Video-snimka konferencije “Identities, Categories of Identification, and Identifications between the Danube, the Alps, and the Adriatic”

Objavljena je snimka konferencije Identities, Categories of Identification, and Identifications between the Danube, the Alps, and the Adriatic održane u Ljubljani 20. i 21. travnja 2017. na kojoj su sudjelovali konzultant projekta Pieter M. Judson i član projekta Nikola Tomašegović.



Identities, Categories of Identification, and Identifications between the Danube, the Alps, and the Adriatic

Language: English

Type of publication: Video

Year: 2017

Keywords: identitete, identifikacija, nacionalizem, habsburška dediščina, identities, identification, nationalism, Habsburg legacy

Publisher(s): Oddelek za zgodovino Filozofske fakultete Univerze v Ljubljani, Ljubljana, Inštitut za novejšo zgodovino, Ljubljana, Ludwig Boltzmann-Institut für Historische Sozialwissenschaft, Wien, Muzej novejše zgodovine Slovenije, Ljubljana

Co-author(s): Tamara Scheer, Kaja Širok, Marko Zajc, Rok Stergar




Stefan Donecker: Identity and Identification in Premodernity: The State of the Debate 35 years after John Armstrong’ s Nations before Nationalism

Ümit Eser: Before Becoming Bulgarians: Pre-National Identities of the Orthodox Christian Communities in Eastern Rumelia, 1878-1908

Jernej Kosi: When the Slovenes Encountered the Slovenes: Ethnic Boundaries and the Process of Nationalisation in Prekmurje after the Dissolution of Austria-Hungary

Daniel Heler: Ethno-Genesis of Gorani People and ‘Deviant’ Contemporary Histories of Kosovo


Before the Nations, Beyond the Nations – Panel 1 Discussion


Tamara Scheer / John Paul Newman: Donations Requested: The Imperial, National, and Transnational Identities of The Ban Jelačić Association for Disabled Veterans and their Families in Vienna and Zagreb

Robert Shields Mevissen: Identification in the Danube Empire: Shaping Riverine Transformations in the Late Habsburg State

Igor Vranić: Political Patriotism in the Late Habsburg Empire: The Case of Izidor Kršnjavi


Imperial, National, Non-National – Panel 2 Discussion


Karin Almasy: Postcarding Identities in Lower Styria (1890–1920): The Linguistic and Visual Portrayal of Identities on Picture Postcards

Susanne Korbel: Staging Similarities, Staging Differences: (Jewish) Volkssänger and Their Performance of Habsburg Identities

Clemens Ruthner: Colonial Habsburg: The Bosnian Foreigner in Literary Texts of Imperial Austria, ca 1900

Anita Buhin: “Naše malo misto” (Our Small Town): Yugoslav Mediterranean Dream


Defining, Performing, and Staging Identities – Panel 3 discussion


Pieter M. Judson: People and their Categories: Creating Difference from Below and from Above in the Context of Empire

Daniel Brett: It’ s Not About the Nation or Ethnicity: Identity, Politics, and Society in the Romanian and Irish Countryside 1900-1947

Ivan Jeličić: The Typographers’ Community of Fiume: Between Spirit of Category, Class Identity, Local Patriotism, Socialism, and Nationalism(s)

Martin Jemelka / Jakub Štofaník: Being Modern Christian and Worker in the Czechoslovak National State 1918-1938


Peasants, Professionals, Workers – Panel 4 discussion


Marta Verginella / Irena Selišnik: The First Publicly Active Slovene Women on the Intersection of National Identities and Multinational Space

Martina Salvante: Renegotiating Identity: Disabled Veterans in Trentino and South Tyrol

Marco Bresciani: Country for Nationalists? State- and Nation-Building in Post-Habsburg Interwar Istria


Identities in Transition – Panel 5 discussion


Etienne Boisserie: Family Networks and “Generation Key” in the Renewed Approaches of Social Questioning of the Slovak Elite at the Beginning of the 20th Century

Nikola Tomašegović: Statistical Nation-Building in Civil Croatia and Slavonia during the Second Half of 19th Century

Filip Tomić: Serbs in Croatia and Slavonia 1908 – 1914: The Contested Construction of an Ethnic Category, Conditions of its Deployment and the Issue of Its Reception

Luka Lisjak: “Changing the Nation’s Character”: The Slovenian Tradition of Critical National Characterology and Its Role in the Intellectual Definitions of National Identity in the 20th Century


Panel 6 discussion


Tomasz Kamusella: Concluding remarks


(Around the globe) Conference “Government by Expertise: Technocrats and Technocracy in Western Europe, 1914-1973”


University of Amsterdam, 13-15 September 2017


Conveners: Camilo Erlichman (University of Amsterdam) and Peter Romijn (University of Amsterdam/NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies)


Technocracy is the political swearword of our times. From the multiple crises of the European Union to the recent elections in the US, the role of experts in public governance is often invoked as one of the main sources for the political ills of contemporary society, responsible for the exacerbation of social inequalities, the decline in the acceptance of political institutions, and the rise of populist movements. For many, technocratic rule is an elitist project that makes present-day politics unaccountable, detached from the lives and needs of ordinary people, and thus fundamentally irreconcilable with democracy. Defenders of technocracy, by contrast, stress the complexity of the world and the need for specialists with extensive expertise to run what they regard as the increasingly difficult business of government, while pointing to the defects and dangers of a model of democracy that is overly inclusive of and responsive to the people.


Such contemporary discourses around the legitimacy of technocratic governance are not novel, but are part of a long and intricate history of technocratic forms of power in mass democracies. This conference will look at the genealogy of technocracy and the trajectories of various groups of ‘experts’ in western Europe’s mid-20th century. It will explore the relationship between technocracy, war, democracy, and politico-economic orders; trace the role of technocracy in the process of European integration; and explore the gradual ascent of expert groups involved in social engineering, planning, economic management, and the techno-politics of the state. In doing so, it will seek to assess the origins, shape, and legacies of western Europe’s ‘Age of Technocracy’, carving out patterns that continue to influence policymaking in European democracies today.


The conference will kick off on 13 September 2017 at 5.00 pm with a keynote presentation by Professor Philip Nord (Princeton University), who will give a lecture on ‘France’s Age of Technocracy, 1930-1970’. The keynote presentation will be delivered at the VOC Zaal, Bushuis, Kloveniersburgwal 48, 1012 CX Amsterdam. All other sessions will take place at the Doelenzaal, University Library, Singel 425, 1012 WP Amsterdam.





(Around the globe) Guest lecture by Prof. Alexander Semyonov: “From Empire to Nation? The Case of Imperial Transformations of the Russian Empire”

Leibniz-Institut für Geschichte und Kultur des östlichen Europa (GWZO)




12 July 2017


Was transition from empire to nation seen as inevitable at the time of the Great War and ensued political transformations? Was empire a hopeless archaism in the time of progress and reform?


The lecture will critically address the idiom of transition from empire to nation for the period of early twentieth century and explore the range of visions of post-imperial order in the midst of political debates surrounding the explosion of mass politics and revolutionary transformations. The guest lecture will as well situate the case of the imperial transformation of the Russian Empire in the global and comparative context, pondering the puzzle of mismatch between expectations of the contemporaries and the historic outcomes. Indeed, who could predict in 1913 that Russia would take place of the Habsburg empire in taking on federalist solutions to the challenge of the heterogenous imperial space, while the Habsburg and the Ottoman Empire each in its own way would pursue the nationalist and nationalising visions of political future?


Alexander Semyonov is Professor at the Department of History and Director of the Center for Historical Research at the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg. ). He received a PhD in History from Central European University in Hungary. Since 2000, Alexander Semyonov is co-founder and member of the editorial board of the international scientific journal »Ab Imperio: Studies of New Imperial History and Nationalism in the Post Soviet Space». In 2016, received the position of visiting research fellow at Regensburg University (Germany) and is an honorary research fellow of Graduiertenschule für Ost- und Südosteuropastudien in Regensburg.


Guest lecture by Prof. Alexander Semyonov: “From Empire to Nation? The Case of Imperial Transformations of the Russian Empire”