Katharina Scharf

Department History
PhD Supervisor Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Knoll
PhD Co-Supervisor Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Kurt Luger, Department of Communication Studies
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Contact katharina.scharf(at)sbg.ac.at
Topic/Title From Alpine Peripheries to Tourism Regions. The Tourist Development and Transformation of Salzburg and “Savoy” in Comparison (1860-1914)


From Alpine Peripheries to Tourism Regions. The Tourist Development and Transformation of Salzburg and “Savoy” in Comparison (1860-1914)

The dissertation project analyses the transformation process of the regions Salzburg and Savoy (Departments Savoie and Haute-Savoie) from alpine peripheries to flourishing tourism regions. I investigate the connections and interdependencies between infrastructure and tourism and their impact on economic, socio-economic, socio-ecological and cultural regional conditions. Positive aspects, like the economic enhancement play a decisive role as well as the problematic ones, like social conflict. The period of investigation includes the years from 1860 to 1914, from a tourist take-off to the First World War. The research is based on quantitative, statistical material as well as qualitative historical sources such as newspapers. The combination of an infrastructural and an actor-oriented approach enables the merger of structural and subject-oriented levels. Connecting elements are mobility enabling infrastructures like rails and hotels.



Katharina Scharf - CV (German/English)

Academic Education

  • 10/2011 - 05/2014 Master´s Programme History, University of SalzburgMaster‘s Thesis: Von "illegalen Kämpferinnen", Kartoffelschaukochen und Krieg. Die Rolle der nationalsozialistischen Organisationen NS-Frauenschaft und Deutsches Frauenwerk in der Stadt Salzburg 1932-1945. (Engl.: Illegal Nazi Women, "Potato-show cooking" and War. The Role of the Nazi Organisations "NS-Frauenschaft" and "Deutsches Frauenwerk" in Salzburg from 1932 to 1945.)(Awarded with the Erika Weinzierl-Preis 2016)
  • 2013 Supplemental Studies: Global Studies
  • 03/2008 - 09/2012 Bachelor´s Programme German Philology, University of Salzburg
  • 03/2008 - 08/2011 Bachelor´s Programme History, University of Salzburg

Academic Work (Excerpt)

  • 11/2016 Award/Prize for the Master´s Thesis: Erika Weinzierl-Preis 2016 awarded by: gendup – Centre for Gender Studies and Gender Equality at the University of Salzburg
  • 2016/2017 Member of the Doctorate School PLUS (DSP-Kolleg): On the Move: People, Objects, Signs
  • 2016/2017 Editorial staff member of the University’s e-Journal historioPLUS

new Publications

  • In cooperation with Laurence Cole: Alpine Tourism and ‚Masked Transformation‘: Salzburg and Tyrol before 1914, in: Zeitschrift für Tourismuswissenschaft 9/1 (2017), 33-63. https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/tw.2017.9.issue-1/issue-files/tw.2017.9.issue-1.xml.
  • Motor der Fremdenindustrie. Eisenbahn und regionale Tourismusentwicklung in Salzburg, in: Kurt Luger / Franz Rest, Hg., Alpenreisen. Erlebnis – Raumtransformationen – Imagination, Innsbruck / Wien 2017, 127-148. (Engl.: The Railway and Regional Tourism Development in Salzburg)
  • Paul Graener – der gescheiterte Reformer, in: Julia Hinterberger, Hg., Von der Musikschule zum Konservatorium. Das Mozarteum 1841-1922, Wien 2017, 381-397. (Engl.: Paul Graener – Failed Reformer).
  • Franz Ledwinka – Musiker, Mozarteumsdirektor und meisterhafter Lehrer, in: Julia Hinterberger, Hg., Von der Musikschule zum Konservatorium. Das Mozarteum 1841-1922, Wien 2017, , 337-350. (Engl.: Franz Ledwinka – Musician, Director, Masterly Teacher).
  • Review in European History Quarterly 47/1 (2017): Tait Keller, Apostles of the Alps. Mountaineering and Nation Building in Germany and Austria, 1860-1939, 150-15.
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