Academic Talks

Selected Presentations


  • 22/06/2023

Austro-Hungarian Missionaries in the indigenous Great Lakes, also as conference co-organizer for ‘Habsburg Encounters with Native America’ (University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, AT)

  • 30/06/2023

The Eternal Quest in the American Midwest: Austrian Religious Incursions among Native Americans ca. 1830-1865, also as panel convener for ‘Money, Souls, and Artefacts: The Austrian Habsburg Dimension within Global Colonial Systems’ (European Congress on World and Global History, Leiden University, The Hague, NL)

  • 05/10/2023

Power and Paranoia: Austria-Hungary in the Spiritual Scramble for the American Midwest, as part of the panel ‘Tangled Legacies of Austrian Soft Power in North America’ at the German Studies Association 47th Annual Conference (Montréal, Quebec, CA)

  • 22/11/2023

David and Goliath? Reassessing Colonial Competition and the Struggle for Global Empire between the Dutch Republic and the Habsburg Monarchy in the Case of the Ostend Company, 300th Anniversary of the Ostend Company (Royal Belgian Marine Society, Ostend, BE)


  • 06/03/2023

Towards Global Histories of the Habsburg Lands, Research Seminar (Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, FR)

  • 02/02/2023

Towards Global Histories of the Habsburg Lands, Amsterdam School of Regional, Transnational, and European Studies (University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL)

  • 17/09/2022

Towards Global Histories of the Habsburg Lands, ca. 1500-1900 (Hrvatski institut za povijest, Croatian Academy of Sciences, Zagreb, HR)

  • 13/09/2022

The American Revolution and the Habsburg Monarchy, Online Lecture (Center Austria, University of New Orleans, LA, USA)

  • 08/09/2022

The Hunter and the Hunted: Gender Dynamics in the Reign of Ferdinand IV and Maria Carolina of Naples-Sicily, Gender, Society, and Networks between 1750 and 1820: Maria Carolina of Naples-Sicily, a Prism of her Times? (also as co-organiser/host) (University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, AT)

  • 17/08/2022

The American Revolution and the Habsburgs, Guest Lecture (Austrian Embassy to the United States of America, Washington D.C., USA)


The Habsburg Monarchy and the American Revolution, Guest Lecture (Society of the Cincinnati / The American Revolution Institute, Anderson House, Washington D.C., USA)

  • 16/06/2022

Imperial Children in an Age of Revolutions: Habsburg Childhood at the Courts of Vienna and Naples-Sicily, 1790-1830, Understanding Childhood and Construction of National Identities in Central and Eastern Europe from 18th Century until the Beginning of the Second World War (Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, Vilnius, LTU)

  • 03/06/2022

Terra Australis or Terra Austriae? Austria-Hungary in the South Seas, Global Approaches to Habsburg History: Perspectives, Potentials, Payoffs, and Pathways (also as organiser/host) (University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, AT)

  • 10/05/2022

The American Revolution and the Habsburg Monarchy, Book Presentation (Bölcsészettudományi Kutatóközpont [Research Centre for the Humanities], Budapest, HU)

  • 06/05/2022

The Eternal Quest in the American Midwest: The Leopoldine Society and Religious Migration 1829-1914, Workshop of the Research Cluster for Excellence on Religion (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, DE)

  • 29/04/2022

Communicating Among the Powers of the Earth: The Entry of American Diplomats into the Francophone and Ottoman Worlds of Diplomacy, ca. 1775-1815, EUI Diplomatic/International History Working Group (Department of History and Civilisazion, European History Institute, Florence, IT)

  • 09/03/2022

The American Revolution and the Habsburg Monarchy, Book Presentation (University of Leipzig, Leipzig, DE)

  • 14/01/2022

Communicating Among the Powers of the Earth: The Entry of American Diplomats into the Francophone World of Diplomacy 1775-1800, Languages of Diplomacy in the Eighteenth-Century World (German Historical Institute Moscow, Moscow, RU)

  • 04/11/2021

The Importance of the American Revolution for the Habsburg Monarchy, Cambridge New Habsburg Studies Network (University of Cambridge, UK)

  • 23/09/2021

Recreating an Austrian Naples? Maria Carolina and the Reforms of the Spanish Bourbons in Naples-Sicily, Von Alten abgrenzen und das Neue vorwegnehmen? Umordnen von Staat und Gesellschaft im 18. Jahrhundert in zeitlicher Perspektive | Separarsi dal vecchio ordine e anticipare il nuovo? La riorganizzazione dello Stato e della società nel XVIII secolo in una prospettiva temporale (Austrian Historical Institute, Rome, IT)

  • 27/05/2021

Sinneserfahrungen zwischen dem Hier und Dort: Die Konstruktion des reisdenden Raums in den Briefen und Tagebüchern von Maria Carolina von Neapel-Sizilien, Sinnesräume – Sensory Studies and Spacial Concepts (University of Innsbruck, AT)

  • 05/11/2020

Including Émigrés and Excluding Americans? The Philadelphia Female Seminary of Madame Marie Rivardi, Exclude to Include: Global Perspectives on Boarding Schools, their Participants and Processes during the 19th and 20th Centuries (Universität Münster, DE/Virtual Conference)

  • 05/06/2020

Die Lesegewohnheiten Maria Carolinas von Neapel-Sizilien, Historische Bestseller und alte Scharteken: Neueste Studien zur Buch- und Leser*innengeschichte (University of Innsbruck, AT/Virtual Conference)

  • 21/11/2019

(with Ellinor Forster) Histoire Croisée in den Schuhen Johann Wolfgang von Goethes auf seiner Reise nach Italien – und was daran ‘österreichisch’ ist, 2. Workshop des Doktoratskollegs Austrian Studies (University of Innsbruck, AT)

  • 16/10/2019

The Mirror of Habsburg Reform in the Austrian Netherlands and Hungary: Maria Carolina’s Ideal Governance and its Opposition in Naples-Sicily 1775-1814, Pamphlets and Patriots: Oppositional Movements in the Austrian Netherlands and Hungary in 1789-1790 (Thomas Molnar Institute for Advanced Studies, Budapest, HU)

  • 09/10/2019

The American Revolution as Motor in the Habsburg Workshop of World Knowledge, Empires of Circulation: Habsburg Knowledge in its Global Setting (IKT, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, AT)

  • 26/09/2019

Encountering the Fields of Fire: Neapolitan Networks from Bohemia to Pennsylvania and the Transformation of Regional Study into Global Science, Integrating Global and Regional Histories Workshop (University of Innsbruck, AT)

  • 14/09/2019

Experiencing the Age of Revolutions in the Habsburg Lands 1763-1814, Notre Dame Global Dome: Emerging Scholars in the Humanities Workshop (Mansfield College, University of Oxford, GB)

  • 19/07/2019

A Revolution in Ink: Mapping Benjamin Franklin’s Epistolary Network in the Habsburg Monarchy, 1776-1789’ at the 15th International Congress on the Enlightenment (University of Edinburgh, GB)

  • 28/06/2019

Jefferson’s Hammer and Austria’s Anvil: Trieste, the American Revolution, and the demise of the Austrian Atlantic,’ A Global History of Eighteenth-Century Trieste (SciencesPo, Paris, FR)

  • 13/05/2019

The Residue of Revolution: The American Revolution and the Habsburg Monarchy,’ Research Colloquium (University of Innsbruck, AT)

  • 15/12/2018

Maria von Born’s ‘Abode of Misery’ – An Austrian Countess on the American Frontier 1766-1830, European Early American Studies Association (King’s College London, UK)

  • 15/11/2018

Zum habsburgischen Netzwerk Benjamin Franklins, part of the ÖGE18’s Tag der 18 Jhr. (Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Literatur im Palais Wilczek, Vienna, AT)

  • 28/06/2018

Beginning Her World Anew: An Austrian Noblewoman in Early America, Hagley Library Research Seminar (Hagley Library and Museum, Wilmington, DE, USA)

  • 04/04/2018

Empires on the Edge – The Habsburg Monarchy and the American Revolution, part of the “Imperial Entanglements in a Vast Early America” panel at the joint EBAAS/BAAS Conference (King’s College London, UK)

  • 17/12/2017

The Atlantic Prism or Prison?, Co-organiser and participant in Revolutionizing the Age of Revolutions Conference (University of Notre Dame, Rome, IT)

  • 01/09/2017

Empires on the Edge – The Habsburg Monarchy and the American Revolution as part of the “Entangled Revolutions since the 18th Century” panel at the Fifth European Congress on World and Global History (Corvinus and Central European Universities, Budapest, HU)

  • 17/06/2017

“Some Here Are Warm for the Part of America” The Habsburg Monarchy and the American FoundingOmohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Conference ( University of Michigan at Ann Arbor MI, USA)

  • 03/06/2017

Eighteenth-Century Scotland Through Austrian Eyes,Scottish Historical Review Trust ‘Works in Progress’ Conference (University of Dundee, UK)

  • 08/01/2017

“Angels of the New Republic” The American Founding and the Habsburg MonarchyAmerican Historical Association Annual Conference (Denver Convention Center CO, USA)

  • 05/12/2016

Empires on the Edge – The Habsburg Monarchy and the American Revolution,  25th Forschungs Forum at INZ (Austria Academy of Sciences, AT)

  • 08/09/2016

The Elephant in the Revolution – The Habsburg Monarchy in the War of American IndependenceBritish International History Group Conference (University of Edinburgh, UK)

  • 02/09/2016

“Angels of the New Republic” Central European Perceptions of American Freedom 1776-1787British Group of Early American Historians (University of Cambridge, UK)

  • 12/07/2016

John Adams and Pietro Leopoldo’s Imagined Empire, Global Dome Scholars Workshop (University of Notre Dame, London, UK)

  • 17/06/2016

Cultural, Diplomatic, and Intellectual Relations between the Habsburg Monarchy and United States 1776-1789, Atelier Doctoral en Histoire des Relations Internationales (University of Geneva, CH)

  • 05/03/2016

The Habsburg Empire Strikes Back!, Scottish Association of the Study of America (University of Stirling, UK)

  • 29/02/2016

Thomas Jefferson and the Habsburg MonarchyInstitute of Advanced Study in the Humanities (University of Edinburgh, UK)

  • 07/01/2016

A Story of Benign Neglect? The Habsburgs and the American RevolutionGerman Historical Institute Annual Conference (GHI London, UK)

  • 09/10/2015

The Wars of Bavarian Succession and American Independence, Centre for the Study of Modern Conflict (University of Edinburgh, UK)

  • 05/09/2015

The Habsburgs Get No Respect – The American Revolution from a Viennese PerspectiveBritish Group of Early American Historians (University of Sheffield, UK)

  • 24/06/2015

Jefferson and the Habsburgs – Intrigue and Statecraft 1783-1787, Fellow’s Research Forum (International Center for Jefferson Studies, VA, USA)

  • 08/05/2015

175 or 235 Years of Austro-American Relations? Reflections and Repercussions for the Modern-DayCross-Cultural Encounters Conference (University of Salzburg, AT)

  • 30/03/2015

“One of the Greatest Philosophers” and the “thoroughly ugly” gentleman – Comparing Viennese Perceptions of Benjamin Franklin and William Lee,British International Studies Association (King’s College London, UK)

  • 19/02/2015

“The Long, Laborious, and Odious Task” – William Lee and the Struggle for American Recognition in Vienna, Transatlantic Video-seminar (Universities of Edinburgh, UK, and Virginia, USA)

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