Periodic Reporting for period 2 - NEPOSTRANS (Negotiating post-imperial transitions: from remobilization to nation-state consolidation. A comparative study of local and regional transitions in post-Habsburg East and Central Europe)
Reporting period: 2019-09-01 to 2021-02-28
It is not simply abut redeeming the memory of a world long lost. We aim at understanding better how modern states and societies engage with and shape each other. In turn we analyse nine regions from Austria-Hungary and go over how statehood became reality, how elites dealt with the changes, how much ethnicity – the principle of nationality – was a social reality in this process, and how discourses situated those local, often backward worlds. Through their comparison, we hope to develop a typology of transition, and grasp the factors and aspects of local diversity of statehood in transformatory moments.
We had our project conference co-organized with the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts on an invitational basis with 16 papers presented. „The pervasive state in reconfiguration. Actors, Concepts, Institutions”. The program was designed to present those ongoing research projects on the post-Habsburg space that has relevance for us and helped us to find the blind spots in our approach in terms of subjects or framing. We also invited a speaker, Alison Carrol to provide a Western European perspective (Alsace-Lorraine).
We expect to craft a new, more individual-centred and diverse narrative of 20th century history, together with a more elaborate, complex and flexible interpretation of the state and statehood, state-society relationship. Finally, with a typology of transitions in the East of Europe we not only promise to change how we think of crucial moments in history: with models of transition as an interpretative tool for all regions, we place the East of the continent at the centre of its history.