Jan Alber is Professor of English Literature and Cognition at the University of Aachen.Read More
He is the author of Narrating the Prison (Cambria Press, 2007) and Unnatural Narrative: Impossible Worlds in Fiction and Drama (University of Nebraska Press, 2016). Alber received fellowships and research grants from the British Academy, the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the Humboldt Foundation. In 2013, the German Association of University Teachers of English awarded him the prize for the best Habilitation written between 2011 and 2013. Between 2014 and 2016, he worked as a COFUND (Marie-Curie) Fellow at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS) in Denmark. His project focused on the negotiation of Aboriginal identities in contemporary Australian narratives. Alber is currently President of the International Society for the Study of Narrative (ISSN).
Keyvan is a PhD Candidate at the Australian Centre in the University of Melbourne.Read More
Entitled ‘Fielding Peter Carey’, his project accounts for a method of reading Carey’s oeuvre in relation to the promises and perils of the global publishing industry since the early 1970s.
He is interested in Carey’s work as part and product of the neo-liberal regime of publishing that has commodified his celebrity and his fiction. He has published on Carey’s archive and the literary field in JASAL. His forthcoming article on Carey’s Jack Maggs and world literature will be published in Antipodes later in 2018. His interview with the American-Australian writer Dominic Smith was published in Antipodes in June 2016. He also acted as the Postgraduate Representative of ASAL (Association for the Study of Australian Literature) between 2015 and 2018. He has taught in the areas of Australian literature, modern and contemporary literature and critical theory.
Dr. Katrin Althans holds an M.A. in English literature and language, German literature and language, and Communication Studies from the University of Münster, Germany, as well as a German law degree.Read More
In her research, she focuses on Postcolonial and Indigenous Studies as well as law and literature and cross-media studies. Katrin has published widely in the area of Australian literature and has combined postcolonial approaches with the Gothic, as well as with law and literature studies. She held positions at the universities of Münster, Cologne, and Düsseldorf and since 2020 has been working as a research fellow at the Postcolonial Studies Section (Anglophone Studies) at the University of Duisburg-Essen. There, Katrin currently is pursuing her postdoc project ‘Narratives of Flight and Migration in Law and Literature,’ which is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.
Rachel Dikul Baker
Rachel Dikul Baker is a Yolŋu woman from Galiwin’ku. She is a registered and very experienced Interpreter and she is also founder of Australian Woven Connections.Read More
Dikul provides cultural and linguistic support to many researchers and projects. She is a passionate mentor of young people and delivers suicide prevention and awareness programs across North East Arnhem Land. Dikul is also an accomplished Pandanus weaver and regularly teaches these Yolŋu skills to small groups.
She is also a student at the University of Southern Queensland studying Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Anthropology. She is passionate about sharing perspectives through Yolngu kinship structure and Yolngu cosmology. She also teaches cultural competency training through Aboriginal resource development ARDS. Her language is Djambarrbuyngu and she is learning her mother’s language which is Warramiri. She is accomplished at weaving using pandanus fibers and natural native bush dyes. Rachel is collaborating closely with Prof. Adone and team.
Roman Bartosch is Associate Professor of Teaching Anglophone Literatures and Cultures and Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Teaching in the Humanities at the University of Cologne, Germany.Read More
One of the first people in Germany working on postcolonial ecocriticism and, more recently, literary education for sustainability, he is the author and editor of more than 12 books and over 50 scholarly articles spanning environmental and transcultural learning, inclusive education, and the intersections of literature pedagogy and literary theory. Recent publications include Interkulturelles Lernen mit Literatur: Fokus Nigeria (as co-editor; Klett Kallmeyer 2020) and, as editor, Cultivating Sustainability in Language and Literature Pedagogy: Steps to an Educational Ecology (Routledge, 2021). His current work explores the potential of literacy and the role of literary fiction in education for climate action as well as the role of dissent and controversy in culture-sensitive and inclusive educational settings. A particular interest in this is in non-Western climate imaginaries and educational practice of indigenous communities in Australia and disadvantaged people in India. Other interests include questions of educational philosophy, especially in terms of modelling learning objectives in times of large-scale extinction and climate catastrophe, literary value, the intersection of literary studies and literature pedagogy, and multimodal literature and media pedagogies.
Amelie Bernzen is Professor of Economic Geography and director of the Institute for Spatial Analysis and Planning in Areas of Intensive Agriculture (ISPA) at the University of Vechta.Read More
Dawn Bessarab is Professor/Director for the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health in the School of Medicine at the University of Western Australia.Read More
research focuses on the application of Indigenous research and critical, de-colonising methodologies in health research with Indigenous peoples in Australia. Dawn is collaborating closely with Prof. Adone and team.
Dr. Hanne Birk studied English and German Literatures and Cultures as well as Philosophy in Freiburg, Germany and at Brock University, Ontario, Canada.Read More
PD Dr. Eva Bischoff teaches International History at Trier University since 2011. Her current research looks at British settler colonialism in nineteenth-century Australia and New Zealand. She recently concluded a book project, which reconstructs the ambiguous role Quakers played in the process of settler colonialism in nineteenth-century Australia.Read More
From 2005 to 2010, Eva Bischoff taught North American History and Postcolonial Studies at the Universities of Cologne, Bonn, and Münster. From April 2010 to September 2011, she worked as a Lecturer at the Department of North American History of the John-F.-Kennedy Institute at the Freie Universität Berlin, and as a Postdoc Researcher at the DFG Research Center on “Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood” (SFB 700).
Dr C.F. Black is a consultant in the field of Space Law with a unique perspective, influenced by her expertise in Indigenous jurisprudence. Over the years, she has developed a strong rapport with Indigenous communities and tribes in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the Pacific nations.Read More
Dr Black’s interest in Indigenous cosmovisions led her to investigate different nations’ relationships with the stars. She is collaborating in research with Assoc. Prof Vermeylen of Strathclyde University, Law School, as well as writing a book with her that explores the intersection of space law and African and Indigenous legal thought. – ‘Space Law and Cosmovisions’.
Prior to becoming a consultant in space law Dr Black was an Associate Professor Adjunct at Griffith University, Australia where she gained her PhD in Law. She also served as a Visiting Indigenous Scholar in Residence at the University of Melbourne Law School in 2018, where she focused on issues surrounding Artificial Intelligence.She is writing a forthcoming book with Dr J. Mihal, Otago University Law School – ‘Narratives of AI’.
In addition to her scholarly work, Dr Black is a member of the Ensayos Nomadic Collective Research, an artists’ collective of researchers from Chile, Australia, and Norway. Her creative work builds on her experiences during the group’s summer residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art, New York in 2020.
Her previous books include: ‘The Land is the Source of the Law: A Dialogic Encounter with Indigenous Jurisprudence’ (Routledge, 2011) and ‘A Mosaic of Indigenous Legal Thought: Legendary Tales and Other Writings’ (Routledge, 2017).
Dr Black is collaborating closely with Professor Adone and team.
Boris Braun is Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Cologne and member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Association for Australian Studies.Read More
His current research projects include DFG, ATN and DAAD funded studies on airport development and urban land use change both in Australia and other parts of the world.
Emma Christopher is a Scientia Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales and is also affiliated with the Bonn Center for Slavery and Dependency Studies at the University of Bonn.Read More
Her current Australian Research Council-funded project, ‘Slavery, Sugar, Race: South Sea Islanders in Australia’, explores the connections between Atlantic and Pacific sugar plantations and non-free labour, and she is currently exploring these links beyond the Australian colonial context to include the German, French and US spheres of influence in the Pacific. She is the originator of a prototype Pacific Labour Database, funded by the Australian Centre for Human Rights, that seeks to make an openly available, searchable database of all non-free Pacific Islander labourers in the colonial period. Emma is also a documentary maker, having made two award-winning documentaries, and is currently working on a film about kidnapping in German and Australian New Guinea.
Sebastian Fastenrath is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne.Read More
His research focuses on urban and regional development, sustainability, resilience and innovation. His current projects Urban Resilience In Action and Gippsland Smart Specialization Strategy are both focused on applicable solutions, cross-sectoral cooperation and place-based innovation.
Sebastian received his PhD in Human Geography at the University of Cologne, where he was also awarded with a Fellowship Grant for doctoral students at the Graduate School of Geosciences (GSGS). His work has been published in international high-ranked journals and is attracting interest from international organizations and media.
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Norbert Finzsch, Professor Emeritus of History, studied History and German Literature at Cologne and Bordeaux.Read More
Finzsch has published about the history of genocides in North America. Starting with a comparative approach to genocide history, studying the histories of indigenous peoples in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, he morphed into one of the few German historians who work on Australia. In 2003 he was a awarded a fellowship by the HRC in Canberra for the study of Aboriginal history. Since then he has published numerous articles on Australian history.
Dr Anke Frank has a strong interest in arid zone and rangeland ecology, impacts of introduced species and predator-prey interactions which she mainly investigated in Australia. She joined the CAS in 2016 when working as a postdoc at the University of Cologne, but has been residing back in Australia since the end of 2019.Read More
Dr. Oliver Haag is Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Transcultural Studies, Vienna, and Visiting Professorial Fellow at Queen Mary’s College, University of Madras.Read More
In 2018, Oliver is Guest Researcher at the Linnaeus University Center for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Sweden. His research interests lie in the areas of European formations of Indigeneity, postcolonial and whiteness theory, German imperialism and transnational history. Oliver has co-edited a book on ego-histoire and Indigenous Studies, Ngapartji Ngapartji: Reciprocal Engagement (Australian National University Press, 2014). His latest book – entitled The Persistence of Race from the Wilhelmine Empire to National Socialism (Berghahn Books, 2017) – is concerned with cultural narratives of race in Germany. With Eva Schandevijl he has completed a special issue of National Identities (Routledge) and, with Linda Westphalen, a special issue of JEASA on Ruby Langford Ginibi. Oliver’s scholarship has appeared, inter alia, in Continuum, Aboriginal History and Australian Aboriginal Studies. He is co-editor of the bilingual Australian Studies Journal (Zeitschrift für Australienstudien).
Duane Hamacher is Associate Professor of Cultural Astronomy in the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne. He holds a PhD in Indigenous Studies from Macquarie University in Sydney, with a degree in physics from the University Missouri and a Masters in astrophysics from UNSW. He is currently a CAPAS Fellow (2022-2023) at the Käte Hamburger Centre for Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Studies at Universität Heidelberg.Read More
His research focuses on humanity’s interaction with the stars, with an emphasis on Australian Indigenous Astronomy. He also researches dark sky studies, archaeoastronomy, orality, and apocalyptic studies. His work in examines how scientific observations by First Nations people are embedded in oral tradition and passed down through time. Click here for his homepage. Dr. Hamacher is collaborating closely with Prof. Adone and team.
Henriette von Holleuffer
Henriette von Holleuffer is a historian. She holds a PhD and M.A. from the University of Hamburg.Read More
Julia Hoydis is currently Visiting Professor of English Literature and Gender Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen on a fellowship sponsored by the FONTE Foundation. From October 2020, she will be Professor of English Literature and Culture at the University of Graz, Austria (fixed-term contract).Read More
Previously, she taught at the University of Cologne, where she obtained her Habilitation (2018) and her PhD (2010) and was a visiting researcher and lecturer at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge (2006-2007). She studied English, Media Studies, and Philosophy at Cologne, receiving her M.A. in 2006; she also holds a diploma in dance from the Rambert School/Brunel University, London. Since 2019, she has been general editor of ANGLISTIK: International Journal of English Studies.
Julia has a long-standing interest in postcolonial studies, with special focus on contemporary Anglophone Indian, African and Australian literatures and cultures. Since 2010, she has been an active member of the Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies (GAPS). Her doctoral dissertation focused on ethics and historiography in the works of Amitav Ghosh (published as Tackling the Morality of History. Amitav Ghosh and the Ethics of Storytelling, Winter 2011). She has published numerous articles on contemporary Indian fiction, diaspora, and black female speculative fiction. Among her recent books are the monograph Risk and the English Novel. From Defoe to McEwan (2019) as well as the co-edited volumes Representations of Science in Twenty-First Century Fiction: Human and Temporal Connectivities (Palgrave, 2019) and Teaching the Posthuman (Winter, 2019).
Her main research interests include literature and science (especially risk theory, climate change, posthumanism), intersections between gender and genre and between literature and other art forms (especially dance and theatre), transcultural adaptations studies, processes of canonization, and interactive digital narratives. She is currently working on a project in the field of historical gender studies funded by the Moderata Fonte-Forum of Early Modern Studies (2020-21), preparing a critical edition and translation of the works of the British author Margaret Cavendish (1623-1673).
Julia is also particularly interested in research at the intersection of the environmental humanities, postcolonial and performance studies. Forthcoming publications (2020/21) here include essays on Australian dance theatre (Anglistik Special Issue “Postcolonial Cultural Studies” 31.3) and on the Indigenous Hip Hop Projects; as well as book chapters on climate change drama (Research Handbook on Communicating Climate Change, Edward Elgar Research Handbook Series) and posthumanism and drama (Palgrave Handbook of Critical Posthumanism), which will include readings of the works of Australian dramatist, such as Stephen Carleton and Ian Meadows.
Dr. Bentley James, MA Linguistics, PhD Anthropology Australian National University has lived in remote N.T Indigenous communities since 1989. He is currently tutoring Yolngu Studies at Charles Darwin University.Read More
His engagement with Yan-nhangu people produced the first Yan-nhangu dictionary (1993-2003), ethnography, Time and Tide in the Crocodile Islands: Change and Continuity in Yan-nhangu Marine Identity (2009) and the Yan-nhangu Atlas and Illustrated Dictionary of the Crocodile Islands (2014).
He initiated a family of award winning collaborative projects with friend and co-researcher Baymarrwangga including the Crocodile Islands Initiative (CII), Genealogical/Geographical Traditional Owner Mapping, the Crocodile Islands Rangers and Junior Rangers programs, online Yan-nhangu Ecological Knowledge data base, Cultural Heritage programs, Yan-nhangu ‘language nests’ for pre-school aged children and Bilingual Bimodal resources. Bentley is collaborating closely with Prof. Adone and team.
Glenn James is the Principal for his consulting firm, based in Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia. He has been awarded a combined Political Science and Philosophy degree from the Australian National University and a Masters Degree in Anthropology, also from the ANU in Canberra.Read More
Glenn has lived and worked in remote Central and North Australia for 30 years. Over this period his work has spanned several interrelated areas including Indigenous community arts, Anthropology, land-based enterprise, community resilience, natural hazards management, cross-cultural facilitation. Glenn’s formal education in Political Science, Philosophy and Anthropology, combined with his equally formative lived experience in remote communities and many personal and professional relationships in remote Australia, informs his long-term support for the aspirations and achievements of Indigenous people. Glenn is collaborating closely with Prof. Adone and team.
Felicity Jensz is a colonial historian, who is particularly interested in cultural contact zones in the nineteenth century as well as the afterlives of colonies.Read More
After completing her PhD in colonial history at the University of Melbourne in 2017, she joined the Cluster of Excellence for Religion and Politics at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster in late 2018. There she habilitated with a study on the role of education to non-Europeans in the British colonial world of the nineteenth century (published by Manchester University Press in 2022). She is a mentor in the Graduate School of the Cluster and researchers into British and German colonial history, memory studies, migration history, cultural transfer, mission history, gender history and the history of science, especially ethnographical collections of the nineteenth century. She has taught Australian studies in Australia and Germany. Dr. Jensz is collaborating closely with Prof. Adone and team.
Dr. Ji works on the development of advanced analytical instruments for translation studies, with a focus on developing research instruments for effective environmental and health translation and communication.Read More
Piers Kelly is a linguistic anthropologist at the University of New England, Armidale.Read More
Dorothee Klein is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of English Literatures and Cultures at the University of Stuttgart.Read More
Dorothee studied English, history, and Catholic theology at the University of Freiburg and the University of Melbourne. She completed her PhD at the University of Stuttgart in 2019. In her dissertation, she investigated the political, ideological, and epistemological ramifications of the narrative strategies used in contemporary Australian Aboriginal fiction. Drawing on work in postcolonial narratology, new formalism, and various theories of and approaches to concepts of relationality, her thesis identifies a poetics of relational storytelling in Aboriginal fiction. Her postdoctoral project focuses on literary attention in short fiction from 1800-1880.
Her research interests include Australian Indigenous literatures, postcolonial theory, narratology, theories of attention, and short fiction. She has published articles on Aboriginal life-writing, contemporary Aboriginal fiction, and unnatural narratology. Her book Poetics and Politics of Relationality in Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Fiction will be published with Routledge in 2021.
Konstanze Kutzbach holds a PhD in English Philology. She is currently working as a Lecturer of English didactics and coordinator of the MA of Education Study Programme for the English Department/University of Cologne.Read More
This interest also extends to her academic teaching: “Teaching Australia in Postcolonial and Intercultural Perspective” (summer semester 2018) will explore the theoretical question of representing cultural identities in view of lesson and sequence planning for school teaching at lower and upper secondary levels, with a special focus on the genres of fiction and short film.
She was also involved in the organization and coordination of the Dr R Marika Chair for Australian Studies at the English Department of the University of Cologne (from 2010-2014).
Associate Professor Anne Lowell is a Principal Research Fellow with the Northern Institute, College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts at Charles Darwin University, Australia.Read More
She specialises in collaborative qualitative research and community education with remote Aboriginal communities. Her primary areas of interest include intercultural communication, particularly related to Indigenous health and early childhood; and culturally responsive policy and practice, in both research and provision of health and education services. Improving recognition of the critical importance of Indigenous cultural and linguistic expertise is an ongoing priority. Anne is collaborating closely with Prof. Adone and team.
Robert Mailhammer (PhD 2007, Munich) is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Western Sydney University.Read More
Originally from Perth in WA (Western Australia), in the 1980s Doug moved to the Northern Territory to teach at the remote Indigenous community school of Walungurru (Kintore), in the Gibson Desert west of Alice Springs.Read More
During his three years at Kintore he began studying linguistics and was also learning the local language, Pintupi. Doug then moved to Geraldton in WA, where he was Teacher/Linguist at the Yamaji Language Centre for nine years. In this role he worked with the many endangered languages of the region. While in this position Doug completed an Honours thesis consisting of a description of Wajarri. Doug then moved to Canberra where he undertook a PhD for which he wrote a descriptive grammar of Wutung (Sko family). Following this Doug joined AIATSIS (the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies) as the Research Fellow in Linguistics. Currently Doug is heading up the newly formed AIATSIS Centre for Australian Languages. Doug’s research interests include language documentation and description, grammar writing and lexicography, with a core focus on language maintenance and revitalisation. Doug has worked intensively on a number of Australian languages in WA and in recent years has been working closely with the Ngunnawal community of Canberra to assist them with their language work. Doug has worked closely with members of CAS such as Prof. Adone.
Lucas is a research assistant and lecturer of English Literature and Anglophone Studies at the Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf.Read More
James McElvenny is a linguist and intellectual historian whose research focuses on the history of modern linguistics.Read More
Liz belongs to the Paroo River peoples, the Budjiti, and lives on her traditional country. She sits on the Budjiti Aboriginal Corporation (BAC) board of directors, a registered native title body corporate, holding and managing native title lands and waters, on behalf of Budjiti peoples, within the Paroo River watershed country of southwest Queensland, Australia.Read More
Professionally focused on the management of natural and cultural heritage including the protection of cultural and intellectual property, Liz is also a collected artist, see Liz McNiven, Badyidi (Budjiti) people – Spirit Dreaming – Search the Collection, National Gallery (nga.gov.au) and a published writer, see Titles curated by Liz McNiven on ASO – Australia’s audio and visual heritage online.
In her youth she completed a Cultural Resource Management Skills Development Program in the Film Archive of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, complemented by a Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Communication, at the University of Canberra.
With a career spanning thirty years, Liz worked across leading Australian national and State based cultural and natural resource management institutions with roles including Art Consultant & Project Coordinator, National Gallery of Australia; Program Director, Museum Victoria; Senior Curator and Branch Manager, National Film and Sound Archive of Australia; Senior Land Rights Officer, New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council; Senior Natural Resource Officer, New South Wales Department of Land and Water Conservation; and Senior Policy Officer and Assistant Program Director at the Murray-Darling Basin Authority. Now, as a BAC director, she is applying her skills and knowledge to support the BAC in managing native title rights and interests over Budjiti lands, waters, and natural resources and in asserting cultural authority over tangible and intangible dimensions of Budjiti heritage.
Liz is collaborating closely with Professor Adone and team.
(Photograph: (c) Romain Morton)
Birgit Neumann is Professor of English Literature/ Anglophone Studies at the University of Duesseldorf and member of several international research networks; she had guest professorships at the Universities of Cornell/Ithaca and Wisconsin-Madison, USA.Read More
Her current research projects focus on the polycentric network of Anglophone world literatures and on postcolonial ekphrasis/ literary visuality. Together with Juergen Reulecke she is general editor of the series Forms of Remembering/Formen der Erinnerung (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, since 2004). Recent publications include co-edited volumes on Anglophone World Literatures (Special Issue Anglia, 2017) and on Literary Environments: Ecocritical Theories and Ethics in Anglophone Literatures (anglistik & englischunterricht, 2018) as well as a number of articles on verbal-visual configurations in Anglophone Literatures. She is currently writing a monograph on Postcolonial Ekphrasis and Counter-Visions in Anglophone Literatures – Contacts, Contests and Translations.
Knut J. Olawsky has been Senior Linguist and Manager at the Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture Centre (MDWg) in Kununurra, Western Australia since 2005.Read More
Maïa Ponsonnet is an anthropological linguist currently based at CNRS in Lyon.Read More
She holds a PhD in Linguistics from the Australian National University (Canberra, 2014), with additional background in Philosophy (PhD Université Paris-8, 2005). She has extensive experience working with speakers of Indigenous languages in communities of inland Arnhem Land, in the Top End of Australia. In line with her combined linguistic, philosophical and anthropological interests, Maïa Ponsonnet’s research concerns the role of language in humans’ lives, and in particular how language may channel or modify people’s experience and management of emotions. She is the author of a number of articles and books, in particular a 2014 monograph on the encoding of emotions in Dalabon (Arnhem Land) and a 2019 monograph on a comparison between Dalabon and Kriol, the creole that has replaced Dalabon. Some of her work is also available via the website: www.EmotionLanguageAustralia.com. Maïa has worked closely with Prof. Adone at CAS.
Michael Pickering is an Independent researcher with a focus on First Nations Heritage. He is an Honorary Associate Professor with the Department of Heritage and Museum Studies at the Australian National University. Between 2001 and 2022, Dr Pickering was the Director and Senior Advisor in the National Museum of Australia’s Repatriation Program. He is also special advisor for repatriation matters to the Centre for Australian Studies.Read More
Dr Michael Pickering has worked extensively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organizations, State and Territory Heritage Agencies, and museums across Australia. Dr Pickering moved to the National Museum of Australia as the Director of the Repatriation Program in 2001, later taking on the role of Head of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program, from 2004 to 2011. He then moved to the Research Centre. From 2013 to 2014 he was the Acting Head of the Australian Society and History Program. In 2015 he took up the position as Head of Research Centre. From 2018 to 2022 he has been the Senior Repatriation Advisor at the National Museum of Australia.
Dr Pickering is an Honorary Associate Professor with the Department of Museum and Heritage Studies at the Australian National University, an Honorary Professor with the Global Station for Indigenous Studies and Cultural Diversity, Hokkaido University, Japan, and a Partner with the Centre for Australian Studies, Cologne University, Germany. Dr. Pickering is collaborating closely with Prof. Adone and team.
Dr Pickering is on the editorial boards of the journals ‘Museum Management and Curatorship’ and ‘Museums and Social Issues’. He is an ‘Expert Examiner’ under the Australian Protection of Moveable Cultural Heritage Act 1986.
He has a wide range of research interests and has published articles on topics ranging from material culture, cannibalism, settlement patterns, museum exhibitions, museum ethics, workplace health and safety, and repatriation.
Repatriation, Cannibalism, museum management of Indigenous cultural heritage, Hunter-gatherer settlement patterns.
Geoff Rodoreda is a lecturer in the English Department/University of Stuttgart, Germany. He studied Social and Political Theory, Media Theory and Journalism in the city he grew up in, Sydney, Australia.Read More
Katherine Russo is an Italo-Australian scholar who has lived her entire life in between Italy and Australia. She received her PhD at the University of New South Wales (Sydney) with a thesis that investigated the use of Aboriginal English varieties in Indigenous Australian Literature, but also Indigenous/Non-Indigenous editorial and artistic collaborations.Read More
She is the author of Practices of Proximity: The Appropriation of English in Australian Indigenous Literature (2010), which won the ESSE Book Award in 2012. The book investigated the appropriation of the English language taking place in the Australian literary contact zone between an official ‘white’ Australia – the apparent owners of both the land and the English language – and Australian Indigenous peoples. Documenting language variation and rescuing the debate from seemingly peripheral locations – the ‘empty’ Great Sandy Desert, or the abject urban margin – it insisted on the complex, ultimately open-ended and multilateral ownership of the English language by all who inhabit its intersubjective space, rendering the inherited authority of who ‘owns’ meaning problematical and ethically suspect. Her second monograph, Global English, Transnational Flows: Australia and New Zealand in Translation, addressed the central, yet unresolved, theoretical debate concerning the translation of post-colonial English language varieties. Her recent research centers on Climate Change and Climate-induced Migration Discourse, Populist Discourse, and Social-media Activism with many case-studies from the Australian context. Her most recent monograph, The Evaluation of Risk in Institutional and Newspaper Discourse: the Case of Climate Change and Migration, provides an analysis of the evaluation of climate change and climate-induced migration risks in institutional and newspaper discourse. Katherine is collaborating closely with Prof. Adone and team.
Barbara Schmidt-Haberkamp is Professor of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at the University of Bonn, Germany.Read More
She has published numerous articles on postcolonial theory and literatures, especially on Australian literature and culture. She has recently edited, together with Elisabeth Bähr, a collection of essays by Australian and German scholars, ‘And there‘ll be NO dancing’: Perspectives on Policies Impacting Indigenous Australia since 2007 (Cambridge Scholars 2017). She has served on the board of the German Association for Australian Studies (GASt) and is a member of the association’s Academic Advisory Council.
Jakelin Troy is a professor at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney, Australia, where she is also Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research.Read More
PD Dr Carsten Wergin is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Senior Fellow at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Germany.Read More
Before joining Heidelberg University in 2014, he was Postdoctoral Fellow of the Graduate School Society and Culture in Motion, Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg (Germany) and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow of the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales (Australia). Dr. Wergin’s work is located at the intersections of heritage, culture and ecology.
He has published widely on diverse topics such as music, tourism, heritage, environmental activism, resource exploration, as well as more general theoretical aspects of anthropology and transcultural studies research in Australia and elsewhere. Among others, he is author of Der Ruf des Schneckenhorns: Hermann Klaatsch (1863-1916). Ein Heidelberger Wissenschaftler in Nordwestaustralien (with Corinna Erckenbrecht, HeiUP 2018), co-editor of Musical Performance and the Changing City (with Fabian Holt, Routledge 2013) and the Special Issue “Materialities of Tourism” (with Stephen Muecke, Tourist Studies 2014). In his current project, he examines the restitution of artefacts and repatriation of human remains as transcultural processes of connectivity and healing. Dr. Wergin is collaborating closely with Prof. Adone and team.
Pia Wiegmink is Professor of Dependency and Slavery Studies at the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies.Read More
A trained Americanist, she is interested in the transnational entanglements of Atlantic slavery. While her previous work examined American antislavery literature and looked at, among other literary genres, German immigrant women’s fiction in the United States, her current research explores German immigrants’ recruitment to and involvement in Australia’s cotton and sugar economies and how Atlantic discourses of anti/slavery reverberated in multifaceted ways in German immigrant writings in Australia. She is also working with Emma Christopher (UNSW) on a project tentatively entitled “Atlantic Slavery’s Long Shadow in the Pacific.”
Brandon is a PhD candidate in the College of Indigenous Futures, Education, and the Arts at Charles Darwin University in Australia. Prior to commencing his PhD studies, he worked at Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture Centre in Kununurra, Western Australia, alongside the Miriwoong people who are revitalising their language.Read More
At Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring, Brandon facilitated a team of Miriwoong language teachers at the Miriwoong Language Nest Program, which teaches the language to school children in Kununurra. Brandon’s project investigates ways of understanding how language revitalisation programs work in Australian contexts, redefining what makes language revitalisation efforts successful in terms of how language communities see the future of their languages, and co-designing language learning programs with the local communities. His research seeks to establish theories on which methods of language revitalisation are most effective and how contextual factors of program implementation affect outcomes. Using the tools of realist inquiry, this project intends to gain a deeper understanding of how language programs work, for whom, and in which circumstances, as well as facilitate development of language programs that are sensitive to local contexts and in doing so, are more effective. Brandon is collaborating closely with Prof. Adone and team.
Professor Ghil‘ad Zuckermann (DPhil Oxford; PhD Cambridge, titular) is Chair of Linguistics and Endangered Languages at the University of Adelaide, Australia.Read More
Since 2017 he is a chief investigator in an NHMRC research project assessing language revival and mental health; as well as President of the Australian Association for Jewish Studies. Prof. Zuckermann is the author of seminal books such as Revivalistics: From the Genesis of Israeli to Language Reclamation in Australia and Beyond (Oxford University Press, 2020), Language Contact and Lexical Enrichment in Israeli Hebrew (Palgrave Macmillan 2003), Engaging – A Guide to Interacting Respectfully and Reciprocally with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, and their Arts Practices and Intellectual Property (2015), the first online Dictionary of the Barngarla Aboriginal Language (2018), Barngarlidhi Manoo (Speaking Barngarla Together, 2019) and Mangiri – Yarda (Barngarla Wellbeing and Nature, 2021). He has been Expert Witness in Branding and Intellectual Property in court cases all over the globe. Prof. Zuckermann is collaborating closely with Prof. Adone and team.