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The Simon Wiesenthal Lecture series has been held in collaboration with the Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance (DÖW) and the Institute of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna since 2007, when the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) was still being established. As an important aspect of the task of education on recent academic insights in the fields of Holocaust research and genocide studies, the lecture series has developed into the VWI's education flagship.

 

The lectures take place every six to eight weeks, with renowned scholars presenting the most recent research insights on the Holocaust to a professional audience as well as a broader public. They showcase the impressive spectrum of this discipline, its numerous questions and issues ranging from empirical-analytical historiography to topics of cultural scholarship, and involve young scholars as well as established academics.

 

The Austrian State Archive as our co-operation partner has since June 2010 provided us with the perfect location for our lectures: the rooftop foyer of the “Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv” at Minoritenplatz in Vienna. This location at the rear façade of the Federal Chancellery of the Republic of Austria is symbolic of the reappraisal of the Holocaust in Austria: After all, this history had been marginalised for decades, just like its immediate historical antecedent, Austrian antisemitism, was cut out of history, its appraisal shoved aside for victims and their descendants to deal with. This has only changed in recent times. The Shoah has simultaneously been moving ever closer to the centre of Austrian historical awareness. It has slowly emerged from the repressed periphery and out of the realm of taboo and silence and into the focus of understanding of Austria’s most recent history. Thus, the Simon Wiesenthal Lectures are held at a place that represents the symbolic and real centre of the Republic and is at the same time also an instance of this turn in the Austrian perception of its own history.

 

 

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Larry Wolff: Woodrow Wilson and the Remapping of Eastern Europe. Majorities, Minorities, and Plebiscites
   

Thursday, 22. April 2021, 18:30 - 20:00

Die Veranstaltung findet online statt: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88181467506

 

This lecture will address some of the complications that followed from Wilson’s articulation of the principle of national self-determination for the remapping of Eastern Europe. Wilson, who never visited Eastern Europe and barely thought about the region before1917, educated himself very quickly in anticipation of the peace conference, and his “mental mapping” of Eastern Europe underwent important developments as he confronted the basic issues of the peace conference. Notably, the sense that national self-determination could be exercised by national majorities produced as a corollary a novel conception of minority rights, while an initial confidence in plebiscites as an instrument of national self-determination gave way to increasing anxieties about how to calculate majorities and minorities. The presence of Jewish populations in Eastern Europe played an important part in the formulation of political ideas about majorities and minorities.

Larry Wolff is the Julius Silver Professor of European History at New York University, the executive director of the NYU Remarque Institute, and the co-director of NYU Florence at Villa La Pietra. His books include The Singing Turk: Ottoman Power and Operatic Emotions on the European Stage from the Siege of Vienna to the Age of Napoleon (2016), The Idea of Galicia: History and Fantasy in Habsburg Political Culture (2010), Inventing Eastern Europe: The Map of Civilization the Mind of the Enlightenment (1994), and Postcards from the End of the World: Child Abuse in Freud’s Vienna (1988). His newest book is Woodrow Wilson and the Reimagining of Eastern Europe (2020). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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