Stefan Donecker studied history and Scandinavian Studies at the universities of Vienna and Umeå and received his PhD at the European University Institute in Florence in 2010. In 2013, he was awarded a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship for a research project on the topos of the “Völkerwanderung” in early modern historiography. He is currently working at the Department for Medieval Research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, focusing on social cohesion and identity formation in pre-modern and modern Europe.
Pieter M. Judson is Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the European University Institute in Florence. He is the author of several works that explore ideas of nationhood, empire, and identification in Habsburg Central Europe including Guardians of the Nation: Activists on the Language Frontiers of Imperial Austria (2006) and The Habsburg Empire: A New History (2016) (Habsburg: Geschichte eines Imperiums, 2017).