Conference “Being a Student in the Habsburg Monarchy”

International Conference

May 18-19, 2017
Croatian Institute of History
Opatička 10, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia


– Programme (pdf) –

Book of Abstracts

Thursday, May 18, 2017
9.30 Welcome Coffee
10.00 Opening of the Conference

Towards the Modernisation of School System: Students’ Perspective
Chair: Iskra Iveljić

10.30 Thomas Wiedenhorn (Weingarten)
School Reforms in Pre-Modern and Modern Period from the Perspective of Justice and Discourse Analysis: On the Implementation of a “School for All Children” in Württemberg and Habsburg

10.50 Branko Šuštar (Ljubljana)
Can “Blaže and Nežica” be Images of Elementary School Pupils in Slovenian Lands in the 19th Century?

11.10 Simonetta Polenghi / Valentina Chierichetti (Milan)
Learning in Gymnasium and Lyzeum in Habsburg Milan (1814-1859)

11.30 Coffee Break

12.00 Magdolna Éva Rébay (Debrecen)
School through the Eyes of Hungarian Aristocratic Students in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy

12.20 Rudolf Barišić (Zagreb)
Education Interrupted: Reasons why Bosnian Clerics Discontinued Scholarships

12.40 Manuela-Claire Warscher (Wien)
Austrian Littoral 1850-1918 “… we do not need educated farmers”

13.00 Olga Orlić / Anita Sujoldžić (Zagreb)
Multilingual Educational Trajectories in the Austro-Hungarian Empire: Two Autobiographical Accounts

13.20 Discussion

14.00 Lunch (Croatian Institute of History)

Personal Maturation through Learning
Chair: Simonetta Polenghi

15.20 Guido van Hengel (The Hague)
The Culture of Adolescence: Between the Classroom and the Reading Room

15.40 Zrinko Novosel (Zagreb)
Upbringing and Early Education in the 19th Century Memoirs

16.00 Mitsutoshi Inaba (Fujieda)
Children’s Vision in Pedagogical Discourse in Bosnia and Herzegovina under Habsburg Monarchy

16.20 Coffee Break

16.50 Marijana Kokanović Marković (Novi Sad)
Young Ladies at the Piano: The Role of Music in Upbringing and Education of Girls in Novi Sad in the 19th Century

17.10 Dinko Župan (Slavonski Brod)
Being a Female Pupil – Education of Middle Class Girls in Croatia in the Second Half of the 19th Century

17.30 Discussion

Friday, May 19, 2017

Peregrinatio academica
Chair: Branko Šuštar

10.00 Olga Khavanova (Moscow)
Poor Pupils – Informative Letters? The Hungarian Nobleman István Dessewffy at the Vienna Theresianum in the 1750s

10.20 Vlasta Švoger (Zagreb)
Students from a Small Country in the Big City – Croatians Studying in Vienna in the 19th Century

10.40 Rupert Klieber (Wien)
Croatian Clerics Studying at the Imperial Institute Frintaneum and the University of Vienna 1816 to 1918

11.00 Ljubinka Trgovčević (Belgrade)
Students from Serbia at the University of Vienna in the 19th Century

11.20 Discussion

12.00 Guided Tour through the Golden and Pompeian Halls of the Croatian Institute of History

12.30 Exhibition Being a Student in Croatia during the ‘long’ 19th Century

13.15 Lunch (Croatian Institute of History)

Students’ Life
Chair: Olga Khavanova

15.00 Martina Kočí / Miroslava Slezáková (Bratislava)
The Pleasures and Sorrows of Students in Veľká Revúca – The Life of Grammar School Students 150 Years Ago

15.20 Teodora Shek Brnardić (Zagreb)
The Everyday Life of Cadets at the Wiener Neustadt Military Academy as Represented on the Paintings by Bernhard Albrecht (1785-1793)

15.40 Iskra Iveljić (Zagreb)
From Lecture Halls to Taverns. Everyday Life of Croatian Students in Vienna

16.00 Coffee Break

16.30 Željko Oset (Nova Gorica)
Social and Cultural Aspects of Socializing of Slovenian Students in the Habsburg Monarchy in the 19th and the 20th Centuries

16.50 Branko Ostajmer (Zagreb)
Croatian Academic Societies in Graz in the Late 19th and the Early 20th Centuries

17.10 Tihana Luetić (Zagreb)
Students’ Magazines at the Beginning of the 20th Century in Zagreb

17.30 Discussion

Closing of the Conference

19.00 Dinner




Ivana Horbec
Maja Matasović
Branko Ostajmer

Scientific Committee:
Štefka Batinić, Croatian School Museum, Zagreb
Iskra Iveljić, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb
Jasna Turkalj, Croatian Institute of History, Zagreb
Olga Khavanova, Institute of Slavic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
Rupert Klieber, Institute for Historical Theology, University of Vienna
Tihana Luetić, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Department of Historical Sciences, Zagreb
Simonetta Polenghi, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan
Branko Šuštar, Slovenian School Museum, the national museum of education, Ljubljana
Vlasta Švoger, Croatian Institute of History, Zagreb
Ljubinka Trgovčević, Fakultet političkih znanosti Sveučilišta u Beogradu
Dinko Župan, Croatian Institute of History, Department for the History of Slavonia, Srijem and Baranja


Croatian Institute of History
Opatička 10
10000 Zagreb, Croatia


Pictures from the Conference

(video is available here)

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-Call for Papers-

Croatian Institute of History

Zagreb, May 18-19, 2017


Dr. Ivana Horbec, Dr. Maja Matasović and Dr. Branko Ostajmer

Project: From Proto-Modernization to Modernization
of Croatia’s School System (18th-19th centuries)

The project “From Proto-Modernization to Modernization of Croatia’s School System”, one of the research projects of the Croatian Institute of History funded by the Croatian Science Foundation, wishes to encourage closer examination of various aspects of the history of student life. Accordingly, we decided to convene an international conference with the mandate to approach the school system through the students’ perspective. Such a reversal in perspective provides a better understanding of the actual scope of educational reforms in different political, economic and cultural environments, social expectations for educational strategies, or challenges faced by end users of the system.

The organizers of the conference “Being a Student in the Habsburg Monarchy” especially welcome papers that deal with education and the school system from the perspective of students through the prism of two methodological-epistemological turns, i. e. cultural and spatial turn. In particular, we welcome papers on various student practices, as well as cultural and anthropological aspects of education – student standard of living, mobility, learning, school supplies, leisure time; students’ memoirs, diaries, correspondence; symbolic power and school rituals; discipline; students and school space; gender and social separation in schools; the shaping of students’ subjectivity and identity (gender, social, ethnic, etc.); discrimination among students; institutional hierarchy and school ceremonies; as well as students’ emotions, nutrition, illness and hygiene. Geographically, the focus of the conference will be on the history of education in the former lands of the Habsburg Monarchy (Austro-Hungarian Monarchy). The research dealing with social continuity and change, as well as comparing and contrasting the experience of groups and individuals across different regions, is especially encouraged.

Practical information:

The conference takes place at the Croatian Institute of History in Zagreb May 18-19, 2017 (two full days). Information about the venue and other practical information will be provided subsequently.

The working language of the conference is English.

Please send in your abstract (max 500 words) along with a brief CV no later than October 1, 2016 to the email address: Please provide institutional affiliation and contact details. Applicants will be notified by October 31, 2016 if their proposal has been accepted or not.

The time limit for presenting the paper will be 25 minutes.

Selected papers are to be published after an independent peer-review process. The authors will be asked to submit their papers by no later than July 15, 2017. We provide proofreading for contributors who are not native speakers of English.

The organizers will attempt to cover the costs of travel and accommodation for participants.

The conference is organized by the Croatian Institute of History as part of an ongoing research project entitled “From Proto-Modernization to Modernization of Croatia’s School System (18th – 19th Centuries)”, financed by the Croatian Science Foundation (HRZZ-4919).


Dr. Ivana Horbec

Dr. Maja Matasović

Dr. Branko Ostajmer

Croatian Institute of History

Opatička 10, 10000 Zagreb – Croatia