Symposium: The U.S.-Austria Peace Treaty at 100: Historical, Political, and Moral Perspectives


Location: Online



Old Vienna overlaid by the flags of Austria and the USA

The United States of America and Austria signed a treaty "to establish securely friendly relations between the two nations" on August 24, 1921, after the devastation of World War I. This symposium will look at the historical, political, and moral perspectives of the treaty and the impacts that are felt today.

This symposium is sponsored and made possible by the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS).

A keynote address and diplomatic lecture are free and open to the public.

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Faculty and graduate students of the University of Notre Dame interested in participating in the symposium may contact Director Clemens Sedmak or Assistant Director Grant Osborn for more information. Videos of portions of the proceedings will be made available to the public following the conclusion of the event.


Thursday, August 19, 2021 (Eastern Time)

10-10.15 "A Moral Biography of a Text" (Open to the Public)
Clemens Sedmak, University of Notre Dame
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10.15-11.00 Keynote Address (Open to the Public)
“The U.S.-Austrian Treaty of 1921 and the Reconfiguration of Euro-American Relations”
Nicole Phelps, University of Vermont
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11.00-11.15 Discussion

11.15-11.45 “A Treaty Fraught with Salvation”
Peter Becker, University of Vienna

11.45-12.15 "U.S. Relief for Children in Austria after 1918: Soft Diplomacy and its Echo in the Press"
Gunda Barth-Scalmani, University of Innsbruck

12.15-12.30 Discussion

12.30-1.00 Break

1.00-1.30 “Austria is - more than just - the rest. The far-reaching effects of the State Treaty St. Germain en-Laye (1919) and the USA”
Ulfried Burz, University of Klagenfurt

1.30-2.00 "Shadows of Versailles: Secret Diplomacy in the Peace Treaties of Austria, Germany, and the USA, 1919-1955"
Patrick J. Houlihan, Trinity College Dublin

2.00-2.15 Discussion

2.15-2.30 "Final reflections and Lessons Learned"
John Deak, University of Notre Dame

Monday, August 23, 2021 (Eastern Time)

4.00-6.00 Lecture and Reception (IN-PERSON EVENT)
"Transatlantic Relations—an Austrian Perspective—1921-2021"
Ambassador Martin Weiss, Austrian Ambassador to the United States
Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame
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