Symposia on History in Český Krumlov

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Every three years the South Bohemian University in České Budějovice carries out international academic symposia on selected issues of history of early modern aristocratic courts and residences and are held inside the state premises of the State Castle Český Krumlov. The first symposium, which took place on September 14th - 16th 1992 on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the death of Wilhelm von Rosenberg, was dedicated to the life of the last Rosenbergs at the court and in residential towns. The invitation was accepted by more than eighty experts from Czech and Moravian universities, academic institutes, museums and archives, and over twenty famous historians from the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Italy and USA. The three-day professional meeting was divided into four thematic blocks. The first theme was dedicated to the courts and residences of European nobility in the 16th and at the beginning of the 17th century. The second thematic block concerned the residences of the Czech nobility before the Battle of White Mountain. The third thematic group focused on court culture and patronage of the last Rosenbergs and was followed by the fourth thematic part on the life of last Rosenbergs in their dominions. All contributions to the discussion were published in the third volume of the edition set of Opera Historica (Editio Univesitatis Bohemiae Meridionalis) in 1993.

The second international academic symposium on life of the Baroque nobility at the courts (1600 - 1750) was carried out by the South Bohemian University České Budějovice in co-operation with Foundation for the Baroque Theater in Český Krumlov and with the organizational backing of the District Authority in Český Krumlov on October 10th -12th 1995 within the UNESCO programme "Les Espaces du Baroque". The academic contributions to the discussion concerned the role of nobility and aristocratic courts in Europe in the course of the 16th - 18th centuries. Particular stress was placed on knowledge of the development in France, Italy, the Netherlands, the Roman-German Empire, and the lands of Austria, Bohemia and Moravia. The about sixty domestic and foreign experts who took part in the symposium also included famous historians from Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Italy. Several students and graduate students studying history at universities in Berlin, Vienna, Brno and České Budějovice also accepted the invitation. The symposium represented a marked step forward in the removal of obstacles between Czech and European research work and contributed to the desired process of gradual integration of Czech history into the European context. Tours of Baroque and Rococo halls, the Baroque theater and other premises of the Český Krumlov castle open to the public created an integral part of the symposium programme. Submitted papers, supplied with studies by other authors working on the culture of noble residences, were published in the fifth volume of the edition set of Opera historica (Editio Univesitatis Bohaemiae Meridionalis) in 1996.

From September 13th to 15th 1998 the History Institute of the South Bohemian University in cooperation with Aktion Österreich - Tschechische Republik carried out the third international academic symposium dedicated to celebrations at magnates' courts and in residential towns in early modern times inside the premises of the Český Krumlov castle. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact :

Doc. Dr.Václav Bůžek
Historický ústav Jihočeské univerzity
Jeronýmova 10
371 15 České Budějovice

Telephone :
+420 387 773 068

Fax :
+420 387 312 194

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Further information :
Workshops and Congresses in Český Krumlov since 1993
Congress Facilities in Český Krumlov
Culture and Society in Český Krumlov


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