Past Kann Memorial Lectures
The Robert A. Kann Memorial Lecture has been a force in Habsburg scholarship since 1984. The list below demonstrates the intellectual breadth of the topics.
2020: Tara Zahra, Homer J. Livingston Professor of East European History and the College, Department of History, University of Chicago, "Against the World: The Collapse of Empire and the Deglobalization of Interwar Austria"
2019: Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger, Professor of History and Rector of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, "Maria Theresa and the Love of her Subjects"
2018: Larry Wolff, "Operatic Representations of Habsburg Ideology: Ottoman Themes and Viennese Variations"
2017: Franz A.J. Szabo, "The Dynamic of Reform in the Habsburg Monarchy during the 18th Century: Cameralism, Josephism, and Enlightenment"
2016: Pieter Judson, "Where Our Commonality Is Necessary: Rethinking the End of the Habsburg Monarchy"
2015: Patrick Geary, "Austria, the Writing of History, and the Search for European Identity"
2014: James Tracy, "Habsburg-Ottoman Wars, 1526–1606: A Clash of Civilizations"
2013: Gary Cohen, “Cultural Crossings in Prague, 1900: Scenes from Late Imperial Austria”
2012: Nora Berend, “Violence as Identity: Christians and Muslims in Hungary in the Medieval and Early Modern Period”
2011: Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, "Representation, Replication, Reproduction: The Legacy of Charles V in Rulers' Portraits in the Holy Roman Empire"
2010: Arnold Suppan, "The Nazi Occupation Policies in Bohemia and Serbia: A Comparison"
2009: David S. Luft, "Austrian Intellectual History before the Liberal Era: Grillparzer, Stifter and Bolzano"
2008: Siegfried Beer, "A Second Chance: Allied Attitudes and Reconstruction Policies in post-World War II Austria"
2007: Mary Gluck, "Jewish Humor and Popular Culture in Fin-de-siècle Budapest"
2006: Herwig Wolfram, "Austria before Austria: The Medieval Past of Polities to Come"
2005: John-Paul Himka, "A Central European Diaspora under the Shadow of World War II: The Galician Ukrainians in North America"
2004: Ernst Bruckmüller, "Late Nineteenth-Century Habsburg Society: Was there One?"
2003: R. J. W. Evans, "Language and State Building: The Case of the Habsburg Monarchy"
2002: John W. Boyer, "Silent War and Bitter Peace: The Revolution of 1918 in Austria"
2001: Anton Pelinka, "Austrian Exceptionalism"
2000: Erika Weinzierl, "The Jewish Middle Class in Vienna in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries"
1999: Dennison Rusinow, "The 'National Question' Revisited: Reflections on the State of the Art"
1997: Ernst Wangermann, "'By and By We Shall Have an Enlightened Populace': Moral Optimism and the Fine Arts in Late-Eighteenth-Century Austria"
1996: Paul Schroeder, "Making a Necessity of Virtue: The Smaller State as Intermediary Body"
1995: Allan Janik, "Vienna 1900 Revisited: Paradigms and Problems"
1994: Egon Schwarz, "Mass Emigration and Intellectual Exile from National Socialism: The Austrian Case"
1993: Helmut Konrad, "Austria on the Path to Western Europe: The Political Culture of the Second Republic"
1992: István Deák, "Chivalry, Gentlemanly Honor, and Virtuous Ladies in Austria-Hungary"
1991: Grete Klingenstein, "Modes of Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Eighteenth-Century Habsburg Politics"
1990: Barbara Jelavich, "Clouded Image: Critical Perceptions of the Habsburg Empire in 1914"
1989: Gerald Stourzh, "The Multinational Empire Revisited: Reflections on Late Imperial Austria"
1988: Henry A. Grunwald, "Austria: The Sound of which Music?"
1987: Rudolf Kirschläger, "Politics and Statesmanship: An Austrian View"
1986: Peter J. Loewenberg, "Karl Renner and the Politics of Accommodation: Moderation versus Revenge"
1985: Bruno Kreisky, "Some Unconventional Remarks on History"
1984: Carl E. Schorske, "Grace and the Word: Austria's Two Cultures and Their Modern Fate"