(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)

 

Leipzig

 

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”

(Around the globe) Workshop “Elites, Groups, Networks: Collective Actors in Central and Southeast Europe from the 18th to mid-20th Centuries”

May 8-9, 2017

 

Regensburg

 

On May 8-9, 2017 the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies and the Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai in cooperation with the Leibniz-Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung (IOS) will host the workshop “Elites, Groups, Networks: Collective Actors in Central and Southeast Europe from the 18th to mid-20th Centuries” in Regensburg. The workshop is convened by Judit Pál (Babeș-Bolyai University), Vlad Popovici (Babeș-Bolyai University) und Graduate School’s Oana-Valentina Sorescu-Iudean.

 

Concept of the workshop

 

A glimpse at the historical literature on Central and Southeast Europe during modern times reveals an abundance of references to groups of various nature, dimensions and with varying aims, covering a wide spectrum of activities.
Our workshop aims at bringing together scholars with an interest in, or just dealing with the general topic of groups, with a special focus on the role played by elites and networking in the former’s lifespan, development and legacy. The conceptualization of these groups as collective actors and the analysis of their activity as such, within a milieu of entities alike, open up a path worth exploring within the larger framework of historical research on Central and Southeast Europe during modern times.

 

Programme:

 

http://www.gs-oses.de/event-detail-317/events/workshop-regensburg-collective-actors.html

 

Sudjelovanje na međunarodnoj konferenciji “Being a Student in the Habsburg Monarchy”

Iskra Iveljić, voditeljica projekta Tranzicija hrvatskih elita iz Habsburške Monarhije u jugoslavensku državu, sudjelovala je 18. i 19. svibnja 2017. u Zagrebu na međunarodnoj konferenciji Being a Student in the Habsburg Monarchy izlaganjem From Lecture Halls to Taverns. Everyday Life of Croatian Students in Vienna.

 
U nastavku donosimo sažetak izlaganja I. Iveljić i fotografije snimljene tijekom konferencije.

 


 

Iskra Iveljić

 

From Lecture Halls to Taverns. Everyday Life of Croatian Students in Vienna

 

Educational institutions in Vienna exerted enormous influence on students from all Croatian lands after 1815, when Dalmatia and the former Venetian Istria became definitely a part of the Habsburg Monarchy. As expected, majority of students frequented the University, the second place belonged to Polytechnic/Technical college. The turn of the century brought about an academic boom, with over a hundred of Croatian students registered every year just at the University, where they mostly studied law, diverse studies at the Faculty of philosophy, and medicine. We do not know how successful they all really were, and peregrinatio academica was widespread, but many students turned into influential members of intellectual elite. Best students had tasks and jobs in the libraries, seminars, courts of law, and especially in smaller seminars they had a close relationship with their professors. Vatroslav Jagić, the founder of the Slavic seminar, practiced long walks with his best students or invited them to his house for a lunch.

 

Student structure was heterogeneous in social, confessional, regional and ethnic/national aspect, with majority of students being Catholics belonging to the middle-class and peasantry. Their everyday life varied according to their social and material status and regional background. Students could be idle gentlemen on a cavalier-tour, living very comfortably, middle-class sons on their way to administrative and professional careers, or peasants eager to climb the social ladder. Apart from aristocrats, who kept to themselves, other students socialized and mingled with their countrymen but also with other students, especially of similar ethnic groups, e.g. Slavic. They often shared rooms or flats, lived in the same neighbourhood, borrowed each other money, exchanged information and experiences, met in libraries, academic societies and taverns and coffeehouses. For example, the Zagreb students of Technical college met in the tavern „Zu den drei Raben“, where they socialized with Slovenian colleagues with whom they shared the Kajkavian dialect. Since 1865 when the first Croatian academic society „Velebit“ was founded, students became more organised and involved in national and political issues. They organised concerts, tours, founded journals, and exercised influence on their colleagues in homeland.

 

Iskra Iveljić is a Professor of Croatian 19th Century History at the Department of History of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. Her research focuses on the various aspects of modernization, on the middle-class elite and on everyday life at the turn of the century. Recently she has studied the high nobility in northwestern Croatia in the 19th and 20th century. She is currently leading the project The transition of Croatian elites form the Habsburg Monarchy to the Yugoslav state, funded by the Croatian Science Foundation.

 

Program i dodatne obavijesti o konferenciji dostupne su na poveznici:

 

http://histedu.isp.hr/conference-being-a-student/