New Perspectives on Central European and Transatlantic Migration, 1800-2000

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 1:00pm to Friday, March 9, 2018 - 4:45pm

A conference organized jointly by the Institute for Advanced Studies at CEU and the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies.

The conference is open to all but please register by completing this form until Monday, March 5, 2018.

Migration to and from Central Europe has a long history and has fundamentally shaped the cultural, political, and social developments of the Habsburg Monarchy and its successor states.  This conference will showcase new research in migration studies and reflect on the role that migration, both within Central Europe and to the United States and beyond, has historically had on the region. It brings together scholars working on topics within migration studies such as affinity and identity of migrants, the influence of capitalism on migrants’ economic conditions and emergence of the migration industry (travel lines, migrant banking etc.), conflict, exclusion and contestation as important aspects of politics of migration. Conference participants will zoom in on these and other themes while sharing their conceptual and empirical insights on identities, networks, dynamics and biographies of mobility that shape patterns of Central European and Transatlantic migration.


Thursday, March 8 (Room 103, Tiered)

13:00       Welcome and Opening Remarks, Prof. Dr. Siegfried Beer (BIAAS &  Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz), Prof. Dr. Nadia Al-Bagdadi (Director, IAS), Dr. William O’Reilly (Permanent Fellow, IAS and Faculty of History, University of Cambridge)

13:15 –14:45  Panel I: Challenges and Identification in Transatlantic Migration

  • Prof. Dr. Ulf Brunnbauer (University of Regensburg) - “Phylloxera, Letters, and Wages: The Dynamics of Overseas Emigration from Southeastern Europe Until 1914”
  • Prof. Dr. Wladimir Fischer-Nebmaier (Iniversity of Insbruck) -“‘Svoj k svome!’: Problems of Migrant Identity Projects from Austria-Hungary to the US”
  • Dr. Ilse Lazaroms (IAS CEU) - “As the Old Homeland Unravels: Hungarian Jewish Communities in the United States in the Wake of World War I”

Coffee break

15:15        Short visit to OSA Archive

17:30        Keynote Lecture, Dr. William O’Reilly (University of Cambridge), Auditorium A


Friday, March 9 (Room 101, Quantum)

9:00 – 10:30      Panel II: Migrant Professionals: Biographies of Mobility

  • Dr. Joseph Malherek (George Washington University) - “The Industrialist and the Artist: László Moholy-Nagy, Walter Paepcke, and the New Bauhaus in Chicago, 1937-1946”
  • Dr. Florian Traussnig (ACIPSS Graz) - “The Paradoxical Privilege of Being a Refugee: Edward Said’s Concept of ‘Contrapuntal Awareness’ Exemplified in the Wartime Biography of Austro-American poster Artist Henry Koerner (1938-1946)”
  •  Dr. Kristina E Poznan (Journal of Austrian-American History) -  “Migrant Professionals as Quasi-Diplomats: Austro-Hungarian Migrants to America in State-Like Roles during World War I”

Coffee break

10:45 – 12:15      Panel III: Examining Migrant Networks: Institutions, Families, and Letters 

  • Prof. Dr. Waldemar Zacharasiewicz (University of Vienna) - “Transatlantic Networks and their Significance for Refugees/Exiles from Central Europe (1930s-1940s)”
  • Prof. Dr. Annemarie Steidl (University of Vienna) -  “Marriage Projects of Migrants from Austria-Hungary in the US, 1860s to 1930s”
  • Dr. Dorota Kolodziejczyk (Wroclaw University) -  “From Exile to Migrancy: Central European Models of Cosmopolitical Writing”

Lunch break

13:30 – 15:00     Panel IV: Genres, Subfields, and Methodological Approaches to the Study and Dissemination of Migration Studies

  • Brooke Penaloza Patzak (University of Vienna) -  “A Moveable Knowledge: Implicating Objects in the History of Science and Migration Studies”
  • Dr. James Boyd (Brunel Institute, Bristol) -  “Changing Migrants, Capturing Markets: German Business and the Transatlantic Trade in Central European Migration, 1850-1900”
  • Theodora Bauer -  “Writing Chikago: A Reading and Some Thoughts on Method”

Coffee break

15:15 – 16:45     Panel V: Varieties of Migration: Refugees and Return Migrants in Europe

  • Dr. Friederike Kind-Kovacs (University of Regensburg/Imre Kertesz Kolleg in Jena) - "You cannot get to see them’: Refugees and Humanitarians in Budapest after the Great War"
  • Dr. Bálint Varga (IAS CEU) - “Return Migration in Hungary: A Shortcut to Modernity?”
  • Dr. Börries Kuzmany (Austrian Academy of Sciences) - “Changes and Continuities in Austria’s Coping with Refugee Crises over Three Centuries"
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