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An interdisciplinary center for the study of the Habsburg Empire, Austria and other successor states, and the new Europe.


Spring 2014 ASN published and posted online

The Spring 2014 Austrian Studies Newsmagazine is at U of MN addressing and mailing and is being sent out around the world. But if you'd like to have a look at it online, go to publications --> Austrian Studies News Magazine.

2012 and 2013 Rath Prize Winners Announced

The Rath prize is awarded annually for the best article published in the Austrian History Yearbook. It is funded by the estate of the longtime Habsburg scholar and founder of the AHY, R. John Rath (1910-2001), and by contributions in his memory. The 2012 and 2013 prize winners, announced at the 2014 AHA convention in Washington, DC, are:

2012: Madalina-Valeria Veres, “Putting Transylvania on the Map: Cartography and Enlightened Absolutism in the Habsburg Monarchy.” Second prize: Pamela Ballinger, “History’s 'Illegibles': National Indeterminacy in Istria.” 2013: Werner Telesko, Richard Kurdiovsky, and Dagmar Sachsenhofer, “The Vienna Hofburg between 1835 and 1918—A Residence in the Conflicting Fields of Art, Politics, and Representation.” Second Prize: James Tracy, “The Road to Szigetvár: Ferdinand I’s Defense of His Hungarian Border, 1548–1566.” All prizes include a cash award.

We would like to thank the prize committee—David Gerlach, Gundolf Graml, and especially its chair, Nancy Wingfield. Nancy's cheerful enthusiasm and organizational skills were indispensible.

Broadcasts of "Food, Fuel, and Climate Change"

Upcoming public television broadcasts of the documentary based upon the Center's 2008 public forum (principal cosponsor: Horst M. Rechelbacher Foundation) will occur on the statewide MN Channel, with affiliates in the Twin Cities, Duluth/Superior, Appleton, Austin/Rochester, Bemidji/Brainerd, and Fargo/Moorhead. You can now find the dates of upcoming broadcasts online.

The program is also archived at the Minnesota Video Vault. You may watch the program on your computer at your convenience.



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