Prof. Dany Adone, Co-Founder
Dany Adone is Professor and Chair of Applied English Linguistics at the University of Cologne. In Australia, she is also an Adjunct Professor associated with the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society at CDU, a Visiting Professor at AIATSIS, a Visiting Scholar at the Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture Centre in Kununurra, and Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, where she is also a member of the Sydney Indigenous Research Network and Sydney Centre for Language Research. She has lived in Arnhem Land/NT, Australia for over five years.Read More
Together with Prof. Neumeier she has launched the Dr. R. Marika Chair for Australian Studies at the University of Cologne (2009-2014) and acted as the director for the Linguistics section. She organises regularly workshops on Indigenous languages of Australia at the University of Cologne and Charles Darwin University. She offers regular courses on Australian Languages. Her research focuses on Language Endangerment and Language Contact in Indigenous Australia. She has conducted field work in Australia since 1992 and works mostly with several Indigenous communities in Arnhem Land.
Among her most recent publications are Miriwoong Sign Language Dictionary (2018, with A. Armstrong and K.J. Olawsky), and Fire, Water and Land in Indigenous Australia (2019, with M.A. Brück). She has also edited a special issue of Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts on Indigenous Sign Languages in 2015 and is a member of the editorial board of ab-Original: Journal of Indigenous Studies and First Nations’ and First Peoples’ Cultures (Penn State Press).
Prof. Beate Neumeier, Co-Founder
Beate Neumeier is Professor of English at the University of Cologne. Her research is in gender, performance, and postcolonial studies. She is the editor of the e-journal Gender Forum and published widely on women’s writing, Anglophone drama, contemporary British-Jewish literature, postcolonial literatures and Australian studies. Since 2017 she has been president of the German Association for Australian Studies (GASt).Read More
Together with her colleague Prof. Adone she has launched the DAAD-funded Dr. R. Marika Chair for Australian Studies at the University of Cologne (2009-2014), and organised its Literary/ Cultural Studies section. Together they initiated collaborative research and exchange projects with Australian colleagues, and established an Australian Studies program at the University of Cologne. In 2015 they set up a network between German universities to develop an online Australian Studies project.
Among her book publications are Engendering Realism and Postmodernism: Contemporary Women Writers in Britain (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2001), Dichotonies: Gender and Music (Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2009), Gothic Renaissance (Manchester UP, 2014), coedited with Elisabeth Bronfen, and Decolonizing the Landscape: Indigenous Cultures in Australia (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2014), coedited with Kay Schaffer. Currently she is preparing a monograph on Kim Scott and Alexis Wright.
Prof. Heinz Antor
Heinz Antor, Professor of English Literature, studied English, French, and Applied Linguistics at Erlangen and Oxford (UK). In 2020 Heinz Antor, a long time-colleague and cooperating partner in key projects at CAS, joined our team of directors.Read More
He completed his PhD in post-war twentieth-century British fiction in Würzburg and wrote his habilitation on the history of the English campus novel from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. From 1986 to 1995 he taught at the University of Würzburg. In 1995 he became Professor of English Literature at the University of Düsseldorf, and in 1998/9 he additionally worked in that capacity at the University of Bremen. In 1999 he was appointed Professor of English Literature at Cologne. From 2001 to 2005, Antor was President of the Association for the Study of the New English Literatures (ASNEL, now GAPS, Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies).
He is editor of Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies, the official journal of Deutscher Anglistenverband. Antor has published 11 books, among which there are English Literatures in International Contexts (2000), Inter- und Transkulturelle Studien: Theoretische Grundlagen und Interdisziplinäre Praxis (2006), Fremde Kulturen verstehen – fremde Kulturen lehren: Theorie und Praxis der Vermittlung interkultureller Kompetenz (2007) and From Interculturalism to Transculturalism: Mediating Encounters in Cosmopolitan Contexts (2010).
He teaches anglophone Australian literature from the colonial period to the present and has published numerous articles on Australian fiction, for example on Peter Carey, David Malouf, Richard Flanagan, Sam Watson, Andrew McGahan and others.
Dr. Stefanie Affeldt holds a BA in Sociology from Macquarie University, an MA in Cultural and Social History from the University of Essex and obtained her doctorate in (Historical) Sociology from the University of Hamburg.Read More
Her thesis was published as Consuming Whiteness. Australian Racism and the ›White Sugar‹ Campaign and examines the entanglement of the political history of Australian nation building with economic, cultural, and social processes and investigates the mechanism of inclusion/exclusion and questions of socio-political organisation in the settler society, with a particular interest in the role of mass media and popular culture in the everyday (re)production of ideology. From 2014 to 2017 she taught at the Leuphana University, Lüneburg, with multiple courses on ›Stereotyping Down Under‹: Class, Gender, Nation and Race in (Post)Colonial Australia, and also on Australian aspects of the ›Intersectionality of Gender and Race in the Discourse of Simianization‹, and ›Social Documentary Photography‹. Currently, she is a Research Fellow at the Heidelberg University, Transcultural Studies, with a post-doc project about multiculturality and racist conflict in north-western Australia: ›Exception or Exemption? The Broome Pearling Industry and the White Australia Policy‹. She is has published several articles on Australian racisms, the question of scientific racism against Indigenous Australians, and consumerism and racism; for instance in her latest publication ›Buy White – Stay Fair. Racist Political Consumerism Down Under‹, in: Oxford Handbook for Political Consumerism, ed. by Magnus Boström, Michele Micheletti and Peter Oosterveer. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2019. More information on her research and publications can be found here. Individial homepage: stefanieaffeldt.net
Australian Studies Online Project Coordinator
Leonie John joined the Centre for Australian Studies team in February 2022. She is a literary studies postdoc and academic project manager for the online master programme “Australian Studies”, which will be offered at five North Rhine-Westphalian universities soon.Read More
She completed her Master of Education (English, Physical Education) at the University of Cologne and the German Sports University Cologne in 2016. Subsequently, she was awarded a six-month scholarship for preparing an English Studies doctoral project before becoming a full-time PhD scholarship holder at the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne. She paused her scholarship and later continued in part-time after having her first child in late 2019.
Her thesis (successfully defended in September 2021) is entitled “The Negotiation of Im/Mobilities in Contemporary Anglophone Māori Short Fiction”. In the course of her academic career, she has spent several shorter periods in the Pacific region for research purposes and to attend a number of interdisciplinary conferences. Thus far, she has published on Māori texts (ranging from short stories to a novella, novel and poem) written in English and on literary research ethics. She first established connections to Australia in her work in 2019, when she presented on Māori literary references to the continent at a trilateral workshop at the ANU in Canberra alongside other CAS members. She recently focused on Australian refugee poetry in a paper presented at the 17th biennial GASt conference “Australian Seascapes” (Sep 2021). Leonie’s research interests include Indigenous and postcolonial theories, Pacific literatures and networks, mobility studies, memory studies, and nuclear narrations.
Anna completed her MA in English and French Philology at the University of Cologne in 2022. In her studies, she focuses on language contact and language endangerment with a special interest in Indigenous cultures and languages in Australia.
Digital Teaching and E-Learning Coordinator
Friederike obtained her BA in German and English Philology from the University of Münster in 2017 and her MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Bonn in 2020. In her Master’s programme, Friederike mainly focused on different aspects of natural language processing.
Victoria Herche is a post-doctoral Researcher and Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Cologne and Adjunct Research Fellow at Edith Cowan University. She is also assistant editor of Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies.
From 2009-2014 she acted as the administration and organisational assistant for Cologne University’s Dr. R. Marika Visiting Chair of Australian and Indigenous Studies. In 2014, she was granted a DAAD scholarship to conduct research on her PhD project at Monash University. Victoria has guest edited the genderforum issue ‘Gender Down Under’ and has published several articles on Indigenous Australian Writing and Film. Her research interests include Australian Literature and Film, Post-Colonial Theory, Migration and Refugee Studies, Film Theory, Popular Culture and Psychoanalytic Theory. She is on the Executive of the International Australian Studies Association.
From 2009-2014 she acted as the administration and organisational assistant for Cologne University’s Dr. R. Marika Visiting Chair of Australian and Indigenous Studies. In 2014, she was granted a DAAD scholarship to conduct research on her PhD project at Monash University.
Victoria has guest edited the genderforum issue ‘Gender Down Under’ and has published several articles on Indigenous Australian Writing and Film. Her research interests include Australian Literature and Film, Post-Colonial Theory, Migration and Refugee Studies, Film Theory, Popular Culture and Psychoanalytic Theory. She is on the Executive of the International Australian Studies Association.
David is a lecturer in the English Department at the University of Cologne. He studied English, Philosophy and Education at the University of Cologne from 2009 to 2016 and holds a State Examination (Equals M.A.) and a German teaching degree.Read More
He is currently working on a PhD Project in Indigenous Literary Environmental Activism. David focuses on Indigenous Australian and Canadian narrative writing and his PhD project explores the significance of narrative fiction in the context of environmental and social justice activism in Australia and Canada. He has taught English and Philosophy in different contexts. His research interests include Indigenous Studies, Indigenous Australian and Indigenous Canadian Literature, Ecocriticism, Post-colonial Theory, Discouse Analysis and Cultural Studies, Indigenous research methodologies and decolonization strategies in the humanities.
Mareike studied English Philology, Historical studies and Education at the University of Cologne, with a focus on language contact on the one hand, and material culture as well as the role of historical culture on the other hand.
Affiliate Team Members
Christina Ringel has completed her PhD in the English Department/University of Cologne. Her dissertation describes the linguistic expression of the concept of possession in the endangered language Miriwoong (non-Pama-Nyungan, Jarrakan, Australia).Read More
Christina studied Linguistics at Paderborn University and Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf with a focus on language acquisition, computer linguistics and language diversity. As a Research Assistant and Lecturer at Prof. D. Adone’s Chair of Applied English Linguistics Christina co-organised workshops and guest lectures about Indigenous languages of Australia. Until April 2017 she served as Events Coordinator of the Centre for Australian Studies, until 2022 as Research Coordinator.
Christina is a research affiliate at CoEDL, and a member of professional societies such as FEL and GASt. She serves on the Board of Directors of CCLS, and on the Advisory Board of the FID AAC. Since October 2021 she is a managing editor of the Australian Studies Journal. Since October 2022 she pursues a PostDoc project at TU Dortmund.
Her current research interests include endangered spoken and signed languages and their revitalisation, typology, and the morphology/syntax interface. Her work with the Miriwoong people was inspired by a six-month internship at Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture Centre and supported by grants from DAAD and FEL. Christina’s most recent conference papers and publications were concerned with app creation for endangered languages, definiteness and possession in Miriwoong, evidentiality in Australian languages, and the role of linguistic human rights, self-determination and country for language vitality.
Thomas studied at the University of Sydney until 2017 and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in linguistics. Since graduating with First Class Honours, he is now working as a Research Assistant in the English Department at the University of Cologne, where he is also working on a PhD project on language change and contact in Australian Kriol around Kununurra.Read More
Previously, Thomas has worked as a Research Assistant at the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development at Western Sydney University in Milperra, as well as in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Sydney. His Honours thesis dealt with the topic of transitivity marking variation in Australian Kriol of the Barunga area.