Workshop: Maria Theresa (1717-1780): Tercentenary workshop on the Habsburg empress and her time, 26.02.2018, Oxford

The Queen’s College; Tobias Heinrich, Avi Lifschitz, Oxford (Web)
Time: 26.02.2018
Venue: The Queen’s College, Oxford
2017 marked the tercentenary of the birth of Maria Theresa, who ruled the Habsburg Empire from 1740 to 1780. Her reign was steeped in controversies and major wars, but it also saw the dawn of the Austrian Enlightenment and significant political as well as cultural reforms. In this workshop experts from across Europe will discuss the prevailing ‚myth‘ of Maria Theresa alongside questions of gender and political power in the eighteenth century.
13:00: Session I; Chair: Ritchie Robertson (Oxford)

  • Werner Telesko (Vienna), Maria Theresa: the making of a myth. Old questions and new insights
  • Catriona Seth (Oxford), A well-tempered correspondence? The letters of Marie Antoinette and Maria Theresa

15:00: Session II; Chair: Peter Wilson (Oxford)

  • William O’Reilly (Cambridge), ‘All the king’s men’: Maria Theresa and the Holy Crown of St Stephan
  • Thomas Wallnig (Vienna), After 2017: is new research on Maria Theresa possible?

17:00: Keynote Lecture: Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger (Münster), Maria Theresa and the Catholic Enlightenment
18:30: Reception