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CONFERENCE / Discourses of Transition in (post-)Habsburg East Central Europe, 1917–1941

2022. május 24. 09:00 - 2022. május 25. 19:00

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4th annual conference of the ERC Nepostrans – Negotiating post-imperial transitions: from remobilization to nation-state consolidation. A comparative study of local and regional transitions in post-Habsburg East and Central Europe 1917-1930


Co-organized by:
Institute of History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences
Faculty of Law of Comenius University
Institute of Political History in Budapest
ERC Consolidator Grant Project “Negotiating post-imperial transitions (NEPOSTRANS)

Supported by:
Hungarian Cultural Centre Bratislava
Italian Cultural Institute in Bratislava
Italian Embassy, Bratislava
Goethe Institut in Slovakia
Netherlands Embassy in Slovakia
Slovak Historical Society

Date: 24-25 May 2022

The location of the venue is:
Auditórium Maximum, Faculty of Law of Comenius University, Šafárikovo námestie 6, 811 02 Bratislava

Online participation is possible after registration by May 23 the latest HERE



MAY 24

9:00 Opening

Panel – Scales and Character of Collective Identities in Transition

9:15–9:35 ♦ Piotr Kimla
Ignacy Daszyński’s Attitude Towards Austro-Hungarian Monarchy

9:35–9:55 ♦ Caroline Schep
“‘Wienerisch’ as it lives in our day”: Wiener Werkstätte fashion and the search for a Jewish Austrian identity, 1914-1932

9:55–10:15 ♦ Cody James Inglis
Concern for Transition During and After Empire: The Local Historical Work of Anton (Antonín) Vrbka, 1890s–1930s

10:15–10:45 ♦ Discussion

10:45–11:00 Break

Panel – The Horizons of Central Europe

11:15–11:35 ♦ Marco Bresciani
Transition and Reconfiguration of Globalization in Post-Habsburg Upper Adriatic and Central Europe

11:35–11:55 ♦ Gergios Giannakopoulos
Of Dominions and Successor States: The western afterlives of AustriaHungary

11:55–12:15 ♦ Gabriel Godeffroy
The Conceptual Transition of Mitteleuropa in Elemér Hantos’s Thought, 1901-1938

12:15–12:45 ♦ Discussion

12:45-13:30 Break

Panel – Local Identities and Local Transitions in Romania

13:30–13:50 ♦ James Korányi
Rural Saxons in Urban Transylvania in Romania

13:50–14:10 ♦ Gábor Egry
The long shadow of past worlds? Persistent local identities and nationalizing discourses in post-WWI Transylvania

14:10–14:30 ♦ Anikó-Borbála Izsák

14:30–15:00 Discussion

15:00–15:15 Break

Panel – Visions of Crisis and Experiences of Exile After Empire

15:15–15:35 ♦ Lucija Balikic
Narratives of caesurae in the postHabsburg space: the case of interwar Yugoslav Sokol activists and their reflections on the crisis of dualism

15:35–15:55 ♦ Florian Ruttner
“The Struggle of an Old World with a New One” – Edvard Beneš’s Assessment of the Post-War Crisis

15:55–16:15 ♦ Pál Hatos
The Revolution in Exile. Hungarian Emigrés and the Conflicting Visions of the 1918 October Revolution in the early 1920s

16:15–16:45 ♦ Discussion

16:45–17:00 Break


17:00–18:30 ♦ Mateusz Chmurski
Seismographs of Change? (Post-)War Central-European Diaries, 1918-1921


MAY 25

Panel – Postimperial Discourses of ‘National’ Heroics and ‘National’ Heroes

9:00–9:20 ♦ Ivan Jeličić
“Our City Was Made Worthy Daughter of Italy by The Merit of Its Sons”, Post-Imperial Fiume between Victorious Italian National Narratives, Locals’ Experiences, and Economic and Cultural Ties

9:20–9:40 ♦ Michal Kšiňan and Juraj Babják
Czechoslovak-Hungarian War Interwar Discourse: Between Silence and Heroization

9:40–10:10 ♦ Discussion

10:10–10:30 Break

Panel – Social Conflict and Social Organization in Postimperial Transition

10:30–10:50 ♦ Csongor Jánosi
Logging and Industrial Railways in Royal Romania. “Tișița” and Joint Stock Companies Related to Its Interests (1907-1940)

10:50–11:10 ♦ Vojtech Pojar
Mutual Help and Symbiosis: The Trajectories of Two Concepts in Post-Imperial Transitions

11:10–11:30 ♦ Matej Hanula
Discourse about the benefits of the transition from monarchy to the republic for peasantry as a propaganda tool of agrarian party in Slovakia after 1918

11:30–12:00 ♦ Discussion

12:00–13:00 Break

Panel – Right-Wing Politics in Post-Habsburg Central and Southeastern Europe

13:00–13:20 ♦ Dragan Bakic
In Search of a Place in the Shadow of Totalitarianism: Discourses of Serbian Radical Right-Wing Intellectuals in the pre-1941 Kingdom of Yugoslavia

13:20–13:40 ♦ Traian Sandu
Three shadows of Post-Habsburg Transylvanian Right: From Critical moderate nationalism to Fascism, or how to integrate national Romania

13:40–14:00 ♦ Christopher Wendt
“Disintegration – Resurrection”? Catholic Conservative Conceptions of a Post-Imperial Order in (German-)Austrian Tyrol

14:00–14:30 ♦ Discussion

14:30–14:45 Break

Panel – Postimperial Shifts in Ukrainian and Polish National Identity

14:45–15:05 ♦ Viktoriia Serhiyenko
Ukrainization’ and the Language Issue among the Ruthenians/Ukrainians of Interwar Czechoslovakia

15:05–15:25 ♦ Jagoda Wierzejska
The Transformation of the Idea of Community in the Interwar Polish Discourse on the PolishUkrainian War for Eastern Galicia (1918-1919)

15:45–16:05 ♦ Elisabeth Haid-Lener
A “Ukrainian Revolution”? Local Discourses on the Formation of the West Ukrainian People’s Republic

16:05–16:35 ♦ Discussion

16:35–16:50 Break

Panel – Self-Reflexive Discourses on Postimperial Professional Change

16:50–17:10 ♦ Mikulás Zvánovecz
National school associations in Czechoslovakia in the aftermath of WW1

17:10–17:30 ♦ Francesco Magno
Transylvania’s and Bukovina’s Legal Professionals and the Debate on the New Romanian Justice System (1919-1926)

17:30–18:00 ♦ Discussion

18:00–19:00 ♦ Conclusions


2022. május 24. 09:00
2022. május 25. 19:00
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