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Conference “Territoriality and Non-territoriality in Accommodating National Diversity” cancelled

Unfortunately, due to the intensification of measures by state and educational authorities in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus, our conference “Territoriality and Non-territoriality in Accommodating National Diversity” had to be cancelled. This is with great sadness, because I and the entire NTAutonomy team have worked on this event for more than half a year.

You can download the planned program here.

Workshop Human Rights and Autonomy Rights

On 14 November 2020, the ERC project Non-Territorial Autonomy together with the University of Vienna’s research group “History of Democracy and Human Rights” co-organised the international workshop Human Rights and Autonomy Rights in European Perspective.  We presented the NTAutonomy project and commented on draft papers of colleagues from Geneva.

Please click here for the programme.

Recently published: Survey article on refugee crises in Austria over the last three centuries

This survey article analyses refugee crises that Austria has experienced since the eighteen century until the recent past.

Free download: Börries Kuzamy, “Changes and Continuities in Austria’s Coping with Refugee Crises over Three Centuries,” Journal of Austrian-American History, Vol. 2, No. 2 (2018), pp. 116-141.

ABSTRACT  By bringing together the most important refugee crises that struck first the Habsburg Empire and later the Republic of Austria during the last three hundred years, this paper analyzes the longue durée experiences this country has had in dealing with such situations. It explores the driving factors behind societal and governmental responses and conceives four topics that are recurrent, if in different forms: 1) the socioeconomic disruption and the ethical imperative to provide relief; 2) the legal authorities and their power to determine a legal settlement and the ultimate right to belong; 3) their quest to maintain sovereignty and control; and 4) the question of the legitimacy of refugees as perceived by authorities but also by a (fickle) public opinion.