I believe historians cannot operate alone or in an ‘ivory tower’ and so outreach to others and groups not connected to historical research should be a fundamental undertaking for every historian. As someone with a ‘niche’ field of research, I have found this activity to be the most rewarding personally and professionally.
Below are three areas where my research connects to others through presentations to specialist and non-specialist audiences, publications, and collaborative events. I welcome any suggestions for potential collaboration, please feel free to contact me.
I. Public and General
Vienna Humanities Festival 2017
Following an invitation from the Festival Director Matti Bunzl, I will present portions of my research to a large non-specialist audience on Saturday 23rd September 2017. The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Revolution!’ which accurately reflects the overarching theme of my historical enquiry. More information to follow soon.
Austrian-American Society / Österreichische-Amerikanische Gesellschaft
Following an invitation by ÖAG President Vic Huber, I presented an hour-long overview of my research into early US-Habsburg relations interested members and guests of the Society in the Vienna Clubhouse. An engaging Q&A followed and I have since been invited to give a multi-part lecture series in the near future.
Transatlantic Seminar Series, School of Social and Political Science at Edinburgh
Following an invitation by the Transatlantic Seminar organiser Prof. John Peterson, I presented the open lecture ‘The American Revolution – What Are We Missing?’ which you can view online. The audience was a mixture of politics students and the general public.
|TBC, Co-organiser and participant in Revolutionizing the Age of Revolutions Conference (University of Notre Dame, Rome, IT)|
|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)|
|17/06/17||“Some Here Are Warm For the Part of America” The Habsburg Monarchy and the American Founding, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Conference ( University of Michigan at Ann Arbor MI, USA)|
|03/06/17||Eighteenth-Century Scotland Through Austrian Eyes, Scottish Historical Review Trust ‘Works in Progress’ Conference (University of Dundee, UK)|
|08/01/17||“Angels of the New Republic” The American Founding and the Habsburg Monarchy, American Historical Association Annual Conference (Denver Convention Center CO, USA)|
|05/12/16||Empires on the Edge – The Habsburg Monarchy and the American Revolution, 25th Forschungs Forum at INZ (ÖAW Vienna, Austria)|
|08/09/16||The Elephant in the Revolution – The Habsburg Monarchy in the War of American Independence, British International History Group Conference (University of Edinburgh, UK)|
|02/09/16||“Angels of the New Republic” Central European Perceptions of American Freedom 1776-1787, British Group of Early American Historians (University of Cambridge, UK)|
|12/07/16||John Adams and Pietro Leopoldo’s Imagined Empire, Global Dome Scholars Workshop (University of Notre Dame, London, UK)|
|17/06/16||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)|
|17/03/16||“A Story of Benign Neglect?” The Habsburgs and the American Revolution, Hungarian-American Institute Guest Lecture (University of Debrecen, HU)|
|05/03/16||The Habsburg Empire Strikes Back!, Scottish Association of the Study of America (University of Stirling, UK)|
|29/02/16||Thomas Jefferson and the Habsburg Monarchy, Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities (University of Edinburgh, UK)|
|07/01/16||A Story of Benign Neglect? The Habsburgs and the American Revolution, German Historical Institute Annual Conference (GHI London, UK)|
|09/10/15||Between Potatoes and Liberty: The Wars of Bavarian Succession and American Independence, Centre for the Study of Modern Conflict (University of Edinburgh, UK)|
|05/09/15||The Habsburgs Get No Respect – The American Revolution from a Viennese Perspective, British Group of Early American Historians (University of Sheffield, UK)|
|04/09/15||The American Revolution and the Congress of Vienna, Symposium on the Congress of Vienna (Austrian Cultural Forum, London UK)|
|24/06/15||Jefferson and the Habsburgs – Intrigue and Statecraft 1783-1787, Fellow’s Research Forum (International Center for Jefferson Studies, VA, USA)|
|08/05/15||175 or 235 Years of Austro-American Relations? Reflections and Repercussions for the Modern-Day, Cross-Cultural Encounters Conference (University of Salzburg, Austria)|
|30/03/15||“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)|
|19/02/15||“The Long, Laborious, and Odious Task” – William Lee and the Struggle for American Recognition in Vienna, Transatlantic Video-seminar (Universities of Edinburgh and Virginia, UK and USA)|
Events Organised & Assisted
Revolutionizing the Age of Revolutions
Through collaboration with PhD candidate Anna Vincenzi at the University of Notre Dame, we successfully proposed and were awarded funding for conference-workshop to take stock of what we mean by the ‘Age of Revolutions’ nowadays. The conference will feature a novel approach to integrate the research of existing and emerging scholars in the field over three days at the Global Gateway Center at Rome later this year. See the conference website here for details or contact myself or Anna for any questions.
Gilder Lehrman American History Seminar
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History aims “to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources” especially for K-12 students and teachers. Earlier this year, I assisted the deliver of Prof. Frank Cogliano’s week-long seminar “Thomas Jefferson and the World of the Enlightenment” here at the University of Edinburgh. My purview included welcoming thirty-two American teachers, giving them a historical tour through Edinburgh, arranging a guided museum visit, and chaperoning a visit to nearby St. Andrews.
Austrian Historians at the AHA
For the 2017 Annual Conference of the American Historical Association in Denver, I acted as organiser to bring together a panel other PhD students whose work intersects Austrian-American themes along with expert commentary and chairing. The resulting panel, which reflected the overall conference theme of ‘Scales’, was entitled ‘Scales of Diplomacy: Austria-Hungary, the United States and Statecraft in Unlikely Places‘ and featured papers by myself (f-l), Kristina Poznan (c), and Dr. Leslie Waters (c-r) with a comment by Prof. Nicole Phelps (c-l) and chaired by Prof. Günter Bischof (f-r). We were sponsored by the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) and the Society of Austrian and Habsburg History (SAHH). The panel was well received and attended.
Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Virginia Transatlantic Seminar & Visit
For ten years UoE, UoG, and UVA have held a monthly videolink seminar between scholars of American history in their respective history departments. I was honoured to be given the task of co-organising the seminar series for 2015-2016, which included liaising with my UVA counterpart, managing the software, and preparing presenters. My tenure also saw the first organised visit of the seminar participants, thanks to funding from the US Embassy London. I co-organised the five-day exchange for the seventeen scholars from the Scottish side to the UVA campus between April 11th-15th 2016. You can read an account here of the exchange as well as my own reflections here.
I helped conceptualise and put together a successful funding bid for a two-day doctoral workshop on theory and practices of international history for fifty doctoral students from across Scotland and Northern England. Alongside PhD student presentations, we featured expert plenaries from more established speakers such as above, where I acted as chair and gave the comment.