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Job Call: ERC Project NTAutonomy

The European Research Council funded research project „Non-Territorial Autonomy as Minority Protection in Europe: An Intellectual and Political History of a Travelling Idea, 1850–2000“ (NTAutonomy) invites four prospective candidates (3 PhD candidates and 1 Postdoc researcher) to become part of a team of five researchers.

  1. Research Position on the topic of “Interpreting Non-territorial Autonomy in Late Habsburg and Interwar Hungary
  2. Research Position (postdoc) on the topic of “Non-territorial Autonomy in Revolutionary Russia and the Early Soviet Union
  3. Research Position on the topic of “The Baltic States and the Transnational Approach of Minority Activists to Non-territorial Autonomy, 1918–1940
  4. Research Position on the topic of “The Sudeten Germans and Non-Territorial Autonomy for Interwar Czechoslovakia

For more information on the project, please refer to the description on this website

Recently published: Contribution on the Schapire sisters from Galicia

My contribution on the intellectual and economic background of the biographies of the Schapire sisters was recently published.

Free download of my article: “Das intellektuelle und wirtschaftliche Umfeld der Familie Schapire in Brody [The Intellectual and Economic Background of the Schapire Familiy in Brody],” in: Burcu Dogramaci, Günther Sandner (eds.): Anna und Rosa Schapire. Sozialwissenschaft, Kunstgeschichte und Feminismus um 1900 (Munich: Aviva 2017), 3853 [in German]

ABSTRACT   The edited volume is dedicated to the social scientist, political journalist and translator Anna Schapire, as well as to her siter Rosa, who was an important art historian and collector of German expressionist art. My article enlights the family backround of the two sisters, who were born in the 1870s in the Galician border city of Brody – then a declining trading hub and Jewish intellectual centre.

New monograph published with Brill on the Galician border city of Brody

My monograph on the Galician border city Brody was just released from the press. This urban biography reconciles Brody’s socioeconomic history with its cultural memory. The first comprehensive study of this city under Habsburg-Austrian rule (1772–1914), it includes all ethno-confessional groups—Jews, Poles, and Ukrainians.

Börries Kuzmany, Brody. A Galician Border City in the Long Nineteenth Century. Leiden, Boston: Brill 2017.

ABSTRACT  An urban biography, Brody: A Galician Border City in the Long Nineteenth Century reconciles 150 years of the town’s socioeconomic history with its cultural memory. The first comprehensive study of this city under Habsburg-Austrian rule, Börries Kuzmany advises against reading urban history solely through the national lens. Besides exploring Brody’s extraordinary ethno-confessional structure—Jews, Poles, and Ukrainians—Kuzmany examines the interrelation between the city’s geographical location at the imperial border, its standing as a key commercial hub in East-Central Europe, and its position as a major springboard for the dissemination of the Haskalah in Galicia and the Russian Empire. After delving into the contradictory perceptions of Brody in travelogues, fiction and memory books, Kuzmany uses contemporary and historical photographs to provide an illustrated walking tour of this now Ukrainian town.

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Conference programme: Border Regions in the Habsburg Empire, 22 November 2016

Borders and border regions can be studied within a wide variety of thematic and methodological approaches. This workshop does not give preference to a specific approach, but aims at changing perspectives on Habsburg history, which is all too often studied mostly from its imperial centres Vienna, Budapest and maybe Prague. We, therefore, want to bring together researchers to discuss how the peripheries, i.e. border zones and border cities, shaped the empire and vice versa.

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Press coverage on the conference “Refugee Crises. Nothing New in Austria”

A large audience followed the papers presented at the conference “Refugee crises. Nothing new in Austria” that took place at October 30, 2016. The following media reported on the event:

ORF Science, 30 Sept. 2016
Die Presse, 30 Sept. 2016 (Zeitreise)

APA Science, 30 Sept. 2016

Radio broadcast on  Österreich 1,  Journal Panorama, 17 Oct. 2016
Krankenkasse Zentrale, Germany, July 2017

Conference report on H-Soz-Kult, 2 Dec. 2016

Conference programme: Refugee Crises. Nothing New in Austria, 30 September 2016

Over the last three hundred years, the republic of Austria and before it the Habsburg Empire repeatedly experienced situations in which in a very short time a large number of refugees sought temporary or permanent asylum in the country. Certainly, the numbers of people arriving as well as the frequency of refugee crises have tremendously increased during the twentieth century. Still, some reactions and policy measures have remained astonishingly unchanged.

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CfP Refugee Crises: Nothing New in Austria, 30 September 2016

Over the last three hundred years, the republic of Austria and before it the Habsburg Empire repeatedly experienced situations in which in a very short time a large number of refugees sought temporary or permanent asylum in the country. Certainly, the numbers of people arriving as well as the frequency of refugee crises have tremendously increased during the twentieth century. Still, some reactions and policy measures have remained astonishingly unchanged.

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New article in the journal East Central Europe

My article on the representation of Galician Jews on the local, regional and central state level was just published in the latest issue of East Central Europe.

Free download of this article: “The Rise and Limits of Participation. The Political Representation of Galicia’s Urban Jewry from the Josephine Era to the 1914 Electoral Reform,” East Central Europe 42/2-3, 2015, 216-248.

ABSTRACT  This article provides an overview of the political representation and integration of Galician Jews on the municipal, provincial, and central state level under Austrian rule. It demonstrates that political representation on the latter two levels started only after the revolution of 1848 and was rather modest considering the numeric and economic weight Jews enjoyed in Galicia. Even though representation in municipal councils started earlier, the position of Jews depended very much on local circumstances. After the turn of the century, the widening of the electorate to the lower classes led to a broader Jewish representation and participation not only in terms of numbers but also within the political spectrum. This is particularly true for the paper’s second part. In this section, the text explores the reform of the electoral system for Galicia’s provincial parliament and the attitude of Jewish politicians towards the compromise eventually found in 1914. The article argues that among Jews the positive or negative assessment of the new voting system depended largely on their position in the larger antagonism between Jewish nationalists and assimilationists. The former complained that the entire reform was on the backs of the Jews ignoring their numeric strength and their national rights. Assimilationists, on the other hand, were satisfied that, against all counterclaims of Zionists and Anti-Semites, the compromise legally established that Jews were Poles.