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

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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.

The workshop will be held in the Memorial Room of The Queen's College, and the keynote lecture in the Shulman Auditorium of the College. Attendance is free, and seats will be available on a first come first served basisAdvance registration (online) required. 

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12:45 - Welcome and introduction

13:00 - Session I:  Memorial Room, The Queen’s College   

Chair:  Ritchie Robertson (The Queen’s College, Oxford)


Werner Telesko (Austrian Academy of Sciences)

Maria Theresa: the making of a myth.  Old questions and new insights


Catriona Seth (All Souls College, Oxford)

A well-tempered correspondence?: The letters of Marie Antoinette and Maria Theresa


15:00 - Session II:  Memorial Room, The Queen’s College

Chair:  Peter Wilson (All Souls College, Oxford)


William O’Reilly (Trinity Hall, Cambridge)

‘All the king’s men’:  Maria Theresa and the Holy Crown of St Stephan


Thomas Wallnig (University of Vienna)

                                    After 2017:  is new research on Maria Theresa possible?


17:00 - Keynote Lecture:  Shulman Auditorium, The Queen’s College  


Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger (University of Münster)

Maria Theresa and the Catholic Enlightenment


18:30 - Drinks reception