A conference on the CULTURAL REPRESENTATION OF THE HABSBURGS will take place on 19-20 May 2016 at the British Embassy Residence in Vienna, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of Franz Joseph and the coronation of the last Habsburg emperor, Karl IV, in 1916.  The event is organised by Professors Peter I Barta and Phil Powrie (Univ of Surrey), in collaboration with the British Embassy in Vienna.


Papers in English are invited on literary, cinematic and other forms of visual representation of the Habsburgs.  The focus of the conference is on the cultural legacy of this dynasty, which played a crucial role in the formation of modern Europe identities. A refereed volume of essays based on talks at the conference is being planned.


Colleagues working in Film, TV and Screen Studies are invited to contribute proposals. Among the films and TV series of interest are the following:


Kaiserin Elisabeth von Österreich (Germany, 1921, dir. Rolf Roffé) with Carla Nelsen


The King Steps Out (USA, Josef von Sternberg, 1936) with Grace Moore and Franchot Tone


Mayerling (France, 1937, dir. Anatole Litvak) with Charles Boyer and Danielle Darrieux


De Mayerling à Sarajevo (France, 1940, dir. Max Ophüls) with Edwige Feuillère


Le secret de Mayerling (France, 1949, dir. Jean Delannoy), with Jean Marais


Sissi (Austria, 1955, Ernst Marischka) with Romy Schneider


Sissi: die junge Kaiserin (Austria,1956, Ernst Marischka) with Romy Schneider


Kronprinz Rudolfs letzte Liebe (Germany, 1956, dir. Rudolf Jugert) with Christiane Hörbiger, Winnie Markus, Rudolf Prack


Sissi: Schicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin (Austria, 1957, Ernst Marischka) with Romy Schneider


Forever My Love (USA, 1962, Ernst Marischka) with Romy Schneider


Mayerling (France/UK, 1968, dir. Terence Young) with Catherine Deneuve, Ava Gardner, James Mason, Omar Sharif


Ludwig (Italy/France/West Germany, 1972, Luchino Visconti) with Helmut Berger, Romy Schneider


Fall of Eagles (UK, BBC, 13 episodes, 1974), with Rachel Gurney, Diane Keen, John Rhys-Davies, Patrick Stewart


Sisi und der Kaiserkuß (Germany/France, 1991, Cristoph Böll) with Nils Tavernier, Vanessa Wagner


Sissi, l'impératrice rebelle (France, TV movie, 2004, Jean-Danielle Verhaeghe) with Stéphane Audran, Arielle Dombasle


Kronprinz Rudolf  (Austria/France/Germany/Italy, 2006, dir. Robert Dornheim), with Klaus Maria Brandauer, Sandra Ceccarelli, Vittoria Puccini, Omar Sharif, Max von Thun

Sisi (Germany/Italy/Austria, two-part TV movie, 2009, Javer Schwarzenberger) with Cristiana Capotondi, David Rott


Ludwig II (Germany/Austria, 2012, Marie Noelle/Peter Sehr), with Hannah Herzsprung


Please send proposals of 200 words with a brief bio and institutional affiliation to Phil Powrie by 5 April 2015 ([log in to unmask]).


Phil Powrie
Professor of Cinema Studies
Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences
The Elizabeth Fry Building
University of Surrey

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