From the K. u k. Central-Commission to the European Heritage Label

165th Anniversary of Establishment of the Royal and Imperial Central Commission
for Preservation and Research of Artistic Heritage (1853 – 2018)
The international scientific conference seeks to commemorate the beginnings of institutional monument protection in Central Europe. On 10 January 1853, the Imperial and Royal Central Commission for Preservation and Research of Artistic Heritage started to operate. Thus began the actual practice of modern monument protection in the Habsburg Monarchy, and its continuity lasts to this day. The Central Commission intervened in all the Crownlands and left traces of its conservation and research work in each of them.

Already during the existence of the monarchy, an “autonomous” administration for monument protection in Hungary (for that time including also Slovakia) was established with competences determined by a special legal act (1881). At the same time, the initiatives of private scholars and learned societies have developed.
The fall of the monarchy in the years 1918–19 means an end of the primary stage of the institutional protection of monuments in Central Europe. But the “Viennese” legacy becomes a basis for heritage administration in various successor states: Austria, Czecho-Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, and Italy. Advancing from the common grounds the practice of monument protection in these states set out to their own specific (national) ways.
The post-war idea of integration within Europe, originally in the spheres of industry and economics (1951), has gradually, and particularly after the political changes in 1989, developed into deeper cooperation also in the sphere of culture. The well-known historiographic fact of “common history” connecting Europe is successfully documented especially by the example of cultural heritage. The existence of mutually close cultural, architectonic and artistic phenomena in various countries has already led to a number of multilateral projects and ultimately also to the European Union’s initiative entitled the European Heritage Label (2011).



Sculpture around 1900

The workshop entitled Visualization of transnational networks in and between the artistic centers of the Habsburg monarchy – using the example of sculpture around 1900 will take place in Vienna on October 5th and 6th 2018. The workshop will be splitted in two sections. For the first one some experts will present their research on sculpture of the 19th century. In the following section the organizers would like to shed light on different models of digitalization, in order to find a platform, which allows them to synthesize our research.

A colleague of our institute, Gábor György Papp will present a lecture entitled The Millennial Monument in Budapest as the carrier of memory, national identity and self consciousness.

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Male Bonds in Nineteenth-Century Art

Male Bonds is a two-day international conference that will take place in the Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent, Belgium, on Tuesday May 15 and Wednesday May 16, 2018. Our colleague, Éva Bicskei is going to participate in the event with her lecture entitled: An alliance of virtue: Masculinity, self-reformation, and public actors in Hungary in the Reform Age.

The conference is organized by Ghent University and the European Society for Nineteenth-Century Art (ESNA) ; in cooperation with the University of Antwerp and the Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent ; and with the support of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO), of Radboud University’s Institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies, of the Dutch Postgraduate School for Art History (OSK) and of the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD).

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The conference will probe, challenge and expand upon the academic narrative of male homosociality through the lens of art history. It aims to establish an overview of a variety of male bonds that underpinned nineteenth-century art, and to consider the theoretical and methodological implications of the study thereof. In so doing, it seeks to build a bridge between traditional art-historical scholarship and the fields of gender and gay and lesbian studies: an interdisciplinary exchange of which the full potential for scholarship on the nineteenth century remains to be exploited.


Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe

The "Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe" (http://ernie.uva.nl) brings to fruition a major collaborative enterprise, involving 350 authors and covering countries and nationalist movements from Iceland to Azerbaijan. CEU has been an important collaborator in this project, which was funded by the Spinoza Award, the premier scientific prize in the Netherlands. CEU functioned as a Central-European hub for the Encyclopedia's transnational macroregional scope and as a collaborator in the developing field of comparative and transnational history.

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After the presentation, a Round Table will be held to discuss the project's methodological and historical implications and its topical political relevance in today's Europe. The Round Table, chaired by Balazs Trencsenyi,  brings together panellists from various parts of the Continent: CEU affiliates Zsuzsa SidoMaciej Janowksi and Francesco La Rocca, and the Italian and Estonian historians Francesca Zantedeschi and Marek Tamm.


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