“Mirrors of Habsburg Memory”
- Date: Jun 8, 2021
- Time: 16:00 - 17:30
- Speaker: Pamela Ballinger (University of Michigan)
- Pamela Ballinger is Professor of History and the Fred Cuny Chair in the History of Human Rights in the Department of History at the University of Michigan.
- Location: Zoom Meeting
For more details please contact cziesielsky(at)mmg.mpg.de.
This talk examines both memories and legacies of the Habsburg Empire in coastal areas of the former Austrian Littoral (Österreichisches Küstenland) and the Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia (Königreich Lombardo–Venetien). The focus on coasts follows out of two principal questions:
1) In light of the often asserted cosmopolitan histories of multi-ethnic and multiconfessional maritime cities like Trieste and Venice, do we find memories or other indices of mixture and co-mingling associated with the Habsburg era?
If so, in what form and for what purposes? and 2) Given the predominant image of the Habsburg Empire as a continental or terrestrial power indelibly associated with a notion of Mitteleuropa, in what ways do memories of the Austrian era resonate in Adriatic/Mediterranean sites? To what degree do invocations of the Habsburg past map onto its enduring literary, linguistic, and architectonic legacies?