Conference Programme

“Winning their Trust and Affection”.
Royal Heirs and the Uses of Soft Power in 19th-Century Europe

Conference at the University of St Andrews, Parliament Hall, 28 – 29 August 2015

Friday, 28 August 2015

9.00                 Welcome / Introduction (Frank Lorenz Müller and Heidi Mehrkens)

9.30-10.30      Keynote Lecture I

Monika Wienfort, Wuppertal: Dynastic Heritage and Bourgeois Morals. Monarchy and Family in the 19th Century

Coffee and Tea

11.00-12.30     Panel 1            Emotional Appeals 

  • Richard Meyer Forsting, St Andrews: The importance of looking the part: Heirs and male aesthetics in nineteenth century Spain
  • Imke Polland, Giessen: Alexandra and the Attractions of Attire: How to fashion the popularity of the British Monarchy
  • Edward Owens, Manchester: ‘A Real Princess, Really in Love with a Real Prince’: The 1947 wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip of Greece


14.00-15.30     Panel 2            Persuading Sceptical Audiences

  • Trond Norén Isaksen, Oslo: The Power of Presence: Crafting a Norwegian Identity for the Bernadotte Heirs
  • Alma Hannig, Bonn/Vienna: ‘He was no greeter’. Archduke Franz Ferdinand – an uncharming prince?
  • Jane Ridley, Buckingham: Bertie Prince of Wales: Prince Hal or Welfare royal?

 Coffee and Tea

16.00-17.30     Panel 3            Conduits of Communication

  • Kristina Widestedt, Stockholm: Royal family events and media access during the reign of Oscar II of Sweden
  • Maria-Christina Marchi, St Andrews: Selling the Monarchy: Building a Royal Market in Post-Risorgimento Italy
  • Milinda Banerjee, Kolkata/Heidelberg: Imperial Communication and Nationalist Discourses: Visits of Princes of Wales to Bengal

17.45-18.45     Keynote Lecture II

Erik Goldstein, Boston: Royal Ambassadors – Monarchical Public Diplomacy and the United States

Conference Dinner

Saturday, 29 August 2015

9.15-11.15       Panel 4            Dynastic Values and Collective Identity

  • Miriam Schneider, St Andrews: A ‘sporting Hermes’ – Crown Prince Constantine and the ancient heritage of Modern Greece
  • Jeroen Koch, Utrecht: The Uses of a Hero. King William I of the Netherlands and the Prince of Orange, 1815-1840
  • Bernard Rulof, Maastricht: The bon Roi Henri V: Constructing/Expecting a Charismatic Monarch
  • Frank Sterkenburgh, London: Embodying Prussia: Prince Wilhelm and the medial representation of military virtues

Coffee and Tea

11.30-12.15     Round Table / Final discussion


(end of conference ca. 1.30)