Colloque en ligne: Exploiting Nature, Making an Empire: Natural Resource Extraction in the Late Habsburg Empire, 20-21 mai 2021


Online conference organized by Iva Lučić, University of Uppsala, and Jawad Daheur, Center for Russian, Caucasian and Central European Studies, Paris

Thursday, 20 May 2021

09:30   Introduction

Iva Lučić & Jawad Daheur


10:00   Keynote

Manufacturing versus Resource Extraction. Unequal Division of Labour and Regional Shifts in Core-Periphery Relations in the Habsburg Monarchy (18/19th c.)

Andrea Komlosy – University of Vienna


11:00   Coffee Break


11:10   Panel I

Get Out of Our Forest! Rural Societies, National Mobilization, State-building and Modern Forestry in Transylvania 1900-1940

Gábor Egry – Institute of Political History, Budapest

Imperial, Regional, and Local Regulation of Water and its Inter-Imperial Entanglements

Jana Osterkamp – Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Chair: Iva Lučić

Commentator: Margaret Hunt – University of Uppsala


12:40   Lunch Break


13:40  Panel II

The Establishment and Management of the Investment Fund of Croatian-Slavonian Military Border as an Example of the State Forest Management during the Reign of Franz Joseph I.

Robert Skenderović – History Institute, Slavonski Brod

Securing the Forests: A Relational Approach to Transborder Conflicts and Contestations in the Late Ottoman and Habsburg Empires

Selçuk Dursun – Middle East Technical University, Ankara   

Chair: Jawad Daheur

Commentator: Anna Sekulić – European University Institute


15:10   Coffee


15:30   Panel III         

Indian Mongooses in the Adriatic: Knowledge, Infrastructure and Improvement

Wolfgang Göderle – Karl Franzens University, Graz

Traditional and Innovative Agroforestry during the Late Habsburg Empire in Hungary

Ana Varga – Rachel Carson Centre, Munich

Chair: Iva Lučić

Commentator: Ségolène Plyer – University of Strasbourg


Friday, 21 May 2021

09:30   Panel IV

Was there an Interplay between Ethnic Composition, State Intervention and the Patterns of the Commodification of Timber in Forested Areas? Two Regional Examples from the Carpathians, 1890-1919

Robert Balogh – University of Debrecen

Contested “Rights in Nature”: Practices of Forest Use Regulation in Habsburg Bosnia on the Crossroad between Private Capital, Local Population, and the Imperial State

Iva Lučić – University of Uppsala

Chair: Jawad Daheur

Commentator: Pieter Judson – European University Institute


11:00   Coffee Break


11:10   Panel V    

Bark beetle and the Natural Resources Exploitation in the Böhmerwald Region (1868–1877)

Kristýna Kaucká – Masaryk Institute and Archives, Prague

Resource Governance in Time of Drought: The Struggle over Fodder Exports in Cisleithania at the Turn of the 19th and 20th Century

Jawad Daheur – Center for Russian, Caucasian and Central European Studies, Paris                   

Chair: Iva Lučić

Commentator: Gunnel Cederlöf – Linnaeus University, Växjö


12:40   Lunch Break


13:40   Panel VI

State versus Peasants? The Forest Transition in Late Habsburg Austria

Simone Gingrich and Martin Schmidt – University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna                 

Chair: Jawad Daheur

Commentator: Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist – University of Stockholm

14:40   Coffee Break


15:00   Roundtable discussion: Imperial Statehood, Nature and Private Capital

Gunnel Cederlöf – Linnaeus University, Växjö

Per Högselius – KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Pieter Judson – European University Institute

Moderation: Iva Lučić & Jawad Daheur


16:00   End of the conference