Workshop: Vanquished or Victorious? European Veterans of World War I in Comparative Perspective, 1918–1938

Datum konání: 
19. 9. 2018, 15:00 - 20. 9. 2018, 18:00

Venue: Vila Lanna, V sadech 1, Praha 6, Czech Republic

Organisers: Masaryk Institute and Archives of the CAS; University of Salzburg




Wednesday, 19 September

15.00 Welcome by the Organisers

15.00–17.00 Panel 1: Varieties of Transition: From Soldiers to Veterans and Back

Chair: Rudolf Kučera (Masaryk Institute and Archives of the CAS, Prague, Czech Republic)

  • Julia Walleczek-Fritz (University of Salzburg, Austria): Lost in Transition? Returning Austro-Hungarian soldiers in the border regions Carinthia and Styria, 1918–1920
  • Tamás Révész (University of Vienna, Austria): “Ungrateful homelands and returning heroes”: Homecoming and remobilisation in Carinthia and Transylvania in 1918
  • Václav Šmidrkal (Masaryk Institute and Archives of the CAS, Prague, Czech Republic): “There will be just one uniform in the next war”: Remobilization of veterans in 1930s Czechoslovakia

17.00–17.30 Coffee Break

17.30–19.00 Keynote Lecture

  • Natali Stegmann (University of Regensburg, Germany): Who is a Veteran? Negotiating War Experiences, Status and Significance in East-Central European Post-War Societies

19.00 Conference Dinner


Thursday, 20 September

9.00 – 11.00 Panel 2: Political Communication in Transnational Spaces

Chair: Laurence Cole (University of Salzburg, Austria)

  • Ángel Alcalde (Shanghai University, China): War experience across borders: Veterans as political tourists and go-betweens in interwar Europe
  • Marcin Jarząbek (Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland): War veterans in the Cieszyn Silesia between local and national politics
  • Hannes Leidinger (University of Salzburg, Austria): A psychohistory of veterans: Fundamental considerations

11.00–11.30 Coffee break

11.30–13.30 Panel 3: Claims on Citizenship: Veteran’s Rights and Civil Society

Chair: Radka Šustrová (Masaryk Institute and Archives of the CAS, Prague, Czech Republic)

  • Adam Lupták (University of Oxford, UK): Disabled Ex-servicemen of the Great War as Czechoslovak citizens: Veterans’ rights in the multi-ethnic republic
  • Ke-Chin Hsia (Indiana University Bloomington, USA): What difference does 1918 make? Disabled veterans in late imperial and early republican Austria
  • Martina Salvante (University of Warwick, UK): Victims or heroes, defeated or winners, forgotten or remembered? Disabled veterans in post-World War I Italy

13.30 – 14.30 Lunch Break

14.30 – 16.30 Panel 4: Narrating War Experiences

Chair: Verena Moritz (University of Vienna, Austria)

  • Karen Bähr (University of Erfurt, Germany): Fighting together, losing alone? Homecomer Narratives in Germany and Austria in the Interwar Period
  • Jiří Hutečka (University of Hradec Králové, Czech Republic): Czechoslovak “frontline soldiers” interpret the Great War
  • John Paul Newman (National University of Ireland Maynooth): Honour for honour? Czechoslovak legionaries, Yugoslav volunteers, and victorious entanglements in “New Europe”

16.30–17.00 Coffee break

17.00 – 18.00: Roundtable discussion

Chair: Laurence Cole

Discussants: Natali Stegmann, Ángel Alcalde, Ke-chin Hsia


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