Welcome to the Centre for Australian Studies!

The Centre for Australian Studies is a collaborative project based in the English Department at the University of Cologne, committed to the study and promotion of inter- and transdisciplinary research and teaching in the area of Australian Studies, bringing together perspectives from Geography, History, Linguistics, Literary and Cultural Studies as well as Anthropology and Biology.

The Centre is committed to

  • promote awareness and understanding of Australia as a geographically, culturally and linguistically unique and diverse environment
  • advance Australian Studies in Germany in multiple areas of academia
  • encourage the creation of new teaching formats and raise students’ interest in Australia-related topics
  • organise events (conferences, workshops, summer schools) on issues in Australian Studies past and present
  • establish and maintain links and connections between German and Australian scholars

If you would like to find out more about the Centre or would like to get involved, please send us an email:


In Memory of George Floyd and Against Global Racism

The Centre for Australian Studies (CAS) at the University of Cologne, Germany, stands in allegiance and solidarity with the protestors of the Black Lives Matter movement. Echoing the words of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE), we at CAS stand “In Solidarity, in Sadness, and in Hope”, and with all BIPOC people (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour). Together with our colleagues, our individual as well as institutional partners around the globe, we mourn the death of George Floyd, condemn acts of police brutality, and protest the racism and precarious systemic injustice at the heart of this tragedy.

The deaths of George Floyd and Warlpiri Man Kumanjayi Walker (shot by a police officer on 9 November 2019 in Yuendumu near Alice Springs) tragically remind us that racism and neo-colonial structures of domination are still alive and thriving in the twenty-first century. In our teaching and research, we are committed to anti-racism, non-discrimination, and the promotion of social justice and equality as our central values and guiding principles. We are dedicated to building and fostering equitable and reciprocal relationships in our effort to contribute to the decolonization of discourses, structures, institutions and politics. Please join us in the global fight against racism and in our dedication to make academic work about positive social change and transformation.

“Australian Studies in Conversation” now online! Please click here for more information on this series and to access the videos and podcasts!