Friday, September 14. Lecture. Gregor Thuswaldner, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Humanities at North Park University in Chicago, and President of the Austrian Studies Association. “Stefan Zweig and the ‘Tragedy of European Thought’.” 1:00pm, 710 Social Sciences. Presented by the Center for Austrian Studies, Department of German, Nordic, Slavic, and Dutch, and Anselm House.

Wednesday, October 3. 34th Annual Kann Memorial Lecture. Larry Wolff, Silver Professor of History and Director of the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at New York University. “Operatic Representations of Habsburg Ideology: Ottoman Themes and Viennese Variations.” 4:00pm, 1210 Heller Hall. Presented by the Center for Austrian Studies, with the support of individual donors to the Robert A. Kann Memorial Lecture fund.

Thursday, October 11. Lecture. Hasan Hasanovic, Srebrenica genocide survivor and Curator at the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial Centre. Evening (Time TBD), Cowles Auditorium. Presented by the Institute for Global Studies, cosponsored by the Center for Austrian Studies and Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Friday, October 26. Workshop. Natalie Lettner, Art Historian at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. “Who wants to look at naked old ladies?” 1:00pm, 710 Social Sciences. Presented by the Center for Austrian Studies, Center for German and European Studies, the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the Departments of Art History, and German, Nordic, Slavic, and Dutch.

Tuesday, November 13. Lecture. Cathleen Giustino, Mills Carter Professor of History, Auburn University. “Recovering Julia’s Things: Jewish Property Claims and the Hard Road to Restitution in Postwar Czechoslovakia” 1:00pm, 710 Social Sciences. Presented by the Center for Austrian Studies, Center for German and European Studies, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and Center for Jewish Studies.

Friday-Saturday, November 16-17. Conference. Topics will be on the theme of Early Modern War and the Formation of Europe with keynote by Mary Lindemann, President of German Studies Association, Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the University of Miami: “The Ecological and Environmental Consequences of the Thirty Years War: Longue durée and histoire événementielle.” Friday in 710 Social Sciences, Saturday in 35 Humphrey School. Presented by the Center for Austrian Studies, Center for German and European Studies, and Center for Early Modern History.

Thursday, November 29. Lecture. Eva Hudecova, Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota. “Russia's Disinformation Campaign and Neocolonialist Tendencies in Slovakia and Across Eastern Europe.” 12:00pm, 710 Social Sciences. Presented by the Center for Austrian Studies.