Maureen Healy
Fulbright/IFK_Senior Fellow

Zeitraum des Fellowships:
01. Oktober 2011 bis 31. Januar 2012

Maureen Healy


Beyond the Siege: Cultural Traffic between Austrians and Turks, 1878 to the Present


At the IFK Maureen Healy will research cultural traffic between Austrians and Turks in the late 19th and 20th centuries. The project writes concrete historical actors (scholars, travelers, military planners, entrepreneurs, refugees) and concrete material objects (coffee, carpets, buildings) into a history that, for the modern period, has largely been overshadowed by references to the 1683 siege of Vienna. It goes beneath the recycled siege story and familiar cultural history of the Türkenbild—representations of Turks in art, music and literature—to reconstruct a history of daily encounter, exchange and entanglement. Topics of inquiry include a discourse of friendship between Austrians and Turks before and during World War I; Turkey as a site of refuge for exiled Austrian Jews and leftists; and conflicts over religious buildings and neighborhood identities in contemporary Austria.


Maureen Healy received her PhD from the University of Chicago. She is Associate Professor of History at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She has held fellowships at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, NC, and the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, and was awarded the Herbert Baxter Adams Prize from the American Historical Association. She serves as the Executive Secretary of the Society for Austrian and Habsburg History (SAHH).


(among others): 1883 Vienna in the Turkish Mirror, in: Austrian History Yearbook 40, April 2009, S. 101–113; with Paul Steege, Andrew Stuart Bergerson, Pamela E. Swett, The History of Everyday Life: A Second Chapter, in: Journal of Modern History 80: 2, 2008; Vienna and the Fall of the Habsburg Empire: Total War and Everyday Life in World War I, Cambridge, UK, New York, 2004.

Maureen Healy (Portland) “'I don’t know much about the place': The Little-Known History of Austrian Gastarbeiter in Interwar Turkey"

Das IKT – Institut für Kulturwissenschaften und Theatergeschichte der ÖAW lädt Sie am Donnerstag, 23. Mai 2019, herzlich ein zum jour fixe Arbeitsgespräch Kulturwissenschaften:

 Maureen Healy (Portland; im Wintersemester 2011/12 Fulbright/IFK_Senior Fellow):

 “'I don’t know much about the place': The Little-Known History of Austrian Gastarbeiter in Interwar Turkey"

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Maureen Healy

Maureen Healy, Associate Professor of History am Lewis & Clark College in Portland, beschäftigt sich mit den kulturellen Verhältnissen zwischen Österreich und der Türkei und deren Akteuren im späten neunzehnten und zwanzigsten Jahrhundert: Wissenschafter, Reisende, Militärstrategen, Händler und Flüchtlinge.