During confinement (Covid) Dominique Kirchner ReillIvan Jeličić, and Francesca Rolandi wrote a joint paper entitled Redefining Citizenship after Empire: The Rights to Welfare, to Work, and to Remain in a Post-Habsburg World. The paper developed across three mothertongues, english, italian and croatian, and during uncertain times related to confinement, received today the distinguished Annelise Thimme Article Prize.

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Redefining Citizenship after Empire: The Rights to Welfare, to Work, and to Remain in a Post-Habsburg World probes the consequences of basing post–World War I citizenship regimes on the Habsburg imperial network system for the control of mobility, a system known among specialists as Heimatrecht or pertinency. To date most of the historiography has focused on what this meant for national minorities in nationalizing states, with the most important studies thus far looking at the experience of Jews in Austria and Poland. We argue that though the national exclusionary tools of postwar pertinency are of undoubted importance, a larger, social trauma was experienced through post-Habsburg Europe, one that affected far more people and left many facing the consequences of potential statelessness. This article focuses on how postwar pertinency affected the worlds of work, welfare, and expulsion in the immigrant-rich industrial port town of Fiume, Europe’s smallest postwar successor state.

Annelise Thimme Article Prize

The biennial Annelise Thimme Article Prize recognizes the best English-language article or essay on Central European history written by a North American scholar. The prize committee will consider journal articles as well as individual essays from anthologies or collections. Articles and essays published outside North America are eligible, but reprinted essays are not. “Central European history” is understood to include all German-speaking countries as well as areas previously included within the Habsburg monarchy.

About our resident research fellow

Dominique Reill holds the 2023-24 Fulbright/Iméra Chair in Migration Studies; she is a Professor at the history department of the University of Miami. Her dedication to research led her to extensive explorations in Italy, Croatia, the UK, Germany, and the US for her first and second books. Presently, she serves as an editor for the Purdue University Press book series Central European Studies and has previously contributed as an Associate Review Editor for the American Historical Review. Her editorial experiences also extend to serving as an editor for the Cambridge University Press journal Contemporary European History from 2015-2020, and she currently sits on the journal’s board. Additionally, Dominique plays crucial roles on the boards of the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies, the Journal of Austrian-American History (JAAH), the Executive Committee of the Society for Italian Historical Studies (SIHS), and holds the position of Vice-President Elect of the Central European History Society (CEHS).

At Iméra, the Institut for Advanced Study of Aix-Marseille University, Dominique Reill explores about the formative years of New York City’s three-term mayor, Fiorello LaGuardia. Learn more about her research project at Iméra in the below interview:

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Fulbright/Iméra Chair in Migration Studies 2023-24